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East and West: The grand tour of Russia

Irkutsk – Lake Baikal – Krasnoyarsk – Moscow

10 days/9 nights

 

Russia is vast and diverse, there are so many places to see, so many sights to visit. There are attractions for any taste: nature reserves, wild life, unique ecosystems, unesCo World heritage sights, architectural ensembles, places of historic importance.

 

Day 1. Irkutsk

Arrival in Irkutsk.

City tour will introduce you to the city, which is de facto a capital of Eastern Siberia, pleasantly historic Irkutsk is by far the most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It is all there: the 19th-century architecture, revived churches, classy eateries and many more. We will visit Governor’s house to find out about the important episode of Russian history — the decembrists uprising. Then we will visit one of the Museums of Irkutsk (on choice Decembrist museum, Local Lore Museum, Art Museum).

Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation.

 

Day 2. Irkutsk

Excursion to Listvyanka.

We will visit Taltsy Museum of wooden architecture. The open-air museum presents a great collection of wooden houses, furniture and housewares, collected in nearby villages. The museum exhibits culture of Russian villages and yurts of XVI-XIX centuries. We will see the interior of Russian fortress and tower constructed in the XV century and huts and churches, shaman’s yurts and many more. The excursion will continue with a visit to the Baikal museum where you will learn about Lake, Baikal flora and fauna, see Baikal seals in aquarium and make an interactive diving tour to the Baikal bottom. Later our journey will take you to the observation platform Chersky Stone, where you can enjoy panoramic view on the Lake. After that we will walk along the Baikal shore; ancient wooden Saint Nicolas Church visit; visit fish and souvenir market.

Overnight in Listvyanka.

 

Day 3. Irkutsk – Lake Bailkal

A whole day trip along Circum-Baikal Railway.

Famous Circum Baikal railroad is considered a cultural and historic heritage site including 38 tunnels with the overall length of 9063 m. The tunnels and stone passages are unique, they were built upon unconventional projects and were not reconstructed later, thus they have kept the original design of the architects and engineers who worked in early XX century.

Lunch in the train coach or in café at the Polovinnaya station.

Overnight in Irkutsk.

 

Day 4. Irkutsk – Krasnoyarsk

Early in the morning we will board the train to Krasnoyarsk to experience some of the Trans-Siberian railway experience. Trans-Siberian rails way is the longest train route within the territory of one country. We will take just one part of it, one of the most picturesque. Our journey will take around 18 hours.

Lunch and dinner on board.

In the evening, arrival in Krasnoyarsk.

Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation.

 

Day 5. Krasnoyarsk

During the city tour we show our guests the most interesting places of our city: Mira square with outstanding view of Yenisei, monument to Andrew Dubenskoy, Karaulnaya hill from where you can see the whole city is spreading in front of your eyes. You will also visit Praskeva Pyatnitsa chapel and walk along the old streets, you will know where their names come from, how our city has been changing and growing. Our guides will make you fall in love with Krasnoyarsk.

The end of the excursion at the hotel.

Lunch.

Free time to explore the town.

 

Day 6. Krasnoyarsk

Day trip to reserve «Stolby».

If you have ever been to Krasnoyarsk, but haven’t visited the nature reserve «Stolby», you haven’t seen the heart of the city, its lungs, it’s soul. For those, who like spending the holiday in a calm or active way, who like to open new spaces and observe panoramic views, who looks for harmony with nature we offer the excursion to the reserve «Stolby». This is the place to get unforgettable impressions while visiting our city! Unlike regular tour to «Stolby» our tourist will not have to go up 7 km to reach the «First Stolb». Our driver will get you straight to the top and our guides will make this tour unforgettable by telling you a lot of interesting stories about the nature reserve.

 

Day 7. Krasnoyarsk – Moscow

Transfer to the airport.

Flight to Moscow.

Arrival in Moscow.

Transfer to the hotel.

Free time at leisure.

 

Day 8. Moscow

Let’s meet the vibrant capital of Russia. Moscow never ceases to inspire, confound, and delight. During the city tour we will show you the most beautiful and significant places, including Red Square, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Zaryadie district.

Free time for lunch.

Tour of Kremlin — the apex of Russian political power and once the centre of the Orthodox Church, the Kremlin is not only the kernel of Moscow but of the whole country. It’s from here autocratic tsars, communist dictators and modern-day presidents have done their best and worst for Russia.

 

Day 9. Moscow

Free day at leisure.

Optional tours:

- Pushkin Fine Arts Museum

- Parks of Moscow

- New Maiden Convent

 

Day 10. Moscow

Transfer to the airport.

Homebound flight

Transfer to the airport.


Prices include guide and transportation services, entrance fees to indicated museums, train tickets Irkutsk-Krasnoyarsk, flight KrasnoyarskMoscow.

Price doesn’t include accommodation.

Price in EURO per person includes tour operator commission.


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