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Joking with local villagers over a plate of posy in Buryat fashion
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Discovering how “breaking bread” is an essential part of Russian train etiquette
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Observing freshwater seals in Lake Baikal
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Dining with the ‘Old Believers’ in Ulan Ude
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Delighting in the gingerbread patterning of houses in Siberian villages

Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Get ready for the ride of a lifetime. You will experience the amazing cultural, historic, and geographic diversity of the Eurasian landmass as we travel from Asia to Europe on the famous Trans-Siberian railway. Beginning with a few days in the wild beauty of Mongolia, we will then travel to Ulan Ude, the heart of Buddhism in Russia, followed by the grassy steppes and pine forests of Siberia as well as Lake Baikal – the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake. We ride onwards over the Ural Mountains, the border between Asia and Europe, to the modern city of Ekaterinburg where we will visit a Russian orthodox shrine to the tragic murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. We end our amazing adventure in complex, and surprisingly beautiful, contemporary Moscow.

This is a trip for the culturally curious and adventuresome traveller. The Trans-Siberian railway that you will experience is not a journey arranged for tourists; it is a means of public transportation. You will get your morning tea from a samovar in the train corridor and barter for local fruit, cheese, salted omul (a dried fish speciality from Lake Baikal), and syshki (crunchy O-shaped crackers) on railway station platforms along the way. Travel by second class, or kupe, enables you to meet the locals with whom you might play cards, drink tea, or share food.

We won’t see Mongolia and Russia only by train, however. We are off the train as much as we are on it with a mix overnight train trips and hotel stays in cities, exploring urban attractions, markets, and cultural sites. We will end at the Kremlin in Russia’s muscular capital city. The time on the train will finally match the time on our watches as every train keeps Moscow-time regardless of which time zone the train is actually in.
Classic Explorations Cultural Explorations

Mongolia | 16 days
Classic Explorations

Dates:
May 02-18, 2020
Cost:
Approx. US$6795 (Incl. US$300 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
12 - 18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, bottled water with meals, transportation as noted in the itinerary, all activities and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary, services of specialized English speaking tour guide and local guide. Taxes and gratuities of US$300 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in UlaanBaatar, Mongolia
Day 2: Monasteries and temples
Day 3: Ger camp on the steppe
Day 4: Mountain Reserve and the overnight train to Russia
Day 5: Buryat villages
Day 6: Buddhism and Old Believers in Ulan Ude
Day 7: Day train to Irkutsk
Day 8: Exploring the capital of Siberia
Day 9: On the shores of Lake Baikal
Day 10: Wooden architecture and classical music
Day 11: Full day on the train with the locals
Day 12: Evening arrival in Ekaterinburg
Day 13: The city, its churches, and its mining story
Day 14: Evening arrival in Moscow
Day 15: Explore the city on foot and by metro
Day 16: Depart Moscow
Optional Extension: Moscow and St. Petersburg
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Your Tour Leader

Julia Zarankin is an award-winning writer and lecturer who regularly teaches courses to lifelong learners about Russian and European culture and literature. She regularly shares her passion for cultural history with Toronto audiences at Hot Docs Curious Minds, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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Classic Explorations Cultural Explorations

Mongolia | 16 days
Classic Explorations

Dates:
May 02-18, 2020
Cost:
Approx. US$6795 (Incl. US$300 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
12 - 18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, bottled water with meals, transportation as noted in the itinerary, all activities and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary, services of specialized English speaking tour guide and local guide. Taxes and gratuities of US$300 are included.

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"Each stop was like a new world."

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