What comes to your mind when one speaks of travelling? If you are an avid traveller, you can get lost in your stories and tales of visiting new places, meeting new people, trying cuisines and collecting mementoes. If you aren’t one, well you’d mostly start thinking of the places that you had always wanted to visit and if given a chance, how you’d go about it. Be it via a car, bus, train, flights or cruise, the proposition of travel brings up different feelings for everyone. Some like to travel with time to stop between places, and some just travel to enjoy the journey. For those with the latter as the aim, how about travel across about 10,000 kilometres over a period of 10 days, traversing 4 time zones sound? Now the time might throw you off. Flights are faster and cruises might not cover so many time zones. We’re speaking about The Trans Siberian Railway Tours.
The Trans-Siberian Line covers a journey from Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal in Moscow to Vladivostok. The line has junctions with Trans-Mongolian line and Trans-Manchurian line. Further services to North Korea from Primorskaya Station. It is the longest railway line in the world and was built during 1891-1916 under the supervision of Russian government ministers appointed by Tsar Alexander III and his son Tsarevich Nicholas. The railway line is still expanding till date connecting to Mongolia, China and North Korea.
If the prospect of travelling across four time zones and journeying via the lovely train excites you, there are certain things to keep in mind. Like any other train, you can still book tickets at the start of the journey to Moscow and plan your stops accordingly. However, if your travel schedule is definite and time is limited, it is advisable to book tickets online to avoid any kind of inconvenience later on. If you are planning a non-stop journey from Moscow to Vladivostok, the entire journey will cost less than if you’re planning stops along the way. Going through a tour package will help you keep your costs low and plan your travel in the best way possible. With over 50 hours of journey to cover, the scenery can change from time to time and if you’re not stopping off anywhere else, you’d need to keep tabs of when to stay awake. You’d not want to miss the Ural Mountains of course, would you? Planning the trip as per a package gives you the freedom to choose a more varied scenic route. Along with that, if you are planning to stop at some of the smaller towns and villages, you can even get an itinerary that can help you be on time to catch the next train to continue your voyage without any hiccups.
Trans-Siberian travel, like any other train offers, has categories of compartments that you can travel in. There are 4-bed options and twin-seater compartments in some trains, while some trains can offer exclusive rooms splurging with luxury. Based on what kind of experience you want to have, you should check with your tour manager accordingly.