Trans Siberian Waterways

Epic journey of almost four thousand miles!

Take our unforgettable trip along the famous route and see Baikal, Enisey, Ob and other Siberian Rivers, magnificent Mongolian Lake, amazing colorful and dancing fountains you have never seen before, enjoy many other picturesque places of Russia!

 We went into great detail you to feel comfortable and take pleasure during this journey. For those who believe that getting there is as much fun as being there, Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway has long been an almost mythic experience.

Day 1

Welcome to Russia!

Arrival to St Petersburg. Transfer to the hotel, check-into your room in the central hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Day 2

Fountains of Peterhof

After breakfast you will be met by your guide to take you to Peterhof, to take part in the official opening of the fountains, which usually takes place at the end of May, with classical music, fireworks and other performances. Fountains were intrinsic to Peter the Great's original plans for Peterhof - it was the impossibility of engineering sufficiently powerful jets of water that prompted him to move his attentions from the Strelna site to Peterhof - and subsequent generations competed with their predecessors to add grander and ever more ingenious water features to the parkland surrounding the Grand Palace.
Day 3

Canals of St.Petersburg

"It doesn't look like this from a car window", - this will be your first impression of St Petersburg river and canal boat tour. From the very foundation the city was built on water - it's spread out over numerous islands in the delta of the Neva river. Such location frequently prompts the nickname “the city of 101 islands”. Over the centuries numerous bridges were built to connect these islands across the various tributaries of the Neva and the city's many canals (Moika, Fontanka, Groboyedov canal, etc.) In the early years of St. Petersburg the city dwellers made their way around the city by these waterways, as indeed was planned by the city's founder Peter the Great. Like its water bound sisters, Amsterdam and Venice, St Petersburg is located on a network of canals and rivers that are the life-blood of the city, the combination of the architecture and water in St. Petersburg has a special charm. The first mansions of the Russian nobility appeared along the waterways, which still offer a unique glimpse at the history of Russian naval capital. We invite you to explore the beauty of St. Petersburg during a private boat trip tour. Unlike larger tour boats that cannot navigate smaller rivers and canals, chartering a small boat is definitely advantageous and will allow you to explore some off-the-beaten-track areas of St.Petersburg. During your leisurely tour you can listen to an informative narration covering the history of St.Petersburg and present-day sights of interest.

 

Day 4

On Sapsan train

Check-out of the room and transfer to the station. In some hours we are going to arrive in Moscow!
Day 5

Welcome to Moscow

Don't you mind seeing the most beautiful place and the heart of Moscow – the Red Square? The word ‘krasnaya’ is ambiguous. Originally meaning beautiful in old Russian, it only came to mean red in more modern times. Commonly-held assumptions then that the ‘Red’ in Red Square referred to Communism, blood spilt - or even the colour of the monuments - are in fact misplaced! Located on the site of the city’s old market place, over the years Red Square has acted as Moscow's equivalent to ancient Rome's Forum - a vast meeting place for the people. Apart from soaking in the history and atmosphere, there are a number of things for the tourist to do in and around the square. Not many will want to pass up the opportunity to visit Lenin's Mausoleum. It’s not often you get a chance to see such an influential historical figure in the flesh - even if cynics claim that the embalmed body is in fact a wax-work replacement. Another must-see is St. Basil's Cathedral, the ultimate architectural symbol of Russia. Its montage of domes, cupolas, arches, towers, and spires is sure to inspire you every bit as much in real life as in the photos. After lunch your professional guide will lead you to the New Maiden Convent. Located on the Moscow River, New Maiden's Convent is a peaceful retreat from the bustling city of Moscow. The site includes a beautiful 17th-century convent complex that is once again in use and an atmospheric cemetery where many of Russia's most famous writers, poets, politicians and public figures are buried. Late in the evening you board the Tatarstan train, which will take you to Kazan.
Day 6

Welcome to Kazan

Morning arrival to Kazan. Transfer and accommodation. One of the largest and most beautiful cities of Russia, which is in the list of cities of the world heritage of UNESCO – Kazan welcomes you at a sightseeing tour. You will have a wonderful chance to get acquainted with the historical centre and see its most important places, such as the Pyramid, Old-Tatar Sloboda, Kamal Theatre, Kaban Lake, Millennium Park, Tugan Avylym Tatar village, Liberty Square, University, The People's Cultural Centre on the embankment, which offers an unforgettable view on the other side of the city, the Riviera and Peter and Paul Cathedral. The tour also includes visiting of a heart of the city - the majestic Kazan Kremlin. Kazan is famous for its lovely fountains, just wander along its streets and you will see many of them!

 

Day 7

Raifa Monastery

Take a 3-hour trip to Raifa Monastery. The white stone Raifa Monastery has been standing in the midst of the protected Kazan forest for over three centuries. Its walls are reflected in the waters of the great lake, which is named after the Raifa Monastery. The white gatehouse bell tower, which overlooks the pines along the lakeshore and all the monastery buildings, has always been a guide for pilgrims, and for this reason it is known as the Raifa beacon. Built in 1842, the Cathedral of the Georgian icon of the Mother of God is the main sanctuary of the Raifa Monastery. It has always been a warm place in winter - the cathedral has a boiler house, and rooms are heated through air vents in the walls. The Raifa Monastery is located 27 kilometers north-west of Kazan. It was founded in 1613, when the monk Filaret built a modest hut for solitary prayer and meditation on the shore of the lake. Filaret's worshippers and followers, among whom were many monks and laymen who had decided to abandon their worldly lives, soon began to move here from Kazan. And so, a new monastic brotherhood was born.
Day 8

On Transsib train

Morning departure for Yekaterinburg. Don't forget your luggage. In the evening your driver will take you to your hotel.
 

Day 9

Welcome to the Urals

After breakfast let us explore this wonderful Ural city, from top to toe. You'll visit the Cathedral on the Blood, the Ascension Hill with all its churches and architectural monuments and Kharitonov Manor House. Than you'll go through Literary Quarter of Yekaterinburg city and find yourself in the city's Dam on the bank of Iset River. Drama Theatre, Governor's Residence, Sevastyanov Estate, monument to the Founders of Yekaterinburg, the Coin Yard, St Catherine Cathedral – whatever else you are welcome to see! You'll have a look at the shortest metro in the world, find the City Hall, Lenin Monument, pedestrian Vainer Street with lots of shops and old-style buildings. You can't miss the opportunity to see Yekaterinburg Circus with its unique Dame and the city's Arboretum.
Day 10

On Transsib train

Balance of the day free to explore until your evening departure for Novosibirsk.
Day 11

Welcome to Novosibirsk

Evening arrival in Novosibirsk. Transfer to the hotel .Have a rest after long rail trip.
Day 12

Scientific city Akademgorodok

4-hour tour to the scientific city Akademgorodok (30km outside the city) – the only scientific city in the world, where all the branches of sciences are presented. Visit of the famous Geology Museum at Geology Research Institute, Open-Air Train Museum (a collection of the old Trans-Siberian trains), and the Ob reservoir – an artificial sea.

Day 13

On the train

Evening departure for Krasnoyarsk.

 

Day 14

Welcome to Krasnoyarsk

Morning arrival in Krasnoyarsk. Transfer to the hotel. Leave your luggage and we shall take you away to the wonderful world of organ's music. Evening is free to explore the city.
Day 15

Cruise along Enisey

After breakfast you are welcome to take a 2-hour cruise along the Enisey River by a motorship “Raketa”. The mighty Enisey River will bring us to the heart of Siberia. We will travel from Krasnoyarsk to Divnogorsk and back; visit the very important places of the Cossack saga and exile places of the revolutionary leaders. Just enjoy the severe but majestic nature of Siberian Rivers. In the evening we leave Krasnoyarsk and board another Trans Siberian train.
Day 16

Pearl of Siberia

Afternoon arrival to Irkutsk. Your guide takes you to the village of Listvyanka located on the shore of the Lake Baikal. On the way you will visit the Taltsy and Baikal Museums. Founded in 1969, the Taltsy museum boasts a 67-hectare territory is surrounded with a protected area. There are over 40 monuments of architectural heritage and 8,000 exhibits of high historical value. Two architectural-ethnographical areas - Russian and Buryat - show a large variety of housing and life of the Siberians. The Baikal Museum Complex houses a vast collection of exhibits, illustrations, and scientific information concerning Lake Baikal (the largest fresh water lake in the world) and the surrounding region made and collected by Baikal experts. Some items of interest are the fantastic animals that live only in the waters of the "sacred sea" (the local name of Baikal), the interesting world of insects, numerous examples of fauna, and the history of Lake Baikal. Chersky Peak (2085m high) ascent is an unforgettable life experience. You are sure to enjoy the charming nature of Baikal region - deep forests, high mountains, wonderful lakes and incredible waterfalls.Have a rest in the wooden chalet on the shore of the lake.
Day 17

Baikal Lake

Today you can explore the shore of the Baikal Lake on your own. In the evening we invite you to enjoy the Siberian “banya”. Have you ever tried such an old Russian tradition as Banya (Russian Bathhouse)? Not yet? Then you have missed out! Banya is even believed to cure some disease. Russian (Siberian) banya is not hot. It is very hot indeed - 230F! (Unlike saunas in the U.S. where laws require saunas to be heated below 190F) So just imagine the most terrific summer day you`ve ever experienced and add 130 degrees to it. Your attendant pummels the living life out of you while you are laying down in the sauna, with the popular "venik" (branches and dried leaves from birch, oak and eucalyptus). After 10 minutes of this you enjoy tasty herbal tea in "predbannik" - the entrance room. And then return to repeat the entire process until you feel completely relaxed... or beaten up... whichever comes first. Next is the fun part - to cool off you jump into the ice water or snow outside at about minus 30 Celsius. And some vodka ofcourse (but not before banya!!) What courage! What delight! Let`s have banya time!
Day 18

Back to Irkutsk

Morning departure for Irkutsk city and check-into the room. Irkutsk city tour. Irkutsk is the center of eastern Siberia. Irkutsk is a treasure house of the spiritual culture of Siberia; it is probably the only Siberian city that preserved its historical individuality: old wooden constructions, built without a single nail and decorated with skillful carving. There are about 700 monuments of history & culture here.
Days 19-20-21

On the train to Mongolia

At the pre-arranged time your driver will meet you to help you with train boarding. We are proceeding to Mongolia!
Day 22

Inner Mongolia

Today we take a day trip to Tuul Riverside Lodge. Approximately 35km (20 miles) east of Ulaanbaatar in the heartland of the Baga Khentii Mountains and south of the mighty Tuul River, is home to a beautiful location rich in natural beauty. In this charming wilderness a small tented camp has been established away from the tourist routes. Here you will have the opportunity to observe and explore a genuine nomadic environment with your trained guide.
Days 23

On the train

Morning transfer to the train station and departure for China.
Day 24

Welcome to China

Afternoon arrival to Beijing. Check-into the room. Free time.
Days 25

Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

Beijing is a wonderful city indeed! Would you prefer to make certain that it is true? Take a private tour with lunch to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. The Forbidden City, at the center of the ancient city of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Today, the Forbidden City is a public museum and World Heritage site, attracting millions of tourists from around the world. The Summer Palace in Beijing is an outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design, incorporating the works of humankind and nature in a harmonious whole. It epitomizes the philosophy and practice of Chinese garden design and is a potent symbol of one of the major world civilizations. The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven – the human world and God's world – which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship.
Day 26

Festival of Dragon Boats

The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday celebrated in China, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first. The boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival are traditional customs to attempts to rescue the patriotic poet Chu Yuan. Chu Yuan drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Chinese citizens now throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Therefore the fish could eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on turned into the custom of eating tzungtzu and rice dumplings. The celebration's is a time for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year. It is done so by different practices such as hanging healthy herbs on the front door, drinking nutritious concoctions, and displaying portraits of evil's nemesis, Chung Kuei. If one manages to stand an egg on it's end at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will be a lucky one.
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