The Trans Siberian Railway
Sit back and relax as I take you on a wondrous journey that transcends Russia, one third of the planet, from east to west.
Imagine sitting in a comfy chair, looking out at the magnificent scenery and cities in your daily journey.
I am talking about one of Russia's most famous delights and experiences; the 1 week trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow in the west to Vladivostok, of the Far East region of Russia. It's the longest continuous rail line on earth --nearly ten million kilometers (about six thousand miles).
Traveling across the Russia on the Trans-Siberian train give you the chance to see with your own eyes everything that you may have heard about this mysterious land of expansive forests, beautiful cities and the wilds of nature.
Your travel will permit you to see attractively designed architectures of countless churches; beautiful sun rises and much more spectacular sunsets. Your journey will let you see Russia in all of her natural splendor as your adventure takes you through 7 time zones.
Your journey begins when you board the train at the opulent and cavernous station of Moscow. During your adventure you'll have a number of stopovers in almost 100 distinct cities both large and small. The Trans-Siberian train stops several times per day, from only a couple minutes to over a half an hour. You'll find the pleasure of interacting with easy Russians during the brief stop-overs. These Russian channels are often mini markets and you will see there everything from wild berries, farm sausages, delicious smoked fish into unique hats and blankets made from the fur of black, red, and white foxes.
You'll have a chance to observe different architectural styles of the numerous cities and train stations. The majority of these were build during the middle of the last century of the Stalin era and in the end of the 19th century.
You may travel through one of Russia's oldest cities, known as Yaroslavl that was set by Yaroslav the Wise in the year 1010. Another town, Yekaterinburg, was founded in 1721 by Catherine the Great. This is the town where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed in 1918.
The encounter will also propel you through numerous tunnels, some of them over two km long. Feel and see the adventure of riding on your railroad car on a bridge that's 2500 meters long over the deepest lake in the world, the Baikal which is thought to hold one fifth of the planet's fresh water.
Along the way you can see the largest Siberian cities of Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk, seeing the huge Siberian taiga that is the largest remaining forest in the world.
The train will also stop in the city of Ulan -Ude that home the Tibetan Buddhist monastery - the middle of Buddhism in Russia.
Eventually you will arrive at Vladivostok, the final city of Russia Far East.
Vladivostok is that they gateway to Korea, China and Japan.
Throughout the Soviet era, Vladivostok was a secret military base and has been completely shut, not just to all foreigners but to the citizens of all areas of the then, Soviet Union. You needed special permits merely to see relatives who lived in Vladivostok.
After 1992 this town was opened to all and now anybody can see this gorgeous sea port on the hills, called the" Russian San-Francisco" that is surrounded by the stunning Gold Horn Bay.
Though the Trans Siberian Railway finish in the sea port of Vladivostok, your travel doesn't have to end there. You could travel on to Russia's eastern neighbors, Japan, Korea and China.
Have a wonderful journey!