#TransSibChallenge Light

#TransSiberean #Adventure
average temperatures:
+23°C in the afternoon,
+15°C in the night
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Russia is a large country with completely different people, a variety of cultures, religions and traditions, and traveling on Transsib is the best way to touch its diversity!
#TransSibChallenge Light is a great 22-day trip from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, which will help you to plunge into the wonderful world of life in Russia.
During these 22 days, you will visit 7 major Russian cities, visit the Russian "hinterland", admire the beauty of Russian nature and get acquainted with the indigenous peoples of remote regions.
The tour is not as full of activities as the Full version, which will be good news for the older generation, as well as for those who want to spend more free time in Russia and discover it from a new perspective.
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  • Languages: English
  • Avaliable: June — September
  • Duration: 22 days
  • Group: from 4 people
  • Border permits: no needed
  • Accomodation: hotel 3* x 8, guest houses x 5, trains x 8
  • City sightseeing
  • Ethno
  • Expedition
  • Hiking
  • Local cuisine tasting
What's the plan?
Day 1
Arrival to Saint-Petersburg during the day. Transfer to the hotel. Checking into the hotel. Free time.
Day 2
Breakfast at the hotel. Roof tour - the typical activity of young residents and guests of the city. Free walking in the city (without a guide). You can visit to main highlights: Palace square, The Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum, Church of the Savior on Blood, the Bronze Horseman, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Zayachy island and Peter and Paul Fortress. Welcome dinner with a guide in the evening.
Day 3
Early wake up. Morning kayaking experience along the rivers and channels from 6 am to 8 am. This is a unique opportunity to see this beautiful city from the water, just as it was always meant to be seen since the very day of its founding. Whether you’re floating along the Moika or Fontanka canals and are gently rocked by the waves of the river, or you’ve stopped to rest alongside the Summer Garden, you’ll have opened your eyes to a whole "new" Saint Petersburg that few are privileged to see. Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for walks without a guide and optional excursions. Departure to Moscow by train. We start our TranssibChallenge adventure!
Day 4
Arriving to Moscow. Taxi to the hotel, leaving of the luggage in the hotel. Trip to the center by metro. Bicycle tour with a local guide. Visit to Red Square and Alexander Garden, Zaryadye Park. Then we ride along Moscow river embankment to watch sights on the way. Lunch at the Russian restaurant. Visiting the viewpoint near Lomonosov Moscow State University. Return to the hotel by metro. Watching of Moscow Metro monuments of Soviet epoch.
Day 5
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for walks in Moscow. Upon wish you can make a 30-minutes trip to Izmailovo district by metro to visit to Stalin's bunker and walk around the Izmailovsky Kremlin (old city fortess) and Izmailovsky Island, where Tsar's Manor ХVII century locates. Enjoy pleasant nature views and ancient architecture! Leaving Moscow for Kazan by train (№002 at 20:50 or another). Night in train.
Day 6
Arriving to Kazan at 8 am. Guests leave their luggage in the baggage room. Visit to Kazan Kremlin, the Kul Sharif Mosque - one of the largest mosques in Russia, Bauman street, Old-Tatar Sloboda. Lunch during the tour. Departure to Ekaterinburg. Night in train.
Day 7
Arriving to Ekaterinburg at 6:22 am. Transfer to Olenyi Ruchyi Nature Park (Deers Springs). Today we discover Ural nature. Coffee break in visit-centre. Hiking along Serga River in mixed and pine forest, watching rocks and caves. We choose the route depending on group status and the weather conditions. Snack lunch. Accommodation at the guesthouse in the park territory. Russian banya. Dinner.
Day 8
Breakfast. Return to Ekaterinburg. Free time for walks without guide. You have a chance to visiting Yeltsin Center, Stadium FIFA 2018 Ekaterinburg-Arena, Vysotsky skyscraper viewpoint, Geology Museum. Transfer to the railway station. Departure to Krasnoyarsk in the evening.
Day 9
Day and night in train.
Day 10
Arrival to Krasnoyarsk in the morning. Checking into the hotel. Hiking to the Stolby (“Columns”) National Park. Snack lunch during the hiking. Return to the hotel.
Day 11
Departure to Ulan-Ude. Day and night in the train.
Day 12
Arrival to Ulan-Ude - the capital of Buryatia region near Baikal lake. Short walking in the city. Dinner. Transfer to Ust-Barguzin - small settlement near the Baikal Lake shore. Accommodation at guest house.
Day 13
Trip to Suvo. Today we have an excursion to sacral Barguzinskaya Valley where thousands buddhists make a pilgrimage every year. Walking route to Suvo Village (8 km). Snack from lunchbox. Transfer to the area where petroglyphs of the bronze age are situated. Watching petroglyphs (2 thousand years B.C.), then walk among rocks and descent to Alginsky lakes. The salty Alginsky lake is a small lake situated in Barguzinsky valley. The mud of this lake has a remarkable peeling effect. This place combines beauty, calmness, warm air, solitude and benefits for health. Salt lakes are not rare in Barguzinsky valley, but they create the picturesque scenery which attracts tourists here. Every summer, families of tourists come to the lake to restore health and to admire the most beautiful views of the Barguzinsky valley. Walk in Suvinskaya Saxony rocks. They look like enormous towers with loopholes, and you will be able to see a stone ridge along the perimetre of the fortress which reminds the remains of the fortification wall foundations. Transfer to guesthouse on an island 15 km far from Suvo. Accommodation with a local family. Russian banya. Evening fishing with a host. Dinner.
Day 14
Local activities with a host family, agriculture activities (animals, plants), fishing upon wish. Lunch. Return to Ust-Barguzin.
Day 15
Transfer to the Transbaikalian National Park. Visit to the Visit-centre of the national park. Hiking to Lake Bormashevoe which is rich in minerals. Silt lake deposits - sapropels are actively used for therapeutic purposes. Local residents collect the mud of the lake to cure skin diseases and a well-known resort “Goryachinsk” takes them from Bormashevoye Lake for medical procedures. It is necessary to note that Bormashevoe Lake is a popular place of summer fishing of the perch, the pike, Siberian roach and the crucian). After the lakes, we reach the shore in the area of the Chivyrkuysky isthmus where there is the warmest water in the Barguzinsky Gulf. Than picnic: cooking in nature with a guide. Return to Ust-Barguzin.
Day 16
Free walking along Ust-Barguzin shore (3 km). The Barguzinsky gulf, the biggest and deepest gulf of Lake Baikal. Smart pine wood, sandy dunes cover many kilometres and lonely multi-kilometer beaches. Excellent view onto the Svyatoy nos peninsula (Sacred nose peninsula). Transfer to Ulan-Ude. Lunch on the way. Visit to Ivolginsky datsan «Khambyn Khure» - a Buddhist monastery-datsan, the centre of the Buddhist traditional Sangkha of Russia. The monument of history and architecture. Tasting monk's dishes, excursion round the datsan. Checking into the hotel. Dinner. Free walks in the city.
Day 17
Breakfast. Transfer to the train station. Departure to Vladivostok by train. Day and night in train.
Day 18-19
Day and night in train.
Day 20
Arrival in Vladivostok early morning. Transfer to the hotel. Walking tour around the city. Watching the Vladivostok Sea Port, Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) Bay, Korabelnaya (Ship) embankment, wonderfull bridges, Orlinaya Sopka (Eagle hill) view point. Free time for walks and rest.
Day 21
Free time for walks and rest. Farewell dinner (Sea food, Far East cuisine) at the restaurant with a guide. Optional: 1 day tour to uninhabited Askold Island - boat trip, seal "larga" watching, hiking 3-7 km along the island in the wild nature, visit to old lighthouse and an abandoned artillery battery. Snorkeling optionally. Picnic on the beach. Return to Vladivostok in the evening.
Day 22
End of the program. Transfer to the airport. See you soon!
Included / Not included
  • invitation for a tourist visa
  • local english-speaking guides
  • transfers + subway - 4th day
  • train tickets (2nd class)
  • accommodation according to the program
  • meals according to the program
  • all excursions and activities according the program
  • flight to Saint-Petersburg and return ticket from Vladivostok
  • tourist visa fee
  • additional paid services
  • tips
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20/06/2022 - 11/07/2022
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22/08/2022 - 12/09/2022
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single supplement besides 1 night in Ural, 1 night in guesthouse in Suvo and 8 nights in trains 390 EUR / pax
The content and itinerary can be changed by a guide due to objective causes (weather, status of the group, changing train schedule, etc)