St.Petersburg - Baikal vatn, 9d/8n

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You start your journey in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – St. Petersburg. You have a good opportunity to enjoy the main architectural sights of St. Petersburg: the Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Isaac's and Kazan cathedrals, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Peter and Paul Fortress and many others. The next day train arrives in Moscow – the capital of Russia. The Kremlin and the Red Square, the Bolshoi Theater, Saint Basil's Cathedral, State Historical Museum, the Armory Chamber always attract millions of tourists. The journey continues, next stop is Kazan – the capital of the medieval Khanate of Kazan, the place which connected Christianity and Islam. Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk – each city conceals many secrets. It was here where the history of Russian State was made, history full of contradictions. 

Lake Baikal is the entry point to Russian Asia. In local legends it calls the sacred sea. It is located in the center of the Asia, on the border of Irkutsk Oblast and Republic of Buryatia. It’s the deepest lake on the planet, the largest natural reservoir of fresh water.

Trans-Siberian by Imperial Russia Train (St. Petesrburg - Lake Baikal), 9d/8n

St. Petersburg - Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Lake Baikal  

Dags. 22. - 30. july 2016

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)

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Day 1 Welcome to Moscow.

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

Day 2 MOSCOW

Breakfast at the hotel.
Grand City Tour.
Lunch.
Visit to the Moscow Kremlin which is a symbol of Russia, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the World, a treasure house of magnificent relics and monuments of art.
Walk along the Arbat Street. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
Sightseeing tour of Moscow metro stations.
Dinner.
Welcome to the Imperial Russia Train.
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 3 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 сuisine.
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 4 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 5 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 6 on Board

Enjoy activities on board.

Meals on board.

Day 7 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 8 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.

Listvyanka sightseeing.

Lunch.

Visit to local fish and souvenir market.

Return to Port Baikal.

Dinner in the form of a picnic on the shore of the lake.

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.

Day 9 ULAN UDE

Breakfast on board.

Arriving to Ulan-Ude.

Ethnic and cultural persity of this area offers a unique understanding of its heritage of the world's religions. Visit functional churches: Ivolginsky Datsan, Odigitria Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church.

You will be welcomed in a Buryat family: excursion program, reception in a traditional Buryat Yurt and a folklore program. Hospitable Buryats will teach you how to cook the traditional Buryat dish pozy, how to play dice, use a bow, wear a traditional Buryat costume, assemble and disassemble a felt yurt.

Sightseeing tour of this unique city, a convenient location in both strategic and economics ways on the cross-roads of Russia with China and Mongolia.

Depart Ulan-Ude.

Dinner on board.

The Cossacks Fortress

Ulan Ude – founded by the Russian Cossacks as a winter hut, but received a status of a city by Ekaterina the Great’s decree, Ulan Ude with its unique historical and cultural heritage, was included into the list of Cities of Historical Heritage of Russia.
Museums and theaters, scientific centers and laboratories – the city which combined two opposites – pragmatic science and spiritual culture, which carried its traditions through the centuries and even the coat of arms of Ulan Ude presents soyombua traditional Mongolian symbol of eternal life (the sun, the moon, family hearth).

Day 10 ULAN BATOR

Arriving to Ulan Bator.

Breakfast.

Visit main square and Zaisan.

Transfer to the camp of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Upon arrival to the camp some time will be given to settle yurt and freshen up prior to lunch.

Lunch at the yurt camp.

After lunch the excursion to the Turtle Rock and enjoy beautiful scenery of the surrounding area. Hiking tour to the top of overlooking hill to have a general view of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

You will visit a nomadic family and get introduced to the authentic lifestyle and culture of Mongolian nomads and try traditional dairy food. Horse riding for an hour (optional), disassembling and building of a smaller Mongolian yurt.

Dinner.

You will meet the sunset in the wide steppe and observe night stars.

Accommodation in yurts.

Red Hero

Ulaan Baatar – the capital of Mongolia, the city which changed not only its name numerous times, but also its location.
Two societies are living in Ulaan Baatar, the nomads and modern people, the streets of this city are crowded with so different but yet unite people, one wear traditional costumes others business suits from the best designers. Only in Ulaan Baatar you can see a carriage on the main street close to a Mercedes or a market selling livestock and fashionable clothes. To put it simple, you can see everything in Ulaan Baatar.

Day 11 ULAN BATOR

Breakfast at the camp.

Transfer to Ulan Bator.

Visit Gandan Monastery, Mongolian Natural History Museum and Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan.

Lunch Mongolian BBQ.

Folk show.

Depart Ulan Bator.
Dinner on board.

Day 12 ERLIAN (Change trains)

Breakfast on board.

Train arrives in Erlian.

Change for Chinese train.
Dinner on board.

Day 13 BEIJING

Breakfast.

Train arrives in Beijing.

Visiting Tiananmen Square – this area can fit about a million people, this is the world's largest urban area, where the National Museum of China; the Great Hall of the People, the majestic Monument to the People's Heroes, Forbidden City.

Lunch.

Accommodation in a hotel.

Dinner at the Quánjùdé Roast Duck Restaurant.

The Celestial Empire

Beijing – one of the ancient Capitals of China, which bears the name of the official Capital of the Celestial Empire.
Tiananmen Gate, Forbidden City, the Great Chinese Wall, Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven are a MUST to see when visiting Beijing. If you like museums, then Gugun – the former Emperor’s Palace is the place for you – the largest state Museum of China welcomes you to see the wonder of the Celestial Empire.

Day 14 BEIJING

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visiting of the Great Wall of China.

Lunch.

Visiting the Summer Palace.

Dinner.

Day 15 BEIJING

Transfer from hotel to the airport.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

SERVICES INCLUDED

Accommodation

  • 1 night at Moscow hotel Baltchug Kempinski
  • 2 nights at Beijing hotel Beijing hotel
  • Onboard the «Imperial Russia Train» on the territory of Russia and Mongolia, onboard the Chinese train in China
  • 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.

Services

·         Pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport (in Moscow, Irkutsk and Beijing, depending on Tour choice)

·         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)