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‘Heritage of Siberia’ Winter Tour
Discover the unique and elusive culture of Siberia with this spectacular 6-day winter tour. Learn more about the local Siberian customs from its ancient beginnings to the present day by spending time with its people and immersing yourself amongst timeless traditions. If you are looking to explore something new this winter and enjoy learning about local culture and traditions, then this Siberian tour is the one for you. This 6-day experience includes several days in a campsite in the Siberian taiga near Krasnoyarsk, an excursion to a Cossack farmstead, a visit to Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric power station, and tours around some of Siberia’s most historic settlements.
Camping in winter taiga forest
Excursion to a Cossack farmstead
Shushenskoye Ethnographic Museum Reserve
Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Power Station
Visiting the ancient churches of Yeniseysk
Krasnoyarsk city tour
Excursion to Krestovozdvizhenskiy Cathedral
Situated on the Yensei River, Krasnoyarsk is the third largest city in Siberia and an important junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city has been hailed by Anton Chekov among others, as one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia and even the entirety of Russia. It is best known for the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, an idyllic national park set within rolling hills and rocky outcrops, found just 10km south of the city.
Situated on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Yeniseysk is a small town founded in the early 17th century. The town was the first to be founded on the Yenisei River from which it derives its name and was vital in the Russian colonisation of East Siberia in the 17th–18th centuries. Although the town later dwindled in importance due to the strategic railroad being due south, the Yeniseysk Old Town has been considered a heritage site by the Russian government.
A popular village situated at the confluence of the Yenisei and Big Shush rivers, Shushenskoye is best known as the site of Vladimir Lenin’s exile between 1897 and 1900. In 1970 a museum dedicated to Lenin’s time in Shushenskoye was opened and remains a popular destination for tourists along with its beautiful nature reserves. It has since become the site of the Music and Crafts of Siberia festival which takes place every July.
Abakan is the capital city of the Republic of Khakassia, Russia, founded in the 17th century at the confluence of the Yenisei and Abakan Rivers. The city is home to several important landmarks including the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral, “Good Angel of Peace” sculpture, the Park of Topiary Art, and the Khakas National History Museum. Abakan marks an important junction and terminal station on the Abakan-Tayshet Railway.
Where you can stay
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- Accommodation as part of the tour
- English speaking guide (other options available)
- Entrance fees to museums (as part of the tour)
- Food and drink (as mentioned in the tour itinerary)
- Masterclass in the art school
- Russian Tourist Visa Invitation
- Transport (as specified in the tour itinerary)
What’s not included
- Food and drinks (unless specified)
- International flights / transport
- Optional excursions and activities
- Personal costs (souvenirs, additional snacks etc)
- Russian visa
- Tips for drivers/guides/in restaurants
- Travel / medical insurance
- All travellers are asked to check the vaccination requirements before travel. Visit our Vaccines and Health page to find out more
- Any dietary or allergy requirements will need to be disclosed before the start of the tour
- Carrying a water bottle with you is recommended
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
- Please ensure that you keep any personal documents and valuables on your person at all times
- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
- Your local guides will recommend stops where you can go souvenir shopping during your tour
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