The Trans-Siberian celebrates 100 Years of Rolling: New Tours and Ways to Save

The Trans-Siberian celebrates 100 Years of Rolling: New Tours and Ways to Save

To celebrate the Trans-Siberian Railway‘s historic centennial, we’ve added two new one-time rail journeys by private train to our roster of Trans-Siberian expeditions, both of them even more Siberian than our other offerings. They both branch off from the mainline and stop in little Siberian towns that travelers rarely see.

Travel in 2016: Celebrate and SaveAnd, to further sweeten the pot, we’ve teamed up with the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express to bring you a $1,000 per person special savings offer for those who book travel before January 31, 2016 on either of these rail journeys by private train, traveling in Gold Class or Silver Class (more info).

Trans-Siberian attendants

Attendants welcome travelers aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway

About the Trans-Siberian RailwayRussia’s Trans-Siberian Railway covers an astonishing 5,771 miles of track between Moscow and Vladivostok. (For comparison, U.S. Highway I-80, which follows the Transcontinental Railway grade, runs 2,902 miles from coast to coast.) Begun in 1891, the Trans-Siberian took 25 years to complete.

In 1916, as the last rivet was pounded into place on the Amur River Bridge in Khabarovsk, the line reached its full length, running exclusively through Russian territory. The Trans-Siberian line celebrates 100 years of rolling in 2016.

A tunnel along the BAM route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Photo credit: Vladimir Kvashnin

A tunnel along the BAM route of the Trans-Siberian Railway
Photo: Vladimir Kvashnin

The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM) Route

The seldom-traveled Baikal-Amur Magistral (BAM for short) runs up and over the top of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and east through some of the most remote, roadless taiga in the country. It passes through the radiant Sayan and dramatic Kodra Mountains (sometimes called the “Russian Alps”), and over miles of tundra where lichen and tiny bushes struggle for a foothold on the permafrost.

Outside the windows of the train is some of the most glorious and unspoiled scenery in the world, like what you see from the regular Trans-Siberian times 10. For example, setting foot on the shore of Siberia’s great Lake Baikal is a heady experience. But setting foot on the remote northern shore of the crescent-shaped lake is downright intoxicating. A tiny percentage of the earth’s humans have been here, most of them railroad workers and miners.

The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM) RouteFrom Moscow to Vladivostok via the BAM
Departure: June 5-19, 2016
Price: From $16,995 (per person, twin share)

30th Anniversary Special OfferReserve your space on this rail journey by private train by January 31, 2016 and save $1,000 per person (more info).  There are additional special offers available for those who want to travel solo.

A stop in Severobaikalsk, Russia. Photo: Vladimir Kvashnin

A stop in Severobaikalsk, Russia
Photo: Vladimir Kvashnin

Building the BAMJoseph Stalin ordered the building of the BAM Route. Worried that the Trans-Siberian Railway tracks along the Chinese border were at risk of being attacked, he had his engineers plot out an alternate route that took off north about two thirds of the way between Moscow and Vladivostok.

The project began in 1939, using gulag labor, but languished after the ready supply of prisoners dried up at the dictator’s death. The last segment of the line, the nearly 10-mile Severomuysk tunnel, was finally completed in 2004, but economic hard times have so far kept the BAM from fulfilling its potential.

Vladivostok, Russia

The Trans-Siberian’s endpoint in Vladivostok, Russia
Photo: Martin Klimenta

The Trans-Siberian Railway – Siberia Discovery Route

From the capital of Moscow past the Urals into Asia and through Siberia’s dynamic cities, villages and wilderness to the Pacific Ocean, the Trans-Siberian Railway rolls across a third of the globe. This epic journey across the world’s largest country explores parts of Siberia that rail travelers don’t usually experience.

The itinerary departs from the main Trans-Siberian line here and there to visit isolated towns bypassed by the busy train traffic and left to fend for themselves in the challenging Siberian hinterlands.

The Trans-Siberian Railway – Siberia Discovery RouteFrom Moscow to Vladivostok within Siberia
Departure: July 26-August 9, 2016
Price: From $16,995 (per person, twin share)

30th Anniversary Special OfferReserve your space on this rail journey by private train by January 31, 2016 and save $1,000 per person (more info).  There are additional special offers available for those who want to travel solo.

Old Believers in Siberia hold on to their traditions

A visit with Old Believers in Siberia
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway with MIR

MIR has 30 years of Trans-Siberian Railway travel experience. Chat with Joanna or Devin on our team with any questions you may have – they’ve traveled through Siberia and know that there’s no better way to experience it than by train.

More Rail Journeys by Private Train and Ways to SaveAs a part of our 30th Anniversary celebration, we have a variety of ways to save on all of our small group tours and rail journeys by private train. Check out our ever-growing list of special offers.

Our menu of new rail journeys by private train extends far beyond the Trans-Siberian Railway. We also have brand new rail journeys along the Silk Route and through the Balkans. There are so many ways to travel by train in 2016! 

PUBLISHED: November 2, 2015

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