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Tailor Made Trans Siberian Railway, Custom Rail Journeys
Build the unforgettable Trans Siberian adventure of a lifetime with IntoRussia. Below we have covered some of the most popular destinations on the route, to help you plan your trip.
KEY DESTINATIONS ALONG THE RAILWAY ROUTES
Visit the capital of Tatarstan. Known for its unique cultural blend, Kazan Kremlin has both a Mosque and a Cathedral side by side within its walls. Also, having undergone considerable development for modern day sporting events, the city still retains clear evidence of its fascinating history - the perfect blend of modern and ancient Russia.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kazan Ski Resort Complex, Raifskiy Monastery
This friendly city provides a fresh mix of tradition and contemporary culture as it is home to the annual White Nights Festival (June-July) and the interesting Kungur Ice Caves, as well as the harrowing Perm 36 Gulag.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Perm 36 Gulag, Kungur Ice Caves, Khokhlovka Open Air Ethnographic Museum
The centre of the Ural Mountains and the natural divide between Europe and Asia, Ekaterinburg is a flourishing hub, rich in natural resources and a colourful history. It was here where the last Tsar and his family spent their final days.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Tsar Execution site, Europe-Asia Border, Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre
The lively city of Novosibirsk is situated where the Trans Siberian crosses the River Ob. Now one of the largest cities in Russia and the biggest one east of the Urals, Novosibirsk is a fascinating city to discover the history and ethnic diversity of Siberia.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Novosibirsk Zoo, State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The capital of eastern Siberia, Irkutsk developed its unique cultural heritage after many Russian artists, officers and nobles were exiled here after the Decembrist Revolt of 1825. It is the natural stopover en route to reach Lake Baikal, one of Russia's greatest wonders.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Museum of Decembrists, Open Air Ethnographic Museum
|LAKE BAIKAL |
The largest, deepest and cleanest freshwater source in the world is considered a natural treasure by the Russian people. Located in Siberia near the Mongolian border, and surrounded by mountains, forests and wild rivers, Baikal is an immense and breathtaking area of physical beauty. For the best views of Lake Baikal, we recommend you stay overnight in the village of Listvyanka.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Lake Baikal Cruise (Summer), Snowmobiling (Winter)
|ULAN UDE |
Situated amidst the vast Siberian steppe, this is a truly intriguing stop on the journey, offering a rare mix of Asian and Russian styles.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: City Tour, Ivolginsky Monastery
Once created as a defensive outpost against invasions, for many years Vladivostok stood guard defending the Motherland on the Pacific coast of the Far East of Siberia. The city is now vibrant with an extraordinary mixture of culture and history, and was enriched even further in 2012 with its fabulous 150th Anniversary celebrations.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Seaside Oceanarium, Vladivostok Fortress
|ULAAN BAATOR |
Ulan Bator is situated on the banks of the Tuul River encircled by four mystical mountains. Mongolia was once the greatest empire under Genghis Khan, and is now one of the most enigmatic and romantic destinations on earth.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Terelj National Park, Horse Riding
A truly remarkable destination, the mysterious and mesmerising capital provides an intriguing combination of ancient and modern style that captivates to all visitors. In particular, the Great Wall is one of the highlights outside Beijing, not to be missed.
UNMISSABLE EXCURSIONS: Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Imperial Palace, Ming Tombs
Tailor Made Trans Siberian Rail Journeys Itinerary
Not only can you choose to travel on the Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian railway routes but you could also combine destinations from two different railway routes, for example, Ulan Bator to Harbin.
Moscow • Kazan • Ekaterinburg • Omsk • Novosibirsk • Krasnoyarsk • Irkutsk • Ulan Ude • Khabarovsk • Vladivostok
Stretching for 6560 miles the Trans-Siberian railway was built between 1890 and 1905 to connect Moscow with the coastal city of Vladivostok. There are many wondrous places to explore along the way including Ekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Irkutsk the capital of eastern Siberia and the natural treasure, Lake Baikal.
Moscow • Kazan • Ekaterinburg • Omsk • Novosibirsk • Krasnoyarsk • Irkutsk • Ulan Ude • Ulan Bator • Beijing
The Trans-Mongolian railway allows you to enjoy the enchantment of Russia before discovering the wonders of Mongolia including the intriguing Ulan Ude and exciting capital city of Ulan Bator. If that’s not enough, you can then travel on to China. The line follows the same route as the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Ulan Ude where it branches off and journeys forward to Ulan Bator and finally, Beijing.
Moscow • Kazan • Ekaterinburg • Omsk • Novosibirsk • Krasnoyarsk • Irkutsk • Ulan Ude • Harbin • Beijing
Following Russia and Mongolia, the Trans-Manchurian railway transports you to the vast lands of China where you can visit Harbin. Known, as the Oriental St Petersburg, it is thought to be one of China’s most beautiful cities. The line follows the same route as the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Ulan Ude, it then branches off at the town of Tarskaya and heads through Harbin to the mesmerising capital city of Beijing.
Tailor Made Trans Siberian Rail Journeys Accommodation
Carriages are made up of 2nd class 4 berth compartments, each with 2 lower and 2 upper berths. 1st class, 2 berth compartments are exactly the same size but do not have the upper berths. A reading light, clean bed linen and a small towel are provided. Most trains have a restaurant car where you can purchase meals and drinks.
HOTELS ALONG THE ROUTE…
We have a host of hotels to offer for any stage of your trip, for as many nights as you wish. We can recommend 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in every city along the Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian, routes.
RUSSIAN TRAIN TICKETS
As the Russian language uses the Cyrillic alphabet, the train tickets can often be difficult to understand. Click here for our easy to follow translation of the typical Russian train ticket.
Tailor Made Trans Siberian Rail Journeys Departures and Prices
TRAIN PRICES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
|Routes||1st Class |
|2st Class |
|Moscow - Vladivostok||715.7 £||420.09 £||7 days|
|Moscow - Beijing||902.41 £||544.56 £||7 days|
|Moscow - Ulaan Baator||591.23 £||311.17 £||6 days|
|Moscow - Irkutsk||420.09 £||155.59 £||4 days|
|Moscow - Novosibirsk||295.62 £||140.03 £||3 days|
|Moscow - Ekaterinburg||152.48 £||77.79 £||1 day|
|Ulaan Baator - Beijing||311.29 £||216.37 £||1.5 days|
|Irkutsk - Beijing||466.76 £||280.06 £||2.5 days|
|Irkutsk - Ulaan Baator||174.26 £||112.02 £||1.5 days|
|Novosibirsk - Irkutsk||171.15 £||62.23 £||1.5 days|
|Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk||318.95 £||127.58 £||2 days|
Rail Ticket prices fluctuate according to season and are subject to unforeseen increases by Russian Railways. The above rates should be used as a guide only. Your travel consultant will advise the latest rates when making your reservation.
It’s not just trains that we can help you with. To ensure that your Tran-Siberian experience is extra special IntoRussia can also arrange accommodation, visas, flights, excursions and even additional destinations before or after your train journey.
A visa is required for all the countries you pass through, even if you are only in transit. Visas for Russia, Mongolia and China are all obtainable through our visa service.
Some people do not complete the whole journey by rail and prefer to fly from Moscow to Irkutsk before continuing to Vladivostok, Ulan Bator or Beijing by train. We can arrange this aspect of your trip as well as providing your international flights departing from and to the UK. Please contact us for a competitive quote for your international and domestic flights.
There is a range of guided optional excursions which you can take. From city tours at each stop-off to open air museums, cultural experiences such as dining with Mongolian nomads and staying in ger camps.
PRE AND POST DESTINATIONS
IntoRussia offers you a variety of pre and post Trans-Siberian destinations. Ask us about the 2 night ferry service from Vladivostok to Japan.