Visit Eastern Region
The Ural mountain range forms a natural division between European and Asian Russia. This lengthy chain, which stretches for 2,000 kilometres from Kazakhstan to the arctic Kara Sea marks the edge of Eastern Russia, an immense mass of tundra and taiga (Siberian forest) and snowy reaches that ends only when the ocean begins.
Dotted with lakes, including Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake, the Eastern Region is a space full of stark and remote beauty. Some would say that the Kamchatka peninsula, reaching out towards Alaska, is one of the most beautiful places to be found anywhere on the planet, with its lava fields and smouldering volcanoes and wild bears.
This wilderness provides a wonderful setting for hiking, skiing, dog sledding, fishing, rafting and any number of adventure holiday options, but there are urban attractions to enjoy too. Ekaterinburg, on the edge of the Urals, is both a handy base for mountain adventures, but also steeped in history. This is where Tsar Nicolas II and his family were executed, and on the spot now stands The Church on the Blood, a memorial to Russia's last reigning royals and to Russian saints. There are numerous other cultural highlights including theatres and museums.
Then there's Vladivostok, Russian for ‘Lord of the East' and the end point of one of the epic Trans-Siberian routes. An energetic port town, Vladivostok was closed to all foreigners and many Russians until 1991, as the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet. Navy ships still dot the harbour, submarines can be toured, there are far-flung islands and remote beaches made accessible by ferry, and a hotch potch of architecture from different eras lining the slopes of this higgledy-piggledy, charismatic city, close to the border with China.
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From champagne receptions and full-board gourmet dining to experiencing the world’s second-oldest Olympics, this is a truly iconic rail journey.
Travelling on one of the world’s great rail journeys, you’ll pair Siberia’s wilds with a touch of luxury, with gourmet dining and touring included throughout. You’ll visit Mongolian yurts, Tsars’ cathedrals and enjoy the likes of private concerts and champagne receptions.
Voyage highlights: Far Eastern Russia’s dramatic Kamchatka Peninsula & the wildlife-rich Kuril Islands plus Japan’s northern islands of Hokkaido and Rishiri; optional exploration of the Valley of the Geysers and other Zodiac expeditions and nature hikes.
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Ekaterinburg's claim to fame is a bloody one - this is where Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their five children were executed in 1918, in the basement of a house belonging to the engineer Ipatiev. The house was turned into the Museum of the Workers Revenge following the assassination, but…
So far east it's almost in China, Vladivostok was off limits for all foreigners and many Russians until 1991. Now it's open to all and a veritable free for all too, as a bustling port city and a final stop on one of the epic Trans-Siberian routes.
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