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If you ever mention train travel to friends, someone will ask you if you have done the Trans-Siberian. This has become one of the must do experiences for the global traveller. Full of mystery and excitement, this iconic train journey has a few routes. The main line running from Moscow to Vladivostok. And while the majority of travellers board the train in Moscow, there are advantages to starting your journey in Beijing.
Starting in China
The first advantage with starting your trip in Beijing is that the weather is nicer and gets progressively colder as you make your way west. Book the Beijing to Moscow Trans-Siberian railway trip with an online tour operator and you’ll be glad you chose that route. It gives you a variation of cultures and geographical features. When you finish the journey you can spend a week in the Russian capital, exploring this amazing city.
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Preparing for the Train Ride of a Lifetime
This is the train journey to beat all others, and there are many things to arrange. Firstly, you will need to apply for three visas, 1) China, 2) Russia and 3) Mongolia. These can be applied for online and should you have any problems, your tour operator will help. The train journey is simplistic, yet comfortable, and if you take first class or even second, you will be comfortable during the long days of travel.
Follow the Tour Operator’s Advice
They have been helping foreign tourists to prepare for this trip for many years, and all the info you need will be on their website. They have a page on “what to pack”, which will prove invaluable, don’t forget a phrase book. This will help you to communicate with the locals. Travelling in the summer will put you in the busy season, and temperatures can rise to 45C, while the spring or autumn offer a slightly cooler experience, and there are less people. If you are a hardy cold weather person, why not take the trip in the winter? Magical scenes of snow-covered forests and fur covered Cossacks await the intrepid traveller that can brave the Russian winter.
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You really must include Mongolia in your route, as this special culture can be found nowhere else, and in a way, it prepares you for Russia, which is the last of the 3 countries you will experience. You can even spend a few days with the Mongolia people and live their life, riding horses and experiencing the wide-open plains.
Many people have the Trans-Siberian Railway on their bucket list, especially if you are planning to travel in the summer, so book your berth as soon as you can. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be trouble free if you follow the tour operator’s advice, and take a few power banks, as your camera and phone will need constant charging. Buy a set of plugs that are designed to be used with all power types and take a few of your favourite book (in e-format), as you will have lots of free time while on the train.
Starting your journey in Beijing has many advantages. With the tour organiser’s help, you will be well prepared for what will be the holiday of a lifetime.
Or if the Trans – Siberian railway isn’t your cup of tea, why not head to Europe?