Trans Siberian Railway holiday, Russian Summer

“An 18 day, tailor made summer tour of Russia's cities and landscapes on the Trans Siberian Railway. From Moscow to Vladivostok, via Lake Baikal. ”

Highlights

Moscow | Kazan | Yekaterinburg | Irkutsk | Listvyanka | Lake Baikal | Ferry to Olkhon Island | Trekking | Khabarovsk | Vladivostok

Description of Trans Siberian Railway holiday, Russian Summer

Embark on the trip of a lifetime aboard the Trans Siberian Express with this legendary journey through ever-changing cultures and landscapes. This is a private, tailor-made tour, so you can design the itinerary to suit you, your interests and budget, staying longer in some places or skipping others.

Summer is an excellent time to make this trip, when days are long and drier weather provides better views. Prepare for vast panoramas of wilderness as you travel through the taiga, where silver fir and pine forests stretch out as far as the eye can see, and the Ural Mountains, which separate Europe from Asia. The highlight is, of course, Lake Baikal, the oldest and one of the largest lakes in the world, populated by species found nowhere else on earth.

As you pass through different time zones you'll stop at different cities and remote settlements along the way. Starting in Moscow, where ancient onion domed churches rub shoulders with glittering shopping malls, you'll move on to colourful Kazan, home of the last surviving Tartar fortress in Russia. Your next stop is Yekaterinburg, site of the Romanov’s execution and capital of the Ural region, followed by Irkutsk, the gateway to Lake Baikal, where you can meet Siberian people and discover the local culture. Swap your train compartment for a ferry to Olkhon Island, where you can stretch your legs with some trekking among the serene scenery, before visiting the largest city in far eastern Russia, Khabarovsk, and reaching your journey’s end in Vladivostok.

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Trans Siberian Railway holiday, Russian Summer

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

All our activities are run with respect to the environment, making sure that the volume of participants and type of tourism we offer doesn’t have any negative impact on local conditions and infrastructure.
Taking into consideration that sustainable development is still a new topic in Russia, we educate our partners and suppliers about environmental responsibility of their operations and we encourage them to improve sustainability of their practices. Our clients are also asked to act as role models and to give example to Russian communities on hoe to live in respect to the environment.
We give priority to public transport and optimise the itinerary to reduce the carbon footprint. The main mean of transportation on this tour is, obviously, train, which not only is the most exciting and reliable, but also environmental friendly. In the cities, we offer walking tours and we use public transportation (buses, metro) when needed.
We are keen on recycling, energy-saving solutions and minimising litter, water and atmospheric pollution both in our office and at any specific tourism activity we provide. We recycle waste produced at our office and bring it to special collection points.
We encourage our clients to limit waste produced on the tour by using reusable tea flasks, and reusable bags to collect litter.
We inform our travelers about protected areas they visit, including Pribaikalsky Nature Reserve and Baikal National Park, restrictions and accepted behaviours.

Community

We are a small Russian inbound tour operator based in Moscow, run and owned by young enthusiastic entrepreneurs who love Russia, its breathtaking nature, rich culture and hospitable people. As a company, we aim to contribute to the long-term future of Russia’s economic stability, environmental wellness, cultural heritage and people’s well-being by acting responsibly and implementing sustainable solutions on all levels of our operations.
This tour is exclusively operated by local suppliers, local service providers and local guides.
We place our guests at the heart of the local communities by using small and medium locally run and locally owned accommodation providers.
We give our clients the chance to interact with real Russian people on the tours, and on the train – by placing them in the 3rd or 2nd class compartments, which are also commonly used by local travelers.
We organize informal language classes, giving our tourists the chance to learn the basic Russian phrases, which will help them to interact with locals more freely.
We provide our customers with quality and adequate information on destinations they visit, to increase understanding of local culture, its problems and facilitate cultural exchange with local people.
We educate our customers by providing them guidelines on how to travel responsibly. Information is delivered in the pre-arrival kit, available on our tours and on our website.
We encourage our staff to act sustainably and train them on the most efficient ways to do it.
We actively participate in discussions about sustainability and responsible tourism, providing feedback and sharing our experiences.

2 Reviews of Trans Siberian Railway holiday, Russian Summer

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Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Train rides. Olkhon Island. Great guides! I loved visiting the social enterprise in Malyy Turysh.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely book time on a train. And if you travel non-peak season, there’s a greater chance you’ll have ~2 empty berths in the 4-person train kupe.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


For the most part, yes. However, some of the hotels seemed corporate-owned, rather than locally-owned.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An amazing experience. I appreciated how the operator scheduled the sequence of the trip - it took a lot of planning and the logistics were impeccable. The guides were some of the best I’ve ever experienced.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?




2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Have faith in this operator. They are top professionals who really know their country.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we certainly helped the local economy at every opportunity.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


9 out of 10.

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