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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 18 October 2017

We booked our month long trip to Russia staring in Moscow , then via Transsiberian railroad to Vladivostok, then to Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky. Everything went very smooth , thanks to Rusrailtravel and Andrey Bezsudov. Andrey helped us to create itinerary, with all details, he was in touch with us during the whole trip to ensure that we are provided with the best service as requested. We had a very memorable trip and will definitely come back to Rusrailtravel again. We recommend Andrey Beszudov to all our friends who are interested to visit Russia. Rusrailravel is the best ! Thank you Andrey !
Svetlana and Sherman Ahl, California, USA

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

The trip of a lifetime! This was truly amazing, we started in Beijing (after spending one month in China) and went to Ulanbaatar for a 6 day stop, then caught the train directly to Moscow (another week here) The views are amazing, make sure to clean your window and be awake most of the time for some once in a lifetime views!
We bought the tickets via CITS, the Chinese Government Agency and while it worked really well picking up the first leg of our journey tickets (Beijing to Ulanbaatar), as they cannot buy Mongolia tickets directly it can be messy! We had lots of problems as the Chinese and the Mongolian don’t really get along and ultimately we had to go across Ulanbaatar in the last day of our trip on a wild goose chase to get the tickets! So, book Ulanbaatar trains from Mongolia not through China!!

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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

10  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.

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