Every bit as rewarding as its famous Trans-Siberian counterpart, this lesser-known Russian rail route follows the Baikal-Amur Mainline and ventures from Russia's Far East, across Eastern Siberia and north of Lake Baikal, where it’s even more stunning than in the south.
Learn the traditions of the indigenous Nanai and Evenki people, visit the astounding rock formations of Stolby National Park, soak up the rich history of Vladivostok and Moscow, and learn the hard facts of Russia’s Soviet past in places that saw unspeakable drama and revolution. With the Trans-Siberian Railway so well known, the Baikal-Amur Railway is your ticket off the beaten track and into next-level expedition travel in Russia.
The Baikal–Amur Mainline is a 1,520 mm broad-gauge railway line in Russia. Traversing Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, the 4,324 km-long BAM runs about 610 to 770 km north of and parallel to the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Get off the beaten track and onto the Baikal-Amur Mainline, where Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East unravel in a mind-boggling combination of history and landscape
- Experience not only the spectacular scenery found north of Lake Baikal but the strange and wonderful rock formations of Stolby National Park
- Step back into the Soviet era with a visit to fascinating Komsomolsk, where the hard times of life under Stalin time seem all too real
- Visit indigenous Nanai and Evenki peoples and get a taste of their respective ways of life by way of musical performances and handicrafts
- Starting in Vladivostok and finishing Moscow, see modern-day urban Russia taking shape beyond its Soviet past
4 June 2021
18 June 2021
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
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- 10 breakfasts, 0 dinners and 2 lunches
- Overnight sleeper train (5 nights), Hotel (7 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)
- Overnight sleeper train , Private vehicle , Metro , Plane
- Vladivostok – City tour
- Vladivostok – S-56 Submarine
- Komsomolsk-na-Amure – City tour
- Komsomolsk-na-Amure – Nanai community visit
- Severobaikalsk – Day trip to Nizhneangarsk
- Severobaikalsk – Evenki Cultural Centre
- Severobaikalsk – Baikalskoye village & local lunch
- Severobaikalsk – Great Baikal Trail hike
- Krasnoyarsk – Krasnoyarsk Dam
- Krasnoyarsk – Stolby Nature Reserve
Overnight sleeper train (5 nights), Hotel (7 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)
According to Russian law, all foreign citizens must be registered with the immigration authorities within 7 business days of arrival into Russia. If you have made your own independent travel plans in Russia for more than 7 days outside of your trip dates with us, please ensure you are registered through your accommodation in order to avoid any issues at passport control when leaving the country.
Please note that in many cities in Russia, including Moscow, hot water is turned off for up to one month during summer for routine maintenance. During this time only cold water may be available at some accommodation.
HOMESTAYS & GUESTHOUSES:
Please note that at our homestays and guesthouses rooms may be multishare and open gender. When we stay at people’s homes, beds may be sofa beds or mattresses on the floor.
Please note that rooms with double beds are not always available at our accommodation in Russia and two single beds in a twin share room is the default. Wherever possible we will put couples in rooms with double beds if available.
Trains on this journey are simple but comfortable, with standards and age of the carriages varying from route to route. You’ll travel in 2nd class (“kupe”) on this trip. There’s a toilet/bathroom at the end of each carriage with a small sink and cold water, but no showers. An attendant is assigned to every carriage to look after your comfort and safety (although service standards can vary greatly!). Each compartment has four bunks with luggage storage space inside. Clean bedding is provided, although some travellers still prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. There’s hot water available for making instant meals, tea and coffee. Sometimes snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board and most trains also have a dining car, although often with a limited menu. Trains are generally heated but do not always offer air conditioning. The train can become very hot even in winter and the train attendants will often not allow the windows to be opened, so please pack clothing appropriate for the warmer conditions on these train journeys.
10 breakfasts, 0 dinners and 2 lunches
Food and dietary requirements
Vegetarians in Russia certainly won’t go hungry as there are usually plenty of meat-free options on menus including salads, certain soups, and cooked dishes such as mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, buckwheat, dumplings with vegetable fillings, savoury pancakes etc. Vegans will need to look for options without mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese which are common in Russian dishes. Moscow, St Petersburg and increasingly other towns have an ever growing number of excellent vegetarian and vegan eateries.
Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may wish to supplement inclusions with their own supplies from markets or supermarkets.
Who is this trip for?
Is this trip right for you
This is a train trip of epic proportions! That means adventure and excitement, but it also means you’ll be on the train for long stretches (five nights and many full days). There will be plenty of downtime. So be sure to come prepared with books, a music source, cards, that kind of thing.
Since you’ll be spending so much time on the train, you’ll need to self-cater by buying supplies at shops and markets along the way, or order from the (limited) dining car on board, for much of the trip.
You’ll be travelling in a region that sees few outsiders, so be prepared to forgo some of the comforts of home (such as daily showers, barista-made coffee, Wi-Fi, and general use of English). They don’t call it expedition travel for nothing!
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
This is the beauty of our style of travel: many of our travellers join because they are travelling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.
As a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another traveller of the same gender as per your passport information. Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation booked through us will on a single room basis.
If you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same gender, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement (available on the majority of our trips).
If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly.
Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on an open gender, multi-share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Essential Trip Information.
This operator has a policy in place for COVID-19 and their adventures. Please request full details so we can share the most up to date information with you. Thanks!
We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their style of small group travel is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends and their grassroots style of travel seeks to have a positive impact on the communities they visit.
They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.
In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
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