Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Epic Trans-Siberian Journey tour
Irkutsk Lake Baikal Epic Trans-Siberian Journey Trip

Epic Trans-Siberian Journey

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
17 days
From: $ 3,079 $ 181 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Marvel at moscow's kremlin
  • Immerse yourself in bucolic suzdal
  • Watch the countryside glide by from your trans-siberian train compartment
  • Meet the locals at lake baikal
  • Discover buryat cuisine and history in ulan ude
  • Travel west to east across this massive country

Short Description

Imagine trying to cover ground across Russia far west to far east – a crazy thought, huh? The solution: Get on the Trans-Siberian with us and watch this epic land glide by through the window of a comfortable train. After visiting the historic sights of Moscow, take the train through the Ural Mountains (and cross into Asia!) to Yekaterinburg, before heading to the heart of Siberia in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. Learn about Buryat culture in Ulan Ude before heading to the coast in Vladivostok. The whole trip covers 9,300km (5,778 mi) and crosses seven time zones. Whether you go in the summer or winter, this trip is the definition of epic.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Moscow
End City Vladivostok

Travel Theme

Train & Rail Journeys

Destinations

Russia

Cities & Attractions

Irkutsk Lake Baikal Moscow Vladivostok

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Local Living Moment: Buryat Experience
  • Ulan-Ude
  • Kremlin and Armoury guided tour (Moscow)
  • Suzdal tour
  • Orientation walk (Vladimir)
  • Trans-Ural Railway
  • Yekaterinburg city tour
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Lake Baikal stay
  • Irkutsk walking tour
  • Decembrists Museum guided visit
  • Local meal suggestions and language support throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Moscow

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Want to explore more of Russia? Add the “St Petersburg Express” to your adventure and spend three days getting to know the city with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty package includes arrival transfer, two nights accommodation in St Petersburg, a guided walking tour, entrance to the Hermitage, and wraps up with an overnight train ride to Moscow with free time before the next leg of your journey begins. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Moscow

The area around the Red Square is perfect for sightseeing and people watching. Visit one of the many shops, wander the Alexander Gardens, or visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Head down into the metro to explore the beautiful stations or visit another part of the city. Included Activities: Kremlin and Armoury Guided Tour

Day 3 Moscow/Suzdal (1L)

With free time, explore the streets of Suzdal, lined with quaint wooden houses, and enjoy relaxing by the river. The city square is as charming as they come. Wander past the small church and chat with "babushkas" selling pickled cucumbers and mead. Included Activities: Suzdal Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 219km)

Day 4 Suzdal/Yekaterinburg

Enjoy more time in Suzdal before a drive to nearby Vladimir. Take an orientation walk around the city before boarding a train for the roughly 26hr ride to Yekaterinburg. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 41km) Basic overnight train (beds) (26.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Yekaterinburg

Enjoy a full day on the train crossing the Ural Mountains and the border between Europe and Asia. Arrive to Yekaterinburg in the evening. Transport: Spend a full day on the train before an evening arrival to Yekaterinburg. Train

Day 6 Yekaterinburg/Irkutsk

Explore the sights around Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints and the Romanov Burial Site. Enjoy free time in this Soviet-style city before boarding the Trans-Siberian for Irkutsk. Included Activities: Yekaterinburg City Tour Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Days 7-8 Yekaterinburg/Irkutsk

Wake up to the rhythm of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Spend two full days travelling through the SIberian taiga forests. Make some new friends or catch up on your reading list. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 9 Irkutsk/Listvyanka (1D)

Arrive in the morning to Irkutsk and drive to a small town on Lake Baikal, Listvyanka. Enjoy a guesthouse on the lake and opt to tour the Baikal Limnological Museum or enjoy some relaxing in a banya (Russian sauna), Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 10 Listvyanka (1B, 1D)

Spend one more day exploring the surrounding countryside of Lake Baikal wiith the options to go for a boat ride (in summer) or take a short hike.

Day 11 Listvyanka/Ulan-Ude

Drive back to Irkutsk for a walking tour of the city including a visit to the fascinating Decembrists Museum where you'll learn about the revolution the city was built on. In the evening hop an overnight train to Ulan Ude. Included Activities: Irkutsk Guided City Tour Decembrists Museum Visit Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (8.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle

Day 12 Ulan-Ude (1L)

Arrive to Ulan Ude, the city with the largest Buddhist population in Russia. Here, learn about the indigenious people, the Buryats, and how they survive in such a harsh environment. Enjoy a local Buryat lunch. Included Activities: Buryat Experience

Day 13 Ulan-Ude/Vladivostok

This morning, enjoy free time to explore Ulan Ude. Later this afternoon, board the last train of the trip and settle in for the 68 hour ride. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 14 Ulan-Ude/Vladivostok

Watch the scenery go by, practice your newly acquired Russian skills, and relax to the rhythm of the train. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 16 Vladivostok

Arrive in the evening in time for an optional final dinner with the group to recount this truly epic journey. Transport: Train

Day 17 Vladivostok

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Fantastic! The full Trans-Siberian Express was a trip I had wanted to do for many years and it didn't disappoint! In fact, the landscape, towns, people, food and culture were all far more varied than I was expecting and with the benefit of Svetlana's insights, it was a fascinating experience.
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great trip through 7 or 8 time zones, good glimpse of rural life,

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great trip through 7 or 8 time zones, good glimpse of rural life,

It is not a trip for everyone, but it certainly is an adventure and anyone who can put up with a bit of discomfort on the long train journeys, will be definitely rewarded with an experience not like anywhere else

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It is not a trip for everyone, but it certainly is an adventure and anyone who can put up with a bit of discomfort on the long train journeys, will be definitely rewarded with an experience not like anywhere else. The number of stops along the way, where we either overnighted or stayed for a couple of days, gave us more of an insight into the Russian way of life across that vast continent, than if we had just travelled the whole distance without stopping anywhere. And the train was an experience in itself - the delicious priozhkis brought hot by a delightful Russian lady, drinking Russian beer in the dining car and watching the silver birch trees sliding past in all their autumn glory, and finally trying to make our provodnitsa smile!
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It was an excellent journey, I got to know very well Russia, its most important cities, history, culture and people

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It was an excellent journey, I got to know very well Russia, its most important cities, history, culture and people

A trip like this is on every serious travelers bucket list, and is well worth the effort to to make it happen

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A trip like this is on every serious travelers bucket list, and is well worth the effort to to make it happen.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Train, private van, metro, taxis, walking. All trains are 2nd Class Kupe Soft sleepers: 4 berth compartments that have lockable doors. There an overhead locker and storage space under the bottom bunk that is sufficient space for your luggage. Bed linen is provided on all trains. Each carriage has two toilets and one hot water boiler. There are two train attendants in each carriage to take care of passengers and maintain the facilities. Most of the trains (but not all) will have dining car. This being said, it is always a good idea to bring your own snacks aboard for more variety of food options while travelling.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels (6 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper trains (8 nts).

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In some local guest houses the rooms can be small and simple with shared toilet facilities and showers. A sleep sheet and travel pillow are recommended for the overnight train journeys, although simple bedding is provided. The trains have sleeper carriages with 4 beds per cabin.

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.

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Meals Included:

1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

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