56th Parallel is a company founded on many years of travel to Russia and regions of Siberia by our founders and team. With a deep appreciation for its people, its culture and its natural beauty. We’re passionate about creating life enriching travel experiences that leave our guests with the same sense of excitement and enchantment that we felt on our first trips to extraordinary regions of Russia. Our tours take place on stunning locations and we pride ourselves on providing a distinguished level of service. We offer our guests packages which include the best ingredients in every region, comfort and genuine warmth and hospitality.
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Who we are
56th Parallel is a premium adventure tour company. Our team have been travelling to Russia, and particularly Siberia since 2002. We love what we do and know we do it exceptionally. Our first Siberian tour in 2002 transformed the way we thought about adventure holidays and now we want to bring Siberia to the world. Our personalised tours cater for small groups who enjoy big adventures. We want you to re-think Siberia and experience what this wonderful off-the-beaten path destination has to offer.
What we do
56th Parallels’ hosted tours offer a large range of experiences combined with comfortable travel and accommodation. Do you crave that next travel high? Are you raring to conquer your next big physical challenge? Our Adrenaline Tours have the all excitement and extremes you’re after. Perhaps it’s a mix you want – a few thrills combined with chances to take stock and enjoy the scenery? Our Adventure Tours are definitely for you. If you find inspiration in art, history and interacting with local people, check out our Culture Tours where history, culture and traditions combine. After all, adventure doesn’t necessarily mean speed or sails – we believe it comes in all shapes and sizes. Alternatively, create your own custom adventure and leave all the bookings and logistics to us. While the options vary, some things stay the same. All of our tours offer complete comfort and authentic hospitality. We’re here to do something different and our difference leaves our guests with a lifetime of great memories.
Where we do it
Siberia is still very much off the beaten track for tourists. Unfortunately, in the past it gained an unsavoury reputation – that’s because it was completely misunderstood. The truth is that this is an area of breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife and warm hearted friendly people. Every footstep feels like the first. It’s like discovering a new place on earth every time we visit. Siberia offers incredible diversity for the adventurous traveller, from adrenaline fuelled extreme sports to time honoured cultural activities. Siberia offers unique and different experiences to everyone. It has a way of touching your life like very few other places on the planet.
How we do it
Our connections with the Russian people and Siberia enable 56th Parallel to present our guests with unique adventures unavailable elsewhere. The connections we have nurtured over the last decade have allowed us to introduce our clients to genuine Russian hospitality. You will be welcomed as a guest and not treated like a tourist. 56th Parallel takes a personal approach and only operates small group tours. In this way, we ensure that all of our travellers experience the warmth and versatility that Russia has to offer. Our commitment is to provide the highest level of service. 56th Parallels’ distinction is to combine hospitality and premium service with a ‘pick-list’ of excursions; allowing us to cater for the interests and abilities of every type of traveller or group.
Why we do it
Here at 56th Parallel we absolutely love what we do and are committed to doing it the best way possible. After our first adventure tour of Siberia, we wanted to shout to the world about this fantastic place and her people. Our mission is to share this same experience with guests from around the world. We believe we are among the first to lay foundations for a boutique, sustainable international tourism industry in Siberia while treating our guests to a comfortable, exciting and adventurous stay. Time and time again, our tour guests have returned to Siberia – Russia’s undiscovered wonderland.
"The activities were wonderful - snowmobiles through the forest, the husky sleds, 4WD excursion on the frozen ice"
I had an unforgettable trip to Russia's capital Moscow and Lake Baikal in Siberia, with my sister Jane . Everyone we met was friendly and so helpful. The accommodation was Very good and the food so wholesome and...
"The support and advice on every step of preparation for our trip to Russia was impeccable"
56th Parallel team impressed us from the start with instant replies to emails and the ability to call using a 1300 number from Australia. The support and advice on every step in preparation for our trip to Ru...
“We chartered a yacht on the sea of Krasnoyarsk, I could not believe I was in Siberia, it was 30 degrees celsius!”
June of 2012, I joined 56th Parallel on their summer adventure tour. To say that I had an amazing time would be an understatement. From the moment I landed, I received a very high level of personal attention, with care and thought to every detail. From being greeted at...
Director of Sales "Cannon Australia"
“We still Keep talking to our friends about our Russia adventure with 56th Parallel!”
There is no better way than a 56th Parallel Adventure Tour to experience Russia and Siberia! We still Keep talking to our friends about our Siberian adventure with 56th Parallel. Over 10 days, we were overwhelmed by the hospitality and warm people every detail was perf...
Owners "Race Course Motors"
“Everything was taken care of – which meant that we could spend real quality time together amongst beautiful surroundings.”
Thanks for an incredible adventure Holiday – we had a truly wonderful time! This was a very special experience for both of us, we felt immediately at home and very spoilt. Your attention to detail was immaculate – everything was taken care of – which meant...
Director "Boutique investment bank" & high school teacher
“In particular I enjoyed the variety of great food, active experiences in the wilderness and log cabin escape in Siberia.”
I live in Sydney, Australia and have visited Russia and surrounding countries several times over the last few years. Having had the pleasure of being guest of 56th Parallel in September 2007 in Kr...
Adviser at "Real Estate Acquisitions"
“56th Parallel allowed us to experience a bigger picture of Siberian nature, culture and its people.”
My natural thirst for nature and being wild was catered for through the various activities like, horse riding across the Siberian landscape, quad biking in the forests, hiking up mountains, to name a few, which allowed...
Owner "origin of Energy" Practical health and fitness
“The trip provided a unique opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and experience activities I have never
Associate Director at "RBS Morgan's"
“I have been travelling internationally for over 17 years. Nothing equals the awesome 10 days I spent with 56th Parallel in Siberia”
Siberian Adventure tour with 56th Parallel was by far the best ever holiday and experience I have ever had. To qualify this I have been travelling internationally for over 17 years to many, many amazing places in this world. I have travelled to Queenstown tasting all o...
Executive Director "21st Century Group"
“A great trip to do with friends. The stunning landscape we enjoyed while being on horseback, snow mobile and rafting was amazing!”
I’ve travelled the world many times, to many exotic and exciting destinations. The 10 days I spent in Russia, Siberia with 56th Parallel was some of the best days of my life so far.Stunning landscape we enjoyed while being on horseback, snow mobile, and raf...
Gold Coast, Australia
CEO and Founder "21st Century Group"
“I highly recommend it to everyone who wants a trip with a great balanced mix of adventure and cultural experiences.”
I have visited Siberia and Moscow with 56th parallel 2 times, in 2009 and 2010. I loved everything about the trip the first visit, which compelled me to visit again. The impeccable hospitality, the amazing Russian food, the friendly locals, and of course na...
“I can’t wait to go back. Everybody should experience Russia and Siberia this way at least once in their life!”
I have had the opportunity to travel to Siberia Krasnoyarsk twice in summer with my 2 best Russian friends and I absolutely loved it. The Summer weather is so nice, actually hot, the sightseeing points we have seen on the trip are amazing and very different, the people...
“For me russian Banya (sauna russian style) experience is the best of all, something you can’t get in Australia and a lot of fun!”
I have been to Russia and in Particular Siberia a few times and enjoyed every aspect of the trip. For me personally Russian Banya (Sauna Russian Style) experience is the best of all, something you can’t get in Australia and a lot of fun. I was very pleasa...
Director "SM capital Group"
“Our guides were professional and amazing hosts, but best of all, they allowed us to be as wild as we wanted – incredible!”
Winter 2007 – absolutely incredible. Eight hours in the Siberian wilderness on high powered ski mobiles. Exhilarating adventure in an amazing backdrop of the Taiga Forest. Hovercraft waiting at the end of the day on the edge of a frozen lake, 25 minutes lat...