As a child growing up in the province of Dhaka, Bangladesh, I found myself dreaming about what other landscapes existed in this world; of transporting myself to parts unknown. I would sit all day watching planes take off on the tarmac at the airport and wonder where they were going. Years later, I was drawn to what is known as the Trans-Siberian Railway. I began to think about what this travel experience represented for my younger self and me. With its steel winding tracks spanning thousands of miles. It offered the unique opportunity to watch my childhood dreams unfold. From this once in a lifetime experience, I learned that the joy in the journey itself is sometimes even more memorable than the destination.

Considering all the options, I planned to travel the most popular route from Moscow to Bejing with stops in Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, and from there switch over to Trans-Mongolian train Route to Beijing with another breathtaking stop at Ulan Bator along the way. With all that in mind and weighing in day trips from those stops, I needed total 14 days to include the long train journey of 7865 km (4890 miles).

Where Did We Stop Along The Way​

Trans-Siberian Trip Plan

Considering all the options, I planned to travel the most popular route from Moscow to Bejing with stops in YekaterinburgIrkutsk, and from there switch over to Trans-Mongolian train Route to Beijing with another exciting stop at Ulan Bator along the way. With all that in mind and weighing in day trips from those stops, I needed total 14 days to include the long train journey of 7865 km (4890 miles).

Alternatively, you can also choose the Trans-Siberian route from Moscow to Vladivostok extends about 6,152 miles (9,288 km). Another option is the Trans-Manchurian route between Moscow and Beijing, bypassing Mongolia.

Red Square, Moscow
Red Square, Moscow

Trans-Siberian Trip Itinerary

Must Stop – Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Siberia

Lake Baikal was one of the most memorable sightseeing stops on my 14 days Trans-Siberian Railway trip. Riding motorbike through the village of Port Baikal was unbeatable. Here are a few of the other activities I enjoyed in Lake Baikal, cruising and enjoying the Baikal view, and riding the historic Circum-Baikal railway that runs from Slyudyanka to Port Baikal. You can’t miss the cabal car ride to the Chesky Stone Hilltop to watch the famous Lake Baikal sunset. Lastly, you must try the delicious smoked Omul fresh out of the lake sold in the village market.

Lake Baikal
Riding like the locals in Lake Baikal

Enjoy Theater with Tour and Traditional Lunch

Looking for something different to do in Dhaka, how about have a local lunch and watching a cultural show along with city tour. From ancient history to modern architecture, Bengali cuisine to Bengali theatre. You’ll explore the old city, the waterfront, the markets, and finish it all up watching a performance at the theatre.


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