THE ALTAI MOUNTAINS
Travel opportunities in the Altai Mountains that we can offer are very diverse depending on the itinerary, timeframe and the duration of the tour, type of travel and complexity of the route, which makes traveling possible for people of all ages and any level of physical condition. One can choose between accommodation in one of the tourist centers, located on one of the many beautiful mountain rivers or lakes, and active tours which include walking routes, horseback trails, river rafting and other water sports, exploring caves, traveling by car, motorbike or bicycle, etc. Various combinations of activities are possible. It is hardly possible to find another place anywhere in the world where you can enjoy such a variety and contrast of landscapes on such a limited area. One can also visit local museums including a natural museum of ancient culture and places of excavation, and explore traditions of local tribes.
We offer tours to Lake Baikal, one of the biggest and most ancient lakes of the world, located close to the center of Asia in a huge stone bowl set 445 m above sea level. Baikal, being the deepest lake in the world, which contains 23 % of the world's reserves of fresh water, is often called The Sacred Sea or The Pearl of Siberia. Different types of accommodation are available: hotels/homestays in one of the villages situated on Lake Baikal shore or on Olkhon Island, one of the most beautiful places in Baikal area. Tour packages can include city tours and excursions in Irkutsk, one of the oldest Siberian cities, which has preserved its unique wooden houses, built without a nail, decorated with skillful carving. One can have various options in Baikal area: sailing on the lake and tourist cruise routes, fishing and taking an exiting trip on the famous Old Round Baikal Railroad going along the south-western shore of the lake, visits to the national park and interesting museums including Museum of Lake Baikal and an open air Museum of Wooden Architecture, which will expand your knowledge of the local history and culture. Everyone who has been to its shores is impressed and charmed by the grandeur, size, and unusual might of this Siberian miracle of nature.
Sightseeing programs in St. Petersburg can include tours of the city and visit to The Palace Square, The Winter Palace, The Decembrists Square, The Admiralty, The Petropavlovskaya Fortress and many other sites. Tourists can visit Petrodvorets, the summer residence of the Russian tsars, the real pearl of Russian Art, a city of parks, palaces and fountains. The Hermitage displaying 3 million different exhibits from ancient times to present, is considered to be one of the best not only in Russia but in the whole world. Another option is a fascinating excursion to the Pushkin City - the Tsar Village museum reserve - a former residence of Russian emperors.
TRANS SIBERIAN RAILROAD
An overall tour on the Trans Siberian Railroad, which stretches for 10,000 kilometers from Moscow to Vladivostok, might take as long as two weeks with stopovers in major cities on the route. The railroad passes through 8 time zones and goes via such well-known cities as Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk (and Lake Baikal), Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.
You can take a train on the Trans Siberian railroad travelling from Moscow to Novosibirsk or if you go to Lake Baikal you can take a train from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk and get an experience of the Trans Siberian Railroad.
WELCOME TO SIBERIA
"Welcome to Siberia" program that includes visits to major Siberian cities: Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, and at your choice may include the Altai Mountains and Lake Baikal.
The 1.5-million Novosibirsk is the third largest city of Russia (after Moscow and St.Petersburg) and the chief city of Siberia. Being the cultural, scientific and educational center of Siberia, surrounded by picturesque wooded and field areas, Novosibirsk is the best place for learning the
Russian culture focusing on the importance of complete linguistic and cultural immersion, and provides incredible opportunities for experiencing the hospitality and cordiality Siberians are famed for.
Tomsk is one of the oldest Siberian cities which was established in 1604 on the banks of the Tom River and is situated about 200 kilometers from Novosibirsk. The city is famous for its old wooden architecture, decorated with lacelike fretwork. You'll have a guided tour of the city, visit the Art Gallery with its unique collection of old icon and paintings of Russian and Foreign Art, Local History Museum, and see beautiful churches. To learn more about Novosibirsk click here.
Krasnoyarsk is the largest city-port on the Enisey River, founded in 1628 as a fortress. For many years it used to be a place of exile for prisoners, old-believers, Decembrists, revolutionaries. Nowadays it is a large industrial, cultural, scientific and transport center of Central Siberia. A tour of the city includes visits to local museums, and a famous "Stolby" National Reserve situated in a picturesque suburban area.
Irkutsk was founded in 1661 when the Russian military cossack troops established a fortress on the right bank of the Angara River. From late 17th century, it was a political, economical and cultural center of Siberia. The city's Russian classical architecture dates from the period of the 1880s when the city boomed after gold was discovered in the area. Most of the brick mansions and grand public buildings varying in architectural styles were constructed in the late 19th - early 20th century. The beautiful Russian Orthodox churches and a Polish Cathedral are located in downtown. Tourists will see many small one- and two-stored wooden houses or cabins that are decorated with "wooden laces" (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20th century. A city tour can include visits to the Irkutsk Museum of Regional Studies and the Decembrists' House.
All travel packages can include:
- meeting at the airport/railway station;
- accommodation (hotels/homestay);
- arrangement of services for groups, individual tourists;
- guide-interpreters services;
- air- and railway tickets reservation;
- visa support and registration formalities
All the details and tour descriptions are available at one’s request. Prices depend on the timeframe and the duration of the tour, group size, number of services included in the package. If you let us know your preferences we’ll come up with best options possible.