This year I took a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway with my husband and a couple who are close friends. I had dreamt of doing this for a long time, but never quite plucked up the courage to do it. The dream started to become a possibility, however, during dinner at a local restaurant when the topic came up in conversation. Another glass of wine and it was decided that it was a grand idea – four of us could take on the challenge together.
We arranged our travel through the Trans-Siberian Travel Company, who organised the itinerary that we selected, and made all the bookings. Alas it isn’t just a case of jumping on and off a train as you like, everything needs to be pre booked and planned. We chose the Trans-Mongolian route starting in Beijing, stopping off at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, and then onwards to Moscow. For ease, we had CIBT Visa Central apply for our visas for China, Mongolia and Russia. You do of course have to complete the applications yourselves which involves much rather tedious form filling.
Having taken the plunge, would I recommend this journey? Yes! Absolutely! It’s not a sitting on the beach holiday, but it is a travel experience of a lifetime. You see and experience so much that it’s difficult to take it all in. This blog is intended to give a snapshot of our particular journey. I can only imagine if you were to take this trip, you would have your very own unique story to tell.