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.