Call 1-800-387-1483 or email us
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Joking with local villagers over a plate of posy in Buryat fashion
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Discovering how “breaking bread” is an essential part of Russian train etiquette
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Cruising beautiful Lake Baikal
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Dining with the ‘Old Believers’ in Ulan Ude
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Delighting in the gingerbread patterning of houses in Siberian villages

Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

May 13-26, 2021

14 days | Russia | Alumni Expeditions

On this essential journey of discovery, you will experience the amazing cultural, historic, and geographic diversity of the Eurasian landmass as we travel from Asia to Europe on the famous Trans-Siberian railway. Beginning in the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar, we will travel to Ulan-Ude, the heart of Buddhism in Russia, followed by the grassy steppes and pine forests of Siberia as well as Lake Baikal, the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake. We ride onwards over the Ural Mountains – the border between Asia and Europe – to the modern city of Ekaterinburg where we will visit a Russian orthodox shrine to the murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and the modern Yeltsin Library. Stop in Kazan where the traditional contrast between Europe and Asia is broadcast from the tops of church belfries and minarets. We end our amazing adventure in complex, and surprisingly beautiful, contemporary Moscow.

This is a trip for the culturally curious and adventurous traveller. The Trans-Siberian railway that you will experience is not a journey arranged for conventional tourists; it is a means of public transportation. You will get your morning tea from a samovar in the train corridor and barter for snacks on railway station platforms along the way. Travel by second class, or kupe, enables you to meet the locals with whom you might play cards, drink tea, or share food.

We won’t see Mongolia and Russia only by train, however. We are off the train as much as we are on it with a mix of overnight train trips and hotel stays in cities as we explore urban attractions, markets, and cultural sites. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations alumni UBC Travel Club
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6995
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers, accommodation in double occupancy, most meals, bottled water with meals, transportation (further details and upgrades available), all activities and entrance fees, services of specialized English speaking local guides, services of our full time Russian Tour Director, all gratuities and taxes.

"So many good memories! I loved the open countryside in Mongolia with the herds of grazing horses" - 2018 Traveller
"The boat ride on Lake Baikal, the train, the comradery, our stay in the yurt, the evening with the Old Believers - I loved it all' - 2018 Traveller

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in UlaanBaatar, Mongolia
2By train to Buryatia, Russia
3Across the border to Russia
4Ulan Ude
5Day train to Irkutsk
6Cruising Lake Baykal
7Explore Irkutsk and its beautiful wooden houses
8Aboard the Trans-Siberia Railway
9Evening arrival in Ekaterinburg
10Exploring Ekaterinburg
11Train to Kazan
12Explore Kazan, enjoy a concert by young musicians
13Morning arrival in Moscow, exploring the city
14Depart Moscow
Optional Extensions: Moscow and St. Petersburg
Download Itinerary

Your Tour Leader

Anne Gorsuch is an historian of the Soviet Union, and former Department Head, in the UBC History Department. A frequent traveller to Russia, she has published on the history of youth in revolutionary Russia, international tourism in the Khrushchev era, and Cuban-Soviet relations in the 1960s.

Email Us

Or call 1-800-387-1483 with any questions or to reserve your spot!

Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations alumni UBC Travel Club
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6995
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers, accommodation in double occupancy, most meals, bottled water with meals, transportation (further details and upgrades available), all activities and entrance fees, services of specialized English speaking local guides, services of our full time Russian Tour Director, all gratuities and taxes.

View More Trips In...
You may Also be interested in...
Download the Detailed Itinerary
Download the Detailed Itinerary

Click the button to download the full detailed itinerary for the trip:
Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Please fill in the following information and you will be directed to download the detailed itinerary.

First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Confirm Email *
Yes, I would also like to receive this detailed itinerary by mail
Address
Address 2
City
Province/State
Postal Code/Zip
Country
Please let us know which e-newsletters you would like to receive:

I am interested in learning about cultural tours from Worldwide Quest

I am interested in learning about nature tours from Quest Nature Tours

Where did you hear about Worldwide Quest?



Reserve My Spot!

Thank you, your adventure awaits! We will be in touch very soon.

Please fill in the following form and we’ll get back to you soon to confirm your booking.

First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Confirm Email *
Phone *