Mar 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

All Aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway

Ever wanted a real adventure that would be a life-time senior dream? The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan.  It is the longest railway in the world. There are branch lines to China through Mongolia and Manchuria. Full time construction  of the Trans-Siberian Railway began way back in 1891.

Here’s one adventure that seniors will find unforgettable and now a “bucket-list” reality. While three are described here, the Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia is arguably the most interesting Trans-Siberian route to take. One of the world’s epic rail journeys for senior citizens, the Trans-Siberian is the gateway to Lake Baikal, the earth’s oldest and deepest lake; Mongolia, land of traditional nomads; and Vladivostok, Russia’s strategic Pacific Rim port.

The weekly Trans-Mongolian train leaves Moscow for Beijing every Tuesday night.  The 7,621 km (4,735 mile) journey takes 6 days.  This train crosses Siberia, cuts across Mongolia and the Gobi desert, then enters China.  Westbound, it leaves Beijing every Wednesday morning.  This train uses Chinese rolling stock and has deluxe 2-berth compartments (with shared shower), 1st class 4-berth compartments & 2nd class 4-berth compartments.  Booked through a local Russian agency, journey costs around $805 or £555 one-way in 2nd class 4-berth or $1130 or £780 in 1st class 2-berth.

Luxury Train Journey Awaits Senior Travelers

Enjoy a private luxury train journey operated by the world’s leading exclusive, long-distance rail tour operator, visiting Russia, Mongolia, China, Tibet, India and Africa. The terms here are opulent, lavish, sumptuous, and luxurious.  All seem synonymous with… expensive and well-done.

Go Russia offers “Trans-Mongolian Train Tickets Only” service. They have listed the most popular destinations along the Trans-Mongolian railway.  However if the desired destination is not listed, please do not hesitate to contact this site and you will be provided with a ticket price quote. They advise all customers not to delay their railway journey as demand is very high, especially during high season from late May till end of September. Oh yes, you will need a visa.

In need of more information and advice? John Parnell has made the trip four times and his site has photos, recommended books, tours and all the “stuff” you will need to know to make this trip enjoyable.  Do bring plenty of digital storage devices.  jeb

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