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Trans Siberia railways

The Trans Siberia is easily one of the most famous, and adventurous train rides that one can take today.

Traveling through seven time zones, crossing through the coldest region on earth, Siberia (which is colder than either the Arctic Circle or the Antarctic zone), passing through the taiga, the world’s largest remaining forest, traversing the world’s largest freshwater lake of Lake Baikal, and offering a number of disembarked sightseeing options (depending on the train route) that give the passenger a chance to see a great number of some of Russia’s most historic and famous landmarks up close, it is also one of the most traveled railway by tourists in the world as well. Although the trans-Siberian railway is actually comprised of three separate routes (Moscow to Vladivastok, Moscow to Beijing via Manchuria, and Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia) rather than just one main route, all routes are considered to be part of this railway since they all cross the Siberian region, and traverse the length of the Russian country. It is important to note that when booking a compartment on either of these routes one will wish to choose at least a 2 nd class compartment or higher; anything less than second class, such as standard Siberian compartments, are said to be sub-par, and one will be placed in a windowless, cramped carriage in these compartments, which may at times be standing room only, with sub-standard heating for the length of the journey; although you may still be traveling with other passengers in your compartment in second class, this carriage overall is far more comfortable, and you will be guaranteed seating. Although the food will not be five star gourmet cuisine, there are still a number of good snack stores at the many train stops that will be made over the length of the trip that one may wish to stock up; smoked salmon and caviar, however, can often be purchased aboard the train for a rock bottom bargain price. Overall, the trans-Siberian railway is considered by many to be the journey of a lifetime and an experience un-paralleled even by today’s modern adventures, and one that is a vacation unto itself.

Depending on the route you choose, all of which are seven days long, there will be many sites and landmark destinations that one will be able to tour as part of your trip. For those choosing the Moscow-Vladivastok route, the sites which you will be able to tour will include the city of Irkutsk, famous for being located near the shores of Lake Baikal, the city of Yaroslavl, home to some of Russia’s most beautiful churches, the city of Ekaterinburg, the home of Boris Yeltsin, and the city of Vladivastok, home to Russina’s Pacific Naval Fleet and with a striking and beautiful harbor; one will also have the option of staying with a host family in Lake Baikal, relaxing in Siberina saunas, or partaking in dogsledding, ice-fishing, snowmobiles, and ice-skating in many towns and stops. For those choosing the Moscow-Beijing via Mongolia route, one will be able to visit the city of Huhehot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, which is famous for such sites including the Grand Imperial Lamasery, the old Islamic Quarter & Mosque, and the Wuta-Si Pagoda of a Thousand Buddhas, and the city of Harbin, located in the far north of China and famous for its yearly huge Ice Festival in January through February; one will also have the option of staying in a Mongolian ger, the traditional tent-like dwelling of the Mongolian nomad, at Elstei Ger- Camp. All routes will come with amazing scenery from all the terrains of the Russian country, and sitting right amongst the citizens of this country that frequently ride this train will give a glimpse into the spirit of Russia that can not be found on a guided tour. In short, be prepared to be awe-inspired on this trip through both the European and Asian regions of this country, and remember that most who have taken this trip have said that it is beyond words, an adventure like none other, and one that they would definitely take again.

(Note: Showers are not automatically included in the package of any cabin class, but rather must be rented separately once on board; there are also no private bathrooms throughout the entire train.)


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