Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
It’s the world’s longest railroad and a journey that takes in everything from the Siberian forest to the unbroken steppes of Mongolia. Trans-Siberian Travel will book all your tickets — the journey from Moscow to Beijing is a series of rides rather than a continuous one — and will set you up with B&B-like homestays when you’re not sleeping on the train. By day, watch the taiga float past your window. At night you can explore cities such as Irkutsk, where artists and intellectuals banished during the Decembrist revolt set up a booming cultural center around their hand-carved wooden houses. Just make sure to set aside three days for hiking along the shores of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake.
The Details: 17-day tours from Moscow to Beijing, from $2,160. Summer is the time to go. [trans-siberian.travel]
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