Polny VM6 (UIKE)
19 days / 4 stops – from €3,160 (per person, twin share)
19 day itinerary with tour programs in Vladivostok, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal, Krasnoyarsk, Ekaterinburg and Moscow
A wonderfully balanced 19-day adventure across Russia, showcasing the natural and cultural beauty of Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Krasnoyarsk and Ekaterinburg.
Vladivostok — Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk / Lake Baikal — Krasnoyarsk — Ekaterinburg — 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.
√ 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 4* hotel; guided city tour
√ Ulan-Ude: station transfers; 2 nights 3* hotel
√ Guided excursions to Ivolginsky Datsun and ‘Old Believers village’, and Atsagatski Datsun and Buryat village (incl. local lunches)
√ 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
√ Krasnoyarsk: station transfers; 2 nights 3* boutique hotel
√ Krasnoyarsk guided city tour and full day hiking excursion in Stolby Nature Reserve
√ Ekaterinburg: station transfers; 2 nights 3* hotel,
√ Ekaterinburg guided city walking tour; guided excursion in Ural Countryside
√ 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)
€4,620 – based on solo travel
€3,160 – based on two people travelling together
€2,935 – based on three people travelling together
€2,770 – based on four people travelling together
» Guided excursions outside Ulan-Ude to Ivolginsky and Atsagatski Datsans, plus ‘Old Believers’ village and Buryat village
» Days by the shore of majestic Lake Baikal, guided tour of Listvyanka Village and Lake Baikal Museum + hiking excursion
» Krasnoyarsk: Hiking among the unique rock formations in Stolby Nature Reserve
» Ekaterinburg: excursion to traditional village in Ural Countryside
» Guided city tours in Vladvistok and Moscow
Flexibility and further considerations
Upgrade to first-class or private second-class cabin
Consider a 3-night tour program on magical Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal.
Consider alternative tour programs and excursions in Krasnoyarsk or Ekaterinburg, adding or subtracting days to coordinate with your interests, time frame and budget.
Add an extension from Moscow to St Petersburg with extra nights accommodation in Moscow, overnight or express day train and accommodation in Saint-Petersburg, along with a number of additional Moscow tours and Saint-Petersburg.
Arrive Vladivostok and meet your driver in arrivals hall (arriving by plane). Transfer to centrally located 4* Astoria hotel, where you will stay 2 nights.
We can book additional accommodation and tours in Vladivostok prior to this day.
Vladivostok city tour
Guided city tour (4 hrs by car). (B)
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)
On train – Russian far east
On train – Siberia
Ulan-Ude arrival | Ivolginsk Datsan
Arrive Ulan-Ude on train #1 at 8am (or #7 at 14:20). Meet guide on station platform and transfer to 3* Park hotel, staying 2 nights.
As the capital of Russia’s Buryatia republic Ulan-Ude has a unique mix of the Buryat and Russian people and their culture, of Orthodox and Buddhist religions and Soviet industrial planning.
The highlight of a stopover in Ulan-Ude is the Ivolginsk Datsan monastery, situated 35km outside of Ulan-Ude. This is the center of Buddhism in Russia and an important pilgrimage site. View the 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 on to a traditional ‘Old Believers’ village: the ‘Old Believers’ separated from the Russian Orthodox Church as a Protestant religion and were exiled to Siberia in the 18th century. You will visit their church and a small museum, enjoying a traditional lunch in the home of a local family.
Return to Ulan-Ude in the evening. (L)
Ulan-Ude | Atsagatski Datsan
You will visit the photogenic Atsagatski Datsan (approx. one hour from Ulan Ude) to learn more about the important role Buddhism plays in the life of the local Buryat people. The monastery was completely destroyed in the 1930’s and rebuilt during the rebirth of Buddhism in the area, as 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 in traditional dress before returning to Ulan-Ude. (B|L)
Train to Irkutsk
Early morning transfer to station. Depart on train #69 at 07:15.
Travel along the southern shore of Lake Baikal. Arrive Irkutsk in the late afternoon around 15:30. Meet guide on platform and transfer to 3* Marussia Boutique Hotel in Irkutsk, staying 1 night. (B)
Lake Baikal – Listvyanka
Transfer to Listvyanka. Staying at the lovely Demidova Guesthouse, 2 nights.
Enjoy a guided tour of Listvyanka Village and the Lake Baikal Limnological Museum. (B)
Listvyanka | Excursion
Enjoy a moderate hiking excursion (5 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.
Free evening in Listvyanka. (B|L)
Note: for alternative excursions, check out the Lake Baikal tour programs.
Irkutsk | Train to Krasnoyarsk
Free time in Listvyanka before return transfer to Irkutsk.
Enjoy a guided walking tour (2 hrs) 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.
Afternoon transfer to train station. Depart on train #69 at 16:11. (B)
Krasnoyarsk arrival and city tour
Morning arrival in Krasnoyarsk at 09:35. Meet guide on platform and transfer to a centrally located 3* boutique hotel, staying two nights. Enjoy a 3 hrs afternoon guided city tour by car, including: downtown Mira Prospekt, the Chapel of Saint Paraskeva Pyatnitsa, Communal Bridge, Victory Memorial, and the local Ethnographic Museum, learning some fascinating stories along the way. (B)
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 Yenisey 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.
Train to Ekaterinburg
Breakfast and transfer to the train station for departure on even days on train #1 to Ekaterinburg at 08:19. (B)
Spend the day relaxing in your comfortable cabin, enjoying the view of the Siberian taiga forest. You will pass cities such as Novosibirsk and Omsk on the ‘mid Siberian railway’, which was built between 1893 and 1898.
Arrive to Ekaterinburg in the afternoon on train #1 at 13:36. Meet guide on station platform and transfer to the 3* Chekhov Hotel, staying 2 nights.
Ekaterinburg | Ural countryside – Nevyansk Village
Full-day excursion to the city of Nevyansk (80km from Ekaterinburg). Nevyansk is 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.
On the return trip, you will stop at Byngi Village for lunch. (B|L)
Note: for alternative excursions, check out the Ekaterinburg tour programs.
Ekaterinburg city tour | Train to Moscow
Breakfast and transfer to station. Depart on train 15/59 at 10:12. (B)
Arrive Moscow (Yaroslavsky station) at 09:30; meet driver on station platform. Transfer to centrally located 3* hotel, staying 1 night.
Moscow city tour
Meet your guide at 10:00 after breakfast and enjoy a great orientation tour of Moscow city center.
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. (B)
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.