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Epic Trans-Siberian: St. Petersburg - Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Baikal - Vladivostok (TS-16)

Group size
2-14 people
All year
16 days
St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka, Vladivostok
from $2,695
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Many tours claim to be epic, but spanning eight time zones and over 6000 miles, this one truly is!  On this 16 day tour, we’ll travel from St Petersburg east to Vladivostok by way of Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. You will become acquainted with the history of this huge country and will also enjoy the vast Siberian landscapes and see the deepest lake in the world at Baikal. During 16 unforgettable days you will have a unique chance to see almost the whole of Russia from West to East.

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St. Petersburg
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)Guided visit to one of the major architectural treasures of the Royal St. Petersburg - settlement of Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) located 25km south of the city. This small town has two gigantic palaces, set amidst huge and beautiful parkland: the glorious Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece by the Italian architecture Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and the Alexander Palace, where the last tsar family dwelt. We will visit the Catherine’s Palace with the Amber Room. It features splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov and Monighetti.
5 hours | $130 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | $75 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | $80 per person
St. Petersburg Boat Trip with an Audio-guideA new perspective on St. Petersburg can be gained from water-level and the boat trips visit some areas of the city that might not be reached on ground. The looming silhouettes of the bridges, the grandeur of the waterways, the granite embankments with their various piers and slipways, the 18th and 19th century palaces and parks on the banks of the Neva and the canals, architectural landmarks in the form of the domes and spires of churches and cathedrals, visible from a long way off - all this contributes to the unique appearance of the "Venice of the North".
1 hour | $35 per person

Day 1 – Thursday
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
On arrival in St. Petersburg, you’ll be met in the airport arrival sector with a Go Russia sign board for your transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 – Friday
St. Petersburg City Tour by Car
Without question one of Russia’s most elegant cities, calm St Petersburg is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”. We’ll explore this museum city at a leisurely pace, taking in the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Christ's Resurrection (The Saviour of the Blood). We’ll also take you to see the famous cruiser Aurora; the legendary ship whose cannon gave the signal, on the order of Lenin, for the beginning of the Great Social Revolution more than 90 years ago.
Day 3 – Saturday
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) Guided Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
The Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) is the number one tourist attraction in the city and with good reason. This stunning palace, an architectural masterpiece in itself, features over three million pieces of art, spanning a period from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. You’ll be able to admire iconic works by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Raphael and the French impressionists. We’ll drag ourselves away to collect our bags and head to the train station to catch the Grand Express.
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Train: St. Petersburg - Moscow
Day 3 – Saturday
Grand Express: St. Petersburg - Moscow
For demanding travellers who prefer to travel in particular comfort, Russian railways now offer a luxury travel option to discover a style fit for a Tzar! The introduction of a new train, the “Grand Express”, on the Moscow-St. Petersburg line is changing current assumptions about comfortable rail travel which is comparable in standard to that of a good hotel. Indeed, the “Grand Express” is a real hotel on wheels that features spacious sleeping compartments with toilets, showers, air-conditioning, wide sofas, LCD TV, DVD-players and WI-FI. “Grand Express” train also has standard 9 compartments carriages of 1st and 2nd class. More details.
Moscow by Night City Tour by CarMoscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.
3 hours | $95 per person
Tretiakov Gallery Guided TourA guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.
4 hours | $100 per person
Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command CenterWe invite you to visit the former top secret command centre of the Russian Armed Forces recently converted into museum of the Cold War period. It is the newest museum opened in Moscow. After entering a regular building in a quite central street of the city and a ride on a rapid elevator 65 meters under the ground you will see a real top secret military facility of the USSR. During a short guided tour you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms.
3 hours | $115 per person
Diamond Fund Guided TourThe Diamond Fund is located in the Kremlin Armoury containing the most valuable gems of Russia - a collection of masterpieces of jewellery of the 18th-20th centuries, rare precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets of great artistic, historic and scientific importance. It is one of the few treasuries in the world that house unique crown jewels. The exhibition features such treasures as diamond encrusted Coronation Crown of Catherine the Great, the world-famous 190-carat Orlov Diamond among other stunning examples.
2 hours | $120 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox ReligionThe town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.
7 hours | $145 per person

Day 4 – Sunday
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Moscow City Tour by Car
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour
On reaching the Russian capital, our driver will collect you from your train and take you to the hotel. We’ll take a walking tour through the streets of Moscow, passing through Lubyanka Square where the KGB was headquartered in Soviet times, Teatralnaya Square where you’ll find the Bolshoi Theatre and along Tverskaya Street, the busiest street in Moscow. We’ll end our walk in Red Square to explore St Basil’s and Kazan Cathedrals, the imposing Kremlin towers, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the expansive facade of GUM department store.
Day 5 – Monday
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour
Moscow Metro Guided Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Today we dip into the past with our guided tour of the Kremlin’s grounds and cathedrals. The fascinating Armoury Museum is housed in a building that’s stored weaponry for over five centuries and has been a museum since 1813. It contains such exhibits as the chalice of Yuri Dolgorukiy, Boris Godunov’s armour, Faberge’s fabulous eggs, and a plethora of golden and silver works of art. From there we’ll transfer to a modern metro that could just as easily be a work of art itself, adorned with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures.Our train tonight will carry us to Yekaterinburg, so we return to the hotel and then transfer to the station in the company of our reliable driver.
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Train: Moscow - Yekaterinburg
Day 5 – Monday
Night train: Moscow - Yekaterinburg
You will travel on a comfortable fast train to Yekaterinburg. Both 1st (2 berth) and 2nd (4 berth) class compartments are available. Clean linen, including sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are provided for each berth. The train also has a dining car that serves good meals. Arrival in Yekaterinburg late in the evening next day.
Day 6 – Tuesday
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Arrival in Yekaterinburg will be late in the evening next day, but our driver will collect us at the carriage and take us safely to the hotel.
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Day 7 – Wednesday
Ganina Yama & Cathedral on the Blood guided tour
Guided visit to the Europe - Asia border
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Today, we’re off to the majestic Memorial Cathedral on the Blood in the name of all Saints, which was built on the place of execution of the last Russian tsar Nikolay II together with his family. We visit Ganina Pit, a unique orthodox monastery built on the site of the initial burial place of those imperial remains. Later, we offer an included excursion to the obelisk marking the border between Europe and Asia. On the way to the border, we stop for a visit to the Memorial honoring the victims of the Stalin’s repressions of the 1930-1950s. At the end of the day, it’s back to the railway station to connect with our train to Irkutsk.
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Train: Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
Day 7 – Wednesday
Night train: Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
We board our train late in the evening. Arrival in Irkutsk early in the morning three days later.
Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Olkhon Island Extension - 4 daysWe invite you to visit the heart of the lake Baikal - the island of Olkhon, glorified in many legends. It is the largest of the lake's 30 islands and it contains 143 unique archaeological objects – graves, remains of ancient settlements, ruins, shaman worship monuments and many others. You will also be able to enjoy magnificent natural views, sandy beaches and even swim in the lake (average water temperature in July – August 18 degrees C).
$575 per person
Circum-Baikal Railway Guided Tour by TrainThe Circum-Baikal is not just a railway, but a unique museum of history and nature, combining architecture with zoology, mineralogy and geology. Go Russia invites you to join us on the breathtaking journey around Lake Baikal, on the Circum-Baikal Railway, which runs along the North shore of the Southern part of the lake, from the village of Slyudyanka to the Port Baikal settlement. This is a full-day guided tour, which may start from either Irkutsk or the village of Listvyanka.
11 hours | $295 per person
Trekking at Baikal with PicnicNote: you need to be fit to participate in this trek. This is a circular route hike which starts and ends in Listvyanka. First half of the walk goes through the Taiga forest, then the trail leads down to the shore of Lake Baikal. On the lake shore the guide will cook for you a delicious lunch on camp-fire. After sunbathing and swimming in the lake, we continue our walk on the hillside enjoying the panorama of Lake Baikal along the way. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
6 hours | $85 per person
Ride a Quad in ListvyankaRide a quad in Listvyanka village, enjoy stunning views of Lake Baikal and experience taiga forest. You will be riding a quad with another person (in total 2 persons per quad) accompanied by an English speaking guide. A picnic lunch will be served on the lake shore.
2 hours | $145 per person
Circum-Baikal Railway Walking TourEnjoy a walking tour along the Circum-Baikal railway – a truly historic line - starting from Port Baikal to the first or second tunnel. You’re bound to be impressed by the stunning views of Lake Baikal, its magnificent beauty and the surrounding hills. This is a circular route, which starts and ends in Listvyanka village.
6 hours | $85 per person
Listvyanka Tour & Visit to the Baikal MuseumEnjoy a guided walk in the village including a visit to the Baikal museum. Your guide will also show you the famous Shaman Rock and tell you the legend about the naughty Angara River. Take a cable lift to get to a nearby view point from where you’ll get a chance to take panoramic pictures of Baikal. Enjoy your visit to a local 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and a local fish market where you’ll see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it. Price includes services of an English-speaking guide, entrance tickets to the Baikal museum, transport from the village centre to the Baikal museum and back, cable car (one way).
4 hours | $145 per person
Horse Riding in TaigaEnjoy horse-riding along the largest lake on our planet or deep in Taiga forest. Before the horse riding session you will receive a short briefing and your instructor will show you how to get on a horse and how to control it. Please note, there will be no English – speaking guide with you, only an instructor who speaks basic English.
3 hours | $115 per person

Day 10 – Saturday
Transfer by car / minibus: Irkutsk - Listvyanka
At leisure at Baikal
Our train will take three days to cross Siberia as far as Irkutsk. A guide will meet you with a sign board upon your arrival and take you to Listvyanka (approx. 70 km away). There, you’ll enjoy free time in this charming village where you can choose to visit the St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church or the Baikal Lake Museum, where you will learn Siberian traditions, history, flora and fauna of the deepest freshwater lake in the world. Instead, perhaps take a boat trip out on the lake.
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Listvyanka- Irkutsk
Olkhon Island Extension - 4 daysWe invite you to visit the heart of the lake Baikal - the island of Olkhon, glorified in many legends. It is the largest of the lake's 30 islands and it contains 143 unique archaeological objects – graves, remains of ancient settlements, ruins, shaman worship monuments and many others. You will also be able to enjoy magnificent natural views, sandy beaches and even swim in the lake (average water temperature in July – August 18 degrees C).
$575 per person

Day 11 – Sunday
Transfer by car / minibus: Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Open-air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy
Irkutsk City Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Our guide will meet you at your Listvyanka accommodation and return to Irkutsk where we shall take a city tour. Irkutsk is often referred to as the Paris of Siberia on account of its elegant boulevards, but Paris can’t compete with its quirky wooden log cottages with their fretwork designs which you’ll also see in the city. Before we arrive, we make a stop to visit the open air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy, situated in a picturesque forest on the bank of the river Angara. This museum has a large collection of original wooden houses equipped with old-style furniture and domestic utensils, and “wooden tents” belonging to the various ethnic groups which inhabited this region.

Later in the evening our driver will meet you at your accommodation with a sign board with your names and take you to the railway station to pick up your comfortable train to Vladivostok. It’s a four day trip, so settle back and enjoy the ride.
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Train: Irkutsk - Vladivostok
Day 11 – Sunday
Night train: Irkutsk - Vladivostok
Comfortable train to Vladivostok. Departure from Irkutsk late in the evening, arrival in Vladivostok four days later.
Ferry Eastern Dream: Russia - Korea - JapanM.V. Eastern Dream offers regular sea connection between Russia, South Korea and Japan. This is an optimal choice for you if you would like to continue your Trans-Siberian tour further east or alternatively you can arrive from Japan and join our trip from Vladivostok to Moscow. 
$375 per person

Day 15 – Thursday
Transfer from the railway station to your accommodation
Vladivostok city tour & visit to the Submarine museum
Our driver will meet you at the carriage with a sign board with your names and transfer you to your accommodation. Later, when we’ve freshened up, we’ll take a city tour of this interesting city, encompassing the City Fortress, the Intercession Church and the Catholic church. In the Korabelnaya Naberezhnaya (the Warship Embankment) visitors can get acquainted with the history of the Russian Fleet, including the period of the Second World War and visit a Soviet C-56 submarine.
Day 16 – Friday
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Our driver will meet you at your accommodation with a sign board with your names. You’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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Dates and prices
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Travel package
Year of travel
Travel dates Excluding flights Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
06/27/2024 - 07/12/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
07/04/2024 - 07/19/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
07/11/2024 - 07/26/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
07/18/2024 - 08/02/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
07/25/2024 - 08/09/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
08/01/2024 - 08/16/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
08/08/2024 - 08/23/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
08/15/2024 - 08/30/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
08/22/2024 - 09/06/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
08/29/2024 - 09/13/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
09/05/2024 - 09/20/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
09/12/2024 - 09/27/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
09/19/2024 - 10/04/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
09/26/2024 - 10/11/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
10/03/2024 - 10/18/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
10/10/2024 - 10/25/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
10/17/2024 - 11/01/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
10/24/2024 - 11/08/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
10/31/2024 - 11/15/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
11/07/2024 - 11/22/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
11/14/2024 - 11/29/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
11/21/2024 - 12/06/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
11/28/2024 - 12/13/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
12/05/2024 - 12/20/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
12/12/2024 - 12/27/2024 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now
12/19/2024 - 01/03/2025 $2,695 $295 / $945 $745 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote for flights from any international airport.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.
  5. "Train upgrade" supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
  6. Discouns for children.
See what our clients say about this tour
We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
The cultural aspect was the most important for me. All guides were absolutely phenomenal. They were knowledgeable and super friendly. They really made both tours incredibly rewarding for me.
Especially good were the guides: Nadia (St Petersburg) Kate (Hermitage) Laura (Irkutsk) and Maria (Vladivostok) Olga (Yekaterinburg) was outstanding. All transfers between Trains and Hotels were as the itinerary and we were met exactly as arranged. \the drivers were all very helpful. We had been concerned as to whether we would manage on the trains without a guide - and with no Russian language - but everything was absolutely fine and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The meal provided in the Taltsy museum was a lovely surprise and very tasty.
1) help getting a Russian Visa ( difficult embassy in Vietnam!) 2) appreciated the transfers with our early arrival and extended departure. 3) Punctuality of transfers and guides. 4) Good guides, especially Olga ( Yekatarinaburg) , Natasha ( St Pietersburg 5) help with extra tour and ballet tickets at short notice. Quick service 6) excellent, clear website for billing and instructions. 7) excellent hotels and great central locations to make self touring easy in the cities. Not one problem before or during the tour.
Whole trip went very smoothly. As a solo female traveler I felt very safe and everything went without any problems.
All the booking arrangements, transfers, hotel locations and guides were excellent.
every staff member during our trip was on time and professional- made the transfers and overall travel less stressful- the organization was incredible from start to finish additionally, the amount of activities you had scheduled was perfect- we had a good balance of touring and free time
I have traveled quite a lot around the world and I would not hesitate to recommend your company. I thought the arrangements and guides were exceptional for the price I paid. And the overall experience was just as you stated. Thank you so much!
The trip was just fantastic.
The information provided at all stages was excellent and timely. Guides were knowledgeable, responsive and friendly. The small group worked very well together. The transfers went to schedule and greatly relieved the worry of the communication barrier.
Local guides were passionate about their cities, demonstrated good knowledge.

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