HARBIN ICE FESTIVAL & MASLENITSA TOUR

Tour Type: Small group Season: January - FebruaryDuration: 29 daysGroup tour dates: 02 Feb 2020 - 01 Mar 2020Cities: Harbin Ulan-Ude Irkutsk Lake Baikal Krasnoyarsk Yekaterinburg Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Golden Ring Moscow St Petersburg Grade: EasyTour suitable for any age and level of fitness.Rate from $6,463 USD per person

This one month-long train tour will take you from Harbin (China) to St. Petersburg (Russia) via Buryatian Ulan-Ude and key Russian cities across Sibetis and Europe. Attend the world-famous Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival and spend the Maslenitsa week exploring Moscow & St. Petersburg. Travel back in time to the real Russia, visit the oldest and most exciting sightseeing locations beyond and around Moscow. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wonder traditional wooden architecture, visit amazing ancient monasteries with centuries of history and drama behind them. We customize tours on request.

  • World famous Harbin Ice Festival in China, Winter Ice of Lake Baikal and Maslenitsa Week in Moscow & St Petersburg - collection of unique experiences in one great trip

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Itinerary

Travelling Trans Mongolian, you will see cities, people, villages, famous sightseeing spots and hidden gems, the best of Asia and Europe. Mighty Moscow, romantic St Petersburg, arts and craft of Nizhny Novgorod, treasures of Kazan, late Romanovs' last shelter in Ekaterinburg, natural wonders of Baikal, luminous Harbin... This is undoubtedly one of our best Trans Siberian train holidays.

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from Harbin to Ulan-Ude

from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk

from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal

from Lake Baikal to Krasnoyarsk

from Krasnoyarsk to Yekaterinburg

from Yekaterinburg to Kazan

from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod

from Nizhny Novgorod to Golden Ring

from Moscow to St Petersburg

RATE PER PERSON IN SINGLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN TRIPLE ROOM: $0 USD
TOTAL TRIP COSTS: $0 USD

Inclusions

  • Train tickets of the chosen category

  • Accommodation: 2 nights Harbin, 2 nights Ulan-Ude, 3 nights Lake Baikal/Irkutsk, 2 nights Ekaterinburg, 2 night Kazan, 2 nights Nizhny Novgorod, Suzdal 1 night, Yaroslavl 1 night, 3 nights Moscow, 4 nights St Petersburg with daily breakfast

  • 4 nights on board

  • Full breakfast in the hotels; 4 lunches: Tatar lunch in Kazan, Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal, 3 lunches on the Golden Ring tour, welcome dinner in Harbin

  • Meet and greet services upon arrival in every city

  • Full day (8 hours) guided tour in Harbin: Ice Festival

  • Full day (8 hours) guided tour in Ulan-Ude: Atsagatsy Datsun & Buryat village

  • Ivolginky Datsun & Old believers village tour

  • Full day (8 hours) Ekaterinburg/and around tours: city tour, Europe-Asia border, museum of semi precious stones

  • Full day (8 hours) tour at Lake Baikal: museum of Limnology, Observation point, Buryat lunch, cable car

  • Full day (8 hours) Taltsy museum and Irkutsk tour

  • Full day (8 hours) in Krasnoyarsk: STOLBY NATURE RESERVE and city tour

  • Full day (8 hours) guided tour in Kazan: Kremlin, Old Tatar Quarter, cooking master-class and Tatar lunch, city tour

  • Full day (8 hours) guided tour in Nizhniy Novgorod: city tour and the Kremlin

  • Full day (8 hours) guided tour in Vladimir and Bogolyubovo: Dormition Cathedral, frescoes of Andrei Rublev, the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy, the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniatures and Embroidery, Bogolyubovo Church

  • Full day (8 hours) guided tour in Suzdal & Kideksha: Chamber of the Christ, the Monastery of Saint Euthymius, the Museum of Wooden Architecture

  • Full day (8 hours) Moscow full day guided tour: Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, GUM, KGB building, Bolshoi theatre, Arbat, visiting Kremlin and the Armory

  • Full day (8 hours) Moscow guided tour: the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, Kolomenskoe Estate and Palace, Metro tour, VDNKh

  • Full day (8 hours) guided tour in St Petersburg: Hermitage, Faberge Museum, St Isaac's Cathedral. Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, Church of the Spilled Blood

  • All entrance tickets as per program

  • Return airport/train station transfers

  • Transportation as per program

  • Full metro pass in Moscow and St Petersburg

  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure

  • SIM card with data available only in Russia

  • Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line in Russia

  • Russian and Chinese visa letter of invitation (required by the Ministry of Tourism to grant you a visa) is provided free of charge

  • Group tours are fully escorted by a bilingual English-Russian speaking guide. Group size: 10 to 20 people maximum

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TRIP OF A LIFETIME - SEEING RUSSIA AS IT REALLY IS - BRUCE, AUSTRALIA

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!

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