The Great Journey: A 15-Day Trip Aboard the Trans-Siberian Express

Alexandra Romanov By Alexandra Romanov, 6th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A fun and exciting way to travel across the great expanse of Russia is via train. The Trans-Siberian Express is one of the largest passenger trains in the world and the accommodations range from modest to luxurious. Even the luxury accommodations are reasonably priced with a 15-day trip running around $1,600 per person. Ticket prices do not include meals, but you will find meal prices modestly priced: Breakfast is around $7 for a full meal, and lunch and dinner are each about $10-20 per person.

The Great Journey: A 15-Day Trip Aboard the Trans-Siberian Express

If you are looking for something a little different during a trip to Russia, consider a trip aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. Instead of the usual walking tour or shopping excursion, the Trans-Siberian Express offers the adventurous traveler a way to see the country in a unique manner.
There are several stops along the way that include walking tours to historic sites, as well as churches and temples. Be sure to bring appropriate attire, including long pants for men and long skirts and a head covering for women. Comfortable walking shoes are a must!

Vladivostok

The tour starts at Vladivostok which is the largest port city of the Pacific Ocean in Russia and is close to the borders of China and North Korea. Its location has made this city the most important culture and military port on the Pacific coast. A walking tour of the city should include the Arseniev Museum. This museum not only showcases the history of the city, it also shows off the local plant and animal life. Many of the plants on exhibit are not found anywhere else in the world. The tour of Vladivostok ends at the railway station where travelers board the Trans-Siberian Express and head to Ulan-Ude. The trip will take two days, but there are intermittent stops along the way so that you may walk around and enjoy the scenery.

Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude is a mainly Buddhist city in the Buryat Republic. In this region the traveler will feel the primarily Asian influence everywhere, from the architecture to the food. A walking tour of the city should include the History Museum of Buryatia.

Irkutsk

The next stop on the Trans-Siberian Express is the city of Irkutsk. Irkutsk is the home of several museums as well as Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the largest and oldest freshwater lake on the planet. Lake Baikal holds 20% of the earth’s fresh water and, with a maximum depth of over 5,390 feet, it’s also the deepest lake in the world. The Limnological Museum showcases the plants and animals of Lake Baikal and there is also an aquarium for viewing the local fish and the Baikal Nerpa, the only freshwater seal in the world. The museum will allow you to see some of the more than 17,000 species of plants and animals that live in and around Lake Baikal. More than two thirds of these specimens can be found nowhere else in the world.

Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is the next major stop down the line from Irkutsk and is the third largest city in Russia. The trip through this region passes over many lakes and rivers, as well as through breathtaking countryside. This part of the trip is widely considered to be the most beautiful part of the journey and there are several short stops to allow travelers to take photos. This particular part of the journey has one of the longest stops. A side trip to the town of Akademgorodok is normally included and should delight the scientific traveler. A tour through the Geology Museum and the Open Air Train Museum will be enjoyed by visitors of all ages due to the hands-on nature of many of the exhibits.

Yekaterinburg

The final stop before Moscow is the grand city of Yekaterinburg. While the city gained infamy as the location of the assassination of the last Tsar and his family, it was originally famous for being located directly on the border between Europe and Asia. There are numerous walking tours of the city and most of them include information about the Romanov family. There are also many historic churches and museums to visit.

Moscow

While the Trans-Siberian Express ends the railway part of the journey in Moscow, that doesn’t mean the trip is over. Moscow is the largest city in Russia and most train trips include a guided tour of the city. For many visitors, the train trip to Moscow is only the start of their Russian adventure.

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Alexandra Romanov is a writer in southern Illinois. Her articles appear online and in print media, including "Spirit Seeker" magazine and "USA Today."

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Jun 2012 (#)

Wonderful and interesting

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
6th Jun 2012 (#)

Lovely writings and great share. Thanks.

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