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What else to see in Siberia besides Baikal?

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. Lake Baikal is (for obvious reasons) the number one attraction of Siberia but there is much much more to see in the diverse and beautiful area. Here are my top picks of things to see and do in Siberia (that aren’t lake Baikal).

5. A taste of Mongolia (in Russia)

Don’t have time to do a side trip to Mongolia but still want to get a taste of it? Whilst Ulan Ude isn’t quite technicality in Mongolia, it is a mere 250km from its border (and was a part of Mongolia until it was annexed by Russia many years ago) and therefore has a heavily Mongolian influenced culture and incredible Mongolian terrain. From Tibetan monasteries, buddhist temples and Mongolian Yurts its easy to see why culture lovers love to visit Ulan Ude!
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4. Banya in Bolshoe Goloustnoe

One of the highlights of the beautiful village of Bolshoe G is to experience a traditional authentic Banya after a hard days walking. Combining a sauna with a wet room, a banya really is a must do whilst in Russia! Each couple or family gets their own slot making it completely private. Sporadically the electric is turned off to the village so you could be lucky enough (like me) to enjoy their Banya by candle light! An evening Banya is extremely invigorating and really does set you up ready for some delicious home cooked food…another reason to stay in Galina’s guesthouse!
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3. Experience true Siberia at the old believers village

The vast majority of visitors to Russia want to try something authentic but are unsure how to organise it or just how authentic these experiences REALLY are. One of the highlights of my recent trip was a visit to Bolshoy Kunaley (the Old Believers village.) Recently voted “the prettiest village in Russia” this is a must for people seeking an authentic experience! Not only does it boast some of the most stunning scenery but the visit to the village was a highlight in itself. The villagers separated from the Russian Orthodox Church several hundred years ago and were exiled abroad before being allowed to return. This has meant that they have retained a strong culture and are nearly entirely self sufficient. 

A visit to the village will allow you to find out more about this unique culture whilst enjoying one of the most delicious lunches I've ever had! The experience is completely authentic…I didn't see another tourist for the entire time I was there!

2. Incredible food in Irkutsk

Most people who visit Lake Baikal will have at least 1 night in the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Irkutsk. What a lot of people don’t realise is that Irkutsk is a food lovers dream! Countless coffeeshops, bakeries and the cutest street side cafes. With influences from Europe, Mongolia and China, food in Irkutsk is incredible! From mouthwatering Tsuivan (Mongolian noodles) to the most incredible Buuza (large meat filled dumplings), washed down with locally produced Russian vodka, there is so much to try! With over 800 restaurants there is something for even the fussiest of tastes…

1. Stolby National Park in Krasnoyarsk

One thing that visitors to Siberia always say, is that the scenery is out of this world! One place that is (wrongly) overlooked on the Trans Siberian railway is the city of Krasnoyarsk. Not only is this city worth a visit all on its own, but it boasts the scenic delights of Stolby nature reserve. This was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my entire trip. Acres and acres of untouched pristine Siberian forest and only a 30 minute drive out of the city. Offering walks for all abilities there is even a chair lift for those less capable. The reserve also has simple little cabins that are possible for an overnight visit for those wanting to do more then a couple of hours walk.



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

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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

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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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