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Russia Expedition: Permafrost Railway & Ysyakh Festival

From £3145 for 15 days
Trip Overview
Siberia – the very word has become symbolic for all that is remote, rugged and mysterious. This 15-day Expedition is your chance to discover a region that is as enigmatic to outsiders as it is vast. Travel into Russia’s Far East on the historic Baikul-Amur Railway, then board the new Permafrost Railway to Yakutsk, a city built on frozen ground. Learn the secrets of life in the Sakha Republic and immerse yourself in the traditions of the Yakut people. Celebrate the beginning of summer in what is normally one of the coldest cities on earth, revelling in the sun and warmth with locals during the Ysyakh Festival. Admire the wild beauty of the landscapes and tenacity of the people who call rural Russia home.
Essential Info
Starts: Vladivostok
Ends: Yakutsk
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Expedition, Culture & Festivals
Trip Code: IWBSK
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Russia
What's Included

Meals

10 Breakfasts included
4 Lunches included
3 Dinners included

Transport

Overnight sleeper train,Private vehicle,Metro,Plane

Accommodation

Overnight sleeper train (5 nights),Hotel (7 nights),Guesthouse (2 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Travel into stunning, sparsely-populated Far East Russian Siberia via two incredible feats of railway engineering – the Permafrost Express and the historic Baikal-Amur Railway – in the short window of summer.

•   Explore Yakutsk, the largest city built on continuous permafrost, and wonder at the unique architecture and cultural practises born of the harsh environment.

•   Celebrate the arrival of summer during the Ysyakh Festival, where the locals perform traditional Yakut sports, dance into the night and feast on local delicacies like roasted horse meat.

•   Stay overnight in Ust-Buotama National Park and visit a bison nursery, hike through evergreen forest and see the towering limestone rock pillars that line the Lena River.

•   Learn about various Yakut traditions on a visit to a horse farm, during lunch with a family in a small village and in tiny regional museums.

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 18th Jun 2021
Returning: 2nd Jul 2021
£3,145pp
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Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Zdravstvuyte! Welcome to Vladivostok, a major port city and your gateway to Russia’s Far East. Your adventure officially begins with a 6 pm welcome meeting. With the formalities out of the way, choose whether to join your group and leader for an optional dinner.
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