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BAM Railway Adventure

Departing: Vladivostok, Russia - 21 days
Countries visited: Russia

A truly magnificent journey along the most remote Siberian route. The BAM (Baikal Amur Mainline) is a great alternative to the traditional Trans Siberian route and your efforts will be greatly rewarded! Running parallel but about 500km to the north the BAM Railway will take you through spectacular scenery, remote unspoilt regions of Lake Baikal and some towns that feel as though time has stood still and the Soviet era never ended. If you prefer the road less travelled this route is for you!

  

 

Itinerary

Days 1-2. Vladivostok
Welcome to Vladivostok! Once a top-secret naval base of the Soviet Union sealed off from the outside world, Vladivostok now opens its doors for business and the city is booming as Russia's gateway to the Far East. 

In the evening of Day 2 you make your way to the beautiful old Central Station, walk in the footsteps of Tsar Nicholas II, and board the iconic Trans Siberian Railway.  

Suggested sightseeing: Central Station, Svetlanskaya Street, Pacific Fleet, Russky Island.  

Days 3-4. Khabarovsk and to Tynda

Just twenty-five kilometres from the Chinese border, Khabarovsk once played a major role in Russia's trade, military and industrial history although it was never closed to foreigners, unlike Vladivostok. Today this is a picturesque city with broad boulevards lined with pretty tsarist-era buildings, bustling parks, top-notch museums, beer gardens and cafes all set in a beautiful location overlooking the Amur River.

Rejoin the train in the evening of Day 4 and travel to the BAM hub of Tynda.  

Suggested Sightseeing: Regional History Museum, Far Eastern Art Museum, Military Museum, Dynamo Park, Assumption Cathedral, Amur River Cruise, Lenin Square, Glory Square.

Days 5-6. Tynda
Arriving into Tynda just after midnight you will be transferred directly to your hotel. (AT)

This Soviet-style city is the capital and administrative centre of the BAM and it's most popular site is without doubt is the BAM Museum. 

Suggested sightseeing: BAM Museum

Day 7. Aboard the BAM Railway

Continue onboard the BAM Railway, travelling through vast Taiga to awake the next morning to stunning views as your train passes above the tree line of the mountain ranges surrounding the breathtaking Lake Baikal.

As your train gradually descends you will pass through the shoreline town of Nizhneangarsk before reaching Severobaikalsk. 


Days 8-9. Severobaikalsk
Arrive mid-afternoon and transfer to accommodation (AT).

A rarely visited gem in the North Baikal, beyond the Soviet concrete blocks, this is a haven for outdoor adventurers. Explore the surrounding bays and islands, hike mountains, unwind in natural hot springs and visit nature reserves and indigenous villages.

Suggested sightseeing: BAM Museum, Railway Station, Baikalskoe, Goudzhekit Hot Springs.

Days 10-11. Severobaikalsk to Irkutsk 
After a day of further exploration of Severobaikalsk make your way back to the station to meet your evening train to Irkutsk, the Paris of Siberia.

Days 12-16. Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Lake Baikal
Arrive into Irkutsk in the early hours of the morning of Day 12 (AT). 

The following morning you will be transferred to Lake Baikal where you will spend the next two nights and relax in the lakeside guesthouse taking in the local port and picturesque Siberian Village of Listvyanka before returning to Irkutsk. 

Irkutsk made its fame as a stopping point on the caravan route from China. The city today still boasts 18th century churches and is renowned for its brightly painted shutter and log houses decorated with wooden lace work. You will have plenty of time to soak in the city's beauty and explore its landmarks before climbing back aboard the train bound for Moscow in the evening of Day 16. 

Suggested sightseeing: Lake Baikal, Museum of Wooden Architecture, Baikal Limnological Museum, Decemberists Museum, Local History Museum, Trans Siberian Monument. 

Days 17-19. Aboard the Trans Siberian Railway


Settle in for the long journey across the vast heart of Russia, riding the rails of the Trans Siberian, a destination in itself! 

Days 20-21. Arrive Moscow - Journey Concludes 
After arriving into Moscow in the very early hours of the morning, you will have ample time to explore the wonderfully diverse monuments and spectacles on offer, above and below the ground. A fitting end to a brilliant and unforgettable journey aboard the historic and iconic BAM and Trans Siberian Railways. 

Suggested sightseeing: Regional History Museum, Far Eastern Art Museum, Military Museum, Dynamo Park, Assumption Cathedral.





 

Essentials

Transfers
AT = Arrival Transfer included.

Group Size
Group size depends on your travel party. 

Accommodation
Hotels - 11 nights (twin share). Trains - 9 nights
(4 berth).

Meals 
Meals are not included.

Travel by
Train: Comfortable 4 berth sleepers. There are 4 rail sectors on this journey - Vladivostok to Khabarovsk (1 night) - Khabarovsk to Tynda (1 night) - Tynda to Severobaikalsk (1 night) - Severobaikalsk to Irkutsk (2 nights) - Irkutsk to Moscow (4 nights). 

2 Berth Rail (Optional)
Available for a supplementary price only when two people book  and travel together. Available on all rail sectors.

Sightseeing
Sightseeing for this journey is not included to give you the flexibility to arrange locally. Sundowners Overland can arrange this for you in advance or arrange for a City Ambassador to meet you at any city on your journey. Please enquire with our Travel Advisors for this service. 

Visas
Required for Russia. Sundowners Overland will provide all required invitation letters and full visa support including detailed visa guidelines.