EXPLORE RUSSIA FROM WEST TO EAST
BEST RAILWAY HOLIDAY PACKAGE
NATURE, PEOPLE AND CULTURES
The original Trans Siberian route from Vladivostok to Moscow, spanning two continents and nine time zones, commences in Vladivostok, Far East. With our carefully selected stopovers, rich entertainment program varying from top national reserves to world-famous museums, professional guides in all the cities you will travel smoothly and enjoy the very best of Russia. This is hop on/hop off train tour. Easily connects to St Petersburg Break tour by a bullet train from Moscow.
THIS TOURS RUNS VICE VERSA (eastbound) from Vladivostok to Moscow), stopping at Lake Baikal/Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Ekaterinburg and Kazan
Travel by hop on/hop off train from Europe to the Pacific Ocean, discover endless Siberia
Train tickets, guided sightseeing tours and transfers are included in your travel package
Meet and greet services at every city (airport/train station)
On request: vary duration of your journey, train tickets and hotels class
Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the Australian tour operator, that specializes in Russia
Local SIM card with data is provided
Russian visa letter of invitation (required by the Ministry of Tourism to grant you a Russian visa) is provided free of charge
Day 1, Arrival at Vladivostok
Day 2, Discover Vladivostok
Day 3, On board
Day 4, On board
Day 5, Irkutsk & Baikal
Day 6, Discover Baikal
Day 7, Taltsy, Irkutsk & Train
Day 8, Krasnoyarsk
Day 9, Stolby National Reserve
Day 10, On board
Day 11, Arrival at Ekaterinburg
Day 12, Koptelovo village tour
Day 13, Ekaterinburg tour
Day 14, Kazan, day 1
Day 15, Kazan, day 2
Day 16, Mighty Kremlin
Day 17, Tretyakov Gallery & Kolomenskoe Estate
Day 18, Bunker -42, Izmaylovo and VDNKh
Day 19, Farewell
5 nights aboard the train
Accommodation in centrally located hotels of the selected class with breakfast included: 2 nights Vladivostok, 2 nights Lisvtyanka, 2 nights Krasnoyarsk, 2 nights Ekaterinburg, 2 nights Kazan, 4 nights Moscow
Full breakfast in the hotels; 3 lunches: Tatar lunch in Kazan, Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal; Russian lunch in Koptelovo village
Meet and greet at Vladivostok airport, pick up/drop off at all the train stations/transfer to Moscow airport
All private guided tours as per itinerary with English-speaking guides and entrance tickets
Guided tours in Moscow with English-speaking guide: full day (8 hours): Kremlin, Red Square, Sparrow Hills, Novodevichy Convent. metro tour; full day (8 hours) Tretyakov Art Gallery, Izmaylovo Kremlin, VDNKh and Museum of Cosmonautics tour
Full day (8 hours) and half day (4 hours) guided tours in Kazan: Kremlin, Old Tatar Quarter, cooking master-class and Tatar lunch, city tour
Full day (8 hours) tour at Lake Baikal: museum of Limnology, Observation point, Buryat lunch, cable car
Full day (8 hours) guided tour to Koptelovo village with lunch
Full day (8 hours) guided tour in Moscow : Bunker -42, Izmaylovo Kremlin and Stalin's Skyscrapers
Half day (5 hours) Ekaterinburg/and around tours: city tour, Europe-Asia border, museum of semi precious stones
Full day (8 hours) tour in Vladivostok: harbour, Submarine S-56, Golden Bridge, view point Eagle’s Nest, Vokzalnaya Square, the monument of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Visiting Vladivostok fortress museum
Discovery Russia 24/7 support line in Russia
International flights, lunches and dinners not mentioned, extras of personal nature, extra tours and activities are not included
Group tour is fully escorted by an English-speaking tour director. Group size from 10 to 20 people
I went with Discovery Russia on their 20 day tailored Tran-Mongolian Railway Tour from Sydney, Australia. On this trip, I visited Beijing, Ulaan Baatar, Listvyanka, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow and St Petersburg using the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railway.
I've travelled by myself to multiple countries in the past and I'd be happy to say that Discovery Russia offers a unique service at an affordable price. Not only do they have prompt visa advisory services (they helped to expedite all three of my visas in three weeks after I decided to do the trip with short notice) but they also have passionate and extremely knowledgable local private guides who will show you the many gems hidden in towns across Russia and with their partner company in Mongolia.
They were prompt in ensuring that all my transfers are covered and that my trip went with a minimal amount of hiccups. In fact they even helped me arrange a Russian SIM card (price included in the trip) so that I could communicate back home in Australia. They also have an extremely friendly 24hr help line with your own private trip organiser, so if anything goes awry, there was an extremely reliable safety net.
As a result of this trip, I have made many friends abroad and I have no hesitations to return back to Russia a second time again with this tour operator. The tour guides themselves are so friendly and speak English well - the local knowledge they have you simply cannot find in guide books.
Russia is not the easiest country to navigate (especially with its language barriers and sponsorship issues for tourists) but with its richness culturally, it is a place that is extremely worthwhile to visit at least once in your lifetime. I would recommend this company with its extremely friendly and helpful staff and guides - they really helped me to fall in love with a part of the world which I was quite apprehensive about before I went.
Indeed, two thumbs up and thank you to the team at Discovery Russia for helping me realise my dream in travelling across the full breadth of Asia!