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Imperial Russia, classic Trans-Siberian journey

Written by 56th Parallel on 29th Nov 2017
Trans-Siberian Journey

On this classic 15-day Trans-Siberian journey, 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. You may choose where to start your journey: with the glorious Moscow – the mighty capital of Russia or China. During the journey, we do the stops in Kazan — the capital of the ancient Tatar Khanate, the place which connected Christianity and Islam; Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude on the shores of Lake Baikal, and Mongolia — each destination conceals many secrets and discoveries.

 

 

 

Reindeer herders' festival in Yamal

Written by Anna Schneider on 11th Nov 2017
Reindeer herders festival

It’s a one-day holiday, celebrated annually in Salekhard and Aksarka, Yamal-Nenets region in the Russian Arctic. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders festival Day is a major event, which offers a chance to meet with friends, to compete in contests of physical skill and a variety of other competitions, as well as to share their unique culture with the world, which has remained unchanged through the centuries until the present day. On this tour you not only will witness the Reindeer Herders’ Festival in Yamal but also will stay with Nenet family far away from the city to fully immerse in the nomadic way of life. READ MORE

Reindeer migration with the Nenets in Yamal

Written by 56th Parallel on 8th Aug 2017
Reindeer herders migration Nenets Yamal Arctic Russia

As the world gets smaller, there’s a desire to go further – and there are few places as enchantingly far away as Yamal. This tour transports you deep into Siberia’s isolated Arctic region. ‘Yamal’ means ‘edge of the world’ in the language of the indigenous Nenets. The Nenets of Yamal carve out a unique way of life, seemingly at the limits of human tolerance. Yamal Peninsula was considered so inhospitable that Stalin built his prison camps here. Yet a strikingly colourful, rich and resilient culture has been preserved and relatively unchanged here for some 2,000 years. READ MORE

Legend of Lake Baikal

Written by 56th Parallel on 12th Nov 2014
Lake baikal travel guide

This tour will introduce you to the glimmering blue pearl of Russia, Lake Baikal, is rightfully upheld as Siberia’s most famous attraction. Its clear-as-a-mirror waters are a reflection of Siberia’s wildness, its vastness and its beauty. Just in one week, you will see the best sights of the legendary Baikal, which is famous not only for its startling depth but also for its unique flora and fauna, breathtaking landscapes and its special ambience which you feel straight away once you arrive at Olkhon. You will visit beautiful iconic places, such as Irkutsk and Listvyanka village, Olkhon and Ogoy Islands, will and enjoy the cruise to Tankhoi village, located on the Eastern shore of Lake Baikal.

Lake Baikal ice adventure

Written by 56th Parallel on 11th Nov 2014
Lake baikal ice adventure

Lake Baikal ice adventure takes place in March (Springtime), when the temperature gets above zero, but the ice is still solid and crystal clear. During your trip, you will get to experience closeness to Siberia and its wild that you have never felt before. You will feel the beautiful isolation of nature during this handcrafted tour. We sure you’ll be amazed by frozen beauty of Baikal. We speed things up as you will get to experience dog sledding, snowmobiles, ice skating, hovercraft rides and many more activities; including the most unique experiences — ice rafting and swimming in the ice hole after a steamy Russian Sauna! Try local cuisine: Siberian sashimi and fish skewers on a picnic, organised in the middle of the frozen lake.

Lake Baikal Cruise

Written by 56th Parallel on 17th Apr 2014
Lake Baikal cruise

After the winter-time freeze, Baikal becomes a balmy summer boating paradise – a vast expanse of calm water with shimmering azure bays and a shoreline hugged by dramatic mountains, pristine forests and quaint ethnic villages. This relaxing three-day Lake Baikal cruise will take you to some of the most picturesque beauty spots in and around Lake Baikal, travelling on board the modern cruise ship Sibiryak with just 11 other guests. In three days, you’ll be able to take in a truly memorable taste of Siberia’s unique culture and nature – including a scenic journey on the magnificent Circum-Baikal Railroad and a walking tour of the Baikal National Park.

 

Yakutia: The Pole of Cold Festival

Written by 56th Parallel on 1st May 2013
oymyakon

The “Poles of Cold” are the places where the coldest temperatures on earth have been recorded. In the northern hemisphere, the honour goes to a remote Siberian township known as Oymyakon, widely regarded as the coldest permanently inhabited place on the planet. This tour is about much more than experiencing one of the most unique cultural festivals on earth. It’s about immersing yourself in a completely different reality, a place where people rely on time-tested traditions to live in a place that challenges the very limits of human endurance. READ MORE

Yakutia: Russia's Winter Wonderland

Written by 56th Parallel on 14th Jan 2013
Yakutia

This faraway place (Yakutia) plays host to ethereal polar nights and the northern lights, permafrost tundra and vast expanses of taiga forest. About 40% of Yakutia lies above the Arctic Circle, and much of it remains wild, pristine and largely unspoilt by development. One of Siberia’s most ethnically diverse regions, Yakutia is home to the Turkic-speaking Yakuts, many of whom still practise shamanism and nomadic lifestyles. The region is blessed with spectacular wildlife and is renowned for producing some of the cleanest diamonds on earth.       

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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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