If you have decided to take the plunge and visit Russia for this year’s holiday, there are so many wonderful places to see and as Russia is an immense country, you are literally spoilt for choice. You have already made a wise choice in opting to see this amazing land by train, with more than 9,000 kilometres spanning 7 time zones and with that in mind, here are some of the places along the route that you really should visit.
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Petersburg – An ideal starting point, St. Petersburg is the cultural centre of Russia. Dubbed by many as the most beautiful city in the country, this northern city has a romantic ambience, with leafy streets full of museums and art galleries and if you happen to love ballet and opera, you will be in your element here. If you would like to see exactly where this city is, make sure to check out this Trans-Siberian railway map that clearly outlines 3 of the most popular routes along this enchanting route.
Yaroslavl – One of the oldest cities in Russia, Yaroslavl sits on the Volga river and its centre is one of 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites. The amazing architecture clearly represents western European influence during the 17th and 18th centuries, with stunning cathedrals and churches that are adorned with intricate stonework.
Yekaterinburg – This city sits in the Ural Mountains, which forms a natural border between Western Europe and Asia, which was very much closed off to foreigners until the collapse of the USSR in 1991, as this city housed the Defence Department of the Soviet Union. This enchanting city was founded by Peter the Great and has less of a modern feel than Moscow or St. Petersburg, and for many people, this city is a true reflection of the old Russian lifestyle.
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Krasnoyarsk – This city might not have such stunning architecture but the forests and mountains make for an ideal rest and relaxation break. Situated on the banks of the Yenisei River, with some stunning views from the mountains, Krasnoyarsk is a beautiful place and well worth a visit. If you like hiking, you simply must visit this picturesque city and spend a few days relaxing in natural beauty.
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Lake Baikal – The deepest and most diverse lake on the planet, this stop off has diverse activities for the holidaymaker, with small and cosy timber houses where you can fish and generally enjoy the scenery. You can sit on a deckchair and enjoy the most amazing views, or go dog sledding with the locals and enjoy a Russian style sauna.
The best way to plan your Russian holiday is to book with a Trans-Siberian tour company, who can ensure that you get the most out of your holiday. The train journey is really something else and there’s no better way to see and experience this immense country than taking the longest train journey in the world. If you search online for an established Trans-Siberian tour operator, they can help you plan your trip, ensuring that you get to see the very best places along the way.