Polny MV6 (EKIU)

21 days / 6 stops – €3,250 (per person, twin share)

21 day itinerary with tours in Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Ulan-Ude

Tour Introduction
An adventurous 21-day trip showcasing the cultural riches and natural beauty and splendour of Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude and Vladivostok.

Moscow — Ekaterinburg — Krasnoyarsk — Irkutsk / Lake Baikal — Ulan-Ude — Vladivostok

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

Tour includes
√  Monkey info pack, local support, visa invitation documents
√  Train tickets in standard second class (4-berth) cabins
√  Moscow: 1 night centrally located 3* hotel; guided city walking tour; departure transfer
√  Ekaterinburg: station transfers; 2 nights central 3* hotel
√  Ekaterinburg: guided city walking tour; guided excursion in Ural Countryside
√  Krasnoyarsk: station transfers; 2 nights 3* boutique hotel
√  Krasnoyarsk guided city tour and full day hiking excursion in Stolby Nature Reserve
√  Lake Baikal: all transfers; 2 nights guesthouse accommodation in Listvyanka Village
√  Guided tour of Listvyanka tour and Lake Baikal Museum
√  Listvyanka guided hiking excursion
√  Irkutsk: 1 night 3* Marussia hotel, guided city tour
√  Ulan-Ude: station transfers; 3 nights 3* hotel
Ulan-Ude: Guided excursions to Ivolginsky Datsan and ‘Old Believers village’, and Atsagatski Datsan and Buryat village (incl. local lunches) √  Vladivostok: arrival and departure transfers; 2 nights 4* hotel
√  Vladivostok guided walking city tour (3 hrs)
√  Meals as listed in the itinerary (B – breakfast | L – lunch | D – dinner)

Prices (per person)
€4,960  – based on solo travel
€3,250  – based on two people travelling together
€3,050  – based on three people travelling together
€2,915  – based on four people travelling together

»  Ekaterinburg: excursion to traditional village in Ural Countryside
»  Hiking among the unique rock formations in Stolby Nature Reserve on the doorstep of Krasnoyarsk
»  Days by the shore of Lake Baikal
»  Guided excursions outside Ulan-Ude to Ivolginsky and Atsagatski Datsans, plus ‘Old Believers’ village and Buryat village 
»  Guided city tours in Moscow and Vladivostok

Flexibility and further considerations
Upgrade to first-class or private second-class cabin.
Add an extension from Saint Petersburg to Moscow with accommodation in Saint Petersburgovernight or express day train and extra nights accommodation in Moscow, along with a number of additional tours in Saint Petersburg and Moscow.
Consider alternative tour programs and excursions in Krasnoyarsk, Ekaterinburg or Lake Baikal, adding or subtracting days to coordinate with your interests, time frame and budget.

Consider a 3-night tour program on magical Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal.

Day 1
Moscow arrival and city tour
We include your hotel the day before departure from Moscow. If you didn’t extend your stay before, and if this is the day you arrive, there is the option to book a transfer. Stay the night at the centrally located 3* Arbat House.
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 departure
Free morning in Moscow before transfer to station. Depart Moscow around 13:00. (B)

Day 3
Train | Ekaterinburg arrival
Arrive in Ekaterinburg in the evening at 17:46. Meet your guide at the platform and transfer to the centrally located 3* Chekhov hotel, where you will stay two nights.

Day 4
Ekaterinburg | Ural Mountains – Nevyanksk
Full day excursion to the city of Nevyansk (80km from Ekaterinburg), the one time capital of the Demidov dynasty, a very successful family of factory owners. The trip includes a visit to the famous and recently restored Nevyansk “leaning tower”, and the Transfiguration Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, plus the traditional craft center and famous Nevyansk icons.
You will stop at Byngi village on the return trip for lunch. (B|L)

Day 5
After breakfast, enjoy a 3-4 hours guided tour of the historical center with a local guide. Visit 1905 Revolution Square, Church of Spilled and the Chapel of St. Elizabeth, the Hill of Ascension, the Ural Museum of Minerals, statues of Ekaterinburg founders and communist leaders. Free afternoon to explore further on your own before evening transfer to the train station. Depart a little before 22:00. (B)

Day 6
On train
The train stops around ten times per day, at cities such as Omsk and Novosibirsk  This is the ‘mid Siberian railway’, which was built between 1893 and 1898 crossing the great rivers Ob and Yenisei.

Day 7
Krasnoyarsk arrival
Early morning arrival a little before 09:00. Meet guide on platform and transfer to the 3* Metelitsa Hotel, staying 2 nights (including early check-in).
Rest up before enjoying a guided city tour (3-4 hrs by car); including: downtown Mira Prospekt, the Chapel of Saint Paraskeva Pyatnitsa, Communal Bridge, Victory Memorial, and the local Ethnographic Museum (entrance not included). 

Day 8
Krasnoyarsk – Stolby Nature Reserve
This is a full day excursion to the beautiful countryside of Siberia, and a strenuous but exhilarating day. [there are alternative options if you prefer a more relaxed tour].
Crossing the Yenisei River you head out to Stolby Nature reserve and hike 4km to the first outcrop of Stolby rocks. Here you can gain access to a number of unique rock formations, including: ‘Little Elephant’, ‘Grandfather’, ‘Feathers’ and ‘Lion’s gate’. There are a number of peaks offering views throughout the reserve and how many you visit will depend on your level of fitness, time and the weather conditions.
Enjoy a picnic lunch during the outing. Return to city late afternoon. (B|L)

For alternative excursions, check out the Krasnoyarsk tour programs.

Day 9
Krasnoyarsk | Train
Breakfast before transfer to the train station. Departure on train #8 at 13:48.
Spend the day relaxing in your comfortable cabin, enjoying the view of the Siberian taiga forest. The train winds around the Sayan mountains with some lovely views. (B)

Day 10
Irkutsk arrival | Listvyanka
Morning arrival at 08:34 into Irkutsk where you will meet your guide on the station platform. Transfer to Listvyanka. Staying at wooden UD Guesthouse, 2 nights.
Enjoy a tour of Listvyanka village and the Lake Baikal Limnological museum.

Day 11
Lake Baikal – Listvyanka Village
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 12
Return to Irkutsk, staying overnight in a 3* boutique hotel in the interesting District 130, an intimate boutique hotel in a district of wooden buildings, with plenty of shops, restaurants and evening entertainment options.
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 13
Irkutsk | Train to Ulan-Ude
Breakfast before transfer to station. Depart on train #70 at 09:08.
Travel along shore of Lake Baikal during the day. Arrive in Ulan-Ude at 4:12pm. Meet guide on platform and transfer to the 3* Park hotel, staying three nights. (B)

Day 14
Ulan-Ude – Atsagatski Datsan
As the capital of Russia’s Buryatia republic Ulan-Ude has a unique mix of the Buryat and Russian people of Orthodox and Buddhist religions and Soviet industrial planning.
You will visit the picturesque Atsagatski Datsan, located in the countryside outside the city of Ulan-Ude. Here you will learn about the role Buddhism plays in the life of the local people. The monastery was completely destroyed in the 1930’s and rebuilt as Buddhism underwent a rebirth; it is now a center for Tibetan Medicine. The local village was founded in the 19th century and keeps the traditions and customs of the Buryat people.
You will have lunch with a local family, and enjoy the opportunity to learn about their traditional customs and dress. (B|L)

Day 15
Ulan-Ude – Ivolginsk Datsan
Another highlight of a stopover in Ulan-Ude is the Ivolginsk Datsan monastery, situated 35km outside of Ulan-Ude, with the surrounding mountains making a wonderful backdrop. This is the center of Buddhism in Russia and an important pilgrimage site.
Guest are able to wander past teaching areas where students study Philosophy, Tantrism, or Buddhist art and Tibetan language, monks’ living quarters, and various temples and the impressive Itygel Khambin Datsan.
Continue the tour to an ‘Old-Believers’ village to meet a local family and enjoy a home-cooked lunch. The ‘Old-Believers’ separated from the Russian Orthodox Church as a Protestant religion and were subsequently exiled to Siberia in the 18th century. Visit the church and a small museum. (B|L)

Day 16
Ulan-Ude | Train to Vladivostok
Free morning in Ulan-Ude before transfer to station. Depart on train #2 at 15:19 (or on #8 at 16:50). (B)

Day 17
On train
On train crossing Siberia.

Day 18
On train
On train crossing the Russian far east.

Day 19
Vladivostok arrival
Arrive in Vladivostok on train #2 at 07:07 (or on #8 at 14:32) and meet your driver on the platform. Transfer to 4* Astoria Hotel, where you’ll stay for 2 nights.

Day 20
Guided city tour by car (10am – 4 hrs). (B)

Day 21
Transfer to airport (or port) for onward travel from Vladivostok – End of tour. (B)