SHORT TRANSIBERIANA

Program Irkutsk - Vladivostok

Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude - Khabarovsk - Vladivostok

 01 day IRKUTSK (+5)

Centrally located hotel,  4 *

Arrival in Irkutsk by airplane.  The driver with the sign will be informed of the details of your airplane and will wait for you with a sign with your name and surname in the hall of arrivals.

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and was called the "Paris of Siberia" for its colorful life. It is possible to visit the museum of the Decembrists, the old city with its vast neighborhoods which still consist only of wooden houses. From the station you will leave with your suitcases for the excursion to visit the city and the Dekabristi museum.

Return to the hotel for check-in. Free time. Overnight at Hotel.

 

02 day IRKUTSK

Centrally located hotel,  4 *

Early breakfast at the hotel (to be requested at the reception the night before). At 7.00 am meeting with driver with private car in the hotel lobby and transfer to the station. Departure for the Chirkombaikalica tour (I class with power on board) at 07.45 am, Circumbaikalica railway line - a southern branch of the Trans-Siberian railway built to avoid the northern area which presented unsurpassed technical difficulties at the end of the 19th century. It was called "the golden buckle of the steel belt of Russia" due to the enormous cost of its construction due to the course of the territory that presents high cliffs and rocky reliefs. 39 tunnels for a total length of 8994 meters were required to complete the 100km route. From the ship you can admire interesting stone bridges with extraordinary architecture, tunnels and viaducts that adapt to the topography of the region. The buildings of the railway stations are built of wood and maintain the architecture in the Modern style.

In the evening I arrive in Irkutsk at 19.00. The driver with the sign will wait at the point of the end of the excursion. Transfer by private car to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.

 

03 day IRKUTSK

Centrally located hotel,  4 *

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Talizi Museum, Listvyanka, Lake Baikal and The Limnological Museum including lunch.

The Taltsy Architectural-Ethnographic Museum houses an extraordinary collection of architectural monuments from the 17th-20th centuries. It is one of the five largest open-air museums in Russia. It covers an area of 67 hectares and is home to over 40 architectural and sculptural wooden monuments, typical of 17th century Siberian village life.

The small village of Listvyanka, where the famous Shaman's Stone is located, one of the symbols of Baikal, is located on the western shore of Lake Baikal, 70 km from Irkutsk. This ancient Siberian village is famous for its history: from the 18th century a ferry departed from Listvyanka to transport traders who had to go to Mongolia, China and the Far East.

The Museum of Lake Baikal (Limnological Museum) provides information about the origin and fauna of the lake. A video will give you the opportunity to see the deepest point of the lake bottom (1,637m) filmed from a submarine. Lake Baikal is frozen from late January to early May, the thickness of the ice near Listvianka can be 70-80 cm. The part of the lake near the source of the Angara River is the only point in Siberia that never freezes. In the village you can find a large variety of smoked or salted omul for sale. Several bars and restaurants offer traditional Siberian dishes. You can taste pelmeny (stuffed dumplings), pirozhki (with sauerkraut, meat or berries) and sandwiches with caviar to taste the spirit of Russia.

 

04 day IRKUTSK - ULAN-UDE

Centrally located hotel,  4 *

BAIKAL PLAZA 4 * HOTEL

Early breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. At 06.30 am transfer by private minivan to the train station. At 08.36 depart by train N 008, I class for Ulan-Ude. Day on the train. Arrival expected at 16.38. The guide with the INCOMING RUSSIA sign will be waiting for you in front of the carriage. Departure to visit the city by car (with suitcases). About 3 hours. At the end of the excursion, transfer by private car to the 4-star Baikal Plaza Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

 

05 day ULAN-UDE-KHABAROVSK

BAIKAL PLAZA 4 STAR HOTEL

Breakfast at hotel. Check-out. Free time.

At 13.00 transfer to the train station and departure for Khabarovsk. Departure at 3.17 pm for the 50-hour journey in 1st class with the N2 train.

 

06 day ULAN-UDE-KHABAROVSK

Day on the train. Night on the train.

 

07 day KHABAROVSK

Centrally located hotel,  4 *

Arrival in Khabarovsk at 19.01. Transfer to the hotel and check in. Night in the hotel. 

 

08 day KHABAROVSK - VLADIVOSTOK

Centrally located hotel,  4 *

Breakfast at hotel. Check-out. At 9.30 am meeting with the guide. City tour plus museum, 4 hours with guide in English. The excursion will take you to the most interesting and important places in Khabarovsk. You will stroll through the old town, Muravyev-Amursky street, admiring the elegant architecture that survived the civil war, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin on the Cathedral Square, the main square of the city - Lenin Square, the building of the Government of the Khabarovsk Territory, the Amur Cliffe, monument to the Governor General of Eastern Siberia and the embankment of the AMUR River.

At 6.45 pm meeting with the driver in the hotel lobby and departure for Vladivostok by train N6, in I class at 20.50 local time. Trip of 11 hours and 31 min.

 

09 day VLADIVOSTOK +7

Centrally located hotel,  4 *

Arrival in Vladivostok at 08.28 local time. (Moscow time 01.28). The guide with the INCOMING RUSSIA sign will be waiting for you in front of the carriage. Departure for the excursion to visit the city and the museum. 3-3.5 hours with luggage. At the end of the excursion, transfer to the hotel and check in. Free time. Overnight at Hotel.

 

10 day VLADIVOSTOK-MOSCOW

Centrally located hotel,  4 *

Breakfast at hotel. Check-out.  Free time. Meeting with the driver and transfer to Vladivostok airport.

End of services.

 

Services included

- train tickets in I or II class, according to the itinerary

- 3 nights in a 4 * hotel in Irkutsk

- 1 night in a 4 star hotel in Ulaan-Ude

- 1 night in 4* hotel in Khabarovsk

- 1 night in 4* hotel in Vladivostok

- breakfast at the hotel

- Transfers as per program (transfer by private car for groups of 2 pax, starting as of 3 pax transfer in minivan, starting 6 pax transfers in minibus)

- Excursions  in Irkutsk, Circompabaikalic train (without guide, on the touristic train in I classe), Ulaan-Ude, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok with guide and transport (when necessary)

- Local guides speaking in English Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok.

- Russian sim card with 5 gb internet on Russian territory

- 24 hour telephone support in English

* Train schedule may vary depending on the train availability and specific days’ schedule

 

Services Not Included

- International or domestic flights, Visas to Russia with health insurance (88 €), Tips

- Lunches, dinners

 

 

Prices per person in I or II class with Russian regular trains

 

 

 

Train class/Pax per group

2 pax

4 pax

6 pax

1st class regular Russian train

2247 euro

2201 euro

2182 euro

2nd class regular Russian train

2051 euro

2006 euro

1987 euro