The Trans-Siberian railway is the greatest rail journey in the world, and to celebrate this fact, along with its centenary, over the coming weeks Real Russia shall be exploring what the Trans-Siberian, along with the Trans-Mongolian railway, has to offer!
Over the coming months you will find mountains of new content, including new blogs, guides and FAQ’s, covering every aspect of Trans-Siberian travel. And that is without even mentioning the new photos and videos across the website, social media and YouTube.
‘Where will you be visiting?’, you ask. Well…
Real Russia’s Trans-Siberian itinerary
Day one - Moscow
The first excursion of this incredible trip is a tour of the historic Kolomeskoe park, home to many Tsars and GrandPrinces over the years, including Peter the Great himself; in fact, this particular excursion should take Real Russia to Peters former residence!
Following this fascinating start to the trip is a walking tour of Old Arbat, the old bohemian quarter of Moscow, home to artists and writers throughout the years, and a visit to the Moscow Metro, one of the deepest, and most beautiful, metro systems in the world.
Day two - Moscow
When in Moscow, it is essential that you take a walking tour of central Moscow, and so that is exactly what Real Russia will be doing, taking in some of Russia’s most famous, and historic, sights including the Kremlin, Red Square and the GUM shopping centre.
An action packed second day in Russia will continue with the home of over 170,000 pieces of Russian art, the world famous State Tretyakov Gallery.
After such a busy day of sightseeing, there is only one thing to do, relax on a cruise on a leisurely cruise down the Moskva River, passing beautiful scenery like Sparrow Hills.
That evening Real Russia will board its first train at Kazansky railway station, heading east on the Trans-Siberian railway.
Day three - Kazan
Real Russia will barely scratch the surface during a full day exploring Kazan and the breath-taking surrounding area, taking in the Kazan Kremlin, the old town of Kazan, a traditional Tartar village, and the many houses of worship; including orthodox, Catholic and Islamic.
Day four - Yekaterinburg
After an afternoon arrival in Yekaterinburg, Real Russia will take a short journey out to the Eurasian border, for some great photo opportunities and have a foot on two continents at the same time!
Day five – Yekaterinbug
History is the theme for a fantastic day in Yekaterinburg, learning all about the Romanov dynasty and their last days by visiting the scene of their murder, as well as sights like the Saviour on the Blood Cathedral.
Day six – Novosibirsk
After a morning on the rails, a relaxing afternoon will be rounded off with a Pelmeni masterclass, as Real Russia learns how to cook this classic Russian dish.
Day seven – Novosibirsk
One of the busiest days of Real Russia’s tour begins with a visit to the Trans-Siberian railway museum, Akemagorodoc - the home of much of Novosibirsk educational and technological expertise, the old city of Novosibirsk and the home of Novosibirsk’s culture, its opera and ballet theatre!
The end of the day sees Real Russia preparing for a 32-hour train journey though the centre of Siberia to Irkutsk.
Day eight – on-board train 70
A full day relaxing on-board train 70; plenty of time to relax and let the incredible experiences of the previous few days’ sink in.
Day nine – Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Lake Baikal
Following an early arrival in Irkutsk, and a short tour of the city, Real Russia will travel onwards to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal via the Tsaltsy ethnographic open air museum.
Once in Listvyanka, a tour of the town will follow before visiting Chersky Rock viewpoint and enjoying a relaxing evening in a traditional Russian banya.
Day ten – Lake Baikal and Listvyanka
After a short cruise on the Lake Baikal itself, a peaceful day on-board a steam train on the Circum-Baikal railway, following the shoreline of Lake Baikal, will be the perfect way to soak up the beauty of the area.
Day eleven – Ulan-Ude
After the shortest rail journey of the trip (just six hours!) from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude, there will be little time for much other than a traditional Buryat meal.
Day twelve – Ulan-Ude
There is plenty to see in Ulan-Ude, and Real Russia will be taking in some of the best of these sights by visiting the Buddhist Ivolginsky Datsan and the strictly orthodox Old Believers village, followed by an evening tour of the city of Ulan-Ude itself.
Day thirteen – on-board train 362
Another full day on the rails, watching the world go by as the border with Mongolia comes and goes.
Day fourteen – Ulan Bator
Following breakfast, and some free time to explore Ulan Bator, Real Russia will be transferred to Terelj National Park, where an afternoon stroll through the incredible surroundings will be followed by an overnight stay in a Ger under the stars.
Day fifteen – Ulan Bator
After more time to take in the surrounds of Terlj National Park, and a visit to a local nomadic family, Real Russia will head back to Ulan Bator, but not before taking a detour to the Genghis Kahn Monument.
Day sixteen – Ulan Bator
Another busy day as Real Russia visits some of the finest sights in Ulan Bator, from the Gandan Monastery to the National History Museum and everything in-between.
Day seventeen – on-board train 004
The last full day on the rails, across the huge Gobi Desert and into northern China, heading towards Beijing, will offer time to relax and prepare for one of the greatest cities in the world, Beijing.
Day eighteen – Beijing
The first day in Beijing is a short one, with Real Russia indulging in an early evening rickshaw ride through Beijing, before a local family host a traditional dinner of Chinese dumplings.
Day nineteen – Beijing
The city of Beijing will be Real Russia’s today, as an early start will allow time to visit all that Beijing has to offer, from the Forbidden City to Tianamen Square, before finishing the day at the Chaoyang Theatre watching the skills of China’s famed acrobats.
Day twenty - Beijing
Arguably the best has been left for last, as an early morning start takes Real Russia to one of the highlights of the tour, the Great Wall of China.
Day twenty-one – Home
And so the tour comes to an end as Real Russia heads home, full of memories, and ready to share the many experiences with the world.
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If there is anything you particularly want to see, let us know and we shall see what we can do!
And don’t forget, over the next few months Real Russia shall be rolling out new content across realrussia.co.uk, social media and YouTube; including new guides, expanded FAQ’s, images, excursions, interviews, blogs and videos. So keep your eyes peeled to everything Real Russia!