Accommodation: 4****, 3 times meal
|1||Transfer to the railway station, depart from Moscow to Yekaterinburg by train.|
|2||Evening arrival in Yekaterinburg, transfer to the hotel.|
|3||Yekaterinburg city tour with visit to the Church on Blood and to the place of the border between Europe and Asia. Optional: visit to the Mineralogy museum or to the museum Yeltsin Centre. Transfer to the railway station, depart from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk by train.|
|4||Afternoon arrival in Novosibirsk, transfer to the hotel. Novosibirsk city tour, return to hotel. Optional: visit to Academgorodok or to the museum of the West-Siberian Railway.|
|5||Transfer to the railway station, depart from Novosibirsk to Krasnoyarsk by train, night arrival in Krasnoyarsk, transfer to the hotel.|
|6||Krasnoyarsk city tour with the visit to the national park “Stolby”, visit to the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric power station (outside view) and to the observation deck “Tsar Fish” on the bank of the Yenisey river, return to hotel.|
|7||Transfer to the railway station, depart from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk by train.|
|8||Morning arrival in Irkutsk, a short city tour with the walk along the Angara river and the visit to the district of wooden houses, transfer to Listvyanka on the bank of Lake Baikal, optional visits, accommodation in hotel.|
|9||Free day at Lake Baikal, transfer to Irkutsk railway station, depart from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude by train.|
|10||Morning arrival in Ulan-Ude, visit to Ivolginsky dastan (a Buddhist monastery), Ulan-Ude city tour, depart from Ulan-Ude to Chita by train.|
|11||Morning arrival in Chita, a short city tour, ascending to one of the mounds with picnic lunch, transfer to the railway station, depart from Chita to Blagoveshchensk by train.|
|12||Day on board the train, passing by taiga and several little settlements such as Shilka, Erofey Pavlovich, Skovorodino.|
|13||Morning arrival in Blagoveshchensk, transfer to the hotel. Blagoveshchensk city tour with the visit to observation deck, return to hotel.|
|14||Transfer to the railway station Belogorsk, depart from Belogorsk to Vladivostok by train.|
|15||Morning arrival in Vladivostok, transfer to the hotel. Vladivostok city tour with the visit to one of the city’s forts and to the Russky Island, return to hotel.|
|16||Transfer to the airport.|
Leave Moscow for Yekaterinburg by either the 118 or the 56 train at 13:18 from Kazansky railway station.
Pick-up from the station and transfer to the hotel.
You will see a damb constructed in the 18th century on the city ponds, a fanciful mansion of the merchant Sevastyanov, take a stroll in the pedestrian zone in the centre of the city. The tour also includes a visit to the famous Church on Blood built on the place where the last Russian tsar’s family was executed.
Optional visit to the Mineralogy museum which boasts a fine collection of gems from the Ural mountains or to the museum Yeltsin Centre.
You will also visit the place of the border between Europe and Asia.
Transfer to the railway station and departure at 17:39 to Novosibirsk.
The landscape outside the window will mostly be marches and thin woodland. You will spend the night in the train.
During the excursion program you will see the streets in the centre of the city including Krasny Prospect. You will take a look at the city’s major historical and cultural buildings, such as the Opera theatre, the 100-flat building of the Stalin era — an architectural monument of federal significance, stone and wooden mansions of Siberian merchants built in the 19th-20th century.
Optional tour to Academgorodok or to the museum of the West-Siberian Railway which features a vast collection of trains and carriages of different time periods.
Night in the hotel.
A nice opportunity to observe changes in the landscape: the real taiga comes to replace swampy woodland and copses of birch trees characteristic of the West Siberian region.
Arrive in Krasnoyarsk at 01:20 next day.
Pick-up from the station and accommodation in the hotel.
City tour with a visit to the national park “Stolby” and a walk along the tourist route, visit to the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric power station (outside view) and the observation deck “Tsar Fish” on the bank of the Yenisey river.
Night in Krasnoyarsk.>
Day and night on the train.
A short city tour with a walk along the Angara river and a visit to “the one-storey Irkutsk” — a district of wooden houses richly decorated with traditional wood carving patterns.
Transfer to the bank of Lake Baikal, to the small town Listvyanka, one of the oldest settlements on the banks of the lake.
Optional tours or free time. Make sure to taste smoked omul and grayling.
Night in the hotel.
Evening transfer to Irkutsk; then take the 362 train to Ulan-Ude at 21:32.
Visit to Ivolginsky dastan (a Buddhist monastery), centre of Russian Buddhism. Take a walk on the territory of the monastery and talk to the monks.
Return to the city and enjoy the city tour.
Take the 70 train from Ulan Ude to Chita at 18:10.
Pick-up from the station, breakfast.
A short city tour.
Then we will leave the city to ascend one of the mountains surrounding Chita, picnic lunch at a picturesque venue.
Return to the city and transfer to the railway station.
Leave Chita for Blagoveshchensk by train at 18:00.>
Late in the morning you will be taken on a city tour to see the city’s main sights: Triumphal Arch built to honor the arrival of the future tsar Nikolay Romanov in 1891 (the Arch was destroyed by the floods in 1928 and rebuilt in 2005 on its historical site), Lenin Square, Victory Square, the embankment of the Amur river — a favorite place for leisure activities among the townspeople.
You will also visit the observation deck to enjoy the panoramic view of the city.
You will be able to spot the Chinese Heihe, a large trading centre on the Amur river.
Night in the hotel.
One more day on the train.>
Arrive in Vladivostok at 07:00.
Program for half of the day in Vladivostok: city tour with a visit to the pedestrian zone, visit to one of the city’s forts, visit to Russky Island and tour of the buildings constructed for the APEC summit in 2012.
Night in the hotel.