Trans-Siberian Journey (17 days / 16 nights)
DAY 01: MOSCOW ARRIVAL
Welcome to Moscow, the great metropolis of the North! Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel with attendance of an excellent guide speaking your native language.
DAY 02: SERGIYEV POSAD & MOSCOW
In the morning you will go to the ancient town of Sergiev Posad (around 70 km. from Moscow). Originated in the 15th century, it embraces one of the largest monasteries in Russia: the Trinity Lavra, which is an important historical landmark as well as a place of pilgrimage. During lunch you can taste traditional Russian food in the original monks' refectory. In the afternoon, back in Moscow, enjoy a sightseeing tour. You will see the panoramic view of the city from the observation platform in Sparrow Hills, the amazing Moscow University, Park Pobedy - the heritage of Soviet Russia and of course the legendary Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square - the heart of the city.
DAY 03: MOSCOW - TRAIN
In the morning you will have some free time to get ready for the incredible journey ahead of you. Then you will be transferred to the railway station for a day-long (25-27h.) trip to Yekaterinburg. You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining car at request.
DAY 04: YEKATERINBURG
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.
DAY 05: YEKATERINBURG - NEVYANSK
Welcome to Yekaterinburg, a boundary between Europe and Asia! You will spend the day in the suburbs of the city and visit the town of Nevyansk. Only there, in the Nevyansk Icon Museum, you can find an exclusive collection of Russian icons with more than 300 items and see the mysterious Leaning Tower of Nevyansk. After an independent lunch you will return to Yekaterinburg.
DAY 06: YEKATERINBURG
Your day will start with a city tour. You will see the city center and the sinister Ipatiev House, where the imperial family was imprisoned and later executed, followed by a stopover to see the famous Shigir Collection. The collection includes the oldest wood sculpture in the world: the Shigir Idol estimated to have been made about 9,500 years ago. After an independent lunch you will be able to take a picture literally between Europe and Asia and discover a burial site of the last Russian Tsar at an abandoned mine Ganina Yama ("Ganya's Pit"). In the evening you will get on the train to continue your Trans-Siberian journey.
DAY 07: TRAIN - NOVOSIBIRSK
A trip from Ekaterinburg to Novosibirsk lasts about 21-23h. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.
DAY 08: NOVOSIBIRSK
Today you will have some time to have rest and then enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city. Novosibirsk is the biggest city of Asian Russia and is informally known as the "Capital of Siberia". During the city tour you will see the main monuments of Novosibirsk, including St. Alexander Nevsky's Cathedral and the typical Russian Izba (wooden house). The Cathedral was a specific monument to Tsar Alexander III who initiated construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway which resulted in foundation of Novosibirsk as a new railway station.
DAY 09: NOVOSIBIRSK
In the morning you will be taken to Akademgorodok (science city), followed by a visit to the city zoo. Located in the pine forest, this unique zoo has more than 10 thousand animals, among which more than 300 species are listed as endangered in Russia. In the afternoon discover traditional Russian cuisine in one of the restaurants of Novosibirsk. Gain strength for a trip to Irkutsk.
DAY 10: TRAIN
You will spend this day in the train as a trip from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk lasts about 30h.
DAY 11: NOVOSIBIRSK - LISTVYANKA
Discover the commercial, cultural, manufacturing & scientific center of the Eastern Siberia. First you will have a city tour: the Kirov's central square, Karl Marx' street, district 130 with its historic and modern wooden architecture, the Angara river quay, Znamensky convent, etc. After an independent lunch get immersed in the atmosphere of authentic Russia with a visit to Listvyanka, a village 70 km away from Irkutsk. On your way there make a stopover in the Taltsy Museum (an open-air museum of Siberian traditional architecture).
DAY 12: LISTVYANKA - IRKUTSK
Thinking about Irkutsk area, it's impossible to leave out the astonishing Lake Baikal. In the morning you will have a visit to the Baikal museum, and after lunch enjoy a one-hour cruise across the clearest, deepest and oldest freshwater lake in the world. It's hard to imagine, but this huge lake contains roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water! Afterwards, you will set off back to Irkutsk.
DAY 13: IRKUTSK - TRAIN
In the morning you will be transferred to the railway station for a train to Khabarovsk. The trip will take about 2.5 days (55-60h).
DAY 14: TRAIN
You will spend this day in the train.
DAY 15: TRAIN - KHABAROVSK
In the late afternoon you will arrive to Khabarovsk, one of the most beautiful cities in the Asian part of the Trans-Siberian railway. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.
DAY 16: KHABAROVSK
Today you will have a city tour around Khabarovsk. Walk along Amursky Boulevard with its many vibrant shops and perhaps visit the local market, discover the main sights in the city center as the Transfiguration and Dormition cathedrals, followed by a visit to the zoo. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the Ethnographic Museum of Khabarovsk.
DAY 17: DEPARTURE
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.