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“Worst Trip in 50 years”

Trans-Siberian Railway - Day Trips
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Owner description: The longest train journey in the world - spanning 7 time zones and 9071 kms. This inconic journey still provides an experience that is unsurpassed. Pack your spirit of adventure and climb aboard.
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Paid 9000cad for a trip that at best cost 4000cad to put together. Their idea of a "private" trip is to simply abandon you somewhere and call it an experience. Accommodation and food were terrible.
Basically they try to market cheap as exotic.
Got sick(probably from being thrown in a compartment with 3 wheezing Mongolians) and had to abandon the last leg of the trip. Trans Siberian was of no help

9  Thank dbeilhartz
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We spent a long time researching, planning and booking this trip of a lifetime. We were not disappointed. The decision to book directly with the Russian Railways tour operator (RZD) was clearly a great approach. We were working with the actual Tour Director, Elvira, who was so helpful in answer about 50 questions in very prompt email replies. A jewel of a person and a great staff to care for everyone one the trip.
A most spectacular experience from start to finish. First Class hotels, excellent bus transportation and wonderful, interesting,educational,informative excursions in every city. The fascinating overnight stay in the Gir ( yurt) camp in Mongolia and the family visit there. We had Excellent, spacious train accommodations, excellent and ample meals on board and off the train during excursions. This trip and the marvelous and beautiful dining car, bar car and compartments offer a feeling of classic luxury and comfort from a bygone era.
With over 100 folks on board Elvira and her staff made each of us feel like we were special participants in a "small group tour". The fact that there were separate guides for each language group made this a very smooth and well organized experience for all of us. The attention from the staff including an attending physician was superb. The violin concert on board and the staff lectures were excellent. It was elegant from start to finish. We feel so lucky to have had this wonderful experience.

21  Thank Kiliboomer
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

We took the Trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing. Hopefully some of this practical detail will help anyone thinking of taking the plunge.

Overall the journey is a bit like attending a music festival without the music. If you've ever been to festivals or done lots of camping you will be fine. Do not expect luxury. We weren’t bored for a single moment. Watching the world go by and chatting to family & fellow travellers was endlessly interesting.

Buffet cars are not 24hr, and are often expensive. Food/drink on platforms is very cheap. We found it difficult to buy alcohol from platform sellers, it maybe illegal for them to sell it. Some larger stations stock beer.

We took our 10yr old son. He struggled a bit but like us he settled into the dreamy train life after a day or so. There were quite a few other children travelling and provided they have entertainment with them there should be no problem. We took a tablet, pens/paper, playing cards, books, and a travel journal for him to record his experiences.

The time zones freaked us out a little. It wasn't until we were fairly close to Irkutsk that we realised we'd been living on Moscow time for four days and needed to adjust.

Moscow - Irkutsk
We didn't get tickets for the best train (#002) despite booking with a tour company many months ahead. Train #070 turned out to be ok but got hot and smelly when at a standstill. Staff were professional, restaurant food very average. Wine/beer was good but expensive. Our second class carriage had two working power points. We bought Russian SIM cards from the phone shop in Domodedovo Airport (departures, second floor). Very helpful staff here who recommended Yota SIMs that worked all the way to Mongolia. There is 3G coverage near towns & cities only.

Irkutsk – Ulan Bataar
Train #362. Still basic but a step up since it didn’t stink. There was no power in second class cabins so several sockets in the corridor were in high demand. Sadly the provodnista on this train treated her passengers like vermin: we were shouted at, forcibly pushed in the corridors and made to feel like barriers to her obsessive cleaning schedule. Excellent restaurant car – people having fun, pleasant staff. We did not eat but the food looked good.

Ulan Bataar – Beijing
Train #024. Second class carriages were plush, staff were fantastic. One power socket in cabin. Separate sinks at the end of the carriage for cleaning cups/bowls and for cleaning human bodies - very civilised! Restaurant car was dirty and sad, the menu was hand written on a notepad. We stuck with our own food supplies.

Essentials for the journey: food, local currency, anti-bacterial gel, toilet paper, wet wipes, kitchen roll, penknife, sandals/slippers, USB power pack.

17  Thank stickmonster
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Just completed the trip from Moscow to Irkutsk. Three days/four sleepless nights. We purchased first class tickets. What a disappointment. The compartments are small with no air conditioning and you are unable to open a window. The food in the restaurant is very average and the service in the restaurant and from the carriage staff was below poor. The scenery is stark but stunning. Not a trip I would recommend to most travellers.

10  Thank KerryL2803
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

We arrived in Beijing on August 28 2017 for the start of our 15 day Trans-Siberian adventure. We had a couple of days in Beijing with organised tours & also some free time. We hadn't been before so it was all new to us. The Great Wall was a must see & Tian Anmen Square.

The train from Beijing is very basic make sure that you have plenty of bottled water with you to start your journey as we sat in our carriage for a long time & we gave some of our water away to those in need.

Ulan-Bataar is beautiful & the night in the Ger was a great experience. I can not fault any of the tours.

The Imperial Russia train was fantastic. Our friends had a VIP carriage & we had the next level down from that. They had an ensuite & a larger bottom bunk. We had 1 set of bunks & shared a shower with the cabin beside us. There was a toilet at each end of the carriage. The food was the same for all passengers & plenty of it.

If you are travelling with a partner or friend someone has to sleep on the top bunk. It was a huge challenge for a lot of the older people. I would suggest either the VIP cabin or a separate cabin if you can't climb.

In all we had the most amazing holiday & I only wish we had more time in Moscow.

10  Thank pitman2016
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