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Best of Trans-Siberian Express

Russian National Tourist Office

Best of Trans-Siberian Express

14 Days - 5% discount

Prices from £1435

One of the wonders of the modern world, the Trans-Siberian railway stretches for over 6000 miles, all the way from Moscow in the west to the shores of the Pacific Coast in east.

Our tour starts with three days in Moscow checking out iconic landmarks including Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral, then it's time to get on board and go east.

Along the way you'll cross the Ural Mountains, which separate Europe from Asia, and continue into Siberia's taiga and steppes, before reaching journey's end in Vladivostok.

To book this amazing 14 day Best of Trans-Siberian Express holiday telephone the Russian National Tourist Office direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

Best of Trans-Siberian Express
Holiday Itinerary

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Moscow

Arrival in Moscow.Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - Moscow

Moscow, city centre walking tour

Your trip starts with a tour around Moscow's major cultural and historical landmarks.

You will visit Lubyanka Square, home of the infamous KGB, then on to Teatralnaya Square, or theatre square, just around the corner from the revered Bolshoi Theatre.

The walk continues through the network of tiny streets and lanes which characterise Moscow's central district, discovering the stories behind the many theatres, hotels, museums and state institutions.

Moving along Tverskaya Street, Moscow's busiest thoroughfare, you'll get to see the unique combination of ancient, modern and Stalinist architecture which makes this city so unique,

The tour winds up on Old Arbat Street, which is famous for its souvenir shops, street dancers and artists. Your time is now your own to browse for mementos or enjoy a meal or drink in one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Red Square, guided tour

Much like Times Square and Trafalgar Square, Red Square is renowned the world over. Perhaps once best known for its military parades overlooked by stony-faced communist leaders, it's now the vibrant heart of this capital city.

Impossible to find a building here that isn't a legend, you'll get to see St Basil's Cathedral with its brightly painted domes, the impressive Lenin Mausoleum, the lavish facade of GUM department store and the splendid Kazan Cathedral.

Moscow Underground, guided tour

A masterpiece of the Soviet era, the Moscow metro is as much vast art gallery as transport system.

Decked out in marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures, its dazzling stations are impressive examples of the socialist ideal. Better still, its train service is more reliable than most other European underground services.

Day 3 - Moscow  

Kremlin grounds and cathedrals, guided tour

Day 3 is a chance to explore behind the Kremlin walls. Once home to the Tsars and now to the Russian president, it comes with five palaces, four cathedrals, and the impressive Kremlin wall and Kremlin towers.

Packed with things to see and do, it's more than just an incredible living museum, it's also where Moscovites like to hang out so has its own unique vibe.

The Armoury Museum

The Armoury Museum started out as weapons store for the Kremlin around 1508, but within just a few decades, it contained a workshop and a repository for imperial treasures.

By 1813, it officially became an exhibition centre and a museum. Offering an almost overwhelming collection of exhibits, purveyors of fine things will not be disappointed. Just the 50 Faberge eggs would be enough to set the heart racing, but there's also the helm and armour of Boris Godunov to see, plus a myriad of Russian, European and Eastern applied art, spectacular weaponry and other precious artefacts. 

Travel to Yekaterinburg

Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to take you to the train station.

The journey to Yekaterinburg is by fast train. Both first class (two berth) and second class (four berth) compartments are available. Clean linen, including sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are provided for each berth. There is also a dining car. Arrival in Yekaterinburg will be late in the evening, the next day.

Day 4 - Yekaterinburg

On arrival in Yekaterinburg, our driver will meet you at the station and take you to your hotel.

Day 5 - Yekaterinburg

Ganina Yama and Church of All Saints guided tour

The Urals' mineral wealth has meant boom time – and as the capital, Yekaterinburg is a correspondingly vibrant economic and cultural centre. Its history is, however, a bloody one. Tsar Nicholas II and his family were assassinated here in 1918. Drawing on this turbulent past, first we will visit the majestic Church of All Saints, which was built in 2003 on the site of the Tsar Nicholas assassinations. Next up is Ganina Yama, the Orthodox monastery built in 2000 on ancient imperial burial grounds, and where the assassinated royals are buried. Both poignant and picturesque, its structure includes seven wooden churches in centuries-old pine forest.

Europe - Asia border, guided tour

The Europe-Asia Obelisk marks the border between the two regions and provides a great opportunity to stand with one foot in each continent, celebrating with a glass of champagne, a tradition of the region.

We'll also visit a memorial honouring the victims of Stalin's repressive regime. A solemn place, 18,500 names run alphabetically along a series of walls, and a grave symbolises all the unidentified dead.

At the end of the day, our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to take you to the train station. Arrival in Irkutsk will be early in the morning in three days time.

Days 6 and 7 – en route to Siberia

As the vast Siberian forests unfold outside your window, you will pass through the mighty Altai region, crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk and heading deep into Asia.

Day 8 - Irkutsk, Listvyanka

Arriving in Irkutsk early in the morning, our driver will meet you at the station and take you to Listvyanka and your hotel, which is about 70 km away.

Listvyanka is situated on the banks of Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world, with views towards the distant snow-capped Kamar Daban Mountains.

Take time to explore the village in your own time, with boat and horse rides in the summer, and dog sledding in the winter. The pretty St Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church is also worth a visit, as is the Baikal Lake Museum, where you can learn about Siberian traditions and the flora and fauna of the lake.

Day 9 -  Listvyank, Irkutsk

Our representative will meet you at your hotel to take you to Irkutsk.

Wooden Architecture Museum

On our way to Irkutsk, we will stop at the Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy. Situated on the forested banks of the Angara, this picturesque open-air museum features a large collection of original wooden houses and yurts dating back to the 16th - 19th centuries.

Decked out with authentic-looking furniture and domestic utensils, the museum offers a glimpse into the lives of the Buryat and Evenk people, including their shamanic practices. You'll also get to look round a Russian fort and a 15th century watchtower.

Irkutsk city tour

Beautiful Irkutsk is known as the Paris of Siberia. Best known for its wooden houses, particularly those decorated with carvings and threadwork, you will also see some great examples of modern Russian architecture.

 Day 10 - Irkutsk

Our driver will meet you at your hotel to take you to the train station. You will arrive in Vladivostok three days later.

Day 13 - Vladivostok

Our driver will meet you at the station and take you to your hotel.

Vladivostok, guided tour

Once an isolated and icy military outpost, Vladivostok is now a vibrant traveller destination. Spread out over low-lying hills on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, it is both attractive and interesting. In this sparsely populated region, the city is home to six nature reserves, plus a rich and varied history.

On your guided tour, you'll get to see the spectacular City Fortress, Intercession church and Catholic Church. You will also visit the Korabelnaya Naberezhnaya (Warship Embankment) where you can find out all about the Russian Fleet, including its actions during the Second World War and more exciting still, visit a Soviet C-56 submarine.

Day 14 - Vladivostok

Time to go home. Our driver will meet you at your hotel to take you to the airport.

Departure Dates and Prices 2017

Departure Dates and Prices 2017

Russian National Tourist Office price in Black

Travel 55 discount price in Red.

Tel Russian National Tourist Office on 0207 985 1234 quote Travel 55 ref: RU55

Date

Prices from

excl. flights

Prices from

incl. flights*

Single supp

25 March

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

 £195

1, 15, 29 April

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

£195

6, 13, 20, 27 May 

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948
 £195

3, 10, 17, 24 June

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

£195

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

£195

5, 12, 19, 26 August

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

£195

2, 9, 16, 30 September

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

£195

14, 21, 28 October

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

£195

11 November

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

£195

9 December

£1500
£1425

£2050
£1948

£195

Prices are per person, based on two sharing. *The price including flight is approximate and may vary up or down. We will confirm final price of your flight after we receive your booking.

All holidays subject to Russian National Tourist Office Terms and Conditions

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Russian National Tourist Office

Best of Trans-Siberian Express

14 Days - 5% discount

Prices from £1435

One of the wonders of the modern world, the Trans-Siberian railway stretches for over 6000 miles, all the way from Moscow in the west to the shores of the Pacific Coast in east.

Our tour starts with three days in Moscow checking out iconic landmarks including Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral, then it's time to get on board and go east.

Along the way you'll cross the Ural Mountains, which separate Europe from Asia, and continue into Siberia's taiga and steppes, before reaching journey's end in Vladivostok.

To book this amazing 14 day Best of Trans-Siberian Express holiday telephone the Russian National Tourist Office direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

The Travel 55 discount of 5% is applicable for all Russian National Tourist Office holidays and tours. To book call direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

Group Organisers

Highlights

Highlights

  • See iconic Moscow landmarks such as Red Square and the mighty Kremlin
  • Experience a trip on the longest continuous railway in the world
  • Visit Yekaterinburg, where the last Russian Tsar Nikolay II and his family were executed
  • Learn about Siberian tradition and history
  • Find out about the flora and fauna of the deepest freshwater lake in the world – Baikal
  • See how the Siberian native Buryat and Evenk people live
  • Try traditional Siberian cuisine
  • Find out more about Shamanic culture
  • Get up close to the military fleet and explore a Soviet submarine in Vladivostok
Hotels

Hotels

Ibis Moscow Paveletskaya

Ibis Moscow Paveletskaya is located in Moscow's business district, two metro stops from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.

The hotel boasts 147 comfortable rooms with modern décor. The Rendez-Vous lobby bar is open 24 hours offering drinks and meals, while a hearty buffet breakfast is on offer in the Table Rouge restaurant. Other facilities include complimentary wi-fi.

Hotel Novotel Yekaterinburg Centre

Novotel Yekateringburg Centre is located in the heart of the city close to the Church of All Saints, restaurants and shops.

The 168 rooms feature modern décor, complimentary wi fi and satellite TV. The Oliver Brasseire Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while drinks and snacks can be enjoyed in the Olive Lounge Bar 24 hours a day. Other features include a complimentary fitness centre and hammam.

Azimut Hotel Vladivostok

The modern Azimut Hotel Vladivostok is located in the centre of Vladivostok with panoramic views of Zolotoy Rog Bay.

It is close by to major landmarks such as the Arseniev State Museum of Primorskiy Region and the Primorye Regional Philharmonic Hall. Facilities include a beauty salon and massage parlour; wi fi is complimentary. Meals can be enjoyed in the cosy Azimut Cafe de Kass, and light snacks and drinks in the 24-hour Azimut bar.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation - Central 3 star hotels: Moscow: IBIS Paveletskaya 3*: Irkutsk Homestay: Vladivostok Azimut: Lake Baikal chalet
  • Meals: breakfasts at accommodation
  • Transport: sightseeing minibus or coach; for city exploring we use public transport, the Underground or walk
  • Train: comfortable 4-berth sleepers (2-berth supplement available)
  • Tour staff: English-speaking guide, transfer driver
  • Transfers: all airport/railway transfers as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees: all entrance fees as per itinerary

Solo supplement

  • £345. Solo supplement applies only if the total number of travellers on your tour is just one person (just yourself and no other participants). Solo supplement will be waived should other people book the same tour on the same departure date

Optional services fees

  • 1st class train upgrade (4 berth buyout where 1st class unavailable): £545 per person
Visas - 7% discount off full visa service

Visas - 7% discount off full visa service

All UK residents need a visa to enter Russia.

A visa to the Russian Federation is a document, permitting stay in Russia for a specific period of time. Visa lists entry/exit dates, your name, passport details, and a purpose of travel.

Please note, that your Russian visa is an exit permit just like it’s an entry permit: if you lose it or stay over your designated departure date, leaving the country could be more troublesome than entering it.

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