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Ask the Experts: How Can I Make the Most of a Trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway?

It’s one of the biggest and best overland journeys out there, and this week our experts are tackling a question about how to make a trip aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway as memorable as it possibly can be.

Our Travel Experts are over flowing with travel knowleadge, tips and advice, so why not test them with a question of your own? All you need to do is drop us an email with your question, along with your name and where you’re from, and we’ll put it to them to be answered right here on the blog.

This weeks question comes from Siobhan from Belfast, take it away Siobhan!

I’m planning on taking the Tran-Siberian Railway this September but there are a few different routes to choose from. Please could you tell me which you would suggest is best, how long I should set aside to do it and what I shouldn’t miss out along the way? Siobhan, Belfast

Oooooh that’s a juicy one! Let’s see what advice Amy has for you…

Do something a little different and stay at a traditional ger camp

Amy Pearson from STA Travel Leeds Vicar Lane says…

Hi Siobhan, that’s an epic journey, and definitely one on everybody’s bucket list. Around three weeks is a perfect amount of time, to really enjoy your surroundings aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway.

I’d say the best trip is the ‘The Cossack‘ which is one of the only journeys that stops in the unusual and interesting destinations of Suzdal and Ulan Ude, en route to Lake Baikal, which breaks up the long train journey and takes in more of Russia. In my experience from working at STA one of the most popular and unsurprising countries is Mongolia, so I would make sure this is one of your destinations.

A stop at Lake Baikal is one of the highlights of a trip aboard the Trans Siberian Railway

If you were looking to do the Tran-Siberian then I would always recommend doing one of the longer routes, as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one to be enjoyed not rushed. ‘The Cossack’ departs from Moscow and finishes Beijing, journeying right through Mongolia, where you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional clothes and try your hand at Mongolian wrestling if you are brave enough.

Here you can stay overnight in a traditional circular ‘ger camp’. Throughout the whole of the trip on one of our iconic Vodkatrains, local Honcho’s will meet you. Honchos are so much more than local guides, these are usually local students that have grown up in the area, that can show you around the trendiest restaurants, bars and help you with the language barrier if needed. Plus, you’ll have an insight into what it is like to live here as opposed to just seeing it from tourists prospective. Have a great time!

Some more great advice from our experts right there. If you’ve been on a trip aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway, share your own knowledge and advice in the comments thread below! And remember, if you’ve got a question for the Experts, drop us an email and they’ll get cracking with an answer for you.
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