CITIES

Trans-Siberian

Learn, live adventures and travel the longest railroad in the world!

There are different options to get from Vladivostok to Moscow. Connections from Moscow to Vladivostok are in operation since 1916 year. The Trans-Siberian is not actually a particular train, but rather a railway which you may travel along on different trains.

We will take the route Vladivostok – Irkutsk – Novosibirsk -Kazan – Moscow, more than 9000 km by train from Asian to European part of the world.

On your way from one city to another you can see “a fast motion show of what Cossacks, stagecoach drivers, and construction workers of the Tsar saw when they crossed the swamps to Siberia and laid the foundation stone for one of the most impressive achievements in engineering history”.

Taste Transsib to the utmost with a SWY spirit! Let’s make a unique and fascinating lifetime experience!

Vladivostok

Vladivostok (variously interpreted as “Rule the East,” “Lord of the East,” or “Conqueror of the East”) is the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean. During 35 years of the Soviet era (from 1958 to 1992) Vladivostok was off-limits to foreigners and finally was re-opened for tourism.
The beautiful and varied landscape in and around the city provides many opportunities for interesting sightseeing. Vladivostok is located not far from the Chinese border and is also within easy reach of Korea and Japan. Its proximity to other Asian cultures is reflected in its own very diverse culture.

An amazing fact about Vladivostok: the bridge, called ‘The Russian Bridge’, is the world’s second highest bridge. It is located in Vladivostok and its height is 324 m!

Did you know, that… in 2015 National Geographic added Vladivostok in the list of top-10 marine cities?

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is the capital of Eastern Siberia on the Angara River, the nearest big city to glorious Lake Baikal. Irkutsk has nearly 600 000 inhabitants, it’s a medium-sized town in Russian terms. Irkutsk is famous for its wooden architecture. Nowadays it’s a mixture of small (1 or 2 stories) timber houses and modern buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries.

An amazing fact about Irkutsk: in the city there is a fountain that was brought to Irkutsk specifically for the arrival of the American President D. Eisenhower. The meeting was planned in May, 1960 but in the end it didn’t take place

Did you know, that… in 1919-20 in Irkutsk there were practically all the foreign embassies?

Baikal

Baikal Lake, being UNESCO Heritage, is one of the Earth’s most impressive natural wonders. It’s so large that all of the rivers on Earth combined would take an entire year to fill it.
With approx. 650 km in length and 80 km in width, Lake Baikal is one of the biggest lakes in the world and it is still growing 2 cm every year. But above all, with a depth of 1637 m, Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake and probably the only big lake worldwide which water is drinkable. In the summertime its crystalline blue waters are transparent to a depth of forty meters!

An amazing fact about Baikal: there are a lot of unique and endemic plants and animals. For example, there are about 27 species of fish that you can meet only in Baikal lake.

Did you know, that… a famous film-director J.Cameron celebrated his 51th birthday on Baikal?

Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is one of the biggest cities in Russia and the largest one behind the Urals. It took the city only 70 years to increase its population to 1 million! Novosibirsk is the main Siberian transportation hub and the capital of Siberian Federal District. It’s situated right in the middle of Russia. Novosibirsk lies along the Ob River.
Novosibirsk is well known for its academic institutions and universities. That’s why ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ registered the prospect named after the academician Lavrentev located in Akademgorodok as the cleverest street of the world: for 2,4 km there are 15 universities, 43 institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and over 100 other research institutions of nearly all research branches.

An amazing fact about Novosibirsk: there is The world’s only museum of Sun (there are more than 2000 exhibits about the Sun)

Did you know, that… there is the world’s longest metro-bridge – 2,15 km?

Kazan

Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, the third capital of Russia also named the sports capital, it’s one of the largest economic, scientific and cultural centers in the country. The city is located by the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia.
Kazan has the atmosphere of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity and is included into the UNESCO World Heritage Cities list.

An amazing fact about Kazan: Kazan is in the 8th place (in the whole world) and in the 3rd place (in Europe) in the list of the most developing tourist destinations (according to the TripAdvisor website, 2014).

Unique cuisine: Echpochmak, or “triangle,” is a cornerstone of Tatar cuisine. This is the first pastry you should try to get acquainted with the local cuisine. The triangles are stuffed with different kinds of meat, with the best combinations being beef and duck or mutton and goose. Tatars also like horse meat. Traditional Tatar horsemeat sausages (Kazylyk) and air-dried goose (Kaklagan kaz) are a must-have on every festive table.

Did you know, that… there you can find one of the few world’s leaning towers called Syuyumbike? It was built in the second half of the 17th century and its incline is 1,8 m!

Moscow

Moscow is the capital and the mother city of the ancient state of Russia with a very rich history. Moscow is the largest city of Europe with approximately 17 million inhabitants. Today Moscow is a huge metropolis with innumerable suburbs.
We will explore Moscow’s classical landmarks such as the Kremlin and the Red Square. You will also definitely have a chance to experience Russian subway, metro, which is a true museum. Moscow never sleeps: you can find anything at any time! There are plenty of things to do during couple of days before the departure.
Though if you have been to Moscow, it’s doesn’t mean you have been to Russia. So be ready to explore and experience more than just a fascinating golden domed capital.

An amazing fact about Moscow: if you sum up all the streets of the city, the length will be 4350 km! It will take you more than a month to complete this way if you walk without any stops with 5kph.

Did you know, that… if you are in the underground in the direction to the city center, you will hear a male voice announcing the stations. If you move away from the city center, you will hear a female voice. If you are on the Circle Line moving clockwise , you will hear a male announcer, counterclockwise – a female one? It was made for blind people.

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