Russia is a mysterious country and many have tried to understand it but even Lev Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about the Russian restless soul, torn between Oriental traditions and Western civilization. To understand Russia, one should get on a train and cross it from West to East. For this purpose the Trans-Siberian Railway is a perfect adventure — the most famous railway in the World — the path to the heart of Russia.
Thousands of kilometers from the shores of the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean you will hear the beating of the iron heart, what it is silent about, what it is inspired by. Just trust in the road and the country will reveal its unexpected sides.

You will see Russia in all its historical greatness, in the mixture of cultures and fortunes, in the architectural splendor and extravagance, diverse and united, unifying different people and religions.

Lake Baikal is the entry point to the Asian Russia. Locals call it the «Sea of Baikal». It is located in the center of the Asian continent, on the border of Irkutsk region and Republic of Buryatia. It’s the deepest Lake on the planet, the largest natural reservoir of fresh water.

Moscow – Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal – Ulan Ude – Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

16 days, 8000 km

Day 1: Moscow
Arrival in Moscow.
Check- in at the hotel.

Day 2: Moscow
Visit to the Red Square.
Visit to the Kremlin grounds and other highlights of Moscow.
Transfer to the railway station.
Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 3: Full day on the train
Arrival in Yekaterinburg.
Check- in at the hotel.

Day 4: Yekaterinburg
Visit to the city center.
Visit to the “Cathedral on The Blood”.
Visit to the Ganina Yama.
Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 5: Full day on the train
Arrival in Novosibirsk.
Check- in at the hotel.

Day 6: Novosibirsk
Visit to some remarkable orthodox churches.
Visit to the famous Opera House.
Visit to the Taiga, the “real Siberian forest”.
Visit to the open air railway museum of Russia.
Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 7: Krasnoyarsk
Visit to the several view points.
Visit to the main shopping street.
Boat cruise on the Yenissei River.
Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 8: Irkutsk
Visit to the old town.
Visit to the private classical concert.
Check- in at the hotel.

Day 9: Lake Baikal
Transfer to Lake Baikal.
Visit to the village Listvyanka.
Great Siberian lunch.
Short cruise on Lake Baikal.
Transfer to the train.
Photo stop at a small village.
Visit to the typical wooden houses of local people.
Baikal barbecue.
Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 10: Ulan Ude
Arrival in Ulan Ude.
Visit to the “Ivolginsky Datsan”.
Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 11: Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar.
Visit to the famous Ghandan Monastery.
Visit to the the central Sukhabaatar Square.
Visit to the the Bogd Khan Museum, the Zaisan monument.
Visit to the acultural music and dance show.
Check- in at the hotel.

Day 12: Ulaanbaatar
Visit to the Terelj National Park.
Visit to the Naadam show.

Day 13 & 14: Ulaanbaatar & Beijing
On days 13 and 14 you have the choice between 2 options.
Option 1: to Beijing by plane

Day 13: Ulaanbaatar – Beijing
Visit to the Historical Museum.
Leisure time.
2 hour flight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing.
Check- in at the hotel.

Day 14: Beijing
Visit to the Temple of Heaven.
Visit to the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”).
Visit to the huge Tian An Men Square.
Option 2: to Beijing by train

Day 13: Ulaanbaatar
30 hour journey from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing.
Accommodation on board the train.

Day 14: Beijing
Arrival in Beijing.
Visit to the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”).
Visit to the huge Tian An Men Square.
Check- in at the hotel.

Day 15: Beijing
Visit to the Great Wall of China.
Visit to the Ming Tombs.
Photo stop at the Olympic stadium.
Dinner in one the famous Beijing duck restaurants.

Day 16: Beijing
Transfer to the airport.
Flight departing Beijing.