Self-guided Trans-Siberian Railway trip from Moscow to Irkutsk, 12 days
After the breakfast, you will have time to explore the city center on your own. We advise you to visit the Kremlin: the former residence of Russian Tsars; take a stroll on the Red Square; admire St. Basil’s Cathedral and its colorful domes; walk along the Arbat which is the most famous street and take a break in one of the cafes or restaurants. There are a lot of gift shops as well. Kindly review the detailed descriptions of all major sights on our website.
You will have a day in Moscow devoted to your spare time. You may visit museums, check out what the capital has to offer in ways of our Russian cuisine in the countless amazing places cafes, restaurants and pubs. You can enjoy the dynamic life of the city. In the evening, you will have a transfer to the station and get on the train to Kazan. Departure time is 22.00. Spend the night on a train.
Welcome to the capital of Tatarstan! Arrival 10.00. You will have a transfer to the hotel where you can drop off luggage. You may visit The Kazan Kremlin, rest assured, you will enjoy it as much as the Moscow Kremlin; sights around the Kul Sharif Mosque and the Cathedral of the Annunciation. The city is associated with the major figure in the history of Russia – Ivan the Terrible.
You can go to Sviyazhsk (45 km from Kazan), located at the confluence of the Volga and Sviyaga Rivers. You will see the Trinity Church from the times of Ivan the Terrible. The Island has rich history. You will also enjoy monuments on some Islands, monasteries and churches. In the evening, you will have a transfer to the station and get on the train to Yekaterinburg. Departure 20:00. Spend the night on a train.
You will arrive in Yekaterinburg (11:44 am) and transfer to the hotel. You will a have an entire day dedicated to Yekaterinburg. Walk to the center of the city, you will probably be interested in such sights as the Church of All Saints, the Trinity Cathedral, the Church of Ascension, from where you will see the great view on Ural.
You can go to the countryside to a place named Ganina-Yama. After the execution of the Romanov family, the bodies of the Tsar and his family were transported to Ganina Yama and thrown into the pit. Seven chapels were later constructed at the site, one for each member of the royal family. You can go to the Obelisk “the Border between Europe and Asia”. You will have time to make photos standing on two continents at the same time. Then we will take you to Yekaterinburg where you will have some spare time. In the evening, you will have a transfer to the station and get on the train to Irkutsk. Departure 22.00. Spend the night on a train.
Welcome to Irkutsk! Arrival is at 09:38. As usual, the driver will take to a hotel. You will have a great time in the capital of East Siberia, founded about 350 years ago. Explore narrow streets of the city and its ancient buildings, Eastern Orthodox Church architecture, classical and gothic architecture, monuments of the revolt and the Second World War.
- Accommodation with a local host in Moscow and in Irkoutsk*, in a hotel 2* in Kazan and in Yekaterinburg (2 and 4 people)
- Rent an apartment in Moscow, accommodation with a local host in Irkutsk*, in a hotel 2* in Kazan and in Yekaterinburg (6 people)
- 3 Star Hotel in all cities
The price includes:
- Tourist voucher (to receive the Russian visa)
- Accommodation depending on the package
- Train tickets (4-berth compartments with couchettes)
- Transfers (including in the program)
- Meals (including in the program)
The price does not include:
- Flight tickets
- Meals (not including in the program)
- Personal expenses