Osnova VM4 (IE)

14 days / 2 stops – from €1,540 (per person twin share)

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

Tour Introduction
A budget 14-day trip, combining the natural beauty of Lake Baikal with the cultural highlights of Ekaterinburg. 

Vladivostok — Irkutsk and Lake Baikal in Siberia — Ekaterinburg — Moscow  

Departure dates
Daily departures either on train #1 or #7.
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: 1 night 3* hotel
√  Vladivostok: mini guided city walking tour (2 hrs)
√  Lake Baikal: arrival meeting and transfer; 2 nights budget accommodation (shared bathroom) in Listvyanka guesthouse
√  Irkutsk: 1 night 3* hotel; departure transfer: hotel to train station
√  Ekaterinburg: station transfers; 2 nights 3* hotel,
√  Ekaterinburg guided city walking tour; guided excursion in Ural Countryside
√  Moscow: arrival transfer; 1 night budget hotel, guided city walking tour

Prices (per person)
€2,110  – based on solo travel
€1,540  – based on two people travelling together
€1,445  – based on three people travelling together
€1,445  – based on four people travelling together

»  Days by the shore of majestic Lake Baikal
»  Ekaterinburg: excursion to Romanov Monastery
»  Guided city tours in Vladvistok 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)

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

Day 2
Vladivostok departure
Guided city walking tour (10am – 2 hrs). Free afternoon in Vladivostok before evening transfer to train station. Depart on train #7 at 21:30 (or on Rossiya #1 at 19:10). (B)

Day 3
On train crossing the Russian far east

Day 4
On train crossing Siberia

Day 5
Irkutsk arrival
Travel along the southern shore of Lake Baikal in the morning before arriving in Irkutsk on train #7 in the evening at 22:19 (on #1 at 15:23). Meet your local guide/driver on the station platform and transfer to 3* Angara hotel, staying overnight.

Day 6
Lake Baikal – Listvyanka
Meet guide / driver after breakfast. Transfer to Listvyanka, the main village on the shore of Lake Baikal (70km from Irkutsk). Free afternoon to explore the village and lakeshore. Staying two nights at the wooden UD Guesthouse. (B)

Day 7
Lake Baikal – Listvyanka
Free day to explore Listvyanka Village and the natural surrounds. (B)
Hint: be sure to check out the interesting Lymnological Museum.

Day 8
Listvyanka | Irkutsk departure
Return to Irkutsk by yourself on the public bus (your guide will provide instructions). Free time in Irkutsk to explore the city’s fabulous wooden architecture. Irkutsk is an important staging post on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the city center is reasonably easy to navigate on foot. Hint: Pick up supplies for the four-night train journey.
Afternoon transfer to train station. Depart late afternoon at 16:11. (B)

Day 9
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 10
On train | Ekaterinburg arrival
Evening arrival in Ekaterinburg at 22:48; meet guide on platform. Transfer to central hostel, staying 2 nights.

Day 11
Ekaterinburg | Romanov Monastery excursion
Guided tour to Romanov Monastery ‘Ganina Yama’ and the secret grave site. (3 hrs)
Note: for alternative excursions, check out the Ekaterinburg tour programs.

Day 12
Ekaterinburg | Train to Moscow
Morning transfer to station. Depart at 10:12. (B)

Day 13
Moscow arrival and city tour
Arrive Moscow (Yaroslavsky station) at 09:30; meet driver on station platform. Transfer to centrally located budget hotel, staying one night. 

Moscow city tour
Enjoy an 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 14
End of tour – extend 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 of continuing on to Saint Petersburg.