Trans-Siberian Less Visited Photo Gallery
The majority of Trans-Siberian tours taken will cover the main highlights of St Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk, Mongolia and Beijing. For those with more time or perhaps on their second visit there are many other rewarding places to visit with some of the best listed here to whet your appetite. Note that many of these places are side trips off the main Trans-Siberian route.
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Consider Visiting at least one of the Off the Beaten Track Highlights of the Trans-Siberian
★ MURMANSK – RUSSIA
Situated above the Arctic Circle in the far northwest of Russia near to Russia’s border with Finland and Norway, Murmansk is the largest city north of the Arctic circle.
★ SUZDAL – RUSSIA
Suzdal is probably the most interesting of the cities located in the Golden Ring. There are few modern buildings and no buildings higher than 2 stories making this a great stop for those wanting to see early Russian architecture.
★ VLADIMIR – RUSSIA
One of the most visited stops in the Golden Ring and home to some of the best examples of medieval white-stone architecture to be found in Russia. Home to one of the most important churches in the history of the Russian Orthodox church.
Capital city of the Republic of Tartarstan, and often referred to as the “Third capital of Russia” Kazan is one of the few places on earth where Muslim and Christian culture live peacefully side by side. this can be seen in its Kremlin which houses both a mosque and a cathedral.
★ PERM – RUSSIA
Perm is a city in the European part of Russia just to the West of the Ural Mountains. The place to come to visit the Kungur Ice Caves and the Gulag Museum at Perm-36, the only genuine Gulag Museum in Russia.
★ TOBOLSK – RUSSIA
Tobolsk used to be a capital of Siberia but it’s importance declined with the arrival of the Trans Siberian. This is where the Romanovs were moved to before they were transferred to Ekaterinburg where they were shot.
★ KRASNOYARSK – RUSSIA
Krasnoyarsk is the third largest city in Siberia and at an important junction of the Trans Siberian. Most visitors come here to see the beauty of the Stolby nature Reserve, somewhere that inspired Checkov to describe it as the most beautiful city in Siberia.
★ ULAN UDE – RUSSIA
One of the most Asian cities in Russia, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia and a stop between Irkutsk and Ulaan Baatar in all directions of the Trans Mongolian and Trans Siberian.
★ KHABAROVSK – RUSSIA
Near the Chinese border, Khabarovsk is often overlooked but is actually one of the nicest cities on the Trans Siberian, particularly in the Summer. Even if you don’t make it in the summer then there are some of Russia’s best museums and an Ice Festival.
★ VLADIVOSTOK – RUSSIA
Home to the Russian Pacific fleet, Vladivostok sits at the end or beginning of the original Trans Siberian. Long closed to foreigners due to its sensitive military location, Vladivostok is now the popular stop for those travelling to or from Japan.
★ LAKE KHUVSGUL – MONGOLIA
One of the world’s 17 ancient lakes, it carries 70% of Mongolia’s freshwater which can be drunk straight from the Lake. the area is bigger than Yellowstone and is a protected area home to many rare animals.
★ THE GOBI DESERT – MONGOLIA
The Gobi is the largest desert in Asia covering much of North and Northwestern China and Mongolia. The Eastern Gobi can be reached by train and there’s opportunities to see rare wildlife and dinosaur archaeological sites.
★ KHENTII PROVINCE – MONGOLIA
Khentii Province is the birthplace of Mongolia’s most famous child, Chinggis Khan. It is here he grew up to unify his local tribes and be the conqueror of most of the known world. It is likely where he ended up on death as well.
★ HARBIN – CHINA
Home to the world famous Harbin Snow and Ice Festival every January and February where the sculptures become more unbelievable year after year. Deep in Manchuria this is a city of heavy Russian influence.
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