Dear tourists, we would like to invite you to the short but very exciting Trans Siberian Express! During 12 days of this breathtaking trip you will explore not only the capital of Russia but also an extensive geographical region – Siberia! Such Short Trans Siberian tour packages include Russian train tickets, hotels, breakfasts, lunches, private local guides and private transportation services. Our drivers and guides will take care of you and will make your stay in Russia very memorable!

DAY 1 – Your Trans Siberian Railway Tour begins at the Moscow airport where you will be met by ShowmeRussia team and escorted to your hotel. Our Short Trans Siberian Package Tour that you can book online on our website includes accommodation in centrally located, clean 3-star hotels in each city, but if you would like to upgrade your accommodation or choose a specific hotel in each town, please, contact us and we will send you the price for your customized Trans Siberian Railway Tour. After the check-in you will have a free time in Moscow to walk around or to visit typical Russian restaurants and sample Russian food or to have a Boat Tour along Moskva River on a  luxurious Radisson boat, you can check additional information on Show me Moscow Boat Tour.

DAY 2 – After a substantial breakfast you will meet with your private guide in the hotel lobby and start exploring the central Moscow. You will learn Russian history from your guide, find out interesting facts of Moscow tourism, explore the very heart of Russia – Moscow Kremlin with its red-brick walls, towers, the Tsar Bell, the Tsar Canon, several churches and cathedrals including the Cathedral of the Dormition, the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael where all Muscovite Monarchs from Ivan Kalita to Alexis I are burried. You will admire the grand Kremlin Palace, the Armoury building and the Arsenal on the territory of the Kremlin. On the same day you will also visit Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square. It is a perfect example of Russian traditional wooden and stone architecture constructed in the middle of the 16th century. This tour will be performed over the course of 5 hours on foot. Lunch is not included in the price of the tour but you may ask your guide to show you the best place to try Russian cuisine.

DAY 3 – Following breakfast your private guide will meet you in the hotel lobby with the sign of our company and your name on it and will continue the sightseeing tour around the main parts of Moscow. This time you will explore one of the most popular means of transport – Moscow Metro which is also referred to as Underground Palace. Every station is like a museum. Your guide will show you the most beautiful stations opened during Soviet Times from the 1930’s to 1950’s as well as the modern ones. Nowadays there are more than 200 stations and the majority of them show fabulous examples of Russian and Soviet art – mosaics, paintings, sculptures, bas-reliefs and crystal chandeliers. By way of the Metro you will get closer to the Old Arbat Street (Stary Arbat) – local shopping and cultural hub with dozens of restaurants, cafes, gift shops, monuments and examples of street art which reflect the culture of Moscow and its atmosphere. This tour will last 4 hours.

DAY 4 – It’s time to move further along the Trans Siberian express to the 4th largest Russian town Yekaterinburg so after breakfast you will be transferred to the railway station and get on the train which departs from Moscow at 16:38. The duration of the train trip will be nearly 25 hours so make yourself comfortable and enjoy the view from the window of your compartment to Russian forests, small villages, and towns.

DAY 5 – After the comfortable and relaxing train trip you will be met in Yekaterinburg Railway Station at 20:04 and our driver will transport you to the hotel. Following check-in you will have a free time to become oriented in your new location.

DAY 6 – Following breakfast you will be met by the local tour guide in your hotel and your sightseeing tour around Yekaterinburg will begin. You will discover the main square of the city, the monument to Lenin, 19th century tenants’ houses and modern buildings, the Iset river, the Cathedral on the Blood which stands on the place of Ipatiev House, where the remaining members of Russia’s last Royal Family were executed. You will also find out why Yekaterinburg is said to be the border between Europe and Asia so don’t forget to take a picture standing in front of the obelisk and the line which divides Europe from Asia. During the tour you will also see the Ganina Yama Monastery constructed on the place of the pit where the remains of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II with his family were found in 1998. This special memorial to Romanov family was constructed in 2000 in old Russian style of wooden architecture without using any nails. Please, don’t forget to put on a scarf or any other headcover and a long skirt (for ladies) and trousers (for gentlemen) in order to show respect for local customs and traditions of Russian Orthodox Churches.

DAY 7 –  In the morning you will have breakfast in the hotel, then we will make a transfer for you to the railway station in Yekaterinburg and we will show you to the train which leaves at 11:52. You will spend nearly two days on the train to Irkutsk, passing through Siberia and taiga forests and rivers. It is one of the most beautiful areas of Russia.

DAY 8 – You will spend this day on the train. Total duration of your journey from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk will be 54 hours. It is a very pleasant train ride during which you can meet lots of fellow travellers, learn more about Russians and their character, see other small Russian towns on the way to Irkutsk, and admire expansive and diverse Russian nature from the comfort of your train car.

DAY 9 – In the evening after your arrival to Irkutsk Railway Station at 20:47, you will be driven to your hotel and after the check-in you will have a free time to admire the surroundings and to see this marvellous town at night.

DAY 10 – The tour to discover one of the largest cities in Siberia now begins. After breakfast you will have a 3-hour city tour on a private car or minivan. During the tour you will learn the history of Irkutsk, you will enjoy the central part of the city, the Angara River embankment, the monument to Alexander III (under his rule the Trans Siberian Railway was finally constructed), Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the Epiphany Cathedral, the catholic cathedral and the oldest stone Church of Our Saviour. You will also have a stroll along the main street of the city – the Karl Marks Street, the main square named after Kirov. Continuing the tour you will visit the Taltsy open-air Museum of wooden Russian architecture on the way to Listvyanka village. Some of the wooden huts, schools, churches represented in the museum were built up in 17th-20th centuries by Siberian peasants. You will have lunch there in the authentic Russian restaurant and a free time to walk around and visit all the wooden houses inside to see the living conditions, wooden furniture, kitchen utensils and other household goods used by Siberian people. After that you will have a trip to your hotel in Listvyanka village on the shore of Baikal Lake.

DAY 11 – Following breakfast you will be met by your private local guide in the hotel lobby and start your tour to Lake Baikal. You will enjoy the interesting Baikal Limnological Museum where you will discover an aquarium complex with living creatures from Lake Baikal including the famous mammal – Baikal Seal. You will also visit the local market and try the local Omul smoked fish. After that your private guide and your driver will take you to the most picturesque area of the Baikal Lake – Cherskogo Mountain Peak or Gora Cherskogo, with a summit peak of 2,297 ft. This place was named after the Polish-born explorer who charted much of Siberia, Ivan Chersky. From the observation platform travellers can see the most beautiful panorama of the Lake Baikal, the river Angara and the Shaman Mountain inhabited, according to legend, by a mystical river spirit.

DAY 12 – This is the end of your Short Trans Siberian Express, after breakfast you will travel out to the Irkutsk Airport.

TOUR STARTS/TOUR ENDS Moscow airport/ Irkutsk airport
TOUR PROGRAM Moscow – Yekaterinburg – Irkutsk
DURATION 12-day package tour
Professional Tour guides

Train tickets

Private car/minivan


Tickets to all museums shown in the itinerary  Hotels + breakfasts

Please, contact us and we’ll provide you with special group rates for your Trans Siberian Express.

Standard prices of each Trans-Mongolian or Trans Siberian Railway Tours include: accomodation in 3-star hotels, breakfasts and some lunches during long tours, private transportation, private local tour guides, tickets to all museums, churches and national parks, train tickets to the 2d class sleeping compartment carriages (in Russian “coupe” for 4 people with 2 lower and 2 upper bunks). Meals are not included to the train tickets, but most trains have a restaurant carriage where you can have lunch or dinner. If you’d like to book 5-stars hotels, train tickets to the 1st class compartments (in Russian “SV” with ptivate cabins for 2 people) or to have your Trans Siberian Express and Trans-Mongolian Railway Tour on Imperial Russia, Tsar’s Gold or Golden Eagle Luxury Trains (with VIP suits), please, contact us and we’ll organize a special customized tour for you!


Day 1: Arrival to Moscow

Your guide and your private driver will be waiting for you at the Moscow airport with the sign ShowmeRussia and your name written on it, transfer to the hotel, check-in, free time.

Day 2: in Moscow

Breakfast in the hotel, private guided sightseeing tour to Moscow Kremlin and St.Basil’s Cathedral by foot (5 hours).

Day 3: in Moscow

Breakfast in the hotel, private guided tour to Moscow Subway and famous Arbat street by foot (4 hours).

Day 4

Breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the railway station, train to Yekaterinburg (departure from Moscow at 16:38, arrival to Yekaterinburg the next day at 20:04). Duration of the train trip – 25 hours.

Day 5: Arrival to Yekaterinburg

Your driver will be waiting for you on the railway station with the sign and your name written on it. Transfer to the hotel, check-in, free time.

Day 6: in Yekaterinburg

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Tour to the border between Europe and Asia
  • Tour to Ganina Yama “The Last Days of the Last Russian Tsar” (6 hours by private car/minivan).

Day 7

Breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the railway station, train to Irkutsk (departure from Yekaterinburg at 11:52, arrival to Irkutsk two days later at 20:47). Duration of the train trip – 54 hours.

Day 8: On train


Day 9: Arrival to Irkutsk

Your driver will be waiting for you on the Irkutsk railway station with the sign and your name written on it. Transfer to the hotel, check-in, free time.

Day 10: in Irkutsk

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Sightseeing tour (4 hours by private car/minivan)
  • Visit to Taltsy Museum
  • Transfer to Listvyanka village
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Check-in in the hotel in Listvyanka

Day 11: Lake Baikal

  • Brakfast in the hotel
  • Guided tour to Baikal Lake
  • Visit to Baikal Museum
  • Tour to the panoramic area – Cherskogo Mountain Peak (6 hours, by private transport).

Day 12: Return

Breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the Irkutsk airport.

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
May 29, 2016

This trip was something I wanted to do for a very long time. We travelled from St. Peterburg to Irkutsk. The whole trip took us 13 days. I made all planing and bookings with this travel agency in advance. Between St. Petersburg and Moscow we travelled on Sapsan train (just 4 hours), between Moscow and Yekaterinburg – in the 3rd class-open car without any problems and I can recommend this opportunity for young travellers. Later from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk we booked the 2nd class tickets. Russian trains are punctual, clean and comfortable. On trains there are restaurant cars, and we also bought some food at stations. This is an adventure I would very much like to do again.

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