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Dear Travelers,

I have the honor to invite you to an exciting and unforgettable journey through continents and centuries, along the famous TransSib, the road of four emperors. The most famous railway in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railroad, is thousands of kilometers long – from the shores of the Baltic Sea to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Its construction extended for long decades.

The first section – from Saint-Petersburg to Moscow – was accepted by Emperor Nicholas I personally. In 1861 His Majesty made the first pleasure journey between the two capitals of the State of Russia. His son, Emperor Alexander II, inherited his father’s helm. According to the Royal Edict, the railway from Moscow to Ural Mountains has been constructed for almost 40 years. The next section – around 7 thousand kilometers long – extending from the far city of Miass in the Ural region to the Pacific ocean itself was already laid by Alexander III. His son – the future Last Emperor of Russia Nicholas II – was present at the solemn ceremony of construction work. Construction of the Great Road was finished in the last year of his reign – in 1916. The Great Siberian Way is indeed one of the amazing man-made wonders of the World. The Road of Four Emperors connects the European continent with the mysterious Asia. The Trans-Siberian Railway, along which goes the famous excursion deluxe train “Imperial Russia”,the train passes by all the largest historical andcultural centers of the vast Russian Empire.

Russia is a mysterious country many, 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 the West to the East. For this purpose the Trans-Siberian Railway will be perfect – 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.

You will return home enriched with new knowledge. When you will tell about your impressions, you will be listened to, open-mouthed with surprise. Transsib will turn your whole idea of Eurasia upside-down, the crossroad of two different parts of the World, Europe and Asia.
 

This is Russia: to solve its mystery – one has to cross it from the West to the East… 

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  IMPERIAL RUSSIA TRAIN’S DESCRIPTION 

VIP CARS

1 to 2 passengers per compartment. Consists of 5 passenger compartments, 2 seats in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. A table with an armchair. An LCD TV set. An inbuilt cabinet for clothes and luggage. An individual water closet with a shower booth and a washbowl. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin. VIP cars have two-seat compartments with an area larger than two ordinary ones. A compartment has a comfortable transformable sofa and a foldaway upper berth, in a eparate bay there is a shower booth and an environmentally clean toilet.

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FIRST CLASS PLUS SLEEPING CARS

1 to 2 passengers per compartment. Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 seats in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. A table with an armchair. An LCD TV set. An inbuilt clothes cabinet. Between compartments there are four rooms with washbowls and shower cans. In compartment 9 there is an auxiliary room for storing luggage. Two water closets: in the beginning and the end of the car. The air conditioning system is general, with an option of additional temperature control in each compartment (« ± 3С »).

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FIRST CLASS SLEEPING CARS

1 to 2 passengers per compartment. Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 seats in each. Berths: all lower ones. A table. An LCD TV set. In compartment 9 there is a shower booth with a washbowl. Two water closets: in the beginning and the end of the car. The air conditioning system is general, with an option of additional temperature control in each compartment (« ± 3С »).

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STANDARD CAR

1 to 4 passengers per compartment. The structure of the car fully complies with the requirements of sanitary standards for illumination, ergonomics, microclimate, noise, and vibration, as well as all the safety requirements. For a comfortable travel the train contains a car-shower especially for passengers of standard car.

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RESTAURANTS

Two Restaurant cars are designed for providing passengers with guaranteed hot food on compartment seats and by orders in the restaurant hall. 

BAR

The bar carriage is separated by a decorative partition to make two comfortable zones allowing the passengers to eat, dance, relax with a drink and enjoy the scenery passing in the window. 

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Day 1 ST. PETERSBURG

Transfer from airport to a hotel. Accommodation in a standard room.

Day 2 ST. PETERSBURG

Breakfast in the hotel. Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg including Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Blood. Lunch in a restaurant.
Excursion to the Hermitage – оne of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Dinner in a restaurant.
Welcome on board of Imperial Russia Train. Depart St. Petersburg.

Day 3 MOSCOW

Arrival in Moscow. Breakfast at the hotel. Grand city tour. Lunch. Visit to the Moscow Kremlin which is a symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, a treasure house of magnificent relics and monuments of art. Walk along the Arbat Street, visiting the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and sightseeing tour of Moscow metro stations. Dinner. Depart Moscow.

The Capital of Five States

For its centuries-long history ancient Moscovia became the capital of five states – Grand Duchy of Moscow, the Tsardom of Russia, Russian Empire, USSR and, finally, modern Russia.
The symbol of the city, the Red Square, will meet you with unique architecture of the Pokrovsky Cathedral, and, if you are lucky, with the Kremlin clock chime which the whole country uses to measure time. Moscow Kremlin is like Fairy World hidden behind castellation walls. And inside of it are Kremlin Churches! Dormition Cathedral is the most ancient one in Moscow, where all Tsars and Emperors of Russia were coronated. Cathedral of the Archangel is the tomb of Tsars who ruled before Peter I. Yet another wide known site is the Ivan the Great Bell Tower. You won’t be able to walk past Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell, monuments of Russian casting skill. And afterwards do not forget to visit Moscow subway, the most beautiful subway in the world! We are sure that everything you will see in Moscow, will stay with you forever.
 

Day 4 KAZAN

Breakfast on board. Arriving to Kazan railway station. Grand city tour “Old Kazan” (the Tartar capital is  situated on the picturesque banks of the Volga). 
Within folklore program “Tugan Avalim” you will enjoy Tartar epic. Kazan sightseeing (Kremlin). Lunch including a master class revealing the secret of Tartar cuisine. Depart Kazan. Dinner on board.

Conquest of the Khanate of Kazan

The ancient city, capital of the great Khanate of Kazan, was merged into the State of Russia in XVII century as a result of a series of wars that lasted for more than a hundred years. After a days long siege the conqueror of Kazan, Ivan IV the Terrible, ordered to raze the stubborn city to the ground. And to lay a White Stone Kremlin in the center as a symbol of might of the Duchy of Moscow.
Today the central part of Kazan is justly included in to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The travelers are met by dozens of monuments of history and architecture: medieval caravansary, the pearl of Kremlin – Soyembiko leaning tower, the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross with the icon of Our Lady of Kazan, Peter and Paul Cathedral built in commemoration of Peter I stay in Kazan, Qolsharif Mosque…

Day 5 YEKATERINBURG

Breakfast on board. Train arrives in Yekaterinburg railway station.
City tour dedicated to the last days of last Russian tsar. As part of the excursion you will see the Church on Blood erected to commemorate a tragic historical event, the orthodox monastery with temples that are considered to be pearls of Russian construction. Lunch.
You will visit the memorial built at the boundary of two continents (the Europe and Asia).
Depart Yekaterinburg. Dinner on board.

Between Europe and Asia

Yekaterinburg was named in 1723 after the spouse of Peter the Great, the future Empress Ekaterina I. In this unique city you will be able to stand with one foot in Europe and another foot in Asia! The Great Siberian Route that once connected the two continents, crosses Yekaterinburg as well. It is here that the bloody drama that put an end to the history of the Russian monarchy in July, 1918 took place: Emperor Nicholas II and his family were shot in the house of merchant Ipatieff. Nowadays the Church on Blood in Honor of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land stands in that place. Besides the church you will visit the Ganina-Yama, a church constructed at the place of secret burial site of the executed.
Today Yekaterinburg is the city of steelworkers: iron produced here was once used to cover the roof the British Parliament, and Yekaterinburg metal was used for construction of the frame of the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of USA.

Day 6 NOVOSIBIRSK

Breakfast on board. Train arrives in Novosibirsk. Lunch.
Sightseeing tour: Railway Museum, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, ancient streets, Ob River esplanade. City tour continued. Dinner. Depart Novosibirsk.

City of Science

In 1903, issuing a decree, assigning the status of a city to Novonikolayevsk (this was the name of the future Novosibirsk at that time), Nicholas II was thinking of transferring the capital of Russia here. But it didn’t work out. And the city didn’t receive the status of a capital. In the soviet period Novosibirsk acquired dark reputation of a symbol of Stalin’s terror. On the average 74 death sentences were passed in the local prison a day.
Today Novosibirsk is a city of academic science. It hasn’t lost the charm of its past, that is kept with care by employees of Birch Bark, Sun and Trains museums. By all means advise to visit the Novosibirsk Reservoir as a must. It is also known as the Ob Sea.

Day 7 on Board

Enjoy activities on board. Meals on board.

Day 8 IRKUTSK

Breakfast on board. Train arrives at Irkutsk railway station.
Tour to the historical city center including a visit to the Decembrists' Museum, the “wooden lace” house, also called the House of Europe, the most beautiful and amazing streets of the city – Bolshaya Prospektnaya, today – Karl Marx street.
Lunch at a city restaurant. Visit to the Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography which is located in a picturesque place on the right bank of the Angara River.
Free time at the 130 Quarter – Irkutsk Sloboda, a quarter with reconstructed city buildings of the 19-20 c. Dinner in a restaurant. Depart Irkutsk.

Siberian Saint-Petersburg

Irkutsk was founded in 1661 as a fortress on the distant Russian border. But already 50 years later it became a large merchant city, a gold mining center trading with China. At the end of the XVIII century Russian-American trade company was established with participation of the Irkutsk merchant G. Shelikhov, it operated not only in the eastern part of Russia, but also in the Russian America – today it is the territory of the USA, the state of Alaska…
Before the revolution Irkutsk was often called the Siberian Saint-Petersburg, and in 1918 it was made capital of the White Russia – Admiral Kolchak’s Government moved here. And it is here that the Admiral was shot in February of 1919.
A lot antique monuments have preserved in Irkutsk: railway station and the only surviving construction of the Irkutsk prison, Church of Our Savior, Epiphany Cathedral and Church of the Transfiguration, reconstructed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and more than 700 wooden constructions among which are the house of merchant Shubin and the so-called Lace House.

Day 9 LAKE BAIKAL

Breakfast on board. Arrival in Port Baikal. Boat to Listvyanka. Platform observation, Chersky Stone observation point with beautiful view on the southern part of the lake and the source of the Angara River is one of the most favorite places for tourists and photographers. Visit to Baikal Museum which displays the flora and fauna of the lake.List vyanka sightseeing. Lunch. Visit to local fish and souvenir market. Return to Irkutsk (upon request).

Wonder of Nature

Standing on the shores of Lake Baikal, you can’t help being awestruck with admiration by the Wonder created by Nature itself. The deepest Lake in the world, it contains the fifth part of the Earth’s fresh water.
Sailing on a motor ship in the waters of the Baikal, imagine, that a bit more than a hundred years ago the last Russian Emperor, the then heir to the throne, Crown Prince Nicholas sailed here as well.
Like you, he came ashore in small villages, met the people, tasted the local cuisine. But the future Emperor did not confine himself to entertainment only. According to his Imperial Edict, regular shipping traffic was established at the Baikal. At the same time, Nicholas II ordered to start building the Circum-Baikal Railway, along which you can travel admiring unique landscapes from the windows of the train.

SERVICES INCLUDED

Accommodation

  • Onboard the «Imperial Russia Train».
  • 1 night at St.Petersburg 5 star hotel.
  • Towels, bathrobe and slippers available onboard of the “Imperial Russia” train

Excursions & Guides

  • Excursions with local guides according to the program
  • Guides speaking English, German, French and Spanish.

Meals

  •  Tea/coffee on board throughout the day.
  • Full board.
Services
  • Pick-up at the airport of St.Petersburg, transfer to hotels and train stations

  • Services of the porter at the hotel and the railway station
  • Brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the countries visited
  • Doctor onboard
  • English Speaking Group Leader and Tour managers

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED 

  • Flights International and Domestic.
  • The cost of entry visas (“Russian Railway Tours” is not responsible for passengers who have incorrect or expired visas)
  • All drinks ordered in the bar car
  • “Tailor made” excursions. You have possibility to extend your Tour. We offer additional excursions in every city within the Tour and in other cities of Russia
  • Meals on the day of arrival, departure
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Insurance (every passanger is oblighed to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour)
  • Vaccination: consult your doctor or medical center for specific health advice, due to visit of different countries in terms of this Tour)