• 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

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.

Trip Description
Epic Trans-Siberian Journey
Travel Theme
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Epic Trans-Siberian Journey



A great way to see Japan June 2018

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 4.0
Great group tour experience. I was glad that I packed light! It was a small surprise to take so much public transportation everywhere. But our guide was amazing, and we saw a nice combination of classic sights and local gems.
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A fantastic introduction to Japanese culture and history March 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
My tour with G Adventures to Japan was spectacular! The focus was on an immersive experience, and I worried this might mean an elimination of classic sights. Since I'd never been to Japan, it was important to me to have both a local experience as well as learn the history and see what "tourists" see.

My reservations were quickly abated, as the tours was a wonderful balance of both. We ate in local restaurants and took public transportation, visited famous temples, and took walking tours through monasteries. One of the most amazing experiences was chanting with Buddhist monks high in the mountains at a traditional Buddhist Monastery in Koyasan, as rain poured down outside adding to the mystical feeling of being out of place and time. Truly spectacular and something I'll never forget.

Our guide, Kozo was amazing. Incredibly knowledgable and as a local himself, eager to share his culture with all of us. I also very much appreciated having someone who spoke the language along with us.

I would highly recommend this tour! My one warning would be to say that you will be lugging your suitcase around on public transportation, which can be a bit of a drag. Pack light!
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Absolutely brilliant. Loved every minute of it and never felt like I missed out once. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trips really seem to fit as much in to every day of possible which I really appreciate as I hate missing out on things. Also, I love the program's that g adventures supports like streets and hope.

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I always wanted to see India and the tour really showed it at its best. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent experience from beginning to end. Well planned, everything was seamless and well it was relatively cheap

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Made traveling less daunting, so I could concentrate on just having fun. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was fortunate to get a great group of people which made the trip very enjoyable. I saw so many new places but didn't feel like I was rushed through it. The trip was organized so that I was doing new things but in an environment where I was comfortable.
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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: Private Vehicle Basic overnight train (beds) (8.50 hour(s))

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

Enjoy free time to explore Ulan Ude.

Day 14 Ulan-Ude/Vladivostok

Board the last train of the trip very early and settle in for the 55 hr ride. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 15 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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Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets in Russia.
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
Meals Included: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportTrain, 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.
Hotels (7 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper trains (7 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.
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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 prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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