Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Classic Siberia, Russia (14 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Irkutsk, Russia To Novosibirsk, Russia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
Irkutsk, Russia
Courtyard by Marriott Dinner

Once arrived in Irkutsk, you’ll meet with your guide and transfer to the three-star Angara Hotel. After, embark on a city tour of Irkutsk, visiting the iconic wooden houses, churches, the Znamenskij Monastery, the great main street of Irkutsk and other historic sites such as the famous Decemberists’ House.

Day 2
Ust-Orda, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, leave Irkutsk behind and head for the Buryatian village of Ust-Orda around 90 minutes away. Here, there’s chance to visit the local regional museum, meet with local Buryat people and sample some local Buryatian cuisine for lunch. Return to Irkutsk in the late afternoon.

Day 3
Lake Baikal, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an inclusive breakfast then transfer to the Irkutsk train station to start a breathtaking railway journey through the Baikal countryside. Stop off and explore further, walking along the banks of Lake Baikal as you go. Lunch will be served on the train, which makes its way to a small Baikal village named Port Baikal. A quick ferry transfer is needed to get to Listvyanka, where you’ll check in to a hotel.

Day 4
Irkutsk, Russia
Lake Baikal, Russia
Courtyard by Marriott Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Further exploration of Lake Baikal on day four takes you around the picturesque surroundings near Listvyanka village, including visits to Taltsy Open-Air Museum of Siberian Wooden Architecture and a fish and souvenir market. You’ll have a chance to sample the lake’s famous ‘Omul’ fish at a local restaurant for lunch, whilst afternoon activities involve a cable car ride to the Chersky Peak for panoramic views and a small hike to St. Nicholas Church. In the evening, return to Irkutsk (an 80-minute drive) for dinner.

Day 5
Trans-Siberian, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s time to experience the world-famous Trans-Siberian Railway as you depart Irkutsk for the unofficial Siberian capital of Novosibirsk via the iconic rail route. The spectacular journey passes some epic Siberian scenery, with lunch and dinner being served before you bed down for the night on the train.

Day 6
Novosibirsk, Russia
Doubletree by Hilton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up as you rattle pass the Siberian landscape on the train. Today, both breakfast and lunch are served in the carriages, and you’ll make it to Novosibirsk in good time to check in to your hotel before dinner, ready to explore the city in the morning.

Day 7
Novosibirsk, Russia
Doubletree by Hilton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A full day of sightseeing in and around Novosibirsk awaits today, about half-way through this thrilling trip. Morning highlights include a tour of the scientific city of Akademgorodok just outside the city, whilst inner-city stops include the famous Novosibirsk Railway Station (the biggest station of the Trans-Siberian Railroad), Ascension Cathedral, Krasny Prospect street, Lenin Square and a Siberian farm market. In the evening, its back on the train for dinner and a well-earned night’s sleep in your private bunks.

Day 8
Altaisk, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

While you’ve been sleeping, the train has been making its steady way towards Russia’s famous Altai Mountains, and early in the morning you’ll meet with your guide to proceed by car to Chemal village with an en-route breakfast stop at Srostki village. After a village tour, the drive takes you over more of the incredible landscape, stopping off at a monastery before dinner and for an overnight stay at a local guesthouse.

Day 9
Altaisk, Russia
Lesotel Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up on day nine in the heart of the Altai Mountains, ready for another full day of touring in this particularly beautiful part of the world. The guide will take you to see the rapids of the river Katun, Katun hydropower station, Oroktoy Bridge, the impressive karst caves, Kuyus settlement and Beltertuyuk waterfall. Have an evening dinner and stay overnight at the remote Chemal village.

Day 10
Altaisk, Russia
Lesotel Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, head for the Karakol Valley via Chuysky Tract highway (around 4 hours' drive), famous for its stunning scenery as well as the fact that it connects Mongolia with Russia. There’s a trip along the way to a quaint botanical garden, although the excursion itself is enough to satisfy all kinds of travelers, with the breathtaking landscape uncovered with each turn of the road. Arrive at the Karakol Valley with accommodation for the night being comprised of a traditional four-bed ‘yurt’ along with camp-side activities in the evening.

Day 11
Karakol Valley, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an extra serving at breakfast as today you’ll need the energy, hiking through the impressive Karakol Valley. The walk, which isn’t particularly challenging and is suitable for novices, takes you to ancient sacred places, temples and tombs of Tuekta, Bashadar, Boocha and Karakol, where Afanasians, Karakolians, Scyths and Turks buried their leaders and shamans past. You’ll have dinner in the valley before bedding down for the night.

Day 12
Altaisk, Russia
Lesotel Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s back onto the breathtaking Chuysky Tract towards Mongolia with several en-route stops during the 7-8 hour drive such as the the Chiket-Aman Pass (6,000 feet above sea level), popular with photographers with its panoramic views of the region. There are also visits to local markets as well as a chance to see ancient rock paintings at the forest settlement of Kalbak-Tash. The afternoon drive takes you onwards to a Kosh-Agach village (Tydtuyaryk) near Mongolia, where you’ll have dinner and sleep once again in those cozy yurts.

Day 13
Novosibirsk, Russia
Doubletree by Hilton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning of this penultimate day, transfer to Gorno-Altaisk with an en-route stop at the natural water springs of Arzahn-Suu and a nearby souvenir market. Head on from Gorno-Altais to Novosibirsk, one of the largest cities in Russia and the unofficial capital of Siberia. It’s here where you’ll be having dinner and also have the chance to enjoy the relative luxury of a four-star hotel on this final night of the tour. Please note today includes around 12 hours of driving.

Day 14
Novosibirsk, Russia
None Breakfast

After breakfast, check out of the hotel in Novosibirsk and depart for the international airport via private transportation. Catch your onward flight to your next destination of choice, with flights leaving daily for Munich, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Prague, Beijing or to Moscow. There is also the option of transferring to the train station to carry on the adventure!

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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This extraordinary 15-day itinerary shows you the best of what Siberia has to offer. From the historical city of Irkutsk, you’ll make your way across the vast region of Russia, scaling mountains, crossing lakes, sleeping on trains and camping for the night in the wilderness. The adventure truly begins in Irkutsk, a base from which you’ll explore the stunning Baikal Lake, the largest of its type in the world. Next, head back in Irkutsk to catch the train, which makes its way along the Trans-Siberian Railway route to Novosibirsk. The second week is dedicated to journeying across the Altai Mountains, as well as the Karakol Valley, where you’ll bed down for the night in traditional yurts. The final leg of the trip loops round to the picturesque Chulyshman River before eventually ending back in Novosibirsk.


  • Explore Lake Baikal, the world’s largest lake as you make your way from the historical Russian city of Irkutsk

  • Experience the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway journey over two nights, spectating some of Siberia’s best scenery from your train window

  • Go sightseeing in Novosibirsk, one of the major cities along the Trans-Siberian Railway and the unofficial capital of the region

  • Hike across Karakol valley, passing ancient sacred places, temples and tombs along the way

  • Tackle the Chuysky Tract, a famous route connecting Russia and Mongolia, considered to be one of the most spectacular roads on Earth

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
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  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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