#TransSibChallenge Short

Big adventure across all Russia
A lot of activities with locals
Trying local foods
average temperatures:
-°C in the afternoon,
-°C in the night
  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort
It is difficult to find an avid traveler who would not dream to travel all over Russia on the Transsib but is not always as much as 22 days to go on a big trip. In such cases, the #TranSibChallenge Short – a short version of the legendary route is a great option. During the trip, you will ride all over Russia-walk around Moscow, admire Kazan, visit the Urals, plunge into the atmosphere of the Buryat people and nature. In the Short version, there are not as many activities as in the Deep version, which is exactly what those who prefer a more relaxing holiday and comfort will appreciate. There is also more free time in the tour, which will give you a unique opportunity to discover a unique Russia.
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  • Languages: English
  • Avaliable: June — September
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Group: from 4 people
  • Border permits: no needed
  • Accomodation: Hotels 3*/4* x 3, Train x 8, Huts x 1, guesthouse x 3
  • City sightseeing
  • Ethno
  • Expedition
  • Hiking
  • Local cuisine tasting
What's the plan?
Day 1
Arrival to Moscow during the day. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Welcome dinner with a guide.
Day 2
Trip to the center by metro (taxi - extra upon wish). Watching of Moscow Metro monuments of Soviet epoch. Bicycle tour with 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. Transfer to railway station. Leaving Moscow for Kazan by train. Night in train.
Day 3
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 with Tatar cuisine during the tour. Departure to Ekaterinburg. Night in train.
Day 4
Arriving to Ekaterinburg at 6:22 am. Transfer to Oleniy 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 5
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 Ulan-Ude in the evening.
Day 6-7
Day and night in train.
Day 8
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 9
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. Return to Ust-Barguzin.
Day 10
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. Then picnic: cooking in nature with a guide. Return to Ust-Barguzin.
Day 11
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 12
Breakfast. Transfer to the train station. Departure to Vladivostok by train. Day and night in train.
Days 13-14
Day and night in train.
Day 14
Day and night in train.
Day 15
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. Optionally: 1. Trip to Russkiy Island. Hiking on Russky Island with visiting Voroshilov Battery and Far East University area. 2. SUP-boarding tour 2-3 h
Day 16
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 at 2nd day
  • train tickets (2nd class)
  • accommodation according the program
  • full board
  • all excursions and activities according the program
  • flight to Moscow and return ticket from Vladivostok
  • tourist visa
  • additional paid services
  • souvenirs and tips
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23/07/2022 - 07/08/2022
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03/09/2022 - 18/09/2022
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In case of there are 5+ participants in your booking we will contact you to provide special price offer.
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Single supplement 240 EUR / pax (besides 1 night in Ural and 8 nights in trains)
Visit to Kremlin in Moscow (without excursion) 15 EUR /pax
visit to Yeltsin Center in Ekaterinburg 6,5 EUR / pax (7-15 pax in a group), 14 EUR / pax (1-4 pax in a group)
SUP-boarding tour in Vladivostok 33 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)