From  £2790
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Cruise along past the Lena Pillars
  • Admire the Verkhoyansk Mountains
  • Discover Kusur in the Arctic Circle
  • Visit a family that live in Natara
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Lena River Cruise in Siberia

14 Day Tour, from £2790 per person
Itinerary Dates
21 Aug  -  03 Sep
07 Jul  -  20 Jul
23 Jul  -  05 Aug
08 Aug  -  21 Aug
22 Aug  -  04 Sep

Feel like a pioneering adventurer and embark on a journey along the Lena River, one of the longest rivers in the world. Aboard the M/S Mikhail Svetlov from Yakutsk discover remarkable rock formations and uninhabited areas and take in the changing landscape of Siberia before reaching the Arctic Circle, where small settlements are home to reindeer breeders and the summer sun never sets.

A series of lectures and seminars by experienced speakers will introduce you to the history of the scientific and pioneering achievements in the Yakutia-Sakha Republic. Listen to interesting facts about the natural resources, particularly the diamond deposits, as well as astonishing discoveries of Mammoth fossils, and the ecological situation of the Lena River. Daily concerts, games, cocktail parties, and reading sessions will keep your evenings busy.

Tour Itinerary

Fly to Yakutsk. Transfer to the river port and board the M/S Mikhail Svetlov. On an optional city tour of Yakutsk discover the impressive collection of historical artefacts at the Museum of Local Lore, including one of the world’s only complete woolly mammoth skeletons. (D)
Arrive at Lena Pillars, a natural rock formation stretching 80 kilometres along the banks of the Lena River. Admire this natural phenomenon from a viewing platform in the taiga. (B,L,D)
Cruise on the Buotama River mouth, near the village of Bulgunnyahtakh. In 2006, wood buffaloes were brought to the area from Canada with the aim of restoring the bison herd in Yakutia - the historical homeland of the animals. View the bison and learn about their re-acclimatisation to life in Russia. (B,L,D)
The journey reaches a section of the Lena River that enters the Central-Yakut lowland where there are many lakes and marshes on the river plain. The ship follows the route of the Aldan River, one of the largest tributaries of the Lena River, surrounded by the stunning Verkhoyansk Mountains. (B,L,D)
Cruise to Zhigansk, a settlement beyond the Polar Circle, established as a fort in 1632 the same time as Yakutsk. The population of 3,000 is mainly concerned with hunting, fishing and cattle breeding. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town, where it is possible to buy fur boots made from reindeer. (B,L,D)
Visit Kusur, a small settlement in the north of the Arctic Circle. Here the men are engaged in reindeer husbandry and hunting and the women make beautiful traditional clothes decorated with fur and beads. (B,L,D)
The ship arrives at the town of Tiksi, the most northerly destination of the tour. Here, the sun appears day and night over the summer months until it disappears for a long winter. Embark on a tour of the town and surrounding tundra, and visit the Regional Museum. (B,L,D)
Spend a full day on board cruising along the Lena River - one of the greatest rivers of Siberia and one of the largest water arteries of the world, with a large estuary of over 32,000 square kilometres. Today the ship reaches the Arctic Ocean where the Lena River ends, cutting through mountains of solid rock forming a series of canyons and granite walls rising up to 400 metres high. (B,L,D)
Today reach the small village Siktyakh (about 300 inhabitants), located on picturesque high bank of the Lena River not far from the mouth of the Siktyakh River. The Village was established by Catherine II messengers come there for collection of Yasak (fur tribute exacted from the indigenous peoples of Siberia by Russian authorities). Wooden Orthodox church of that period is preserved in the village. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
Spend the day cruising in the Polar Circle. During the winter solstice (December 21-22) northward of the Polar Circle the sun does not rise at all and during the summer solstice (June 21-22) the sun does not set. During the trip the ship will cross the Polar Circle in the Zhigansky district. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
Enjoy a full day cruising. Pass one of the widest points of the Lena River at the confluences with its main tributaries - the Vilui and Aldan rivers. Admire this spectacular area, home to over 40 islands. (B,L,D)
DAY 12
Enjoy a walk on this wild bank, see bounty of nature and enjoy a beautiful sunset. In the evening, enjoy a symbolic Fire of friendship and songs in different languages will be performed. (B,L,D)
DAY 13
In the afternoon the ship reaches the village of Sottintsy. Here visit the local museum dedicated to Russian explorers and the lifestyle of first settlers. (B,L,D)
DAY 14
Arrive back into Yakutsk early in the morning. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

14 day tour, from £2790 per person

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in outside twin cabins with private facilities
  • All transfers
  • Three meals per day (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) commencing with lunch on day of embarkation and ending with boxed breakfast on day of disembarkation
  • Full sightseeing programme as detailed with English speaking guide as per itinerary
  • All onboard entertainment programmes
  • Port taxes
  • Russian visa support documents

Price Excludes

  • International and internal flights (please contact us for best available prices)
  • Russian Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Additional expenses such as bar, laundry and beauty salon

Price Notes

Single cabins are available, we can also book triple and quadruple cabins on this Russian cruise. Please contact us for prices.


Itinerary Dates  
21 Aug 2017
03 Sep 2017
07 Jul 2018
20 Jul 2018
23 Jul 2018
05 Aug 2018
08 Aug 2018
21 Aug 2018
22 Aug 2018
04 Sep 2018

M/S Mikhail Svetlov

The M/S Mikhail Svetlov is a three deck passenger motor ship which was built in Austria. It has modern navigation equipment, good maneuverability and is designed to explore interior waterways. The boat is fitted with modern furniture and equipment. Each room has a radio, shower and toilet. There is a restaurant with 82 seats, a bar with 50 seats and a conference hall. The length of the ship is 90 m, a width 15 m, draft 1.6 m. Cruising speed is 21.5 km/h.


Tour Route Map

  1. Russia, Yakutsk
  2. Russia, Viluy River
  3. Russia, Zhigansk
  4. Russia, Tiksi
  5. Russia, Natara
  6. Russia, Sottintsy
  7. Russia, Yakutsk

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I would like to thank you very much for a lovely well organised holiday, especially to our guides Sergei and Svetlana. Our only comment was the arrival into St Petersburg was early and our room was not available until later. Otherwise we had a great time and would recommend the trip to other would be travellers.

The Girlings

Hotel Asteria - clean, good location, did the job! Itinerary documentation clear and well presented. Office staff helpful and quick responding to email queries.

Mr A Townsend

Let me say a big Thank You to Christina for enabling me to have a wonderful Trans-Siberian experience this summer. I guess it must have been you who informed the company that I was celebrating my birthday when I arrived in Vladivostok...where to my surprise and delight was presented with a bottle champagne and birthcard by the hotel reception. Thank you...The vastness of Russia becomes more and more apparent as days go by on the train. I was amazed at how the scenery barely changes all the way from Moscow to Khabarovsk (except Lake Baikal). I began to think that the train was stationary and the scenery was being moved around. I am sure I saw the same forest a thousand times over! I would recommend Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and especially Ulan Ude!

T Watkins

The Ambassador Hotel - excellent service, room and location. Regent Holidays were very respondent to our needs as individual travellers and able to respond to last minute changes and additions. Driver and guide first class. We plan to use Regent Holidays ahain. The whole trip lived up to and went beyond our expectations. Thank you.

Mr G Hawksford

We stayed in the National in Moscow and the Angleterre in St Petersburg -  both good, the National was particularly friendly! We felt we were exceptionally well cared for in Russia. The local guides were particularly punctual and reliable.

W. Peake

Many thanks for interesting, caring holiday. The Hotel Cosmos in Moscow was basic but OK and the restaurants at both hotels needed prompting about gluten free meals but did provide lovely meals immediately.

Ms G Milanne

Flexible and extremely well organised - the hotel Vega in Moscow and the home-stay in Mongolia were OK. Terelj Ger Camp was beautiful.

Mr M Wakefield

We had a wonderful holiday. Our guide Sergei was helpful in the extreme. He was very interesting and informative. We really enjoyed his company. Our driver Alexei was courteous and helpful. As a result we were able to relax and enjoy the wonders of St Petersburg.

S. Mcully

Carl Meadows was excellent. Your local partners in Mongolia were fantastic - we had a great time! Hotel Vega in Moscow and Ulanbataar Hotel both good and did the job!

Mr E Whittle

The tour guides were excellent - also the travelling and tour arrangements. We added a couple of visits plus 2 shows. The Sovietsky was OK - just a little far out and the Angleterre was excellent.


We would thoroughly recommend Regent Holidays as this was our first visit to Russia - everything was very well organised and the tour guides very informative and helpful. The Grand Express was a wonderful experience and an enjoyable way to get from Moscow to St Petersburg. The National Hotel in Moscow and the Astoria in St Petersburg was excellent.

Mr M Hewitt

We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Dostoevsky in St Petersburg. We were very impressed by the service provided by our Tour Guide Tanya. Her knowledge and organisational skills made our holiday completely stressfree. The taxi drivers Regent Holidays provided were also very polite and helpful. Thank you for a wonderful holiday which I will always remember.

Mrs J Schubert

The Hotel Angleterre was a great hotel, very helpful staff and brilliant location.

Mrs E Folwell

We so enjoyed our recent cruise on 31 May to 9 June and so did our travelling companions. We have told everybody. The boat was superb, the guides excellent and the food so tasty. The upgrade to a junior suite made the cruise!

S. Searle

The holiday was perfect from the start. Our Driver and Guide were excellent, very informative and knowledgeable - we could not have wished for more.

Mr & Mrs Radley
April 24, 2013

The independent guided tour was excellent and worth paying the money for – highly recommended! Every meeting was on time and the guides very pleasant and helpful. We were met at the station and escorted to the train which was good as the station was very crowded and confusing.

The organisation of everything worked perfectly and made out holiday extremely enjoyable. 

The Groves'
July 9, 2013

I was very impressed by the very high level of service and excellent advice on Russia by Andrei Kashkin. When we book our next holiday it will be through Regent Holidays.

The Crawford's
August 6, 2013

The tour of the Kremlin and the Diamond Fund was excellent – the guide most informative and my wife loved the jewels. All of our guides were super, and this was one of the best holidays we have had – absolutely fascinating!!

Mr & Mrs Hewitt-Jones
August 29, 2013

Our trip to St Petersburg was timed to coincide with a 70th Birthday. We advised Christina Gibbons of this fact and she obviously passed this information to the Astoria Hotel. We were overwhelmed by the upgraded service we received fro the Astoria. Russian champagne, large box of chocolates and a birthday card on the relevant day. Well done to all concerned. 

Mr & Mrs Foley
September 24, 2013

My trip on the Trans Mongolian Express far exceeded my expectation, and this was mainly due to the expert and professionalism of support that I received from Carl Meadows and his team.

This was my first trip that I had booked through Regent Holidays, and on the basis of how much I enjoyed it, I will definitely be booking my next trip for 2014 through yourselves.

An excellent job well done – thank you. 

Mr N Young
November 29, 2013

I would like to say this has been the best holiday I have had for many years. A wonderful experience. The local guide Mikhail was wonderful. Very friendly and helpful. Extremely knowledgeable. Never flinched answering any questions even personal ones. I will definitely be considering travelling with Regent Holidays again and would like to thank everyone concerned for doing such a great job.

Mr A Graham
October 10, 2014

My holiday arranged by yourselves on the Transiberian Express from 20th August until 4th September was one of the most spectacular I have ever had. It exceeded all my expectations.

The organisation, accommodation, staff and extra care taken by all concerned was second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone.

Of course all the help and assistance you gave to me as well all helped make the whole experience a delight.

I met some delightful people and saw some amazing places.

I am so glad I travelled with you.

Ms Hilary Fryer
September 19, 2016
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