Siberia’s image as a land of cold exile bears no relation to a warm summer day on the shores of Lake Baikal, one of the Central Asia’s greatest natural wonders. Surrounded by mountains and evergreen forests, Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world, and is protected within a vast national park.

Freshwater seals swim the lake’s waters, sable and lynx stalk the surrounding wilderness, and the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway runs past its shore, making Lake Baikal a worthwhile detour on a journey to Mongolia, Siberia’s southern neighbor.

Irkutsk, the largest city near the lake, was founded in the 1660s, and many historic buildings, including traditional wooden houses and Orthodox churches, survive from the days when it was known as the “Paris of Siberia.” Listvyanka, a charming lakeside village founded by 17th-century pioneers, attracts visitors with its museum of wooden architecture, Baikal Limnological Museum, and the famous Saint Nicholas Church. One of the many historic villages to explore along the shores of Lake Baikal, Listvyanka is situated near the source of the beautiful Angara River, among Siberia’s best kayaking destinations.

Trips to Siberia

The Tsar’s Gold Westbound Ulaanbaatar to Moscow: Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Railway | Tsar's Gold | Nomadic Expeditions

An in-depth Trans-Siberian Railway experience between Siberia and Mongolia filled with unique historical and cultural perspective, this fifteen-day expedition begins in Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi Desert and continues on to the Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the famed Tsar’s Gold. Find yourself in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, along the shore of the oldest lake in the world, Lake Baikal, and the magnificent diversity of the Gobi Desert’s incredible ecosystems.

The Tsar’s Gold Westbound Beijing to Moscow: Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Adventure - Beijing to Moscow

Travel along the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway for a breathtaking non-stop voyage through three separate countries. This sixteen-day itinerary features the best of Russia, Mongolia and China. From the imposing, intricate and beautiful façades of Moscow’s architectural wonders to Mongolia’s vast Gobi Desert and the Great Wall of China, this journey will lead you through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes and hotspots in the world.

The Tsar’s Gold Eastbound Moscow to Beijing: Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Train

Travel along the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway for a breathtaking non-stop voyage through three separate countries. This sixteen-day itinerary features the best of Russia, Mongolia and China. From the imposing, intricate and beautiful façades of Moscow’s architectural wonders to Mongolia’s vast Gobi Desert and the Great Wall of China, this journey will lead you through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes and hotspots in the world.