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T rans-Siberian Experience

The Russia Experience


T rans-Siberian Experience 2010 Contents
World’s Longest Lunch - destination map Starting Your Trans-Sib Trip in St. Petersburg 3 4

NON-GROUP DEPARTURES ..........................
Epic Trans-Sib Mammoth Trans-Sib Ultimate Trans-Sib The Grand Trans-Siberian Outer & Inner Mongolia Gobi & Gulag BigTrans-Sib The Nadaam Train Super Trans-Sib Three Capitals Dr. Zhivago Trans-Manchurian Classic Snow Train Westbound Departures - Big Trans-Sib Westbound Departures - Mammoth Trans-Sib City Day Trip Options CHINA PROGRAMMES Simply Beijing Beijing to Hong Kong Great Chinese Route Scenic Chinese Route Terracotta Trail Beijing to Shanghai Beijing to Hanoi Frequently Asked Questions Booking Form BookingConditions 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

The world’s longest lunch
St Petersburg Moscow Perm Ekaterinburg Novosibirsk Huhehot Vladivostok Xi’an Beijing Ulan-Uday Irkutsk Harbin Ulaanbaatar

Guilin Guangzhou Hanoi


Hong Kong

Russia has actively negotiated and financed the rebuilding of the railway between North and South Korea. Theplan is to reopen the VladivostokPyongyang section (currently suspended) and offer a direct freight route from Seoul to Moscow. This may later be expanded to carry passenger traffic too. Around 30 per cent of Russian exports travel on the line.

Rudolf Nureyev was born on the Trans-Siberian near Irkutsk in Siberia, while his mother Farida was travelling to Vladivostok, where his father Hamat, aRed Army political commissar was stationed. The Trans-Siberian is longer than the Great Wall of China and US Route 66

The original Trans-Siberian railway was built from Moscow to Vladivostok on the orders of Tsar Alexander III. At 9,216 km (Moscow-Vladivostok) it is the longest direct rail route in the world, and entirely within Russia. The Moscow-Beijing route is shorter, at 9001 km.

Theroute to Vladivostok was built between 1891 and 1916. The “first rivet” was ceremonially hammered home by the future Nicholas II, the last Tsar. Under communist rule he would later be placed under House Arrest as a prisoner on board the Trans-Siberian. The train carries about 20,000 containers per year to Europe.





Church on the Spilt Blood

St.Petersburg Moscow

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Ulan-Uday Irkutsk

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Starting Your T rans-Sib T in St. Petersburg... rip
Russia’s “alternative capital” is a bizarre fairyland concoction of rococo palaces, opulent cathedrals, stately boulevards, and Dutch-style canals, surreally moored on Russia’s Baltic Coast as though somehow out of time and place. With the entire cultural legacy of Imperial Russiaon your doorstep, the difficulty will be what to include on a “don’t-miss” list. Will it be the Winter Palace – not only the city residence of the Tsars but home to the Hermitage Collection? Or the unrivalled displays in the Russian Museum? How could you skip the Peter & Paul Fortress - the city’s original bastion - or the unrivalled views from St Isaac’s Cathedral. Then there’s The Cathedral OnThe Spilt Blood – commemorating the spot where Alexander II was assassinated? You will have remembered to visit the Yusupov Palace, whose owners were richer than the Tsars…and who decided one evening to bump-off Rasputin? Meanwhile you will have picked up your tickets for the ballet or a concert in a former 18th century palace?

1 “S Priezdom! Welcome to St. Petersburg!” Our driver will be thereto meet you from whichever flight, train or boat you arrive. You’ll then be transferred to your hotel. 2 After breakfast one of our local expert staff will meet you at the hotel to take you on a three hour walking tour round the highlights – you’ll use public transport around the centre to avoid the traffic jams and get the hang of the system for when you come to use it independently. Your walk...
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