Trans Siberian - Recommended stops
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 13, 2013 8:28 PM Last Post By: olgatkachenko
Feb 3, 2013 9:41 PM
Trans Siberian - Recommended stopsHi TT Forum,
My partner and I are going to be doing the Trans Mogolian/Siberian in late April/early May. We got the China and Mongolia part pretty much sorted but still working on the Russian (main) part.
Are there any stops you would recommend for an overnight/multiple day stay?
I’m thinking of doing below but would be really interested in the opinion of the experienced members of the forum.
- Ulan Ude: Is it worth stopping here or better go staight to Irkutsk?
- Irkutsk: Definetly 4 or 5 days. Would really want to go to the island as well.
- Krasnoyask: Just for 1 night?
- Novosibirsk: to go to Tomsk for 1 day.
- Yekateringburg: 1 night
- Golden Ring: 2 nights (which place is the best to get off the train?)
Is there any other place worth considering or anything not worth getting off the train for? Is the amount of time at each stop OK?
Will probably spend around 3 weeks in Russia between this, Moscow and St Petersburg.
Thank you very much in advance.
Feb 3, 2013 10:22 PM
1I've posted about this before, but when I did the trip in 2004, the train stopped in Ulan Ude for 30 minutes. So a Danish girl I met on the train and I decided to run from the train station to the town square to see the world's largest head of Lenin, then we ran back. Well worth it.
Feb 4, 2013 3:48 AM
2Yes, sorry if this has been asked before. Problem is the search function doesn't work properly.
So Lenin's head is the only highlight of Ulan Ude?
Feb 4, 2013 4:30 AM
3I rarely recommend taking the train anymore because the ride from UU to UB is about 24 hours and the bus for the same distances is 10-12 hours. Why sleep on the train for two nights when you can sleep in a bed? Take the train to UU, spend the night and take the bus the next morning at 0700-0730 and arrive in the evening.
Regarding stops, you already have more than a weeks worth of stopovers and the train direct takes five days plus overnight from Petersburg to Moscow. Three weeks is really not much time to make all these stops. Moscow and Petersburg each deserve at least 3 full days and with Petersburg two more would be helpful if you like art museums and palaces.
Where to stop depends some on your interests which you neglected to mention.
Getting to Olkhon Island in late April early May can be tricky because transport to the island can be difficult when the ice is melting. Check for information on the website of Nikita's Homestead.
Golden Ring possibilities are numerous but you need to see where trains stop when coming from Yekaterinburg. Probably your options are limited so catch a train that stops in Vladimir, visit there for a couple of hours, take the bus to Suzdal, spend two nights there and then take the bus to Moscow (there is no train from Suzdal)
Were it me, I would make fewer stops and spend two nights in places so that you can see something and try to arrange laundry.
Feb 4, 2013 9:44 AM
4The giant Lenin head is probably the best attraction in Ulan Ude.
But there's also a good local history museum, including a large hall of Buddhist artifacts confiscated in the 1930s. The town center has a pleasant collection of buildings, including a reconstructed tsarist triumphal arch and a grandly styled small opera house.
I enjoyed visiting, but it's definitely less exciting than (say) Ekaterinburg or Kazan.
Feb 4, 2013 7:23 PM
5Thank you all for your comments.
Ruth, you are right. 3 weeks is not enough for this itinetrary. My intention is to trim it down based on your comments and can possibly spend a few more days in Russia if it's worth it as this is part of a longer trip.
Feb 4, 2013 9:38 PM
Feb 5, 2013 3:07 PM
7Correct, problem is our interests include pretty much everything really, architecture, history, nature, music, etc. Expecting a good dose of nature in the Baikal area, especially if we can get to the island and culture and history in the rest, particularly in Yekateingburg and the Golden Ring I suppose.
At this stage, would rather just know what people that have been there really liked (and also din't like so much). We won’t be on a fixed schedule so won't be making any decisions until we’re on the road. Happy to lose the odd day or two if we can't get the best connections by not booking in advance. Visa is not going to be an issue either because as Argentinean citizens we’re allowed to stay in Russia up to 90 days without a visa.
At this stage I’m thinking:
• Irkutsk: Definetly 4 or 5 day including the Olkhon Island if it is possible to do the crossing.
• Krasnoyask: 1 day
• Novosibirsk: to go to Tomsk for 2 days.
• Yekateringburg: 1 day
• Golden Ring: 3 days (Vladimir and Suzdal)
I’m also considering Kazan as an alternative between Yekatiringburg and the Golden Ring but will see what happens when there.
Then 3 nights in Moscow and 3 in St Petersburg.
Mar 13, 2013 8:28 PM
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