Polny VM3 I

13 days / 1 stop – from €1,840 (per person, twin share)

 13 day itinerary with tours in Vladivostok, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Moscow

Tour Introduction
A 13 day trip, breaking the epic journey across Russia with a couple of days by the majestic Lake Baikal. 

Vladivostok — Irkutsk / Lake Baikal — Moscow 

Departure dates (departing Vladivostok on day 3)
Monday, Thursday, Saturday on train #1; or train #7 on even-dates.
Take a look at the Trains and Schedules page for the specific details regarding Vladivostok 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 4* hotel; guided city tour
√  Vladivostok guided city tour (4 hrs – car)
√  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
√  Moscow: arrival transfer; 1 night centrally located 3* hotel, guided city walking tour

Prices (per person)
€2,535  – based on solo travel
€1,840  – based on two people travelling together
€1,740  – based on three people travelling together
€1,635  – based on four people travelling together

»  Relax by the shore of majestic Lake Baikal, and enjoy a tour of Listvyanka Village and Lake Baikal Museum
»  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.

Compare to: Polny MV4 (EI)Polny BM4 (UI)

Day 1 
Vladivostok arrival
Arrive in Vladivostok and meet your driver in the arrivals hall (arriving by plane). Transfer to centrally located 4* Astoria hotel, staying 2 nights.

Day 2
Vladivostok city tour
Guided city tour (4 hrs by car). (B)

Day 3
Vladivostok departure
Free day in Vladivostok before evening transfer to train station. Depart on train #1 (Rossiya) at 19:10 (Monday, Thursday, or Saturday departures only; or #7 at 21:30 even dates). (B)

Day 4
On train – Russian far east

Day 5
On train – Siberia

Day 6
Irkutsk arrival
Travel along the southern shore of Lake Baikal in the morning before arriving in Irkutsk on train #1 in the afternoon at 15:23 (or at 22:19 on #7). Meet your local guide/driver on the station platform and transfer to 3* Marussia Boutique Hotel, staying 1 night.

Day 7
Lake Baikal – Listvyanka
Meet guide / driver after breakfast. Transfer to Listvyanka, the main village on the shore of Lake Baikal (70km from Irkutsk). Staying two nights at a comfortable wooden guesthouse. Enjoy a guided tour of Listvyanka Village and the Lake Baikal Museum. (B)

Day 8
Lake Baikal | Listvyanka – Excursion
A moderate hiking excursion that takes you into the hills surrounding Listvyanka and along the cliffs overlooking Lake Baikal (5 hrs). The hike is normally conducted by Sasha or one of his guides, who speak basic English and have developed many tracks as self-appointed park managers of the area.
They will instruct you on the different fauna, flora and habitats of the area. Altogether, a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of Listvyanka and Lake Baikal. Free evening in Listvyanka. (B|L)
Note: for alternative excursions, check out the Lake Baikal tour programs.

Day 9
Listvyanka | Irkutsk departure
Free morning before transfer to Irkutsk. 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.
Hint: Pick up supplies for the four-night train journey. 
Afternoon transfer to train station. Depart on train #69 at 16:11. (B)

Day 10
On train crossing Siberia

This is the ‘mid Siberian railway’, which was built between 1893 and 1898 crossing the great rivers Ob and Yenisei. It is the half way point on the Moscow to Beijing Trans-Mongolian line. The train will make regular stops, including longer stopovers in cities such as Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk where passengers can get off the train briefly to buy fresh produce from local vendors and stretch their legs.

Day 11
On train
Passing cities such as Ekaterinburg and Perm as you cross the Ural Mountains and the geographic border of Asia and Europe.

Day 12
On train
You will notice the land become less farmed and more industrial as you leave Siberia and cross into the Ural provinces and ultimately close in on Moscow.

Day 13
Moscow arrival
Arrive Moscow (Yaroslavskaya station) early morning, at 04:56 and meet your driver on station platform. Transfer to centrally located 3* hotel. Freshen up and have breakfast before guided city tour. (B)
Note: If arriving into Moscow early morning on train #69 at 04:56 (or a similar time) we typically book the hotel for the arrival night to guarantee early check-in on arrival. If you prefer to roll this night forward and check-in later in the afternoon please let us know in advance so that we can make the necessary adjustments.
Enjoy a terrific informative three-hour orientation tour of Moscow. All our guides have their own personal itineraries and will visit many of the main sites, including: 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.

You have a free afternoon to continue your exploration of this exciting and vibrant city and delve into the long and turbulent history of Russia, adding on extra nights and additional Moscow tours if you wish.