The city of Vladivostok lies at the far eastern end of the Trans-Siberian railway and has been a city that has had an important part in the history of several countries, not just Russia where it is nowadays. The Chinese and Japanese have had their influence on the region and until the end of the 1850’s it was part of Manchuria and therefore came under Chinese control.

It had first been officially recognised as Chinese territory of the Qing dynasty nearly 200 years earlier under the Treaty of Nerchinsk but appears in Chinese Yuan Dynasty maps much earlier than that, dating back to the 14th Century where it was known as the “city of eternal light” (Yongmingcheng).

The birth of the modern city of Vladivostok

After coming under Russian control in the late 1850’s under the treaties of Aigun and then Peking the modern city of Vladivostok was born and was given Free Trade Status in an attempt to encourage foreigners to begin trading there. The city continued to go from strength to strength with a shipbuilding yard opening and much of Russia’s Siberian military being stationed there. It was still a very mixed population in the late 19th Century when it was officially granted city status and this was reflected in it’s many foreign named streets of the time.

By 1891 Construction had begun on the Trans Siberian Railway, the most likely reason you’d be visiting Vladivostok these days! The railroad was to finally stretch all the way across Russia and compromises, or at least makes the vast majority of the world’s three largest continuos railway services. The Trans Siberian itself being the third longest at 9,259 kilometres long, with the second being the Moscow to Pyongyang line that reaches a further 1,000 kilometres and the longest being the line from Kiev to Vladivostok, which is over 11,000 kilometres long.
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Vladivostok's role in war with the Japanese

Vladivostok was to continue to play an increasingly important strategic role in global politics with it’s location so close to so many empires and future superpowers not to mention its importance to the superpowers of the time. It was destined to end up having a central role in the struggles that were to plague the 20th Century and it was heavily bombed by the Japanese during the Russo-Japanese war of the early twentieth century.

After the revolution in Russia the British as well as the other Entente powers as well as the Japanese decided to get themselves involved in attempting to stop the spread of Communism in the Soviet Union and started to send troops into the region, both to support the anti-Bolsheviks and to protect the inventory that they had been amassing there. While the Allies eventually decided on pulling out of the region once the Bolsheviks had gained full control of the country the Japanese remained much to their own consequence.

This was the last access foreigners were to have to Vladivostok for quite some time and despite the historic meeting in 1974 between Gerald Ford and Leonid Brezhnev it would be until 1992 until it was able to be visited openly by foreigners again. So take this relatively new opportunity and visit the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet on Trans-Siberian tours.



Siberia's Top 5

Siberia is one of the highlights of a Trans-Siberian journey and most visitors will undoubtedly have at least one stop in this magnificent region.

A Plumb Adventure

The Trans-Siberian Travel Company's staff member Chris Plumb took an epic journey from Vladivostok to St Petersburg visa Mongolia and the Tsars Gold train.

Trips Avoiding China

In the past most tourists have focused on the Trans-Mongolian to Beijing but in recent years the Trans-Siberian line to Vladivostok has become increasingly popular.

Visiting St Petersburg

Is it worth adding on a visit to the second city of Russia; St Petersburg? After all, it isn’t strictly a part of the Trans Siberian or Mongolian train lines.

Moscow Metro

There are so many options of tours in Moscow but a Metro tour should be the top of everyone’s list and is one of our favourites with plenty of surprises!

Irkutsk & Lake Baikal

One of the most popular stops on any Trans Mongolian or Trans Siberian Railway tour is the wonderful Siberian city of Irkutsk and nearby Lake Baikal.

Destination Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia and one of the most popular stops on the Trans-Siberian Railway offering up history and rural Russia in the Urals.

Moscow's Kremlin

Literally meaning “fortress inside a city” the Moscow Kremlin refers to the fortified collection of palaces and cathedrals that look over Red Square.

St Petersburg's Hermitage

The State Hermitage is one of the world’s oldest museums having been founded by Catherine the Great 250 years ago and has been open to the public for over 160 years.

First Time China

As this was my first time in China I was keen to see as much as possible. We settled on Beijing, Xian and Shanghai which offer great contrasts.

Platform Life

This trip is full of discovery but you have to also get up and go out on the platforms to find the most exciting experiences to complete your Trans-Siberian trip.

Train Life

Guest blog entry describing life on board a Trans-Siberian train and the daily coming and going and routines you get into on a long train ride.

What Route to Take

When first exploring into the Trans Siberian railway, one of the first questions to ask yourself is which way to go. Here our guest blogger gives her views.

Moscow Impressions

First in a series of 5 articles written by guest blogger Louisa Howard who completed a Trans-Mongolian trip with us from Moscow all the way to Shanghai.

Trans-Siberian History

Learn about the history of this extraordinary railway in our brief guide to the construction and importance of the train routes across Russia and to China.

Tsars Gold Train

The Tsars Gold private train is one of several that run tours just for tourists in a good level of comfort along the Trans-Mongolian route. Learn more here.

Life On Board

What is a Siberian train really like? Here we go into detail about what you experience on the trains and how they really are and what facilities they have.

Destination Vladivostok

Vladivostok lies at the Far Eastern end of the Trans-Siberian railway and has been a city that has had an important part in the history of several countries.

Destination Krasnoyarsk

One of the lesser know destinations available for Trans-Siberian Tours is a stopover in the city of Krasnoyarsk despite being the third largest in Siberia.

About Siberia

With a total size of 13.1 million square miles Siberia takes up three quarters of Russia’s total size and a tenth of the whole world’s surface - learn more.

Off The Beaten Track

Learn about our Off The Beaten track rail tours that visit destinations less visited along the Siberian and Trans-Mongolian rail routes including Kazan and Krasnoyarsk.

Gers in Winter

One of the Highlights of a Trans-Siberian Tour is Mongolia and a night or two out at a ger camp on the steppe. How about visiting Mongolian ger camps in winter?

Visa Requirements

There are few nationalities that can take a Trans-Siberian trip visa free. This article intends to shed some light on the paperwork required by most.

Bogie Changing

Whether you are a train aficionado or not one of the more unusual Trans-Siberian tours experiences available to the traveller occurs at the Chinese borders.

Planning A Trip

For many people the idea of how to start organizing their Trans Siberian holiday is a daunting task. Here is a beginner’s guide to deciding what’s best for you.

Trans-Siberian in Winter

Winter is a very special time to travel the Trans-Siberian but many might be put off by the cold. This article will hopefully convince you to dress up warm and travel!

Accommodation Options

One of the joys of Trans-Siberian is the wide variety of accommodation on offer. Here we list some of the best options for the most popular stop overs.

Destination Kazan

Kazan is half way between Moscow and Ekaterinburg and an increasingly popular stop on Trans-Siberian trips for its exciting mix of cultures from East and West.

Trans-Siberian Routes

In this article we discuss the different Trans-Siberian route options available including the Trans-Manchurian, Trans-Mongolian and the Baikal Amur Mainline.

Who Travels The Trans-Siberian

Using the public trains in Russia who are you likely to come across on your Trans-Siberian travels. Here we discuss the different groups you are likely to find.

Train Classes

Picking the right train class can make all the difference on a Trans-Siberian train trip where so much time is spent on board. Learn about the different train classes here.

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