Dragon Wagon Private Carriage

Moscow to Irkutsk

15 days / 6 stops – £3,190 (per person, twin share)

15 day fully escorted itinerary in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

Tour Introduction
Explore six amazing cities in Russia, starting in the capital Moscow, then overnight to wonderful St Petersburg, you will then visit Kazan, the capital of Tartarstan and a mix of Muslim and Catholic religions. Next is Ekaterinburg and the Ural Mountains at the geographical border between Europe and Asia, also the last resting place of the Romanov’s. Then head into central Siberia to visit Novosibirsk. Next up is Irkutsk and Listvyanka along Lake Baikal.

Route
Moscow –  St Petersburg – Kazan – Ekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

Highlights
» Trans-Siberian train journey, travelling over 6,000 km from Moscow to Irkutsk across two continents
» Remarkable scenery including Ural Mountains, the wide expanse of Siberia, countless rural villages, and magical Lake Baikal
» Explore different cultures and Russian history with stops in amazing areas such as Tartarstan, Ural Mountains, Siberia, Lake Baikal
» Explore capital cities of Moscow, St Petersburg, as well as Kazan, the regional capital of Tartarstan, Irkutsk, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk
» Stay in a traditional wooden home on the shore of Lake Baikal and enjoy local Siberian food
» Fully escorted trips, museum visits, folklore and music groups, river cruise and dinner parties

Tour includes

  • Monkey info pack, local support, Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
  • Competent tour guides for each group of no more than 26 guests
  • Experienced local tour guides
  • All transfers / bus trips according to itinerary
  • All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All meals according to itinerary
  • Overnight stays in hotels of 4* or 5* standard, traditional wooden house along Lake Baikal, or on board the train in your private wagon
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks
  • Local folkloristic music and dance groups
Day 1
Welcome to Moscow
Arrival to Moscow. Meet your guide and transfer to hotel. Dinner at hotel where you meet your fellow travellers. (D)

Day 2
Moscow
After breakfast: head to the “Golden Ring” town Sergei with one of the oldest monastery of Russia. Lunch in Sergei and return to Moscow for free walk on Arbat street. Moscow Metro tour and return to hotel for welcome dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 3
Moscow
After breakfast: visit Red Square and outside surroundings of the National History Museum, Lenin’s Tomb, Vasily Assumption Church, Gum National Department Store, Zhukov Statue, etc., then about 90 min in the Kremlin.
After lunch: Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Sparrow Hills, Grand Viewpoint, Victory Square, Arc de Triomphe, New Saints Cemetery, etc.
Dinner at hotel. Board the train to St Petersburg in the evening, dep. 22:28. It is 650km from Moscow to St. Petersburg. (B/L/D)

Day 4
St Petersburg
Arrive in St Petersburg in the morning at 6:40. City Tour after breakfast, then Summer palace to visit the Upper and Lower gardens. Lunch, return to downtown St Petersburg, check in hotel and dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 5
St Petersburg
After breakfast: visit the World War II Memorial Square, then take a bus to Pushkin village to visit the beautiful Catherine Palace and the famous “Amber Room” (about 90 minutes). After lunch: return to the city and board the Neva River cruise. Feel the charm of “Venice of the North”. Dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 6
St Petersburg
After breakfast: visit the Hermitage Museum (90 minutes), one of the world’s four major museums, with a VIP ticket. Lunch. Boarding train to the historical and cultural city of Kazan, dep. at 15:30. It is 1450km from St Petersbrug to Kazan. (B/L)

Day 7
Kazan
Arrive Kazan at 13:58 local time, meet tour guide. Check in hotel and city tour. Visit Kazan University, Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque. Dinner. (D)

Day 8
Kazan
After breakfast: bus to Sviark Island, visit the historical and cultural island with only 200 inhabitants, learn about the history and culture of Kazan and Russia. Lunch and Dinner at the hotel and in a Tartar restaurant. Return to the city and board the train to Ekaterinburg, dep 20:08. It is 875km from Kazan to Ekaterinburg. (B/L/D)

Day 9
Ekaterinburg
Arrive Ekaterinburg at 12:22 local time. After lunch: excursion to the Ural Mountains, visit the Europe-Asia Obelisk, the Chapel of St. Elizabeth and the largest private Military Museum in Russia. Return to city for Dinner. (L/D)

Day 10
Ekaterinburg
After breakfast: City Tour and boarding train to Novosibirsk, dep. at 12:10. It is 1525km from Ekaterinburg to Novosibirsk. (B)

Day 11
Novosibirsk
Arrive in Novosibirsk at 11:46 local time. Lunch. Check in Hotel, City tour (City Centre square, National Novosibirsk Opera and Dance Theatre, etc.). Boarding train to Irkutsk, dep. 23:54 midnight. It is 1850km from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk. (B/L/D)

Day 12
On board the Dragon Wagon
Your last trip on the train towards Irkutsk.

Day 13
Irkutsk
Arrive 08:28 local time. After Lunch at Russian family, enjoy the view of Lake Baikal and visit Baikal Museum. Check in Hotel and farewell dinner at the hotel with folkloristic performance. (L/D)

Day 14
Listvyanka and Lake Baikal
After breakfast: visit the Taritz Open-air Wooden National Architecture Museum. After lunch: visit the Decembrists Museum where you’ll enjoy a mini music concert. Free walk in Irkutsk at 130 District. Dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 15
Irkutsk
Breakfast. End of Tour and transfer to airport. (B)

Moscow to Irkutsk tours start on Wednesday:
Tour 1: 12 June (maybe sold out)
Tour 3: 10 July
Tour 5: 14 August
Tour 7: 11 September

Prices in GBP (per person)

£4,010  – based on solo travel and single room occupancy at hotels
£3,190  – based on two people travelling together
£3,130  – based on six people travelling together
£2,990  – based on eight people travelling together
£2,900  – based on ten or more people travelling together

£590  – supplement per person to upgrade to first class use of the cabin – 2 people instead of 4

£820  – supplement for single room occupancy at hotels

Soft Sleeper

Number and Size of Beds
● Sleeps up to 4 guests
● 2 lower and 2 upper beds
● 26.7 x 73.6 in/68 x 187 cm

Features
● Large window
● Table
● 2 shared bathrooms with sink and bio toilet per car
● 9 compartments per car
● 2-person occupancy available for a supplemental charge