Polny MV3 I

14 days / 1 stop – €1,530 (per person, twin share)

14 day itinerary with tour programs in Moscow, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Vladivostok

Tour Introduction
A 14 day trip, breaking the epic journey across Russia with a couple of days by the majestic Lake Baikal. 

Route
Vladivostok — Irkutsk / Lake Baikal — Moscow 

Departure dates
Take a look at the Trains and Schedules page for the specific details regarding Beijing departures and onward travel.

Tour includes
√  Monkey info pack, local support, visa invitation documents
√  Train tickets in standard second class (4-berth) cabins
√  Vladivostok: arrival and departure transfers: 2 nights centrally located 3* hotel; guided city tour
√  Lake Baikal: all transfer; 2 nights guesthouse accommodation in Listvyanka Village
√  Listvyanka guided hiking excursion
√  Irkutsk: 1 night 3* Marussia hotel, guided city tour
√  Moscow: arrival transfer; 1 night centrally located 3* hotel, guided city walking tour
√  Meals as listed in the itinerary (B – breakfast | L – lunch | D – dinner)

Prices (per person)
€2,150 – based on solo travel
€1,530 – based on two people travelling together
€1,425 – based on three people travelling together
€1,405 – based on four people travelling together

Highlights
»  Relax by the shore majestic Lake Baikal
»  Guided city tours in Vladivostok and Moscow

Flexibility – tour programs and accommodation
Upgrade to first class or private second class cabin
Substitute tour programs at Lake Baikal, adding or subtracting days to coordinate with your interests, time frame and budget
Add an extension from Moscow to Saint Petersburg with extra nights accommodation in Moscowovernight or express day train and accommodation in Saint Petersburg, along with a number of additional Moscow tours and Saint Petersburg

Day 1
Moscow arrival and city tour
Arrive Moscow___ (arrival transfer can be added). Staying at a centrally located 3* hotel, one night.
We can book extra accommodation and tours in Moscow, along with an extension from Saint Petersburg.

Enjoy a guided orientation tour of Moscow (usually at 2pm  or switch to following morning – 3 hrs).
The Moscow guides have their own personal touch, while of course visiting the main sites and introducing you to the diversity of Moscow’s architectural styles from Russian-Moscow Baroque and Art Nouveau to the Pseudo-Chinese and Moorish influences. The three-hour walking tour generally includes: Tverskaya street and it’s important buildings, Manezhnaya square, Marshal Zhukov monument, Lubyanka (former KGB building), Aleksandrovsky Gardens and of course the Red Square, St. Basil Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Day 2
Moscow | Train to Irkutsk
Breakfast and free morning in Moscow before transfer to station. Depart a little before 14:00. (B)

Day 3
On train
On board the train all day, passing the cities of Perm and Ekaterinburg as you cross the Ural Mountains, the geographic border of Asia and Europe. You will notice the land become less populated as you leave the developed west and travel through the provinces of the Urals and into Siberia.

Day 4
On train
Stroll along to the dining car or buy fresh produce from local vendors as you stretch your legs on the platform.  The train stops around ten times per day, at cities such as Omsk and Novosibirsk.

Day 5
On train
This is the ‘mid Siberian railway’, which was built between 1893 and 1898 crossing the river Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk. It is the half way point on the Moscow to Beijing Trans-Siberian / Mongolian line. Enjoy endless views of Siberian taiga forest, as the train passes north of the Sayan Mountains. 

Day 6
Irkutsk arrival | Lake Baikal – Listvyanka Village
Arrive in Irkutsk a little before 11am. Meet your guide on the station platform and transfer to Listvyanka (70km from Irkutsk). Staying 2 nights at comfortable UD Guesthouse. Enjoy a tour of Listvyanka village and the Lake Baikal museum.

Day 7
Lake Baikal – Listvyanka
Enjoy a moderate hiking excursion (4-6 hrs) in Baikal National Park, navigating the taiga forests surrounding Listvyanka and skirting the high cliffs looking over Lake Baikal. Excursion includes a stop by the foreshore to enjoy a picnic lunch (B|L)
Note: for alternative excursions, check out the Lake Baikal tour programs.

Day 8
Irkutsk city tour
Return to Irkutsk, staying overnight in a boutique hotel in the interesting District 130, an restaurant and shopping area refurbished to showcase the unique wooden architecture of the city. Enjoy a 2-hour guided city walking tour of the main sites in the city center, including: Karl Marx Street, the Church of the Transfiguration, the Epiphany Cathedral and the former Polish Cathedral.
Explore further on your own. The main part of Irkutsk is easy to navigate by foot. The Decemberists homes are definitely worth visiting, so remember to ask your guide for directions. (B)

Day 9
Train to Vladivostok
Early transfer to station. Depart just before 8am (on train #2; or 08:30 on train #8). Travel along the southern shore of Lake Baikal and passing the city of Ulan-Ude mid-afternoon. (B – time permitting)

Day 10
On train – Siberia

Day 11
On train – Russian far east

Day 12
Vladivostok arrival
Arrive in Vladivostok in the early morning around 7am (on train #1; or 14:37 on train #8).
Meet your driver on the platform and transfer to a centrally located 3* hotel, staying 2 nights.

Day 13
Vladivostok
Guided city tour (3 hrs by car). (B)

Day 14
Vladivostok
Transfer to airport (or port) for onward travel. (B)