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Highlights of Trans-Siberian: Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk (TS-27)

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Highlights of Trans-Siberian: Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk (TS-27)

This 12-day tour offers the chance to cross Russia by train, traveling from Moscow to Irkutsk. On the way, you’ll alight to visit some of the country’s most compelling sights, from St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin in the capital to the wooden architecture and lake views of the Irkutsk area. If you’re looking for a tour that captures the very essence of Russia, then look no further.

Day 1
Saturday - Moscow
Arrival Transfer to the Hotel
Airport arrival at Moscow where our driver will be waiting with a Go Russia sign and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2
Sunday - Moscow
Moscow City Tour. Red Square, St. Basil’s, Lenin Mausoleum
Today’s orientation tour of the Russian capital is designed to give you a sense of what makes the capital tick. We’ll begin with a a walking tour that visits Lubyanka Square, home to the KGB in the Soviet era, and to Teatralnaya Square where you’ll find the famous Bolshoi Theatre. From bustling Tverskaya Street, we’ll stroll to Red Square where we’ll take a guided tour of the 16th century St Basil’s Cathedral. Its colorful domes will already be familiar but you’ll learn a lot from our knowledgeable guide.
Day 3
Monday - Moscow
Kremlin & Armoury. Moscow Underground. Departure to Kazan
On our second full day of sightseeing in Moscow, we begin with the Kremlin. Once the residence of the Tsars, it’s now the office of the Russian president. We’ll take a tour of its grounds in which stand beautiful orthodox cathedrals and also the Armoury Museum. It houses many treasures dating from the reigns of the Tsars. Once a storehouse, it’s held its current function since 1813 and inside, you’ll discover precious works of art, Faberge eggs and ancient suits of armor. We will also visit the Moscow Underground. One of the undisputed masterpieces of Soviet times, its ornate decoration of mosaics, murals and stained glass windows will leave you feeling that you’re in a museum rather than a working transit system. Later, you’ll return to the hotel and from there, make a transfer with our driver to the train station where you’ll pick up an overnight train that will take you to Kazan.
Day 4
Tuesday - Kazan
Kazan City & Kremlin Tour. Visit to Kul Sharif Mosque
Kazan lies in the heart of Tatarstan, equidistant from Moscow and Yekaterinburg. Its location has led to its development as a melting pot between Christian and Muslim populations and it’s a fascinating and vibrant city. Its Kremlin is the focal point for our first guided tour during our stay; a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, it was built on the orders of Ivan the Terrible and houses many different structures. Among them are the Annunciation Cathedral, built between 1554 and 1562, and the leaning Soyembika Tower dating from the reign of Peter the Great. The city is also home to the Kazan Marjani, the oldest acting mosque in Tatarstan, and the Kul Sharif Mosque, which was built inside the Kremlin in the 16th century.  After we conclude our sightseeing program, you’ll transfer to the train station where you’ll connect with overnight train which will take you to Yekaterinburg.
Day 5
Wednesday - Yekaterinburg
Transfer to the Hotel
Our driver will meet you at the carriage with a Go Russia sign board and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 6
Thursday - Yekaterinburg
Ganina Yama & Cathedral on the Blood. Europe-Asia Border. Departure to Siberia
Our first port of call this morning will be to a memorial which honors the victims of Stalin’s repressions of the 1930s to 1950s. We’ll then visit the obelisk which marks the border of Europe and Asia. It’s traditional to toast this iconic location with a glass of champagne. Afterwards, we’ll return to the city to visit the Memorial Cathedral on the Blood in the Name of All Saints, constructed on the site of the execution of Tsar Nicholas and his family.  We’ll continue to Ganina Pit, an orthodox monastery built where the imperial remains were initially discovered. We’ll visit seven wooden churches located deep in the pine forest that characterizes this area. Following our excursion, we’ll return to the hotel where you’ll await our driver who will deliver you to the train station for your connection on an overnight train to Novosibirsk.
Day 7
Friday - Novosibirsk
Transfer to the Hotel
Our driver will meet you at the carriage carrying a sign board and transfer you to your accommodation.
Day 8
Saturday - Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk City Tour. Visit to Transsib Museum or Boat Trip on Ob. Departure to Irkutsk
Novosibirsk has a population of over 1.5 million, making it the third most populous city in the country after Russia and St Petersburg. Today we offer a choice of sightseeing. Train buffs will want to opt for a visit to the West Siberian Railway Museum, which is located close to the Ob River just outside the city. It houses a large collection of steam locomotives and is a popular location for wedding photographs. Alternatively, you might prefer to relax with a boat trip down the Ob River (in Summer) or take a walking tour through the historic city center.  Later, we’ll meet our driver at the hotel and then it’s over to the train station to pick up our train once more.
Day 9
Sunday
Onboard the Train to Irkutsk
Onboard the train to Irkutsk.
Day 10
Monday - Irkutsk - Listvyanka
At Leisure on the Shores of Lake Baikal
On arrival at Irkutsk railway station after our long train journey from Novosibirsk, our driver will be waiting to transfer you to the pretty lakeshore village of Listvyanka. It’s located about 70 km from Irkutsk but is well worth the journey. Once there, you’ll be able to enjoy the serene setting of the world’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal. A choice of activity awaits: you could visit St Nicholas’ Russian Orthodox Church or the Baikal Lake Museum, for instance, take a boat trip on the water or simply relax and enjoy this delightful little place.
Day 11
Tuesday - Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Wooden Architecture Museum at Taltsy. Irkutsk City Tour
Today, you’ll be collected from your accommodation and taken to the Open Air Wooden Architecture Museum at Taltsy. Located on the bank of the River Angara, this collection of typical wooden structures offers a fascinating glimpse into what life was once like in this part of Russia. Highlights include the interior of a Russian fort, a shaman yurt and a 15th century watchtower. You’ll learn a lot about the culture and lifestyle of the Buryat and Evenk people who lived here. After our visit, you’ll be transferred back to Irkutsk where we have laid on a city tour. Irkutsk is known as the “Paris of Siberia” and once you lay eyes on its many imposing stone buildings you’ll understand why. But the city also has a plethora of quaint log houses featuring attractive fretwork shutters and a clutch of 18th century churches to explore.  
Day 12
Wednesday - Irkutsk
Departure for the Airport
Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Irkutsk airport for your onward flight.

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Hotel Katerina City Moscow 4*
Katerina City is located in the picturesque district of the Russian capital, on the bank of the Moscow River, just two metro stations to the Red Square. A wide range of facilities makes the guests' stay comfortable and pleasant and modern European architecture and fresh interiors in a Scandinavian style combined with the home-like atmosphere make this hotel a perfect holiday retreat. The hotel rooms feature elegant and modern design, comfortable furniture and superb amenities. Your accommodation also includes free drinking water and tea / coffee making facilities. Sauna and fitness center are free of charge: 07:00 – 23:00.Learn more
Hotel Novotel Yekaterinburg Center 4*
The Novotel Yekaterinburg Centre is one of the best hotels in the city. It is conveniently located right in the heart of the capital of the Urals, within walking distance of the city's main attractions and the business and shopping centers of Yekaterinburg. All rooms feature climate control and free WIFI, combining modern decor, ergonomics and high-tech equipment. The hotel is fully equipped with new-generation Novotel rooms meaning MediaHub panel allowing to charge Mac, iPhone and plug laptop to TV, watch movies and make video-calls. Standard rooms have air conditioning, rain shower, satellite TV, tea/coffee amenities, laptop safe, minibar.Learn more
Hotel Azimut Novosibirsk 3*
The 3* Azimut Hotel Siberia is exceptionally well located in the center of Novosibirsk. From the hotel, it’s an easy walk to the Ob River, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, several museums and attractions such as the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. The hotel offers numerous facilities for guest use, including a beauty salon, sauna and free WiFi. 
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"U Nikolaya" Listvyanka B&B
A traditional Russian guest-house “U Nikolaya” (meaning in Russian “At Nikolay’s Place” where Nikolay is the chalet owner) consists of two buildings – a two storey charming "log cabin" style chalet and a brick three storey house, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere and rustic ambiance. It is located on the shore of the world famous Lake Baikal and in the middle of the valley surrounded by houses of local people. A spectacular view to the Lake Baikal's blue mirror opens up from windows of the lodge. Lovely heels with bush forest start beyond the garden of chalet. It's a great place to admire the outstanding nature of the lake feeling real Russian countryside atmosphere.Learn more
Hotel Angara 3*
The Angara Hotel was named after the great Siberian River and is situated right in the heart of business and financial life of Irkutsk - on the Kirov Square. There are 285 comfortable standard rooms, semi-deluxe and deluxe rooms equipped with a private bathroom, safe, color TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, air-conditioner and Internet access. The hotel has two restaurants, post office, currency exchange office, massage room, sauna with a pool, gym, casino and billiards.Learn more
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Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US Dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
  2. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote an airfare for you. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  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.
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Punctual and knowledgeable guides made our tour into the trip of a lifetime
Shannon Harding
Everything went exactly to schedule, drivers were there to pick us up as indicated, guides were always there at the allotted time. Trains departed/arrived on time. We had no issues at all on the journey.
James Evans
Something I have to highlight is the service that provides Olga in Novosibirsk as a city guide. She was the best person I have ever met.
Tilly Harris
I had a great time and go russia was a good choice for travel i would choose them again.
Noah Holloway
As mentioned previously, the Trans-Siberian tour allowed me to see a lot of the country in a short time.
Dwayne Rice
Excellent organisation from start to finish. The programme ran ran exactly as advertised. Guides were exceptional in their knowledge and personal attention. The tour was first class - I'd recommend it to everyone.
Ricardo Little
Please note all prices are per person based on a minimum of two people travelling together. Read more about prices for solo travellers.

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Moscow by Night City Tour by Car Moscow 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.

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Diamond Fund Guided Tour The 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.
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Tretiakov Gallery Guided Tour A 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.

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Guided Tour This temple was originally constructed on a vow given when banners and keys from conquered cities were brought to the temple. The height of the temple was 103 meters. In December 1931, the temple was blown up. Subsequently, the foundation ditch was used for the construction of a swimming pool. In 1994, the pool was closed and in January 1995 the reconstruction of the temple took place. Today the construction is completed and features both a working church and a museum, where excursions are regularly held.

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Kolomenskoye Estate - UNESCO Heritage Site and Former Tsar Residence Guided Tour Guided tour to Kolomenskoye - a former royal estate and one of the most picturesque and enjoyable of Moscow’s out-of-town attractions. This 15-17th century Tsarist estate is preserved in its original layout and comprises of unique architectural monuments, including the Church of the Ascension (1532). We will also visit the stunning, recently reconstructed Wooden Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich Romanov (17th century) often referred to as ‘an eighth wonder of the world’. Here, you will have a unique chance to see the way of life of the Russian Tsars. Famous for its fairytale roofs, the Wooden Palace was constructed without using saws, nails, or hooks.  Kolomenskoye Estate’s large parkland is open to the public for you to enjoy.

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Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox Religion The 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.

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Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command Center We 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.

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Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia Guided Tour Guided visit to the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia which contains 24 exhibition halls. The strength of the Museum’s historical collection is in its collection of banners of Soviet and Third Reich Army and personal belongings of Soviet and Nazi leaders (including the General Zhukov and Adolf Hitler). The Museum has a wide range of weapons, military uniforms and decorations. The outside exposition of the Museum presents many armoured vehicles, artillery, antiaircraft systems and battle aircrafts.

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Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star City Star City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.

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Circum-Baikal Railway Walking Tour Enjoy 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.

$85

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Circum-Baikal Railway Guided Tour by Train The 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.

$225

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11 hours

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Listvyanka Tour & Visit to the Balkal Museum Enjoy 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).

$145

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4 hours

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Trekking at Baikal with Picnic Note: 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.

$85

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6 hours

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Horse Riding in Taiga Enjoy 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.

$115

per person
3 hours

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Ride a Quad in Listvyanka Ride 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.

$145

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2 hours

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