Trans-Siberian Odyssey Across Russia

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 6th Dec 2018
Trans-Siberian odyssey

The Trans-Siberian Odyssey is a journey of discovery. Russia is a mysterious country and many have tried to understand it but even Lev Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about the Russian restless soul, torn between Oriental traditions and Western civilization. To understand Russia, one should get on a train and cross it from West to East.

The Trans-Siberian Railway is a perfect adventure — Being one of the most famous railways in the world — the path to the heart of Russia. Thousands of kilometres from the shores of the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean, you will hear the beating of the iron heart, what it is silent about, what it is inspired by. Just trust in the road and the country will reveal its unexpected sides. You will see Russia in all its historical greatness, in the mixture of cultures and fortunes, in the architectural splendour and extravagance, diverse and united, unifying different people and religions.


  • Spend a couple of days in Moscow  – one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in Europe.
  • Kazan: Our first stop will be the city on the Volga River known as the “third capital” of Russia. On a tour of Kazan, you’ll discover its intriguing Islamic influence and enjoy a Tartar folk performance with tastings of the local cuisine
  • Yekaterinburg is a modern city steeped in history and mythology. Our guided excursion will include the Church upon the Blood, dedicated to the last days of the Romanovs, and the monastery and temples considered to be the pearls of Russian religious architecture
  • Set foot on the shores of Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake, with a visit to Listvyanka village. Take in panoramic views of the lake, taste fresh lake-caught fish and enjoy the village’s cozy, holiday ambience.


Tsars Gold - A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 6th Dec 2018
Tsars Gold, Trans Siberian Railway adventure

Embark the Tsars Gold, on an adventure along the Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the world’s most fascinating train routes. This grand train journey from Beijing to Moscow (or vice versa) via Mongolia and Lake Baikal is your chance to fulfil the dream of a lifetime. An exciting onboard program complements a comprehensive excursion and sightseeing package to make your journey across Russia truly memorable and immersive.

Discover highlights of three fascinating countries (Russian, China and Mongolia), its people, culture and cuisine. Lean back to enjoy dramatic changes of scenery and savour a choice of Europe’s and Asia’s most superb and splendid landscapes.

Tsars gold Trans-Siberian adventure highlights:

  • A colourful festival of games in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park modelled after Mongolia’s National Naadam (National Games)
  • Exhibitions of horseback riding, archery and wrestling
  • Insight into the tradition, ceremony and culture of Mongolia
  • A day dedicated to enjoying stunning Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world
  • Panoramic views of awe-inspiring natural beauty along the lakeshore
  • Authentic Siberian villages, country lanes and wooden houses
  • Picturesque, dramatic skies and mountain peaks


Lake Baikal: Two Shores, Four Cultures

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 5th Dec 2018
Legend of Lake Baikal, Lake Baikal Tour

One of the world’s oldest geographical features formed 25 to 30 million years ago, magnificent Lake Baikal is the highlight of Eastern Siberia, Russia. Ancient and mysterious, Baikal holds deep spiritual and historical significance for the four indigenous cultures that inhabit its shores. On this 9 day Lake Baikal tour, you’ll get acquainted with these long-surviving cultures as we visit the region’s most famous and picturesque places, both overland and across this majestic “inland sea”.


  • Cruise to Olkhon Island, the largest of Lake Baikal’s islands and the “capital” of shamanistic culture. On a day tour of Olkhon’s natural wonders, discover untouched Siberian forests, soaring capes and cliffs, pristine sandy beaches and jaw-dropping sunsets
  • Visit Ust-Orda village to experience the ancient customs of the Buryat people first hand. Feast on Buryati noodle soup and dumplings, hear extraordinary throat singers and participate in traditional games and dances


About 56th Parallel

56th Parallel is a travel company specialising in providing packaged tours and travel services in Russia.

Our goal is to redefine travel to Russia, focusing on creating the most rewarding experiences, which help travellers unfolds the soul of this exciting destination.

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