TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILROAD EXPEDITION

As the 21st century’s methods of transportation have evolved, railways have remained entrenched with their nostalgic method of travel and beautiful views of the sprawling, meandering countryside. Join us on one of the world’s longest railways through the countryside of Siberia and western Russia.

Trip Summary: Trans Siberian | 16 Days

Next Group Trip: 6 - 19 June 2017

Group Size: Max 16 persons

Price From: $3800 per person

Trip Highlights:

  • Travel across the Siberian landscape by sleeper car while stopping at local villages along the way
  • Visit historic monasteries, churches, and alpine lakes while trying unique cuisine that mixes Mongolian, Russian, and Far East influences
  • Meet local guides in each city to unlock the hidden treasures and traditions of Siberia, Mongolia, and Russia

Itinerary | 16 Days

Day 1 and 2, Meet in Vladivostok Siberia: We will arrive at Russia’s western port city of Vladivostok, often called “Russia’s San Francisco” or “Lord of the East,” to acquaint us with each other and embark on our train across the country. We will get a taste of Siberia as we explore the Vladivostok Fortress and the Aretage with a local guide before departing on our train at noon.

Day 3 and 4, On-board to Ulan-UdeWe will settle into our cabins, enjoy the passing scenery of rivers, rolling hills, and lakes, and further our knowledge of this country as we learn about the background and history of Siberia, and what makes it such a unique place.  Stopovers along the way will allow us to stretch our legs and get a peek at local life in the countryside.

Day 5 and 6, Ulan-Ude: Our train arrives into the Buddhist city of Ulan-Ude in the Buryatia Republic. We will explore this Russian city heavily influenced by Asian practice with a walking tour of the city and the Museum of Buryatia and conclude with a dinner of local Buryat cuisine where we will discuss notes of our observations and stories from the day. The second day we will travel 30 minutes outside the city to Ivolginsky Datsan, a monastery surrounded by picturesque mountains and the center of Russian Buddhism, to learn and discuss the history of the religion in Russia. In the evening, we will board the train to Irkutsk and discuss our writings from the day.

 Day 7 and 8, Irkutsk Lake Baikal: Local guides will accompany us to Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, to hike and explore the local culture. We will visit traditional Siberian wooden houses, climb Cherskiy peak, and learn about the flora and fauna of Lake Baikal. The next day, we will tour the Znamensky Monastery where the leaders of the Decembrist Revolt are buried. Passing along the Karl Marx Prospect, we will talk about the history of revolutions in this Russian outpost.

Day 9 and 10, Novosibirsk: A quick stopover in Siberia’s largest city on the other side of the lake will allow us to stretch our legs and explore the city where many of Russia’s leading critics and artists were exiled during the Decembrist revolt. The third largest city in Russia and the largest station along the way, our train will stop in the scientific hub of Russia. Exploring Lenin Square, the wooden houses of Gorkogo, and the St. Nicholas Chapel at the center of Russia, we will workshop and reflect from the day over Siberian cuisine before leaving to Yekaterinburg.

 Day 11 and 12, Yekaterinburg/Kazan: Our last two stopovers will bring us to the complicated site of the Romanov execution by the Bolsheviks and the Peter and Paul cathedral, a famous Orthodox pilgrimage site. Local engagement with artists will allow us to stretch our understanding of Russia’s unique history and memory. On the second day, we will explore Bulgar ruins and the traditional architecture surrounding the city.

 Day 13, On-board to Moscow

Day 14 and 15, Moscow: Finally, we will disembark from our railway travel in the thriving Russian city of Moscow and spend two days exploring the cultural heritage of this metropolitan. From the Kremlin to St. Basil’s cathedral and restaurant tours, we will learn from the perspective of the city and the complicated history of Russia’s political and cultural engagement.  

 Optional Extension, St. Petersburg (3 days)Spend a few extra days immersing yourself in Russia’s cultural hub: from art museums to textile making to architecture and cuisine, we will spend three full days staying in local hostels and exploring this cultural hub. 

This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.


Expedition Route:

Trip Locations: Vladivostok, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Novosikbirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg

Trip Locations: Vladivostok, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Novosikbirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg


Expedition Dates:

6 - 19 June 2017


$3800

All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.


Contact Us: 1-323-657-3496

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Guest Guides:

Haley Littleton: Mixed in with this obsession to explore has always been a deep love and reverence for words, people, and stories, which led Haley to study English Literature and Creative Writing. After undergraduate, Haley spent time living in Amsterdam before entering graduate school at the University of Denver and receiving her Master's in English. Haley has been published in various journalistic and creative writing publications but, most recently, writes for Alpine Modern Magazine. Haley has spent the last six years writing, editing, and working as an editorial assistant on publications ranging from the outdoors to politics and literature. She is currently compiling a book of creative essays that focus on travel, identity, and the concept of "home." Haley credits her six-year-old trip to Russia with her parents as the beginning of a long-term love affair with travel and the impetus to travel internationally with friends, family, and alone.  Always in pursuit of the beautiful things, Haley's interests hover around environmental impact, outdoor adventure, non-fiction narratives, and ethical traveling. Whatever interesting and strange foods she gets to eat along the way the better. With an interest in environmentalism, climbing, backcountry skiing, and craft beer, Haley plans to always keep Colorado as a home base. 

Haley Littleton: Mixed in with this obsession to explore has always been a deep love and reverence for words, people, and stories, which led Haley to study English Literature and Creative Writing. After undergraduate, Haley spent time living in Amsterdam before entering graduate school at the University of Denver and receiving her Master's in English. Haley has been published in various journalistic and creative writing publications but, most recently, writes for Alpine Modern Magazine. Haley has spent the last six years writing, editing, and working as an editorial assistant on publications ranging from the outdoors to politics and literature. She is currently compiling a book of creative essays that focus on travel, identity, and the concept of "home." Haley credits her six-year-old trip to Russia with her parents as the beginning of a long-term love affair with travel and the impetus to travel internationally with friends, family, and alone.  Always in pursuit of the beautiful things, Haley's interests hover around environmental impact, outdoor adventure, non-fiction narratives, and ethical traveling. Whatever interesting and strange foods she gets to eat along the way the better. With an interest in environmentalism, climbing, backcountry skiing, and craft beer, Haley plans to always keep Colorado as a home base. 

What to Expect of a Trans Siberian Adventure: Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned traveler, visit the landscape that Chekhov and Dostoevsky loved and learn to shape your own narratives. Embark with our team as we immerse and write our way across the Russian landscape, exploring memory and nostalgia, while being mentored in photography & storytelling.  This is a great opportunity to develop your portfolio as an artist & traveler, come home with stories to share with friends, and explore some of Russia’s most mysterious and historic sites. At the end of your trip, you’ll receive a commemorative booklet of the photos & stories you and your fellow travelers have compiled along the way.

What to Expect of a Trans Siberian Adventure:

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned traveler, visit the landscape that Chekhov and Dostoevsky loved and learn to shape your own narratives. Embark with our team as we immerse and write our way across the Russian landscape, exploring memory and nostalgia, while being mentored in photography & storytelling.  This is a great opportunity to develop your portfolio as an artist & traveler, come home with stories to share with friends, and explore some of Russia’s most mysterious and historic sites. At the end of your trip, you’ll receive a commemorative booklet of the photos & stories you and your fellow travelers have compiled along the way.