As a Product Manager you are always looking for inspiration for exciting new tours which will offer clients a journey of a life time. This inspiration comes from many different places however for our most recent edition ‘The Trans-Siberian Railways’ came from the small screen and a fascinating 3 part documentary which followed Joanna Lumley across Asia and Europe on the world’s greatest train journey. The Trans-Siberian Railway is probably the world’s most famous railway and this is partly due to it being the longest railway on earth stretching some 9,289km from Moscow in the West to Vladivostock in the East. To increase the level of diversity and add more points of interest within this tour we took the decision to venture through China and Mongolia before tacking onto the classical Trans-Siberian Railway and rolling across to Moscow. We also purposely started our journey in the East and travelled West to ensure that clients would not be impacted heavily by crossing over 7 different time zones.
Whenever I first embark on an overnight train journey I think to myself that the sleeping car will never be large enough. Strangely however after the first night aboard the Trans-Siberian train I become increasingly at home and by disembarkation I was sad to be leaving. Luckily for those who can’t envisage sleeping on a train for 14 nights we have developed our itinerary so that there are nights spent off the train in some wonderful hotels, just to break the journey. The train offers an array of confortable cabin types which cater for all budgets and each with its own style.
Our great rail adventure starts off in Beijing where time is spent exploring the timeless sites of the city. Once we cross the border from China and enter Mongolia on Day 5 we board the stocky Russian train which carries us all the way to Moscow. The journey passes through some of the remotest parts of the world such as the Gobi desert and Siberia itself. A highlight within the tour would have to be the ever evolving city of Ulaanbaatar which is currently seeing amazing growth and is worth exploring before it evolves. There are also some wonderful historic attractions to see whilst travelling through Russia and one of my best moments was the visit to Kazan and its wonderfully preserved and still functional Kremlin which is home an array of faiths. The terminus of our journey is Moscow which offers up a dramatic contrast to that of our starting point in Beijing two weeks earlier. With included visits to Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the notorious Novodevichy Convent which was the former headquarters of the KGB. For me however there was a strange highlight to my time in Moscow and that was a tour of their underground system. I’d actually seen a little of Moscow’s underground from Joanna Lumleys documentary, however the difference in each station and the ornate architecture in many of the stations was just fascinating, especially when they’re all still fully operational. The Trans-Siberian Railway tour started off with me watching a documentary and I am hoping will end with you experiencing this trip of a lifetime for yourselves, it certainly won’t disappoint.