Why you should travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the only way to cross Russia from east to west overland. If you’re thinking of comparing it to your local train system, think again. The Trans-Siberian has the longest railway track in the world, and we’re sure you’ve never traveled on anything like it. Why is a private guided tour on the Trans-Siberian Railway an opportunity you won’t want to miss? All the reasons are in the following article.
The Trans-Siberian Railway crosses three countries and seven time zones
The Trans-Siberian train passes through Russia, Mongolia, and China. It offers a number of routes and not all of them reach all the different places, but whoever decides to take the long route can indeed visit three different countries, seven time zones, and dozens of beautiful, fascinating cities along the way. The trip takes 15 days, beginning with a two-day tour of Moscow in Russia. After that you board the Trans-Siberian train and continue on to other destinations in Russia, such as Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, and Lake Baikal. You’ll pass through Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryatia Republic, Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, and the biggest city in the country, Erlian, which lies on the border between Mongolia and China, and Beijing. You’ll tour Beijing for three days (including, of course, the Great Wall of China), and that’s the train’s last stop.
When was the last time you slept on a train?
We’re all familiar with long flights where we try to sleep comfortably using the pillows and blankets provided by the airline. For a higher price, you can fly business class and enjoy a real bed. We’ve also come to know cruise ships, with cabins that have beds and a few other basics.
But how many of you have traveled on a train that’s a hotel on railroad tracks? The Trans-Siberian train has four categories of accommodations. Each car in the VIP category holds 5 cabins, each of which is for two people, with two beds one above the other, a shower stall, and an ecological lavatory. In the Business Class category, each car has 6 cabins, and in each one there are two beds one above the other, a shower with a curtain, and an ecological lavatory. A car in the First Class Plus category has 8 cabins with two single beds one above the other, a shower and sink for every two cabins, and two lavatories at the end of the car. In the First Class category there are also 8 cabins per car, each with two beds opposite each other. Twp lavatories and a shower serve the whole car. In every cabin you’ll find an LCD television and air-conditioning, and some also have an armchair, a table, and a closet.
Peace of Mind
Let’s be honest. It’s a lot of fun to plan a trip from A to Z, to research routes online, locate them on the map, get tips from lots of different people, and build an itinerary that’s personally tailored to our needs and desires. But when the trip in question extends across three countries of such grand scale, it’s almost impossible to plan it on your own. As soon as you purchase a ticket for a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the route is known in advance. There are no surprises, no changes, and for the most part no delays, either. You know exactly when you’ll reach each destination, how much time you have to spend there, and which places are the best to visit when you step off the train. You know when wake-up is, when the meals are served, and how long each leg of the trip takes. All you have to do is relax, enjoy the trip, and take lots of pictures.
So if you’re also interested in setting out on a fascinating, once-in-a-lifetime journey, book a Trans-Siberian Railway trip. You’ll have a lot to tell about the journey, and one thing’s for sure – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
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