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Win a copy of Matthew Woodward’s new book ‘Trans-Siberian Adventures’!

We have three copies of Matthew Woodward's incredible book to give away!

As many of you are rail enthusiasts, we are very excited to introduce to you a new book, ‘Trans-Siberian Adventures: Life on and off the rails from the UK to Asia’, masterfully written by our long-standing customer and friend, Matthew Woodward, a rail adventurer and seasoned Trans-Siberian traveller.

A life-long adventure

Matthew has completed four long-distance rail journeys through Russia; in his own words, “Overland adventure has given me a wonderfully different perspective on the size of the world, and the diversity of its people.” With that said, his new book is the perfect companion for anyone thinking about conquering the Trans-Siberian railway; in its pages you will find entertainment, guidance and inspiration! Or, if prefer to set off on an adventure without leaving the comfort of your home, the book will immerse you into life on-board the train, and beyond it – it will be your window on contemporary, and vivid, Russian, Mongolian and Chinese cultures. 

Travelling across the world’s largest country is a challenge, and once you overcome it, you want more. “I was really missing the crazy people, the strange places and the mad weather. I wanted more. Colder? Yes! Harder? Yes! Longer? Yes please!” exclaims Matthew at the end of his book. And, “Yes, please!”, exclaim we in hope that Matthew Woodward’s stories will continue.

Real Russia is delighted to have been involved in his adventures, and to have several members of the team, namely, Igor, Natasha, Yury, Tanya and Anastasia, acknowledged in the book. We will be introducing them and many other members of Real Russia's family to you through blogs and social media over the coming months. Would you like to know more about our special team, click here.

We value your opinion, and we mean it!

Have you travelled with Real Russia before? Was it the Trans-Siberian journey, a tour to Saint Petersburg, or one of a thousand other experiences? Share your thoughts on TripAdvisor to be in with a chance to win one of three signed copies of ‘Trans-Siberian Adventures: Life on and off the rails from the UK to Asia’ by Matthew Woodward. Simply tell us about your experience with Real Russia on Trip Advisor between 23 June and 30 September 2017. After this date three winners will be chosen at random to receive this incredible book! And if you want to increase your chance of winning, if you share some photos of your incredible trip along with your review, you will be entered into the prize draw not once, but twice!

                                                          Click here to share your experience now!

Matthew Woodward’s book ‘Trans-Siberian Adventures: Life on and off the rails from the UK to Asia’ available in Kindle and paperback editions at

For more information about Matthew Woodward and his adventures, visit his website Alternatively, take a look at our interview with Matthew from last year, as part of the launch of our Trans-Siberian Guides, and find out what his funniest Trans-Siberian experience was!

If you are planning a visit to Russia, China, Mongolia, along the Trans-Siberian railway, or beyond, and would like additional guidance or information, then do not hesitate to contact a member of our travel team who will be pleased to help.

About Real Russia

Real Russia supports thousands of people travelling through Russia and along the Trans-Siberian railway, with a  range of travel services, including: 
Planning unique Trans-Siberian rail tours 
Booking accommodation
Transfers from airport to accommodation, to railway station (and more!) 
Russian, and international. rail tickets 
Moscow and St Petersburg short tours
Visa services for Russia, China, Mongolia and more

Would you like to know what our customers say? Check out our TripAdvisor page.


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