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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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Cruising beautiful 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

May 14-27, 2020

14 days | Russia | Classic Explorations

On this essential journey of discovery, 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 in the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar, we will 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 murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and the modern Yeltsin Library. Stop in Kazan where the traditional contrast between Europe and Asia is broadcast from the tops of church belfries and minarets. We end our amazing adventure in complex, and surprisingly beautiful, contemporary Moscow.

This is a trip for the culturally curious and adventurous traveller. The Trans-Siberian railway that you will experience is not a journey arranged for conventional tourists; it is a means of public transportation. You will get your morning tea from a samovar in the train corridor and barter for snacks 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 of overnight train trips and hotel stays in cities as we explore urban attractions, markets, and cultural sites. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Classic Explorations Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6995
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants
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What’s included: 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 (further details and upgrades available), all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees to sites visited with the group, services of specialized English speaking local guides, services of our full time Russian Tour Director, all gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel and group meals, all taxes.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in UlaanBaatar, Mongolia
2By train to Buryatia, Russia
3Across the border to Russia
4Ulan Ude
5Day train to Irkutsk
6Cruising Lake Baykal
7Explore Irkutsk and its beautiful wooden houses
8Aboard the Trans-Siberia Railway
9Evening arrival in Ekaterinburg
10Exploring Ekaterinburg
11Train to Kazan
12Explore Kazan, enjoy a concert by young musicians
13Morning arrival in Moscow, exploring the city
14Depart Moscow
Optional Extensions: 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
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6995
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: 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 (further details and upgrades available), all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees to sites visited with the group, services of specialized English speaking local guides, services of our full time Russian Tour Director, all gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel and group meals, all taxes.

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