Trans-Siberian tour via Kazan

17 Days 8 Nights in the train 9,149km Stop in Kazan All year

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Moscow → Kazan → Yekaterinburg  → Novosibirsk  → Irkutsk  → Listvyanka  → Vladivostok

  A 17-day tour along the Trans-Siberian Railway with a visit to some of the most interesting cities in Russia: Moscow – Russia’s capital and largest city. In this city everything is on an enormous scale – monuments, buildings, roads, metro stations, the stunning beauty of the Kremlin and the crazy rhythm of the city. From here the longest railway journey in the world starts.

Kazan - the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and also marketed as the Third Capital of Russia. It is a city with a mix of influences from Europe and Asia, East and West. Here orthodox churches stand next to mosques and you will hear both Russian and Tatar being spoken. Kazan is one of the most beautiful cities in Russia, with its celebrated white stone UNESCO-protected kremlin.

Yekaterinburg – considered the capital of the Urals. The geographical border between Europe and Asia runs close to the city. It was in this city that the last emperor of Russia and his family were executed. The first Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, started his political career in Yekaterinburg.

Irkutsk – the largest city close to Lake Baikal which is the deepest lake in the world. It is one of the oldest cities in Siberia, and a lot of its historical centre has survived. Several famous Decembrists were exiled here and Admiral Kolchak, the leader of the Whites during the Civil War, was executed here. Salvagers are still searching for the wagons of gold which are rumoured to have been dumped by the Whites in Lake Baikal around here to stop the gold falling into the hands of the Reds.

Listvyanka – this small settlement and tourist centre is located on the shores of Lake Baikal. Despite its small size this settlement offers a large amount of activates and museums, including an arboretum and seal park.

Vladivostok – the oldest port in the Russian Far East and the final destination on the Trans-Siberian. This city on the edge of the continent is sometimes called the Russian San Francisco due to its hilly relief, massive bridge, vibrancy and hectic pace of life.

You will travel without a guide, but local guides will take you on excursions in the cities. If you wish, it is possible to have a guide accompany you for the whole route.  


 Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to your hotel.

Arrival to Moscow. A driver with a sign saying   will wait for you in the arrival area of the airport. Free time in the city: although if you arrive in the morning and have energy we can organise an excursion for this day.


 Breakfast in the hotel.

  Walking tour around central Moscow. The highlights of the tour:

  • Red Square – the country’s main square where St Basil’s Cathedral is located.
  • GUM – one of the most famous shopping centres in the country with beautiful architecture and a unique layout.
  • Lenin’s Mausoleum – the resting place of the founder of the USSR.
  • Aleksandrovsky Gardens – pretty gardens running along the Kremlin with several interesting monuments.
  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral - the largest cathedral in Russia with a capacity of 10000 people.
  • Tomb of Unkown Soldier - which contains the remains of a Soviet soldier who died in December 1941 defending Moscow

The tour will also include visits to:

  • Moscow Kremlin – the main fortress of Russia and the residence of the Russian president. Your excursion will include visits to the Kremlin’s cathedrals.
  • Moscow Metro - the most beautiful metro in the world. The excursion will visit some of the most stunning stations.

 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: by metro


 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Free day in the city. You can spend this day either exploring Moscow by yourself or by ordering an additional excursion, including an excursion outside of Moscow.

 18:00 | Transfer to Kazansky Railway Station of Moscow

 20:50 | Premium overnight train to Kazan. Night in the train.

 DAY4 | KAZAN | 0km - 793km

 08:00 | Transfer to the hotel to leave your luggage.

 10:00 city tour of Kazan. The highlights of the tour include:

  • Kazan Kremlin – one of the most beautiful kremlins in Russia and the main sight in the city. The architectural ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • Qol-Şärif Mosque – one of the most beautiful mosques in Russia, built on the site where another mosque stood until it was destroyed during the capture of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible in 1552.
  • Söyembikä Tower – a leaning tower whose spire leans 2 metres from its base.
  • Annunciation Cathedral – the oldest building in the kremlin, built by architects who were also behind the construction of St Basil's in Moscow.
  • Ulitsa Baumana – the main pedestrian road and one of the oldest streets in Kazan.
  • Ss Peter and Paul’s Cathedral – undoubtedly the most beautiful Orthodox cathedral in Kazan thanks to its unusual decorations.

 Duration: 3-4h |  Transportation: by a private car

 Free time in the city. 

 Night in Kazan.


 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Excursion to Sviyazhk – one of the most interesting places in Tatarstan, founded in 1552 as an island-city to serve as the Russian base for Ivan the Terrible's conquest of Kazan. The city is located in picturesque surroundings on the mouth of the River Sviyaga and resembles a city out of Russian fairy tales. Many architectural monuments can still be found in the city, including two monasteries. In addition, the city has also a special complex for tourists.

 Duration: 5h |  Transportation: by a private car |  Distance: 65km

 Free time in the city.

 19:00 | Transfer to the railway station.

 20:08 | Overnight train to Yekaterinburg. Night in the train.

 DAY6 | YEKATERINBURG | 793km - 1,668km

 12:25 | Arrival in Yekaterinburg. Transfer to the hotel.

 Сity tour of Yekaterinburg - the highlights of the tour include:

  • Church on the Spilled Blood – one of three churches in Russia which are said to have been built "on blood". At this location the Ipatiev House previously stood, which was the site of the execution of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. Today they have been canonised as saints.
  • Ural Stone Museum – minerals and stones are the pride of the Urals and one of its brands. The museum has a collection of unique crystals, minerals and semi-precious stones.
  • Ganina Yama – a wooden monastery founded on the site where the remains of the last imperial family were found. The remains themselves are now buried in Ss Peter and Paul's Cathedral in St Petersburg.
  • Europe-Asia Border – one of several monuments marking the border where Europe ends and Asia begins. This spot was fixed by German scientists in 1829.

 Duration: 5h |  Transportation: by a private car

 Night in Yekaterinburg.


 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Free time in the city. You can explore city yourself or take one of our optional day tours from Yekaterinburg.

 17:30 | Transfer to the railway station

 18:30 | Overnight train to Novosibirsk. Night in the train.

 DAY8 | NOVOSIBIRSK| 1,668km - 3,193km

 Day in the train. During the way you will pass:

  • Tyumen one of the oldest cities in Siberia and now the oil and gas capital of Siberia.
  • Omsk – the second largest city of Siberia. Here the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky spent four years of his life in prison.

 20:30 | Arrival in Novosibirsk and transfer to the hotel

 Night in Novosibirsk.


 Breakfast in the hotel.

 City tour of Novosibirsk - the highlights of the tour include:

  • Opera and Ballet Theatre – one of the largest theatres in Russia, bigger even than the Bolshoi. Just outside the theatre is an impressive statue of Vladimir Lenin.
  • St Aleksandr Nevsky’s Cathedral – one of the first stone buildings in Novosibirsk and one of the few churches in this enormous city.
  • St Nicholas’ Chapel - a symbol of the city which until 1913 was considered to be the centre of Russia.
  • Glory Monument - a memorial complex with an eternal flame in memory of the fallen of the Second World War.
  • Stokvartirny House – literally meaning the 100-apartment house, this building is unique for its time and was built for the Soviet elite of Novosibirsk. It won the Grand Prix at an international exhibition in Paris in 1937.
  • Beginnings of the City Park – the place where the very first bridge over the River Ob was built in Novosibirsk, the bridge subsequently played a colossal role in the development of the city. There is also a monument of Emperor Alexander III here, thanks to whom the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway began. Without the Trans-Siberian it is likely that Novosibirsk would today be a small provincial city.

 Duration: 3h |  Transportation: by a private car

 Free time in the city.

 00:40 | Transfer to the railway station.

 01:21 | Train to Irkutsk. Night in the train.

 DAY10 | EASTERN SIBERIA | 3,193km - 4,537km

 Day and Night in the train. During the way you will pass:

  • Krasnoyarsk (4098km) – a major Siberian city situated on the banks of the beautiful River Yenisey surrounded by picturesque hills.
  • In the morning the train will stop at the small station of Taishet, where the Baikal-Amur Railway, another great railway line of Russia, starts.

 DAY11 | IRKUTSK | 4,537km - 5,043km

 07:20 | Arrival in Irkutsk

 Breakfast in the cafe.

 City tour of Irkutsk the highlights of the tour include:

  • 130th Quarter – one of the oldest districts of Irkutsk where are a large concentration of historical buildings remain.
  • Epiphany Cathedral – the second oldest stone building in Eastern Siberian and the Far East. It dates from 1718.
  • Znamensky Monastery – one of the oldest monasteries in Siberia. Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak, a leader of the Whites during the Civil War, was executed just outside the monastery.
  • Sukachev Estate (outside)– a beautiful estate of Vladimir Sukachev – a local patron of the arts and the creator of the first public art gallery beyond the Urals.
  • Angara Icebreaker Museum (outside) – one of the oldest surviving icebreakers in the world. It was constructed in England in 1900 especially for navigation on Lake Baikal.
  • Our Lady of Kazan Church - one of the most beautiful churches in the city. It was built in 1892 out of red brick in the Byzantine Revival architectural style.
  • Triumphal Arch of the Moskovskie Gates - this arch was built on the site of the original arch which was erected to mark the 10th anniversary of Alexander I becoming emperor.

 Duration: 3h |  Transportation: by a private car

 Transfer to Listvyanka. Check-in at the hotel.

 Distance: 77km

 Night in Listvyanka.


 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Free day in Listvyanka. You can explore the city yourself or order some of our optional tours.

 Night in Listvyanka.

 DAY13 | BURYATIA | 5,043km - 6,166km

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 06:20 | Transfer to the Irkutsk railway station.

 Distance: 76km

 07:50 | Premium train Rossiya to Vladivostok. Night in the train.

 Day and night in the train.

  • Your train on this day will pass through the Republic of Buryatia and its capital Ulan Ude, which is a centre of Buddhism in the Asian part of Russia. The Buryats have their own language, culture and cuisine.
  • In the day there will be a short stop in Chita, which is associated with the Decembrists who were exiled here for their participation in the uprising of 1825. The train then continues through steppe and then between small hills.

 DAY14 | ZABAIKALIE | 6,166km - 7,463km

 Day and night in the train.

  • On this day you won't pass through any large cities as you continue travelling through the part of Russia known as Zabaikalye, which literally means ‘beyond Baikal’. One of the more interesting stations your train will stop at here is Mogocha – a settlement situated on permafrost. It is one of the oldest centres of gold-mining in Russia – in the mid-1960s almost 500kg of gold was being extracted a year from the region. Local time now outside your train is Moscow time plus six hours.

 DAY15 | FAR EAST | 7,463km - 8,845km

 Day in the train.

  • This is the last day of your train trip. You will pass through Birobidzhan – the interesting centre of the Jewish Autonomous District. In 1928 this area was chosen to become a new homeland for the world's Jews and over 43,000 Jews relocated here from all over the Soviet Union and even from the USA. However today only 6% of the city’s population are now Orthodox Jews.
  • Next up is Khabarovsk which was founded in 1858 as a fortress to defend against the Chinese. Today the city is the centre of Russia's Far Eastern Federal District. You will be just 17km from the Russia-China border.
  • Closer to evening you will see on the horizon the Pacific Ocean as the train travels close to the coastline.

 20:30 (13:30 Moscow Time) | You will finally arrive in Vladivostok!

 Transfer to your hotel.

 DAY16 | 8,845km - 9,259km | VLADIVOSTOK

 06:55 (23:55 Moscow Time) | You will finally arrive in Vladivostok!

 Transfer to the hotel.

 A city tour of Vladivostok. The highlights of the tour are.

  • Golden Bridge – one of the five largest bridges in the world and a modern symbol of the city.
  • Eagle's Nest Hill – the highest point of the historical city of Vladivostok. From here there are amazing views of the city and of Zolotoy Rog Bay.
  • Vladivostok Railway Station – the final point of the longest railway journey in the world. The exterior of the station resembles Yaroslavsky Railway Station in Moscow which symbolically connects the two ends of the country.
  • Ulitsa Svetlanskaya - the main historical street in the city which has a mix of architectural styles of different eras.
  • Korabelnaya Naberezhnaya (Ship Embankment) – the construction of the port and the city began here in 1860.
  • C-56 Submarine Museum - during the Second World War the C-56 became the most effective of all Soviet submarines and was the first in history to circumnavigate the world. The excursion includes a visit inside the submarine.
  • Nikolaevskie Triumphal Gates – these were erected on the site of the original ones commemorating the visit of Emperor Nicholas II, which were destroyed in 1927.

 Duration: 4h |  Transportation: by a private car


 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Transfer to the airport, or to the sea port if you are planning to continue your trip to Japan. 

  • The tour is available the whole year round, but please take into account that the museum’s working hours and days-off vary so we reserve the right to change the itinerary while trying to save the excursion programme.
  • Transportation in Moscow, where travel by metro is designated, can be changed to a car upon request, but please note that the transport situation in Moscow is not very good, so you could get stuck in a traffic jam.
  • Tickets to museums cannot be sold without an excursion with a guide.
  • During state holidays and celebrations, Red Square may be closed (either partially blocked off or completely closed).
  • The tour is available in     - other languages upon request.
  • All excursions/guided tours included in the itinerary are private which means private guides and private transport along the programme - unless otherwise stated.
  • Best time to travel on this route: from the end of April to October.





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  • Private transport service according to the programme
  • Private guide service according to the programme
  • Entrance tickets to museums.
  • Accommodation in a hotel of a category of your choice, central location, standard DBL rooms with breakfast.
  • Train tickets of a category of your choice
  • 24h emergency support during the tour
  • Visa support documents
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  • Plane tickets to/from Russia
  • Tips for a guide or driver (optional)
  • Meals (except for breakfast where stated)
  • Evening performances such as the ballet at the Bolshoi.
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