• Imperial Russia

  • Days: 15
Imperial Russia tour

Moscow • Kazan • Yekaterinburg • Novosibirsk • Irkutsk Lake Baikal • Ulan Ude • Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia) • Vladivostok Erlian • Beijing (China)

A journey on the legendary Trans−Siberian Railroad is one of the greatest adventures in the world. The Imperial Russia train is an amazing travel experience, taking you through the scenic landscapes of Russia, Mongolia and China.

15 DAYS

Day 1: Moscow
Transfer from the airport to your hotel.

Day 2: Moscow
Start your grand city tour with a visit to Moscow’s Kremlin, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world and a treasure house of relics, monuments and art. Walk along Arbat Street and visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Explore Moscow’s world renowned underground city with its famous decorated stations. In the afternoon, board the Imperial Russia for your train adventure. [B, L, D]

Day 3: Kazan
Tour a historic city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Discover Tatar culture and the folklore program, Tugan Avalim.  Enjoy lunch followed by a cooking class revealing the secrets of Tatar Cuisine. [B, L, D]

Day 4: Yekaterinburg
Cross the Asian border and arrive in the historic city of Yekaterinburg, the capital of Urals. Enjoy the city tour related to the final days of the last Russian Emperor. See the Church on Blood (commemorating the spot where the Romanov family was murdered) and the orthodox monastery and magnificent temples.  [B, L, D]

Day 5: Novosibirsk
Tour a modern Soviet city of Novosibirsk and its famous Opera House, one of the largest in the world. Visit the Railway museum and the Ob river esplanade. [B, L, D]

Day 6: Full day on board
This day is at leisure. Enjoy the full experience of travelling by rail. [B, L, D]

Day 7: Irkutsk
Arrive in Irkutsk, also known as the “Paris of Siberi”, and visit the most significant sites of the city including the Decembrists House Museum, the “wooden lace” house, also called the “House of Europe” and other sites along the city’s streets. Enjoy free time in the district known as 130 Kvartal –Irkutskaya Sloboda- a city quarter with reconstructed c buildings 19th and 20th centuries. Visit Taltsy Museum, located on the picturesquebank of the Angara river. [B, L, D]

Day 8: Lake Baikal
Tour Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. Enjoy a ferry trip to the Listvyanka village, the closest settlement to Irkutsk on the shores of Lake Baikal followed by a picnic lunch. Visit the popular tourist areas including the Chersky Stone observation point with a beautiful view of the southern part of the Lake and the source of the Angara River. Stroll through the local fish and souvenir market. [B, L, D]

Day 9: Ulan Ude
Arrive in Ulan Ude, the capital of Buryat Republic and unique city on the cross-roads of Russia with China and Mongolia. Visit churches Khambyn Khure at Verkhnaya Berezovka, Zungun Darzhaling, Odigitria Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church. Enjoy a reception in a traditional Buryat Yurt and a folklore program. Learn how to cook traditional Buryat dishes, play dice, use a bow, assemble and disassemble a felt yurt and more. [B, L, D]

Day 10: Ulaan Baatar
Arrive to Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia. Visit the main square and then transfer to Terelj National Park. After lunch at the yurt camp proceed to the Turtle Rock. Take hiking tour to the top the hill to enjoy a magnificent view of the park. Visit a nomadic family and experience the culture of Mongolian nomads and sample traditional dishes. Enjoy the unique experience of camping and sleeping in a traditional Yurt. [B, L, D]

Day 11: Ulaan Baatar
After breakfast at the camp transfer to Ulaan Baatar. Visit he well known Buddhist Monastery, Gandan, the Museum of National History and Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Museum. Enjoy Mongolian BBQ followed by folk show. Return to your train for dinner and overnight. [B, L, D]

Day 12: Erlian- Change trains. [B, L, D]

Day 13: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and visit Tian’anmen Square with its National Museum of China, House of People’s Meetings and monument of National Heroes. Continue to the Imperial Palace Gugun (The Forbidden City), the main Palace complex of the Chinese Emperors from the 15th to the beginning of 20th century. Visit the Temple of Heaven, a ritual place of Chinese Emperors. After lunch transfer to your hotel. In the evening enjoy dinner at the restaurant and taste traditional Beijing duck. [B, L, D]

Day 14: Beijing
Explore the city, visit the Great Chinese Wall and Summer Palace. [B, L, D]

Day 15: Beijing
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Included:
Arrival and departure transfers ● Brief lecture on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the countries visited ● 1-night accommodation in Baltchug Kempinski or Mariott Tverskaya Grand Hotel in Moscow ● 9-night accommodation on board the Imperial Russia Train ● 1-night accommodation on board the Chinese Train ● 1-night accommodation at Yurt (Mongolian house) ● 2-night accommodation in Jianguo Hotel or similar in Beijing ● Excursions with local guides according to the program ● Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily ● Tea/coffee throughout the day ● ● Porterage between the hotels and stations ● English Speaking Tour Director throughout the Tour ● Experienced Tour Leaders

Imperial Russia train travel