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The Trans-Siberian  Railroad


Lazelle Jones

Writer, Photographer

 

 

 

 

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One of the world’s greatest train rides, the Trans-Siberian is an adventure that fosters a deep and intimate appreciation for these vast and unusual places and its unique people.  Travelers who seek transformational experiences owe themselves an adventure along this legendary route. Few other journeys allow you so many fascinating environments – sophisticated cities, deep taiga forest, rolling steppe, swelling mountains, red sand desert and a patchwork of different cultures firmly stitched together by the Trans-Siberian Railroad.


Seattle-based tour operator MIR Corporation http://www.mircorp.com with 25 years of organizing and facilitating experiences in this unique and often underexplored region offers a diverse array of opportunities aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. Each rail journey provides opportunities to disembark and explore irresistible communities, fabulous natural wonders, unbelievable beauty and the heart-warming homes of the local people.

 

MIR offers a variety of ways to travel the Trans-Siberian Railway.  You can join one of their adventures that runs between Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure, their small group tour means you travel with no more than 16 others guests while you are hosted by an MIR’s Tour Manager. A tour that takes a dramatic and variegated route, it offers limitless opportunities to meet the diverse local peoples of Mongol, Buryat and Russian. You will experience the rolling green hills and nomadic traditions of Mongolia, Siberia's UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and endless taiga forest as you travel to the booming capital, Moscow. The July departure features Mongolia's Naadam Festival.

 

 

 

 

A second opportunity includes joining a group tour aboard the Tar’s Gold private train between Beijing and Moscow for a three-country adventure to China, Mongolia and Russia.  Starting in Beijing the railway takes you to Mongolia and across the endless steppe to UlaanBaatar. From here you continue up to the steep shores of ancient Lake Baikal and then on to the gleaming golden cupolas of Moscow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Another option is to travel aboard the luxury Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express and be treated to the finest in Russian rail travel by choosing the Classic or the Mongolian Routes. Trans-Siberian Classic Route. The Classic Route operates from Moscow to Vladivostok and in reverse.  Spanning almost 6,000 miles of track between Moscow and Vladivostok, the Classic Route takes to the southern tip of Lake Baikal and the charming

Siberian cities of Ulan Ude and Irkutsk and along the Chinese border.

 

 

 

 

There is also the Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route from Moscow’s Kremlin to the Siberian taig and the Mongolian steppe.  This private train journey celebrates several different cultures: that of the modern Muscovite, the Baikal Siberian, indigenous Buryats and czarist political exiles, and the Mongolian nomad.

You can personalize your private Trans-Siberian journey aboard local trains based on your choice of route, dates, preferred stops, and trip length. You have the freedom to create your own customized journey with the help of an MIR expert. Travel solo, with your family or with a group of friends, the choice is all yours.

 

 

 

 

MIR Corporation whose name means "peace" and "world" in Russian, has specialized in Russia (and neighboring countries) since 1986. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR designs imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar. Working closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry out their mission, twice MIR has been named one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best Adventure special interest organizations.  Happy Traveling!