Embrace the Russian winter on this special Trans-Siberian adventure from Moscow to Vladivostok
Tibet may have the highest, and Australia and Switzerland the steepest, but Russia most certainly takes the prize when it comes to sheer depth of history and legend in a train trip. Embark on a beautiful winter adventure on the great Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the great journeys of modern times. Travelling in winter adds a dramatic dimension to Russia’s vast landscapes, as Lake Baikal shimmers with a deep speckled blue, the wooden Romanov monasteries outside Yekaterinburg take on a sombre, snowy profile, and the time-capsule scenes of the Old Believers village near Ulan Ude are given a fairy-tale dusting. With the must-see historical sites of Moscow revealed before you set off, and the spirit of the new year alive throughout, this Tran-Siberian itinerary pulls out all the stops for an unforgettable expedition.
Experience one of the most legendary bucket-list journeys ever in the magic of the Russian winter
A sobering but essential excursion to the Romanov family resting place shines light on one of the Russian Revolution’s major tragedies
Encounter a way of life that has changed little since the 18th century on a visit to the Old Believers Village near Ulan Ude
Lake Baikal is astounding at any time of year, but in winter it’s next-level. Marvel at its sheer size (like sea) and enjoy the tranquility of the lake under winter sunshine.
Russia is one of the best places in which to celebrate New Year’s Eve. With our hosting family at lake Baikal, get into the spirit of things and toast the old year with a shot of vodka and the new one with a glass of champagne
Temperatures on this trip may drop below –30℃, esp. as we travel deeper into Siberia. You'll need to be prepared for extreme cold and very strong winds when exploring outdoors.
This trip is a true railway journey; we spend the majority of our days on the train. We travel in comfortable 2nd-class carriages on the Trans-Siberia train, with four people sharing a cabin. It's a perfect way to properly experience it. A couple of good books, and plenty of research into the history of Russia and its culture will of course deepen your experience significantly.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Russia Expedition - Winter Trans-Siberian Adventure trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. In order for our local operator to book train tickets in Russia, we require the following information at time of booking or no later than 31 days prior to departure.
• Passengers full name (First, Middle and Last)
• Full Passport Details (number, expiry, issued)
• City of Birth
Please note that the above information needs to be the same as your travelling passport, any wrong information provided may result in extra personal expense to reissue train tickets.
2. Please come prepared for extreme cold weather. The temperature in the winter Siberia can get to -30℃, and the wind has no mercy. You'll need to pack enough warm layers, wind proof jackets, hats, ear muffs, gloves and waterproof boots to arm yourself for the true Siberian winter. Please refer to our climate information and packing list for more details.
3. Please note that the New Year celebration will be in different locations depending on which New Year departure you book. Please see our itinerary for more details.