Budget Journeys

Trips designed for budget-minded travellers where quality is in the experience itself rather than comfort. 

We cover the essentials of your travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway, as you will probably agree, there are many aspects that need to be taken care of when planning such a trip! Your accommodation, transfers, train tickets and some tours are booked for you while you still have plenty of time to make your journey like no other.

We keep the cost down by working directly with service providers in destinations and booking your train tickets right on the oficial Russian Railroads website. Therefore if there is any promotional discount, we will be happy to pass it on! 

Although we prepare a journey for you, we believe that you don't need your hand held at all times however initial help in a new city is always appreciated. Therefore we include walking tours or few hours with a local guide for you to get familiar with each place, learn about the country's culture but not through the tour bus window but from the first hand experience of someone who loves showing around their home town.

We also know the importance of being picked up after a long flight or taken to the train station for your train on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Stressing over catching a taxi or getting lost are not the parts of the experience you are looking for. So all your transfers are covered. Just look for your name when you arrive!

Ah and of course visas. We include the visa support letters for the countries you visit, although the cost of visas is not included.

Still have questions? Contact us!

 

itinerary

ITINERARY 1. "Black Russian". 17 days. 

From 1900 EUR / 2580 USD per person

Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulan-Bator - Beijing 

 

Days 1-3: Moscow.
Arrive to the Moscow airport and transfer to your centrally located Budget hotel.
You have free time this afternoon to wander around the centre of Moscow and get a first impression of this beautiful city. During your 3-day stay in Moscow you will have 4 hours with a local guide who will help you get your head around such things as Moscow metro and Cyrillic Alphabet. You can ask about specific places to visit or let be taken to the most important sights as well as some personal favourites of your guide. In the early afternoon of day 3, you will be transferred to the train station to take your first train on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

 

Days 4-5. Trans-Siberian Train to Irkutsk. Time goes fast on the train between watching the scenery, talking with locals and other travellers, reading or socialising in the restaurant car, which is the center of attraction for the entire train.

 

Day 6. Arrival in Irkutsk. Once your train pulls into the Irkutsk train station perfectly on time after its three-day journey, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation with the local Russian family (other accommodation options are available).  Later today your local guide will take you on a walking city tour around this Siberian town, known as Paris of Siberia for its 19th century architecture and particular charm.  At night you can walk along the embankment of the Angara River, which is busy with youth celebrating long summer days.

 

Day 7-8. Listvyanka, Lake Baikal. Today you will be transferred to Listvyanka, a lakeside town that is very popular with both tourists and locals during the summer months. You will stay in a guesthouse and can enjoy two days discovering the beauty of the Siberian “Sacred Sea” – Lake Baikal. If time and weather permits you can hike to the neighbour village or just stroll along the dotted shoreline. If you come in winter, you can give a try to the dog-sledding or ice-fishing. Ask us about extra activities on lake Baikal.

 

Days 9-10: Train to Mongolia. Transfer back to Irkutsk. Back in the city, you can leave your bags at the train station and take time to explore more of the city’s sights before your train leaves for Mongolia this night. Remember to stock up on snack and food for your border crossing, as the process is long and slow but definitely part of the overland train travel experience.

 

Days 11-13.  Welcome to Mongolia! Early morning arrival in Ulan-Bator.  After transfer to the hotel and check-in, we set off on a city tour with your local guide, visiting the Gandaan Hiid Monastery which is an active Buddhist complex, then - to the Sukhbaatar Square with its monumental Parliament house finishing with a visit to the National History Museum that will give you a comprehensive background to the Mongolian history and culture. After the city tour, you can enjoy Mongolia’s flavour in one of the local restaurants. On day 12 we transfer you to the Terelj National Park where you will witness Mongolian nomad culture at its full – your accommodation will be in the nomad-like felt yurt. Your guide will teach you Mongolian games and you can enjoy easy trekking in the national park. The following day, we transfer you back to Ulan-Bator where you have one more night in the hotel.

 

Days 14-15. Train to Beijing. Transfer to the train station to catch the Trans-Mongolian Train to Beijing.  This train route is spectacular; the train keeps on taking picturesque turns, gliding through the Gobi desert. Once on the border, the wheels of the train will be changed as the tracks have different width in Mongolia and China. In the afternoon of the following day you will get to busy and crowded Beijing, the finish point of the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

 

Day 16. Beijing and Great Wall. Today we visit the most impressive sight of this part of the world – The Great Wall of China.  In the evening you can opt for a Chinese Acrobats performance or Peking Duck Restaurant dinner (optional and not included).

 

Day 17. End of the journey. Today your journey with us is over. You can extend your stay in Beijing or we transfer you the airport / train station for your onward journey.

 

PRICES:

          1 pax              2 pax, pp         
USD    3700               2580         
EUR     2740              1900

 

Itinerary Includes:
Ticket in 3d class “platskart” on the train Moscow-Irkutsk*
Ticket in Kupe (2nd class) in trains Irkutsk–Ulan Bator; Ulan Bator-Beijing

*The supplement to travel in 2nd class on the train Moscow to Irkutsk is 130 USD / 96,3 EUR pp

Accommodation in single or twin/double room:
Moscow: Hotel boutique “Petrovka Loft”
Irkutsk and Listvyanka: Homestay with the Russian Family, Guesthouse or Challet
Ulan Bator: Hotel 3* “Edelweiss” (o similar), accommodation in shared Yurt
Beijing: Private Room at “Peking Youth Hostel” or similar

All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
City Tours and guided visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
Additional sightseeing is possible to arrange of request.

 

 

ITINERARY 2. "Vodka Chinggis". 14 days.

From 1725 EUR / 2330 USD per person

Moscow - Ulan-Bator - Beijing

 

Days 1-3: Moscow.
Arrive to the Moscow airport and transfer to your centrally located Budget hotel.
You have free time this afternoon to wander around the centre of Moscow and get a first impression of this beautiful city. During your 3-day stay in Moscow you will have 4 hours with a local guide who will help you get your head around such things as Moscow metro and Cyrillic Alphabet. You can ask about specific places to visit or let be taken to the most important sights as well as some personal favourites of your guide. In the early afternoon of day 3, you will be transferred to the train station to take your first train on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

 

Days 4-7. Trans-Siberian / Mongolian Train.   The train from Moscow to Ulan-Bator covers a vast distance, following the Trans-Siberian Railway until Ulan-Ude and then heading south to Mongolia. The Mongolian traders who tend to do a great deal of their business right on the platform when train stops, favor this train. Taking this train is an experience on its own, be ready to witness the lifestyle that is quite different from what most of us are used to. Another beauty of this journey is a 200-km stretch that goes around Lake Baikal during the day - if you don't have time to get off and spend a couple of days visiting the Lake, well, this is the next best thing.

 

Day 8.  Welcome to Mongolia! Early morning arrival in Ulan-Bator.  After transfer to the hotel and check-in, we set off on a city tour with your local guide, visiting the Gandaan Hiid Monastery which is an active Buddhist complex, then - to the Sukhbaatar Square with its monumental Parliament house finishing with a visit to the National History Museum that will give you a comprehensive background to the Mongolian history and culture. After the city tour, you can enjoy Mongolia’s flavour in one of the local restaurants.

 

Day 9. Today we transfer you to the Terelj National Park where you will witness Mongolian nomad culture at its full – your accommodation will be in the nomad-like felt yurt. Your guide will teach you Mongolian games and you can enjoy easy trekking in the National Park. Your lunch and dinner are included.

 

Día 10. Ulan Bator. We return back to Ulan-Bator where you have your last night in Mongolia.

 

Days 11-12. Train to Beijing. Transfer to the train station to catch the Trans-Mongolian Train to Beijing.  This train route is spectacular; the train keeps on taking picturesque turns, gliding through the Gobi desert. Once on the border, the wheels of the train will be changed as the tracks have different width in Mongolia and China. In the afternoon of the following day you will get to busy and crowded Beijing, the finish point of the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

 

Day 13. Beijing and Great Wall. Today we visit the most impressive sight of this part of the world – The Great Wall of China.  In the evening you can opt for a Chinese Acrobats performance or Peking Duck Restaurant dinner (optional and not included).

 

Day 14. End of the journey. Today your journey with us is over. You can extend your stay in Beijing or we transfer you the airport / train station for your onward journey.

 

 

             1 pax        2 pax, pp
USD       3180         2330
EUR        2350        1725

 

Itinerary Includes:
Ticket in Kupe (2nd class) in trains Moscow–Ulan Bator; Ulan Bator-Beijing

*The supplement to travel in 2nd class on the train Moscow to Irkutsk is 130 USD / 96,3 EUR pp

Accommodation in single or twin/double room:
Moscow: Hotel boutique “Petrovka Loft”
Ulan Bator: Hotel 3* “Edelweiss” (o similar), accommodation in shared Yurt
Beijing: Private Room at “Peking Youth Hostel” or similar

All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
City Tours and guided visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
Additional sightseeing is possible to arrange of request.

 

ITINERARY 3. "White Russian". 19 days.

From 2310 EUR / 3100 USD per person

Moscow - Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude - Ulan-Bator - Beijing 

 

 

Days 1-3. Moscow.
Arrive to the Moscow airport and transfer to your centrally located Budget hotel.
You have free time this afternoon to wander around the centre of Moscow and get a first impression of this beautiful city. During your 3-day stay in Moscow you will have 4 hours with a local guide who will help you get your head around such things as Moscow metro and Cyrillic Alphabet. You can ask about specific places to visit or let be taken to the most important sights as well as some personal favourites of your guide. In the early afternoon of day 3, you will be transferred to the train station to take your first train on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

 

Day 4. Trans-Siberian Train to Ekaterinburg. Evening arrival in Ekaterinburg, transfer to hostel. 

 

Day 5. Ekaterinburg.  In the morning your local guide will take you on a walking city tour. During the tour you will learn about the foundation of the city and some of the most interesting facts from its history. Later today you will be transfered to the train station to catch your next train on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your next destination is Irkutsk!

 

Day 6-7. Trans-Siberian Train to Irkutsk. Back on the train! You are now familiar with the routine and can sit back and enjoy the ride.  

 

Day 8. Arrival in Irkutsk. Once your train pulls into the Irkutsk train station perfectly on time after its three-day journey, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation with the local Russian family (other accommodation options are available).  Later today your local guide will take you on a walking city tour around this Siberian town, known as Paris of Siberia for its 19th century architecture and particular charm.  At night you can walk along the embankment of the Angara River, which is busy with youth celebrating long summer days.

 

Day 9. Listvyanka, Lake Baikal. Today you will be transferred to Listvyanka, a lakeside town that is very popular with both tourists and locals during the summer months. You will stay in a guesthouse and can enjoy two days discovering the beauty of the Siberian “Sacred Sea” – Lake Baikal. If time and weather permits you can hike to the neighbour village or just stroll along the dotted shoreline. If you come in winter, you can give a try to the dog-sledding or ice-fishing. Ask us about extra activities on lake Baikal.

 

Day 10. Lake Baikal and return to Irkutsk. After breakfast we transfer you back to Irkutsk where you can visit one of its museums or a colourful Central Market. Your accommodation tonight is in the homestay.

 

Day 11. Trans-Siberian Train to Ulan-Ude. Early morning we take you to the train station. Train to Ulan-Ude passes through the Siberian woods and for 200 km follows the Lake Baikal shoreline. If you are lucky, you may even see the Baikal Mammal - "nerpa", sunbathing on the rocks. In the afternoon your train will arrive in Ulan-Ude and you will be transferred to your guesthouse.   

 

Day 12. Ulan-Ude. Enjoy free day in the capital of the Buryat Republic. Recommended sightseeing - Buddhist Datsan 30 km out of town.

 

Day 13. Trans-Mongolian Train. You have morning free to sleep in or see more of the city. In the afternoon, you will be picked up and taken to catch your train to Mongolia. 

 

Days 14-15.  Welcome to Mongolia! Early morning arrival in Ulan-Bator.  After transfer to the hotel and check-in, we set off on a city tour with your local guide, visiting the Gandaan Hiid Monastery which is an active Buddhist complex, then - to the Sukhbaatar Square with its monumental Parliament house finishing with a visit to the National History Museum that will give you a comprehensive background to the Mongolian history and culture. After the city tour, you can enjoy Mongolia’s flavour in one of the local restaurants. On day 12 we transfer you to the Terelj National Park where you will witness Mongolian nomad culture at its full – your accommodation will be in the nomad-like felt yurt. Your guide will teach you Mongolian games and you can enjoy easy trekking in the national park. The following day, we transfer you back to Ulan-Bator where you have one more night in the hotel.

 

Days 16-17. Train to Beijing. Transfer to the train station to catch the Trans-Mongolian Train to Beijing.  This train route is spectacular; the train keeps on taking picturesque turns, gliding through the Gobi desert. Once on the border, the wheels of the train will be changed as the tracks have different width in Mongolia and China. In the afternoon of the following day you will get to busy and crowded Beijing, the finish point of the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

 

Day 18. Beijing and Great Wall. Today we visit the most impressive sight of this part of the world – The Great Wall of China.  In the evening you can opt for a Chinese Acrobats performance or Peking Duck Restaurant dinner (optional and not included).

 

Day 19. End of the journey. Today your journey with us is over. You can extend your stay in Beijing or we transfer you the airport / train station for your onward journey.

 

                   1 pax        2 pax, pp
USD            4510        3100
EUR             3340        2310

 

Itinerary Includes:
Ticket in 3d class “platskart” on the train Moscow-Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg-Irkutsk, Irkutsk- Ulan-Ude*
Ticket in Kupe (2nd class) in trains Ulan-Ude–Ulan Bator; Ulan Bator-Beijing

*The supplement to travel in 2nd class on the train Moscow-Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg-Irkutsk, Irkutsk- Ulan-Ude is 330 USD / 245 EUR pp

Accommodation in single or twin/double room:
Moscow: Hotel boutique “Petrovka Loft”

Ekaterinburg: Hostel "KGB"
Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Ulan-Ude: Homestay with the Russian Family, Guesthouse or Challet
Ulan Bator: Hotel 3* “Edelweiss” (o similar), National Park - accommodation in shared Yurt
Beijing: Private Room at “Peking Youth Hostel” or similar

All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
City Tours and guided visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
Additional sightseeing is possible to arrange of request.

 

ITINERARY 4: Classic Trans-Siberian Railway "Stolichnaya", 14 days.

From 1405 EUR / 1900 USD per person

Moscow - Irkutsk - Vladivostok 

 

Days 1-3. Moscow.
Arrive to the Moscow airport and transfer to your centrally located Budget hotel.
You have free time this afternoon to wander around the centre of Moscow and get a first impression of this beautiful city. During your 3-day stay in Moscow you will have 4 hours with a local guide who will help you get your head around such things as Moscow metro and Cyrillic Alphabet. You can ask about specific places to visit or let be taken to the most important sights as well as some personal favourites of your guide. In the early afternoon of day 3, you will be transferred to the train station to take your first train on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

 

Days 4-5. Trans-Siberian Train to Irkutsk. Time goes fast on the train between watching the scenery, talking with locals and fellow travellers, reading or socialising in the restaurant car, which is the center of attraction for the entire train.

 

Day 6. Arrival in Irkutsk. Once your train pulls into the Irkutsk train station perfectly on time after its three-day journey, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation with the local Russian family (other accommodation options are available).  Later today your local guide will take you on a walking city tour around this Siberian town, known as Paris of Siberia for its 19th century architecture and particular charm.  At night you can walk along the embankment of the Angara River, which is busy with youth celebrating long summer days.

 

Day 7-8. Listvyanka, Lake Baikal. Today you will be transferred to Listvyanka, a lakeside town that is very popular with both tourists and locals during the summer months. You will stay in a guesthouse and can enjoy two days discovering the beauty of the Siberian “Sacred Sea” – Lake Baikal. If time and weather permits you can hike to the neighbour village or just stroll along the dotted shoreline. If you come in winter, you can give a try to the dog-sledding or ice-fishing. Ask us about extra activities on lake Baikal.

 

Days 9: Trans-Siberian Train to Vladivostok. Transfer back to Irkutsk. Back in the city, you can leave your bags at the train station and take time to explore more of the city’s sights before your train leaves for Mongolia this night. Remember to stock up on snack and food for the next leg of your Trans-Siberian journey. 

 

Days 10-11. On the train.

 

Day 12. Vladivostok. Arrive in the Pacific port of Vladivostok at night and transfer to your hotel.

 

Day 13. Vladivostok. Luego del desayuno vas por un City tour con guía y transporte. Última noche del viaje Transiberiano

 

Día 14. Fin del viaje. Luego de su desayuno lo trasladaremos al aeropuerto para el retorno a casa

 

                    1 pax        2 pax, pp
USD              2720        1900
EUR              2010         1405

 

Viaje incluye:

Ticket en 3ra clase “platskart” en el tren Moscú - Irkutsk; Irkutsk - Vladivostok*

*El suplemento para viajar en compartimiento de 4 camas en trenes Moscú - Irkutsk; Irkutsk - Vladivostok es 320 USD / 237 EUR pp

Acomodación en habitación single o twin / doble:
Moscú: Hotel boutique “Petrovka Loft”

Irkutsk y Listvyanka: Guesthouses de familia local con ubicación central

Vladivostok: Hotel "Avanta" 3*

Transfers: Los mencionados en el itinerario.
Las visitas y tickets de entrada mencionadas en el itinerario, guia de habla ingles o español . 

Maps

Visas

Countries Visited: Russia, Mongolia, China

To travel on the Trans-Mongolian Railway, depending on your nationality you will need three visas: Russian, Mongolian and Chinese.

All the necessary suport letters will be provided by the Trans-Siberiano when you travel on our tours.

We don't provide the visa service without booking of the travel services.

Contact us if you have any doubts about visas.

Travel notes

Optional Excursions and Sightseeing

 

SAINT PETERSBURG

 

• The fountains of Peterhoff and Summer Palace of the Russian Emperors;

• Catherine Palace and famous Amber Room;

• The birthplace of St Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress;

• St Isaac Cathedral and Church on Spilt Blood;

• Tour of the Yusupov Palace and Rasputin Room

•  Ballet or Opera in one of the famous St Petersburg Theatre Mariinsky or Aleksandriinsky

•  Visit in your free time with the audio guide: House-Museum of Pushkin and House-Museum of Dostoevsky.

• Recommended for all: Folkloric Dance Show "Feel Yourself Russian" taking place in the Palace. During the intermission you will enjoy Russian style finger food with salmon and caviar!

 

MOSCOW

• Guided visit to the Tretyakov Gallery which is the main museum of Russian Art;

• The Armory Chamber and / or Diamond Fund - add a visit to these famous treasuries during your tour of Kremlin;

• Bunker-42. Interactive museum from the Cold War, it is hidden 65 meters under the ground in the centre of Moscow;

• Pushkin Museum. Incredibly rich collection of french impressionists;

• Ballet or Opera in Bolshoi Theatre;

• Moscow Circus;

• Guided visit to the Novodevichy Convent and the adjacent cemetery which is the last resort of many famous russians: Mayakovsky, Khruschev, Tupolev and most recently Yeltsin among others.

 

EKATERINBURG

The city is located in the Ural Mountains thus giving the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor activities and rural tourism. It is also on the border between Europe and Asia and you can have one foot in each continent at the same time!

• Visit to the Europe-Asia Monument;

• Guided tour to the Romanov Monastery, built on the spot where the remnants of the Tzar Family were found;

• Day trip on the Ural Mountain River with a kayak;

• Horse-riding in the Ural Mountains;

• Light trekking in the Ural Mountains;

• Rafting in the river of the Ural Mountains;

• Stay in the russian countryside and learn about the rural lifestyle;

• In winter go on an adventure with the sledding dogs.

 

IRKUTSK AND LAKE BAIKAL

• Irkutsk: Guided visit to Decembrists' Museum or the Museum of Regional Studies;

• Day trip to Ust-Orda and Shaman Ceremony;

• Take a tour around Listvyanka, visiting the view point over the lake and the out-flowing Angara River, the Lake Baikal Museum and the sledding dogs kennel;

• Extend your visit to Olkhon Island, the magical place on Lake Baikal;

• Take a walk along the shore of the lake and visit the small town of Bolshie Koty where gold used to be sifted.

 

ULAN-BATOR AND MONGOLIA

• Cultural Show of Mongolian dancing and singing, including famous mongolian throat singing;

• Visit the Cashmere factory;

• Take a day tour to the "Thirteen Century Park" that is created to remind of Mongolia's Golden Age. The main attraction of the Park is the giant statue of Genghis Khan which rises in the mongolian steppe.

• Enrich your visit with a 3-day journey to the ancient capital of Mongolia - Kharkhorin, enjoying the unspoilt landscape, visiting ancient monastery and sacred sites,  and staying in mongolian gers dotting the beautiful landscape.

 

BEIJING

 

• Guided visit to the Temple of Heaven;

• The Acrobatic Show or Kung Fu Show;

• Visit to the Silk and Pearl markets doe shopping;

• Guided visit to the Lama Temple, the Bell and Drum towers and a hutong tour by rickshaw;

• Visits recommended and can be done on your own: Beijing Olympics Stadiums: Bird's Nest and Ice Cube

Ask us about train tickets from to other Chinese cities, we can help you book tickets to Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Huanshuan and other cities. We can also book tickets from different cities, not just Beijing.

Questions? Want to go? Contact Us!

Accommodation

TRAIN


The Trans-Siberian is the longest railway in the world and the essence of this journey is to travel by train. As Russia is a VERY big country, the quality of railroads is paramount for the country´s economy. Russian railroads are like vital veins of the country and every year the quality of the steel infrastructure is getting better.

The train is very comfortable and - sorry to disappoint you - now has an electric engine and not a steam one. This, however, contributes to the average speed of 65-70 km per hour and a much ecologically friendly means of transport.

All the journeys include accommodation in the second class compartment with option to upgrade to the 1 class.
Second class has 4 bunk beds (2 upper ones and 2 lower ones) and a small table in the middle. There is storing space under the bunks which easily accommodates backpacks and average sized suitcases.
Each train carriage has a container with hot water which is called “samovar”. This allows to make tea, coffee and create numerous dishes with the instant noodles.

 

If you run out of supplies, there is dining car on the train and it serves few local dishes. Another option is to buy from old ladies (babushkas) when train makes a stop and there are kiosks on platforms where some food can be bought.
Each carriage has 9 compartments and there are 2 toilets for the passengers. There is water for freshening up and WC. As a rule, we say that travellers should be prepared to go without shower for the duration of their train journey however it is possible to ask your provodnitsa to use their shower facilities that they usually allow doing for a reasonable fee (approx. 4-5$).
All the bedding is provided on the train and passengers are not allowed to use sleeping bags.

The security on the train is good as well. Each carriage is accompanied by 2 attendants (provodnitsa) and they won't allow anyone on board without a ticket. It is not allowed to openly drink vodka on the train, and it is not sold on train platforms either. There is a brigade of police on each train and in case of emergency, doctor can be called by radio and will meet the train at the closest possible station.
Some of the newer trains now have Wi Fi as well but this can not be guaranteed.

 

GER (YURT)

During the visit to the national park in Mongolia you will have a chance to experience overnight stay in the mongolian ger. Ger is the name of the felt round dwelling of the mongolians. This ger can be dismantled in 1.5 hours! As half of the mongolian population still follow the nomad lifestyle, this feature comes very handy.
Inside of the ger you will find comfortable single beds with warm blankets. There is a little stove in the centre and in the evening the staff of the camp will make fire.
The stay is arranged in the tourist camp, so there is a place to order food and there are toilet and shower facilities at the site.
Staying at the ger will give you an opportunity to experience the lifestyle of the mongolian culture and enjoy the beautiful surroundings free of the city lights and street noises.

 

WOODEN CHALLET


Traditionally houses in Siberia have been built from wood. Wooden buildings have very welcoming ambience and bring you closer to yourself.
On Lake Baikal we will stay in the challet built of siberian wood.
Simple but cosy, our siberian accommodation has ensuite facilities and the hostess will take a good care of your needs. Most rooms have lake view. We include dinner in the challet as well so you can try a local specialty prepared for you by the hostess.
One of the musts of your visit to Siberia is russian sauna “banya”. It used to be the only way peasants could relax and wash away the tiredness of hard working days. So it is meant to be awesome and relaxing! It is heated up with firewood which provides for a pleasant wooden smell. Once your body has softened, you´ve got to use birch branches and gently hit each other. No matter how scary it sounds, believe us - it feels great!

 

HOTELS


In cities we stay in budget hotels. As we work based on individual requests we try to use accommodation that is rather small and centrally located. Where is deemed appropriate we also use international chains. If you have preference for specific accommodation please let us know. If we can not confirm accommodation listed as a part of your itinerary we will book a similar one, with the same rate and similar location.