Polny VM6 (UIKE)

19 days / 4 stops – from €2,875 (per person, twin share)

19 day itinerary with tour programs in Vladivostok, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal, Krasnoyarsk, Ekaterinburg and Moscow

Tour Introduction
A wonderfully balanced 19-day adventure across Russia, showcasing the natural and cultural beauty of Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Krasnoyarsk and Ekaterinburg. 

Route
Vladivostok — Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk / Lake Baikal — Krasnoyarsk — Ekaterinburg — 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 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 transfer; 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)
€4,210 – based on solo travel
€2,875 – based on two people travelling together
€2,445 – based on three people travelling together
€2,410 – based on four people travelling together

Highlights
»  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 Moscowovernight or express day train and accommodation in Saint-Petersburg, along with a number of additional Moscow tours and Saint-Petersburg


Compare to: Polny VM5 (UIE); Polny MV6 (EKIU)

Day 1 
Vladivostok arrival
Arrive Vladivostok ___ Meet 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.

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

Day 3
Vladivostok departure
Free day in Vladivostok before early evening transfer to train station. Depart on train #1 (Rossiya) at 19:10 (or #7 at 21:52). (B)

Day 4
On train – Russian far east

Day 5
On train – Siberia

Day 6
Ulan-Ude arrival | Ivolginsk Datsan
Arrive Ulan-Ude on train #1 around 08:32 (or #7 at 14:25). Meet guide on station platform and transfer to 3* Geser 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 centre 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)

Day 7
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 centre 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)

Day 8
Train to Irkutsk
Early transfer to station, depart on train around 07:47. Travel along the southern shore of Lake Baikal. Arrive Irkutsk in the late afternoon around 16:30. Meet guide on platform and transfer to 3* Marussia hotel in Irkutsk, staying 1 night. (B)

Day 9
Lake Baikal – Listvyanka
Transfer to Listvyanka. Staying at UD Guesthouse, 2 nights. Enjoy a guided tour of Listvyanka Village and the Lake Baikal Limnological Museum. (B)

Day 10
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.

Day 11
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 centre, including: Karl Marx Street, the Church of the Transfiguration, the Epiphany Cathedral and the former Polish Cathedral.
Afternoon transfer to train station. Depart in the later afternoon around 16:39. (B)

Day 12
Krasnoyarsk arrival and city tour
Morning arrival into Kranoyarsk around 10:00. Meet guide on platform and transfer to a centrally located boutique 3* 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)

Day 13
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.

Day 14
Train to Ekaterinburg
Breakfast and transfer to the train station for departure on even days on train #1 to Ekaterinburg at 08:21. (B)

Day 15
Ekaterinburg arrival
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 and transfer to the 3* Chekhov hotel where you will stay for 2 nights.

Day 16
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.

Day 17
Ekaterinburg city tour | Train to Moscow
Guided city walking tour before afternoon transfer to station. Depart on train early afternoon around 14:00. (B)

Day 18
Moscow arrival
Arrive Moscow (Yaroslavsky station) late afternoon around 16:00; meet driver on station platform. Transfer to centrally located 3* hotel, staying one night. 

Day 19
Moscow city tour
Meet your guide after breakfast and enjoy a great orientation tour of Moscow city centre. 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. 

Compare with: Polny BM6 (UIKE); Polny MV6 (EKIU)