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Christina Gibbons
Trans-Siberian RailwayTravel Specialist

For more than a century, the Trans-Siberian trains have chugged across the world’s largest country, regardless of weather, revolution or political upheaval, providing an essential link for families and traders alike. For travellers who recognise that it’s the journey and not always the destination that matters, an epic Trans-Siberian Railway Journey cannot be beaten.

Transporting locals, exotic and mundane goods, military personnel and those seeking a new life, the working trains are not designed for lavish travels in style, but they provide travellers with an authentic experience and a genuine sense of adventure. Days on board are spent conversing with other fascinating voyagers and gazing out over ever-changing Siberian scenery, broken up by stops at remote railroad towns, lesser-visited cities like Kazan and Yekaterinburg steeped in Soviet history, and trips to the world’s largest freshwater lake: Lake Baikal.

Those looking to journey in greater comfort can opt instead for a luxury journey aboard a private chartered train, with plush cabins and fine dining, such as the Tsar’s Gold or the Imperial train. Typical routes stretch between Moscow and Beijing, or end instead in Ulaanbaatar allowing voyagers to explore the Gobi Desert. For an even more alternative experience, the BAM Railway – short for the Baikal-Amur Mainline – departs from the main Trans-Siberian line to instead end in Vladivostok.

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Yekaterinburg
Top Destination
Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is an essential visit for those with even a modicum of interest in Russian history. This is where, in July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and five children were murdered by the Bolsheviks, signalling the final chapter of the Romanov dynasty that had ruled Russia for over 300 years. The magnificent Cathedral on the Blood now stands where the family met their end and contains several fascinating monuments to the Romanovs as well as memorabilia from their last days here.
Irkutsk
Top Destination
Irkutsk
Irkutsk is perhaps the most popular stopover on the Trans-Siberian Railway route and it’s not difficult to see why. A relaxed city brimming with fine architecture and fascinating cultural and historical sights, Irkutsk is charming. But it's biggest draw is its close proximity to Lake Baikal. The oldest and deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal is a spectacular sight and offers many opportunities for activities such as hiking, cycling, horse riding and kayaking.
Vladivostok
Top Destination
Vladivostok
The eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok is a large but attractive city set in tiers perched beside sparkling Pacific waters, it is surprisingly tranquil and an ideal place to stretch your legs after a long trip across Russia from Moscow. Step off the train and head to the Sportivnaya Harbour for a delightful view of the ocean before marvelling at the impressive naval technology of Russia’s Pacific Fleet parked at Golden Horn Bay.
Kazan
Top Destination
Kazan
The city of Kazan, capital of Russia's Tatarstan Republic, can trace its history back through the centuries to the site of its original settlement, the outstanding Kremlin. The Kremlin - or walled citadel - in Kazan was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000 in recognition of its uniqueness and historical importance.
Ulan Ude
Andrea Godfrey's Recommendation
Ulan Ude
Ulan Ude, situated deep into Siberia to the south of Lake Baikal, is something of an oddity amongst other cities in Russia and makes an intriguing and memorable stopover. Located significantly nearer to Mongolia and China than Moscow and St Petersburg, Ulan Ude has a somewhat Asian feel to it and has traditionally resisted Sovietisation to maintain a distinct cultural identity.
Novosibrisk
Christina Gibbons's Recommendation
Novosibrisk
Novosibirsk may be younger than the Trans-Siberian itself but this city, situated half-way between the Urals and Lake Baikal, has grown rapidly to become the biggest in Siberia and is well worth a stopover. The third most populous city in Russia behind Moscow and St Petersburg, it is a fascinating place and a testament to Soviet progress with its vast squares, imposing edifices and grand Communist monuments.

Popular Destinations in Trans-Siberian Railway

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   Yekaterinburg
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   Irkutsk
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   Vladivostok
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   Kazan



Specialist Recommendations

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   Ulan Ude
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   Novosibrisk


Regent Trans-Siberian Railway Specialist


Christina Gibbons
You spend so much of your journey across the tundra on board, that we recommend getting to know your carriage attendant! These people become all-powerful during the journey and can make terrific allies. They clean your compartment and bathroom, let you know how long the train will stop for in each city, lock your compartment whilst you are dining in the restaurant carriage and most, importantly, make sure you're awake and ready to depart the train when it's time to get off and explore your latest stop.

Christina's Tips
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During the summer, take a dip in the deep, cool waters of Lake Baikal; one swim is rumoured to add years to your life.
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Explore the Baroque churches, colourful buildings and a lively dining scene in the old town of Irkutsk.
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Sample smoked omul. You can't say you've visited Siberia until you've tucked into Lake Baikal's endemic fish.




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