Polny VM4 (IE)

15 days / 2 stops – from €2,290 (per person twin share)

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

Tour Introduction
A 15-day trip expanding your experience of Russia, combining the natural beauty of Lake Baikal with the cultural highlights of Ekaterinburg. 

Route
Vladivostok — Irkutsk and Lake Baikal in Siberia — 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.

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
√  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
√  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

Prices (per person)
€3,295  – based on solo travel
€2,290  – based on two people travelling together
€2,180  – based on three people travelling together
€2,040  – based on four people travelling together

Highlights
»  Days by the shore of majestic Lake Baikal, guided tour of Listvyanka Village and Lake Baikal Museum + hiking excursion
»  Ekaterinburg: excursion to traditional village in Ural Countryside
»  Guided city tours in Vladivistok and Moscow

Flexibility – tour programs and accommodation
Upgrade to first class or private second class cabin.
Consider alternative tour programs and excursions in Irkutsk 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 MV4 (EI); Polny BM5 (UIE); Osnova MV4 (EI)

 

Day 1 
Vladivostok arrival
Arrive Vladivostok and meet your driver in arrivals hall (arriving by plane). Transfer to centrally located 4* Astoria hotel, staying 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 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 UD 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
On board the train all day. 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 Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk. 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.

Day 11
On train | Ekaterinburg arrival
Evening arrival in Ekaterinburg at 22:48; meet guide on platform. Transfer to 3* Chekhov Hotel, staying 2 nights.

Day 12
Ekaterinburg | Nevyansk excursion
Excursion to Koptelovo village in the Ural Mountains (or alternative activity by request). (B|L)
Note: for alternative excursions, check out the Ekaterinburg tour programs.

Day 13
Ekaterinburg | Train to Moscow
Breakfast before transfer to station. Depart on train #15/59 at 10:12. (B)

Day 14
Moscow arrival
Arrive Moscow (Yaroslavsky station) at 09:30; meet driver on station platform. Transfer to centrally located 3* Arbat House hotel, staying one night.
Meet your guide at 14:00 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.

Day 15
End of tour. (B)
You have a free day 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.