Imperial Russia Train

 

Russia is a mysterious country and many tried to understand it but even Lev Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about the Russian restless soul torn between oriental traditions and western civilization. To understand Russia one should get on a train and cross it from the West to the East. For this purpose the Trans-Siberian Railway will be perfect – the most famous railway in the world – the path to the heart of Russia.

Thousands of kilometers from the shores of the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean – you will hear the beating of the iron heart, what it is silent about, what it is inspired by. Just trust the road and the country will reveal its unexpected sides.

You will see Russia in all its historical greatness, in the mixture of cultures and fortunes, in the architectural splendor and extravagance unifying different people and religions.

You start your journey is the ancient and mysterious Moscovia. Visit to the Moscow Kremlin which is a symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, a treasure house of magnificent relics and monuments of art, walk along the Arbat Street, visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior will make this stop unforgettable.

The journey continues and next stop is Kazan – the capital of the medieval Khanate of Kazan, the place which connected Christianity and Islam. Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk – each city conceals many secrets. It was here where the history of Russian State was made, history full of contradictions.

Lake Baikal is one of the major highlights of the trip. In local legends it calls the sacred sea. It is located in the center of the Asia on the border of Irkutsk Oblast and Republic of Buryatia. It’s the deepest lake on the planet and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water.

Ulan-Ude – another Russian city on this journey but people living there have different faces, religion, traditions and cuisine. They are native Siberians (Buryats).

After that you will spend 3 very relaxing days on board of our train enjoying the scenery, tasty Russian cuisine, concerts of live music and table-top games.

The last stop of the journey is Vladivostok. City tour around Vladivostok including main attractions of the city, lunch in a sea food restaurant and excursion to Russky Island by car are waiting for you. You’ll cross the two enormous bridges across the Golden Horn Bay and Eastern Bosporus Strait, the latter is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Russia. Now you have a chance to watch the large international business center, Far Eastern University's campus, which has united Vladivostok's four largest universities, view points to see local shores with fantastic hills, relict forests, beaches with picturesque coastal landscapes, azure bays.

 

Day 1  Moscow

  •  Transfer from airport to a hotel.
  •  Accommodation in a standard room

Day 2 Moscow

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Grand сity tour.
  • Lunch.
  • Visit to the Moscow Kremlin which is a symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, a treasure house of magnificent relics and monuments of art.
  • Walk along the Arbat Street, visiting the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and sightseeing tour of Moscow metro stations.
  • Dinner.
  • Welcome to the Imperial Russia Train.
  • Depart Moscow.

Day 3 Kazan

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Arriving to Kazan railway station.
  • Grand city tour “Old Kazan” (the Tartar capital is situated on the picturesque banks of the Volga).
  • Within folklore program “Tugan Avalim” you will enjoy Tartar epic.
  • Kazan sightseeing (Kremlin).
  • Lunch including a master class revealing the secret of Tartar cuisine.
  • Depart Kazan.
  • Dinner on board.

Day 4 Yekaterenburg

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Train arrives in Yekaterinburg railway station.
  • City tour dedicated to the last days of last Russian tsar. As part of the excursion you will see the Church on Blood erected to commemorate a tragic historical event, the orthodox monastery with temples that are considered to be pearls of Russian construction.
  • Lunch.
  • You will visit the memorial built at the boundary of two continents (the Europe and Asia).
  • Depart Yekaterinburg.
  • Dinner on board.

Day 5 Novosibirsk

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Train arrives in Novosibirsk.
  • Lunch.
  • Sightseeing tour: Railway Museum, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, ancient streets, Ob River esplanade.
  • City tour continued.
  • Dinner.
  • Depart Novosibirsk.

Day 5 on board

Day 6 Irkutsk

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Train arrives at Irkutsk railway station.
  • Tour to the historical city center including a visit to the Decembrists' Museum, the “wooden lace” house, also called the House of Europe, the most beautiful and amazing streets of the city – Bolshaya Prospektnaya, today – Karl Marx street.
  • Lunch at a city restaurant.
  • Visit to the Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography which is located in a picturesque place on the right bank of the Angara River.
  • Free time at the 130 Quarter – Irkutsk Sloboda, a quarter with reconstructed city buildings of the 19-20 c.
  • Dinner in a restaurant.
  • Depart Irkutsk.

Day 7 Lake Baikal

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Arrival in port Baikal.
  • Boat to Listvyanka.
  • Platform observation, Chersky Stone observation point with beautiful view on the southern part of the lake and the source of the Angara River is one of the most favorite places for tourists and photographers.
  • Visit to Baikal Museum which displays the flora and fauna of the lake. 
  • Listvyanka sightseeing.
  • Lunch.
  • Visit to local fish and souvenir market.
  • Return to port Baikal.
  • Dinner in the form of a picnic on the shore of the lake.

Day 8 Ulan Ude

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Arriving to Ulan-Ude.
  • Ethnic and cultural diversity of this area offers a unique understanding of its heritage of the world's religions. Visit functional churches: Ivolginsky Datsan, Odigitria Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church.
  • You will be welcomed in a Buryat family: excursion program, reception in a traditional Buryat yurt and a folklore program. Hospitable Buryats will teach you how to cook the traditional Buryat dish pozy, how to play dice, use a bow, wear a traditional Buryat costume, assemble and disassemble a felt yurt. 
  • Sightseeing tour of this unique city, a convenient location in both strategic and economics ways on the cross-roads of Russia with China and Mongolia.
  • Depart Ulan-Ude.
  • Dinner on board.

Day 8 on board

Day 9 on board

Day 10 Khabarovsk

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Arrive Khabarovsk.
  • Sightseeing tour of the city including visit to the Museum of the Regional Studies.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • Boat trip on the river with a folk concert.
  • Master class on matreshka painting.
  • Dinner in a restaurant.
  • Departure from Khabarovsk.

Day 11 Vladivostok

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • City tour around Vladivostok including main attractions of the city: view point at Egersheld and Lighthouse at Egersheld cape, Railway Station and Marine Station, Central Square with the Monument to the Fighters for Soviet Power, historical center of Vladivostok, Svetlanskaya Street, Nikolai's Triumphal Arch, Ships' Quay, Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum, Tsesarevich Embankment, Funicular, Eagle's Nest Hill, Sports Harbor and visiting Fortress Museum. Visit to the Museum of Primorsky Region, Orthodox Church.
  • Lunch in a sea food restaurant.
  • Excursion to Russky Island by car. You’ll cross the two enormous bridges across the Golden Horn Bay and Eastern Bosporus Strait, the latter of which would be a largest cable-stayed bridge upon its completion. Russky Island is opened for Primorye capital's residents and guests, the proximity to the city and convenient transportation turned it to one of the most popular recreation places. The island was significantly transformed after holding the APEC summit on its territory in autumn 2012. Now you have a chance to watch the large international business center, where summit's main activities will take place, Far Eastern University's campus, which has united Vladivostok's four largest universities, view points from where you can see Primorye shores with fantastic hills, relict forests, beaches with picturesque coastal landscapes, azure bays.  
  • Dinner in a restaurant.

Day 12 Vladivostok

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Transfer from hotel to the airport.

Changes are possible! For more information please contact us

 RATES (GROSS)

 

Category
Moscow – Vladivostok
(Price, EUR)
VIP (per person in a two-bedded compartment)
9 805
FIRST CLASS PLUS (per person in a two-bedded compartment)
5 950
FIRST CLASS (per person in a two-bedded compartment)
5 150

SUPPLEMENT PAYMENTS

Category
Moscow – Vladivostok
(Price, EUR)
For single use of VIP compartment
5 530
For single use of FIRSTCLASS PLUS compartment
2 005
For single use of FIRST CLASS compartment
1 735

 

 

PAYMENT and CANCELLATION CONDITIONS

1. Non-refundable prepayments payable 5 days upon receipt of the confirmation of the tour:

 

  • 1500 EUR – per person in VIP compartment; 
  • 900 EUR – per person in FIRST CLASS PLUS compartment; 
  • 900 EUR – per person in FIRST CLASS compartment.

 

2. Full payment due to be made 60 days prior to departure.

3. After cancellation of a confirmed reservation 60 days prior to departure of the Tour 50% of the cost will be non-refundable.

4. After cancellation of a confirmed reservation 30 days prior to departure of the tour 100% of the cost of the tour will be non-refundable.

SERVICES INCLUDED

ACCOMMODATION

 

  • Onboard the Imperial Russia Train.
  • 1 night at Moscow hotel Baltchug Kempinski and 1 night at Vladivostok hotel Hyundai (2 nights in Vladivostok for the tour starting from Moscow).
  • Towels, bathrobe and slippers available onboard of the Imperial Russia train.

 

EXCURSIONS & GUIDES

 

  • Excursions with local guides according to the program (in English, German, French and Spanish, other languages are possible upon request).

 

MEALS

 

  • Tea/coffee on board throughout the day.
  • Full board.

 

OTHER SERVICES

 

  • Pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport (in Moscow and Vladivostok, depending on Tour choice).
  • Services of the porter at the hotel and the railway station.
  • Brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited.
  • Doctor on board.
  • English Speaking Group Leader and Tour managers.

 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

 

 

  • Flights International and Domestic.
  • The cost of entry visas (“Russian Railway Tours” is not responsible for passengers who have incorrect or expired visas).
  • All drinks ordered in the bar car.
  • “Tailor made” excursions. You have possibility to extend your Tour. We offer additional excursions in every city within the Tour and in other cities of Russia.
  • Meals on the day of arrival, departure.
  • Tips and personal expenses.
  • Insurance (every passanger is oblighed to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour).
  • Vaccination (consult your doctor or medical center for specific health advice, due to visit of different countries in terms of this Tour).

 

 

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