Learn Russian while Traveling on the Trans-Siberian Train

Come to Russia for a "once in a lifetime" experience!

During this immersive trip you will learn the melodic and mysterious Russian language while traveling through the immensity of the Russian territory with the mythical Trans-Siberian railway.

Traveling by train will offer you incomparable views of the Siberian landscapes.

This 14 days trip includes daily Russian language classes with a native certified Russian teacher. You will have dozens of opportunities to apply your new language skills by interacting with the local people, sharing with them unforgettable moments and learning more about the famous Russian soul.

Three main stops are planned during this journey so that you can discover more in-depth some of the most fascinating places or Western Russia and Siberia: departing from Moscow the train will stop in Kazan, Yekaterinburg and the Baikal Lake, before a final stop in Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean. A journey of more than 9000 kms across 7 time zones!

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$4,887

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Duration

14 days

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  • What's included :
    • Accommodation included: 13 nights
    • 4 train tickets (2nd class)
    • Accommodation in hotels (standard double room) and with host families
    • 30 hours of Russian language lessons
    • Excursions with an English-speaking local guide
    • Meals mentioned in the programme
    • Significant time spent with a Russian teacher throughout the journey (in addition to lessons)
    • Visa support (voucher and registration fee in Russia)
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of All Religions
    • Entry/Admission - Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Kazan Kremlin
    • Entry/Admission - Yekaterinburg
    • Entry/Admission - The Obelisk on the Border Between Europe and Asia
    • Entry/Admission - Cape Burkhan/Shamanka Rock
    • Entry/Admission - Vladivostok Fortress
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Flights (flight to Moscow, flight back from Vladivostok)
    • Meals not mentioned in the programme
    • Personal insurance
    • Personal expenses

  • Day 1: Evening departure from the Moscow railway station

    Pass By: Yaroslavskiy Train Station, Komsomolskaya Sq., 5, Moscow 107140 Russia
    Evening in the train, meeting with the group.


    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 2: Kazan & Sviyazhsk Fortress

    Stop At: Temple of All Religions, Staroye Arakchino, 4, Kazan 420031 Russia
    This unique religious complex incorporates architectural influences from 16 separate religions, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the ancient Egyptian religion.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, Uspenskaya, 1, Sviyazhsk 422520 Russia
    Excursion to the island town of Sviyazhsk.

    The magnificent architectural ensemble comprises 37 cultural monuments, including two monasteries and seven churches. Among them is Trinity Church – the only preserved wooden church in Sviyazhsk from the times of Ivan the Terrible (16th century).

    On July 9, 2017, the Dormition Cathedral and the Monastery were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

    The visit will include:
    - the Dormition Cathedral
    - the Assumption Cathedral
    - the Female Monastery: St. John the Baptist, and the Cathedral of Our Lady “Joy of All Who Sorrow”
    - the Male Monastery

    In the evening, the dinner will consist of a typical Tatar dinner, and it is included in the price.

    Duration: 4 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay with a Tatar family.

    Day 3: Excursion around Kazan

    Stop At: Kazan Kremlin, Kazan 420014 Russia
    The Sightseeing of Kazan includes:
    • Kazan Kremlin
    • Kul Sharif Mosque
    • Cathedral of Annunciation
    • Old Tatar mosques
    • Soyembika Tower
    • Cathedral of Peter and Paul
    • Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 4: Ekaterinburg

    Stop At: Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
    This Sightseeing of Ekaterinburg includes:
    - the Church of Blood at the Romanov Death Site
    - the Chapel of St. Elizabeth
    - the Square of the Soviet Army
    - View of the Ural mountains from the 52nd Floor of the Vysotsky Tower
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: The Obelisk on the Border Between Europe and Asia, Moskovskiy trakt 17 km, 2, Yekaterinburg Russia
    You will first visit the oldest tsar's obelisk near Pervouralsk (30 km west of Yekaterinburg), which was erected in 1837. A stop is also planned at the new monument on the Moscow highway (17 km west of Yekaterinburg) where you can buy souvenirs.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 5: Russian Classes On the Train

    Stop At: Omsk State Museum of History and Regional Studies, Lenina St., 23A, Omsk 644024 Russia
    The train will stop in Omsk for about 20 minutes
    Duration: 20 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 6: Russian Classes in the Train

    Stop At: Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Perensona St., 2, Krasnoyarsk 660049 Russia
    The train will stop in Krasnoyarsk train station for about 20 minutes
    Duration: 20 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 7: Irkutsk & the Lake Baikal

    Stop At: Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House, Volkonskogo ul., d. 10, Irkutsk 664007 Russia
    Sightseeing excursion of Irkutsk

    Short walking around the historical city center with your guide.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Cape Burkhan/Shamanka Rock, Western bank of Olkhon island, Olkhon Island 666137 Russia
    - Transfer to Olkhon Island (6 hours).

    Olkhon is an island in the middle of the mystical Lake Baikal.

    1. Depart on a bus from Irkutsk and arrive at the port of Olkhon.

    2. From there, cross the "Little Sea" by ferry (the strait that separates the island from the mainland).

    3. Arrive in Skahurta.

    4. Transfer to Khuzhir, the main village of Olkhon.
    - Khuzhir & the "Shaman Rock"

    Enjoy the beautiful nature in and around the village discovering the famous Bourkhan Rock: the high place of the Shamanic culture in Siberia.
    Duration: 6 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in a hostel / guesthouse in Khujir, on Olkhon Island.

    Day 8: Olkhon Island

    Stop At: Cape Burkhan/Shamanka Rock, Western bank of Olkhon island, Olkhon Island 666137 Russia
    - Excursion on Olkhon Island

    Four-wheel drive Russian military van (UAZ) picks you up and takes you to the northern part of Olkhon Island. You will experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake Baikal. A visit to some beautiful beaches will offer you an opportunity to swim! But beware, the water is cold, very cold, even in summer when air temperature can reach 35 degrees!

    The lunch will consist of a traditional Russian barbecue (Shashlik) and is included in the price.
    - Cape Khoboy

    Take a short hike to Cape Khoboy where you will see a magnificient 360° panorama of 1 km-high cliffs.
    - Love Peak

    A long time ago, in this holy place, the Buryats left their infertile wives. Buryats are the local people from the region, sharing ancestors with mongols. They are following buddhism and shamanism traditions.

    Return to Khuzhir to enjoy a traditional Russian banya.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in a hostel / guesthouse in Khujir, on Olkhon Island.

    Day 9: Back to Irkutsk and Train

    Stop At: Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House, Volkonskogo ul., d. 10, Irkutsk 664007 Russia
    Return to Irkutsk in the early morning (5-6 hours by minibus and boat).

    Depart to Vladivostok, by train.
    Duration: 6 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 10: Russian Classes in the Train

    Stop At: Museum of History of Ulan-Ude, Lenina, 26A, Ulan-Ude 670000 Russia
    The train will stop briefly in Ulan-Ude train station
    Duration: 20 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 11: Russian Classes in the Train

    Stop At: Chita Buddhist Temple, Bogomyagkova St., 72, Chita 672012 Russia
    The train will briefly stop in the city of Chita
    Duration: 10 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 12: Russian Classes in the Train

    Stop At: Khabarovsk Regional Museum, Shevchenko St., 11, Khabarovsk 680000 Russia
    The train will stop briefly in Khabarovsk
    Duration: 20 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in the train (2nd class 4-berth)

    Day 13: Vladivostok

    Stop At: Vladivostok Fortress, Batareinaya St., 4A, Vladivostok 690091 Russia
    Arrival in Vladivostok in the early morning.

    Vladivostok Sightseeing tour with a local guide.

    The tour includes:
    - a walk on Arbat-Vladivostok
    - the visit of the Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum, and
    - a walk on Tsezarevich waterfront.

    You will also hike up to the best viewpoint of the city and then return down using the famous Vladivostok funicular.

    Farewell Toast

    IIR offers you a farewell Russian toast in Zuma restaurant - several times elected Russia's best restaurant. We highly recommend that you try the seafood plates and in particular, the "Red King Crab" (the famous Kamchatka crab).
    Duration: 6 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: night in a hostel in Vladivostok city center

    Day 14: From Vladivostok with Love

    Stop At: Vladivostok International Airport, ul. Vladimira Saybelya, 41, Artyom, Primorskiy kray, Russia, 692756
    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Moscow, Russia
    Departure Time :
    12:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai, Russia
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 6 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Immersion in Russia

Activity ID: V-152133P1

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