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Cross all Russia by Transsiberian Train

Travel 9288 km from Vladivostok to Moscow

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Trans Siberian Railroad (Transsib) or Great Siberian Way is the railway through Eurasia joining Moscow and the biggest east Siberian and Far East cities of Russia. The length of the line is 9288,2 km. It is the longest railway in the world. Trans Siberian Railroad joins Europe part, Ural, Siberia and Far East of Russia. The starting point is Moscow. The final destination is Vladivostok.

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Russia tour on the longest railway in the world from Europe to Asia is an interesting way to explore the country. It is important not just to go by Transsiberian train for a week, but it is also important to get down the train in the biggest Russian cities and know them. Today we will make stops in the eight interesting points of this route.

First stop of our Russia travel is Vladivostok City

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Vladivostok is a Russian city and a port on the Far East of Russia on the coast of the Japanese Sea. This is a start point of the Trans Siberian railroad. The great Siberian way was begun to build here. Vladivostok is a very interesting Russian city. It has 45 bays and inlets with beautiful sandy beaches. It is said that the bay «Golden Horn» is surrounded by the city, hides the gold of Kolchak. Vladivostok is one of the most «automobile» cities of Russia. According to the data of 2008, every one thousand locals had 566 cars. The Cable-stayed Bridge is located also in Vladivostok. The span of the bridge is 1104 meters; the pylons height is 324 meters. They are the highest pylons in the world. The oldest tram system of the Asian part of Russia is located in this city. The first tram went in Vladivostok more than 100 years ago.

Things to do in Russia travel to Vladivostok:

  1. Walk around Russian San Francisco. First of all, talking about the similarities between the two cities, make a focus on the landscape. The streets in both cities go: up-down, down-up. Secondly, Vladivostok and San Francisco are cities on the coast of the sea. Thirdly, they have bridges. The symbol of San Francisco is the bridge «Golden Gate». The symbol of Vladivostok is the «Gold Bridge».

владивосток, vladivostok 22. Learn sap surfing in the Japanese sea on your Russian holidays to Vladivostok. Sap surfing is riding on waves on the board with a paddle.

сап серфинг3. Squid fishing at night in the Japanese sea in your Russia tour. Amateur squid fishing in Russia is possible just in the Far East. As usual, the squids are caught with a fishing rod, squids are quarter to half meters long. But there are also huge squids living on the deep depths, they can have a length of 20 meters.

рыбалка на кальмаров4. Taste Far East cuisine on your Russian vacations in Vladivostok. Gastronomy of Far East is a combination of Siberian and Asian traditions. For example, the fern is added to the Borsch in Vladivostok restaurants and fish steak is served with soy sauce and Japanese wasabi mustard.

Second stop of our Russia tour is Blagoveshchensk City and Amur region

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Blagoveshchensk is the unique administrative center of Russia located on the border. 800 meters of the Amur River separates Russian Blagoveshchensk city and the Chinese town Heihe. The location of Blagoveshchensk streets are like in ancient Rome. All the streets of this Russian city are crossed at the right angles, quarters have right square or rectangular shape. An interesting fact is that the first machine for baking pies was built here. This machine made 650 pies in an hour.

Things to do in Russia travel to Blagoveshchensk and Amur region:

  1. Visit local fair and taste Amur gifts on your Russian holiday in Blagoveshchensk (barberry, pine nuts, cranberry, goat cheese and others).
  2. Hiking in the taiga on your Russian vacation, see the drunken forest and make a picnic with hamburgers there. The drunken forest is a forest with inclined and curved tree trunks. It happened as a result of the deformation and displacement of soil when the trees grew. On your way you can visit life and dead lakes, look at the confluence of the Amur and Zea rivers.

тайга3. Fly on flying trike, look the great Amur river under the sky. Amur is the river on the Far East Asia. It flows through the territory of Russia and the border of China and Russia. It has a length of 2824 km. You can see this river on your holiday in Russia.

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амур4. Go to Chinese town Heihe, try real Chinese food in China. Heihe is the town on the north-east of China. It is located in front of Russian Blagoveshchensk city. These cities are connected by a regular river communication. Between Heihe and Blagoveshchensk are just 800 meters. So you can see Heihe when you visit Blagoveshchensk on your Russian holidays. Heihe is a very developed city with a population of 130 thousand people.

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Third stop of our Russia tour is Ulan-Ude city, the Republic of Buryatia and East part of Baikal:

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All is mixed in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia and one of the most interesting historical cities in Russia. Traditions of Asia and Europe, the roots of Russian and Mongolian peoples, historical monuments and modern buildings are mixed here.

Ulan-Ude is located only one hundred kilometers from the legendary Baikal Lake. Baikal is the deepest lake on our planet. It has a depth of 1642 meters. The crack length of its thick layers of ice sometimes reaches 30 kilometers. Baikal has 19% of all freshwater resources on the Earth, 23 615, 39 km³.

Things to do in Russia travel to Ulan-Ude and East part of Baikal:

  1. Visit Dozchan (Buddhist monastery), know the future at the Lama astrologer in your Russia tour and, if you are lucky, you can bow to the immortal Lama. Immortal Lama is called because the monk went to nirvana when he was 77 years old, he is 164 years old now, and the Lama still has been sitting in pose of lotus. But you can see the monk just with the big pilgrims’ delegations or in the big Buddhism holidays.

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 2. Live in a yurt and taste the life and traditions of steppe nomadic Buryats in the camp «Steppe nomad» in your Russia travel.

степной кочевник3. Make a rally in Transbaikalia, visit Transbaikalian Nation Park. Transbaikalian state nation park is a real pearl of Buryatia. It is the paradise for animals: more than 44 types of mammals, 50 vertebrates, 241 types of birds, 3 sorts of reptiles and the same number of amphibians live in this place. Many types of these animals are included in the Red Book of Russia. You can see many of them on your Russian holiday in Transbaikalian Nation Park.

забайкальский парк 2More photos increadible Baikal lake you can see here
Russian Baikal Lake in winter
Russian Baikal Lake in summer

4. Live in the Russian cottage, take a steam bath in Russian banya and learn to milk a cow in our Russian tour.

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Forth stop of our Russian tour is Irkutsk city and West part of Baikal

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Irkutsk is the geographical center of Russia. This city was the place of exile of many famous Russian personalities and writers. Everything in this city reminds about the beautiful Baikal Lake. This lake is very close from here. The square of the surface of Baikal is 32 000 square meters. Some countries, for example, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, could fit on this area. The age of Baikal is around 25 million years. No one swims in the Baikal. The average temperature of water in the summer is 8-10°C (46-50°F).

 

Things to do in Russia travel to the west part of Baikal:

Visit Olhon Island and Hoboy cape on your Russian holidays to Baikal. Olhon is the biggest island of Baikal lake. The length is 73,5 km, the wide is 15 km, the area is 730 km². Hoboy cape is in the north end of Olhon.

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More photos incredible Baikal Lake you can see here
Russian Baikal Lake in autumn
Russian Baikal Lake in spring

2. Enjoy hot smoked Omul on the fish market in the village Listvyanka in your Russia travel. Omul is a fish of the salmon family. It can have a length of 64 cm and  weight 3 kg.

омуль3. Hiking to Siberian taiga to the rock «Knight», «Forest», «Idol», «Old women» and others popular Olhinsk rocks. For example, «Knight» is the most popular rock, it has a length of 30 meters and you can see it in your Russian tour.

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4. Go to the center of Siberian Huskies; take a husky ride if you visit Russia in winter time. Huskies are the special sled dogs breed. They had been faithful companion of man for many centuries in Siberia where winter storm leaves no chance to survive alone.

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Fifth stop of our Russia tour is Novosibirsk city

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Novosibirsk is the capital of Siberia the third most populous and third biggest city of Russia. Novosibirsk metro bridge is the longest covered bridge in the world. Novosibirsk was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as one of the most rapidly growing megacities in the world. According to the Guinness book of records, the cleverest street of the world is the avenue of academic Lavrentyev in the Novosibirsk academic town. It has 2,4 km and almost 20 research institutes and others scientist buildings.

Things to do in Russia travel to Novosibirsk:

  1. Go to the zoo and see rare animals, for example the liger (the offspring of a lion and tiger) and argali. Novosibirsk zoo is one of the biggest zoos of the country. It has 62 hectares and more than 666 types of animals. You can see all of them in your Russia travel to Novosibirsk.

новосибирский зоопартк2. Visit Russia «Coliseum». This is one of the biggest theaters buildings in the world. The theater area is 11837,8 m², the diameter is 60 meters, the height is 35 meters, the depth of field is 30 meters, the dome of this theater is even bigger than the dome of the Big theater in Moscow.

новосибирский колезей3. Visit Novosibirsk academic town and Obskoe Sea on your Russian holidays. Novosibirsk academic town is very famous in all over the world it’s the scientific center, where there is a lot of searching institutes: Novosibirsk state university and physics-mathematic school are located here. It is a unique town because the government kept the nature of this area. Now the academic town is located in the forest on the coast of the Obskoe Sea. Obskoe Sea is the artificial Novosibirsk reservoir.

новосибирский академ городок4. Visit Russia unusual attraction – children railway. Three real narrow-gauge locomotives with passenger carriages go in the real railway road, 5,3 km length. Railway station, overpass and two bridges are also real. The high school students, specially trained, work on this railway. You can take a ride in the children railway on your Russian holiday in Novosibirsk.

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Six stop of our Russia tour is Yekaterinburg city

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Yekaterinburg is the most compact megacity in Russia. Yekaterinburg is the iron heart of the country. American statue of liberty frame is made from the metal manufactured in Yekaterinburg.  It is the first city where people began to extract ore gold. According to the Guinness Book of records, a Yekaterinburg person eats more mayonnaise than any other person anywhere else in the world.

And, of course, I cannot forget about beautiful Ural Mountains that are located very close to this city. You can easy visit these mountains in your Russia travel to Yekaterinburg.  The length of the Ural is about 2 000 km. Ural Mountains are chosen as a zero mark, border between Asia and Europe. But these mountains doesn’t belong to any continent.

Things to do in Russia travel to Yekaterinburg:

  1. Learn how to pan out the gold in your Russian tour to Yekaterinburg. Town Berezovskiy is the birthplace of the Russian gold. Russian citizen of the Shartash village Erifey Markov discovered the gold deposit in this place at 1745. First the gold quest didn’t make any results. Markov was suspected in harboring the real field. He spent a lot of time in jail. However, after a couple of years, the gold was found.

намывание золота2. Visit the mine museum and ride on truck on your Russian holidays. It is a unique museum in Berezovskiy. This is not just a usual museum with the glass showcases; it is a real excursion in the underworld.

катание на вагонетках3. Visit Ural Mountains and Tavatuy Lake in your Russia travel to Yekaterinburg. Ural Mountains are the ridge on the border of Asia and Europe, and also the nature border within Russia, between the East side – Siberia and Far East, and the West side – Europe part of the country.

уральские горы4. If you visit Russia in winter, you can ski in local ski centers (Exhovaya, Pilnaya, Volchiha Mountain).

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Seven stop of our Russia tour is the «Gold Ring» cities of Russia

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Gold ring of Russia is the famous touristic extended route more than 1000 km, which includes the ancient Russian towns.  It has 20 towns Moscow, Ivanov, Vladimir, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Tver regions. You can find in the gold ring towns historical and architectural monuments of XII-XVIII centuries, which make the treasury of Russian culture.

The part of Trans Siberian railroad includes such towns of «The gold ring» as Yaroslavl, Nizhniy Novgorod, Murom, Kazan, Ryazan. Choose one or several and visit them in your Russia travel road, 9288 km route by Transsiberian train towards the final eight stop of our Russia tour is the capital of the country, Moscow city.

Things to do in the towns of «The gold ring» you can read in my articles.

The towns of the gold ring of Russia: Yaroslavl, Rostov Velikiy
The towns of the gold ring of Russia: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy
The towns of the gold ring of Russia: Nizhniy Novgorod, Kazan
The towns of the gold ring of Russia: Kostroma, Tver
The towns of the gold ring of Russia: Kolomna, Ryazan, Murom
The towns of the gold ring of Russia: Vladimir, Suzdalurom

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Trans Siberian railroad is Russia. By travelling in Transsiberian train, you will understand, where were spent 1,5 milliard of gold for the construction of the road, 34 years deal with permanent frosts, impenetrable mountains and forests, and what is the 9 thousands kilometers till Pacific Ocean. Trans Siberian railroad is the road joining Russia, the country stretching through 11 time zones. Trans Siberian railroad transports more than 50% foreign trade and transit cargos. Europe part of Russia has 19, 1% of all road and Asia part of Russia – 80,9%. 87 very important Russian cities are located along Trans Siberian Railroad. 5 of them have a population of more than 1 million people. Trans Siberian railroad crosses 28 rivers, 16 of them are big. 207 km runs along the coasts of Baikal Lake.

Tour by Transsiberian train. 9288 km across all Russia from Vladivostok to Moscow

1st route. 9288 kilometers travel by Trans Siberian train across Russia

2nd route. 9288 kilometers travel by Trans Siberian train across Russia

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