11 days, 10 nights

Baikal Lake

Sample Program

DAY 1 – MOSCOW

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Arrival in Moscow

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Meeting with a guide upon arrival
Transfer to the hotel
Check-in in the hotel

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Overnight in hotel.

DAY 2 – MOSCOW

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Breakfast in the hotel

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City sightseeing tour
Metro tour
Lunch in the restaurant
Kremlin and Armory visit

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In the evening, transfer to the railway station
Departure to Kazan by the daily superior train at 23:08 (journey time: 11h35m)
Overnight on board

DAY 3 – KAZAN

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Morning arrival in Kazan.

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Meeting with a local guide.
Half-day tour of Kazan city.
Lunch in Tatar cuisine restaurant.

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Check-in to the hotel.
Half day at leisure.
Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 4 – KAZAN

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Breakfast in the hotel

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Early morning transfer to the train station (at 04:30)
Departure for Yekaterinburg by the superior train (journey time: 12h:26m)
Arrival in Yekaterinburg

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Transfer to the hotel
Overnight at hotel

DAY 5 – EKATERINBURG

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Breakfast in the hotel

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Full day tour with visit Historical center and Church of Spilled Blood
Lunch in the restaurant
Visit the border of Europe and monument
Yeltsin’s Innovation Center
Transfer to railway station
Departure to Novosibirsk (journey time: around 21h)

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Overnight on board

DAY 6 – NOVOSIBIRSK

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Evening arrival in Novosibirsk.
Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in hotel

DAY 7 – NOVOSIBIRSK – TRANS- SIBERIAN

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Breakfast and full day tour of the Capital of Siberia, including lunch.

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The scientific town Akademgorodok, located 30 km/ 18 miles away from Novosibirsk, is the only scientific town in the world where all the branches of sciences are fully represented. For this reason, it is sometimes called the “Scientific Vatican” in Western media. In 1957, at the acme of the Cold War, Nikita Khrushchev and Soviet mathematician Mikhail Lavrentyev created a special town for scientific research that they named Akademgorodok, or Academy City. They built this town near Novosibirsk in the depths of the Siberian hinterland and convinced some of the Soviet best scientists to move over there. A nice town in the woods, Akademgorodok is home to Novosibirsk State University, several academies, and 35 research centers. The commonwealth is untouched by industry and enjoys the proximity of the Ob Sea, as the reservoir created by the damming of the Ob River is called.
You can enter Akademgorodok via Lavrentiev Prospekt Avenue, marked by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world's most scientific street.” You can see the Ob River Reservoir, called the Ob Sea by locals. You can know more of this town when visiting one museum of your choice: Archeological Museum at the
Institute of Archeology and Ethnography (closed on SAT and SUN) / Geological Museum at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy (closed on SAT and SUN) / Open-Air Railway Museum with a huge collection of Soviet locomotives and railway carriages.
Then you return to Novosibirsk, the only settlement by the Trans-Siberian Railway that later turned into a million-plus city. You will try Siberian specialties for lunch before you proceed with the city tour, covering all the main attractions of the city: Novosibirsk Railway Station, the biggest station of The Trans-Siberian Railroad; Krasny Prospekt Avenue, one of the longest straight streets in the world (7km / 4.4miles); Lenin Square, the city center with the world’s second biggest Opera House (after that of Buenos Aires); historic wooden houses on Gorky St, the oldest part of the city; St. Nicholas Chapel, marking the geographic center of the former Russian Empire; embankment of the 7th longest river in the world (the Ob river).

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Transfer to railway station*.
Departure on one of the evening trains heading Irkutsk:
— 20:26 standard train #070 (daily).
Journey time: 32h56m;
— 23:54 fast standard train #008 (evendates).
Journey time: 31h34m;
— 01:44 (of Day 8) fast superior train
#002 ROSSIYA (uneven dates).
Journey time: 28h56m.Overnight on board.

DAY 8 – TRANS-SIBERIAN

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Day and night on board.

DAY 9 – TRANS-SIBERIAN – IRKUTSK – LAKE BAIKAL (LISTVYANKA)

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Morning arrival in Irkutsk:
— 06:22 on train #070;
— 07:40 on train #002.
— 08:28 on train #008;
Meet with the guide; proceed for breakfast, followed by the full day tour of Lake Baikal with lunch.

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On the route to the lake, you will visit the open-air museum of wooden architecture. Taltsy that was opened in the early 1980s with an attempt of preserving some historic houses that should have sunk in a newly created Bratsk reservoir. This outdoor museum is a 166-acre collection of authentic Russian and native Buryat, Evenki and Trafalgar dwellings and community buildings from the 17th to the early 20th century. The wooden structures were moved here from various Siberian locations and reassembled into little hamlets and nomadic camps. The gate to a 17th century fort, a working chapel built in 1679 and a potter’s workshop give travelers a feel for the people who lived here back then.

Your next stop will be at the village of Listvyanka, in front of the famous Shaman Rock. After you enjoy your fish lunch, you can visit the Museum of Lake Baikal which has an aquarium complex with the flora and fauna of the lake. Video excursions to the bottom of the lake can be also arranged. After that, you can reach the shore to take some wonderful pictures of the lake. On your way back to the center of the village, you can visit the colorful fish market. You can have a boat trip of the Lake Baikal. By the chair-lift you can reach the observation point known as the Stone of Chersky for the breathtaking panorama of Lake Baikal and the beginning of Angara River.

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Check-in will be possible at 14:00.
Free time.
Overnight in the wooden chalet at Listvyanka.

DAY 10 – LISTVYANKA – IRKUTSK

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Breakfast.

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12:00 Check-out and transfer back to Irkutsk, followed by Irkutsk city tour. Take a city tour around all of Irkutsk major historic sites including Znamensky Orthodox Cathedral, old-style wooden houses with distinctive hand-carved trims, the Monument to the Pioneers of Siberia topped with the bronze statue of Russian Emperor Alexander III. You can also visit the Decembrists’ museum to know more on the Revolt of December 14, 1825, its participants, and their life in the Siberian exile. You can walk along the historic Quarter 130 with reconstructed city’s buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 11 – IRKUTSK

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Breakfast.
Morning transfer to the airport for onward flight from Irkutsk.
End of services.
Return home with happy memories!

from  
€1500
 
 per pax