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Siberia by Train

A Trans-Siberian Adventure 14 Nights and 15 Days

Siberia by Train

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Travel in style across what is considered the world’s greatest train journey! The Trans-Siberian route traverses the mysteries of Russia, traveling over the Urals and cutting across Mongolia to the furthest reaches of the continent, not far from bordering China. On route, you get to experience diverse cultures, from Shamanic rituals to the Buryat people; diverse landscapes, including the deepest lake in the world; and fascinating history, from Soviet monuments to Tsarist landmarks; and a lot more.

Signature Experience: A private concert in Kazan, evening barbecue on the shores of Lake Baikal and cultural immersions with the Buryat people.

The Journey

1

Welcome to Moscow

Meet our representative at the Moscow airport and transfer to your stylish accommodation for the night. A place of majestic history and a mysterious allure, Moscow is both surreal and sophisticated – with stunning architecture, a thriving art scene and the Soviet legacy. In the evening, there’s a welcome dinner organised with champagne and select wines to kickstart our exciting journey ahead.
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Discover Moscow

After breakfast at the hotel, step out for a guided walk, which will acquaint you with the most sensational sights of Moscow, including the Kremlin, a symbol of Russian statehood and one of the biggest architectural ensembles in the world; and a private viewing of the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber. Continue to Red Square, which offers an eclectic mix of architecture, including the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral and the world-famous GUM department store which was constructed in Tsarist times. And dive deeper into the city at Moscow’s opulent and unique metro stations, decorated with showpieces of Socialist art with statues, frescoes and mosaics. A customised exploration, based on your interests, can also be arranged. Later, arrive at the Moscow Kazansky Station, where your train journey begins. Sit back and enjoy a glass of champagne with some canapes, as you are briefed about the upcoming trip before boarding.
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History and Opera at Kazan

Our first stop will be at the picturesque city of Kazan, situated on the Volga river. Explore the city on foot, including the impressive Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938). Today, you get to enjoy his music at a private concert. Later, take some time to walk through the city centre and soak in the sights.
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Beyond Borders in Yekaterinburg

The Ural Mountains are known as the Great Divide, creating a natural border between Europe and Asia. As such, the area offers a fascinating cultural milieu. We will stop today at the capital of the Urals, Yekaterinburg. On a tour of the city, learn about the Russian Revolution at the site where the Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. And then drive to the obelisk that marks the border between Europe and Asia, where you can drink champagne with one foot in each continent. Alternatively, you can visit the Museum of Military Machinery, which houses an amazing collection of different types of military hardware, and a real insight for anyone interested in Soviet history. Or visit the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre, dedicated to the contemporary political history of Russia and its first president.
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Vibrant Novosibirsk

Situated on both banks of the Ob river, Novosibirsk is a vibrant city with a rich art and science heritage. Explore the city on a guided tour, including the Lenin Square where the imposing Opera House is located, one of the largest in the world. Outside the Opera House, you will see one of the most impressive statues of Lenin. Later, you can visit the Railway Museum, which displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era. Alternatively, you could visit the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals.
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Onboard

Watch the beautiful landscapes unfolding outside your window, as you spend a day onboard your luxury ride today.
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Local Living at Irkutsk

Known as the “Paris of Siberia”, Irkutsk is characterised for its distinct wooden architecture with intricately carved lace-like decorations. We will explore these along with other major sights of the city, including the Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825. Here, you will enjoy a champagne reception with a private concert. You can also learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare your own lunch. Or visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) to get an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family.
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Lakeside Luxury at Lake Baikal

The deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal holds 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater and is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish. The ride through this area is one of the most scenic in the world, winding through cliffsides with snow-capped peaks in the backdrop. Stop by the lake, where you can swim in the ice-cold waters. At the end of the Baikal line, we will leave the train and travel by boat across the lake to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills. Visit the museum and aquarium to learn more about local flora and fauna. Enjoy a delicious barbecue prepared by the train’s in-house chefs and served on the shores of the lake. You can also opt to hike or take the chair lift to Chersky Mount, which offers spectacular and panoramic views of the lake.
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Meet Buryat People at Ulan Ude

Observe the fascinating ethnic diversity of Ulan Ude as you meet the welcoming Buryat people. Explore the Old Believers’ Village and learn about the culture and history of these people with a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.
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Mongolian Sojourn at Ulaan Baatar

Today, we enter Mongolia and visit its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Start at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. At Chinggis Square, you will see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. Then, drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, visiting a traditional Ger and meeting a nomadic family. Alternatively, you can stay in the city and explore other landmarks such as Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum; shop for local souvenirs including the specialty cashmere; and enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.
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Onboard

Enjoy three leisurely days on board, as we travel towards the Chinese border. The panoramic views outside are enough to keep you enthralled for hours. You can also opt for some interesting lectures onboard, or Russian language lessons. On the last night, you will be treated to a lavish dinner for your last evening onboard.
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Onboard

Enjoy three leisurely days on board, as we travel towards the Chinese border. The panoramic views outside are enough to keep you enthralled for hours. You can also opt for some interesting lectures onboard, or Russian language lessons. On the last night, you will be treated to a lavish dinner for your last evening onboard.
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Last Stop at Vladivostok

Vladivostok is a military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Here, you get the interesting opportunity to explore military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine. Visit the iconic suspension bridge over Golden Horn Bay, one of the largest of its kind worldwide. In the evening, there will be a special farewell dinner.
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Bidding Adieu in Vladivostok

After breakfast, spend the remaining time in Vladivostok at your leisure. Later, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

  • Accommodation at hotels selected including breakfast
  • Train tickets for the train rides segments indicated in the program on a half-compartment basis
  • Transfers by private A/C vehicles at each train stop
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • English speaking guide at each train stop
  • Entry fees for all shows and sightseeing as per program
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Daily Dinner
  • Daily Lunch
 
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