It took only five years (1893 - 1898) the trains appeared going all the way through from Europe to Asia. This trip gives an excellent opportunity to get the feeling what a big country Russia is, to see geographical zones changing from the steppe to taiga - deep Siberian forest, to visit big cities and small villages. We will go through the territories populated by Russians, Tatars, Kazakhs, Buryats. The religions vary from Russian Orthodox, Buddhism, Islam to Shamanism as well as cultures and traditions. You will learn more about its history from the city tours and museums in Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Listvianka and get the insider’s impressions being a passenger on a modern train going along the road connecting the West and East of the largest country in the world.
Day 1: Arrive in Moscow. Transfer to a hotel.
Day 2: City sightseeing tour, during the tour you'll see the main highlights such as Red Square which is famous for imposing reviews, incomparable St. Bassil's Cathedral, buildings of the Historical Museum and the State Supermarket (GUM); you will enjoy the beautiful view of the city from the observation platform of Vorobyovy Hills, you will also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and many other prominent places. Duration is about 3 hours. After the tour you'll be transfered to the train station to depart by train to Yekaterinburg. Departure is in the afternoon.
Day 3: On train. Arrive in Yekaterinburg in the evening. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 4: City-tour, during the tour you'll visit the Church of All Saints and other places connected with the last days of the Romanov Family, walk along the street named after Yeltsin, the first Russian President, visit the Historical Park (the place where the city was found) and the Dam on the Iset' river.
Depart to Novosibirsk in the evening.
Day 5: Arrive in Novosibirsk in the evening. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 6: Walking sightseeing city tour, during the tour you'll visit the city center with the biggest Opera House, walk along the Gorky str. - the oldest part of the city, the river Ob’ embankment and visit the colorful Siberian farm-market, see St.Nicolas Chapel – the geographic center of Russia and visit the Transsib Museum.
Continue the train journey to Irkutsk, departure in the evening.
Day 7: On train.
Day 8: Arrive in Irkutsk early in the morning. Drive to Listvianka – a small village on the shore of Baikal Lake. Accommodation in a guest house.
Day 9: The owners of the guest house will tell you a lot about Baikal and the region and will accompany you while you explore the village. In Listvyanka you can visit the Limnological Museum (Limnology is a special science that studies Baikal), see the Baikal Seal's Aquarium and even take a boat trip along the Baikal shore.
Day 10: Drive to Irkutsk. On the way you can have a stop and visit Taltsy – an open-air museum of wooden architecture, the museum is located in a picturesque place on the shore of the Angara River. You can also have lunch there in a local cafe and visit small souvenir shops. Accommodation in a hotel in Irkutsk.
Day 11: Free time in Irkutsk – the so called Paris of Siberia. In the evening transfer to the railway station for the overnight train to Ulan-Ude.
Day 12: Arrive in Ulan-Ude in the morning. Visit to Ivolginsky Buddhist Monastery – the main Buddhist temple in Russia.
Day 13: Transfer to the airport for flight to Moscow or continue by train or flight to Mongolia.
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