Trans-Siberian Handbook: The Trailblazer Guide to the Trans-Siberian Railway Journey Includes Guides to 25 Cities

Trans-Siberian Handbook: The Trailblazer Guide to the Trans-Siberian Railway Journey Includes Guides to 25 Cities

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By (author) Bryn Thomas, Revised by Anna Kaminski

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  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 178mm x 30mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Hindhead, Surrey
  • ISBN 10: 1905864566
  • ISBN 13: 9781905864560
  • Edition: 9, Revised
  • Edition statement: 9th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 32 pages of full colour and 90 maps
  • Sales rank: 31,116

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A trip across Siberia on the longest continuous railway track in the world is undoubtedly the journey of a lifetime. It's also a convenient way to reach China, Mongolia or Japan. Tickets are not expensive or difficult to arrange. This acclaimed guide shows you how to organise a trip, where to get tickets, where to stay and what to see. * Practical information - planning your trip; what to take; getting to Russia from Europe, North America and Australasia * 49 Detailed kilometre-by-kilometre route guides covering the entire routes of the Trans-Siberian, Trans-Manchurian, Trans-Mongolian and Siberian BAM railways with all points of interest on the way; place names in English and Russian and Chinese. * City guides and maps - the best sights, places to stay and restaurants for all budgets: Moscow, St Petersburg, Ulaan Baatar, Beijing and 32 towns in Siberia; plus Lake Baikal guide * Siberia and the railway - the detailed history of Siberia, the construction and the running of the railway today are of great interest not only to visitors but also to armchair travellers. Changes to the 9th edition: * 90 Maps * 16pp extra full colour - making total of 32pp full colour * Added colour sections on Moscow and Lake Baikal * Fully updated by a Russian-UK national who travelled the whole route and knows what it's like to do so (not written by a team of writers). * Full colour, full page, dedicated maps for Moscow Metro and Beijing Subway * Latest information to 2014 including how easy to book tickets online, up-to-date timetables and fares * Bilingual maps and addresses in Russian and English, and English and Chinese * Purpose-made guide for railway travellers and researched as such.

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Written by Bryn Thomas, the first edition of this book was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel and Guide Book Awards. In 1991 he set up Trailblazer, to produce the series of route guides for adventurous travellers that has now grown to over 40 titles. Fully revised and expanded, this 9th edition is updated by Anna Kaminski, a Russian-UK national who is a professional guide-book writer also working for Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.

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First edition shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel and Guide Book Awards (UK) 'The best guidebook is Bryn Thomas's "Trans-Siberian Handbook"' The Independent (UK) 'Tells you everything you need to know' Cosmopolitan (UK) 'An invaluable guidebook' The Financial Times (UK) 'The Trans-Siberian Handbook ...is a must' The Sunday Times (UK) 'An invaluable travelling companion' Traveller (UK) 'Extensively updated'- Railway Gazette International 'The definitive guidebook is Bryn Thomas's 'Trans-Siberian Handbook" The Independent 'The handbook was really brilliant (everyone we met on the train had a copy!!) We can't imagine doing the trip without it'. Helen Clive 'The Trans-Siberian Handbook (Trailblazer) is the bible for this journey'. The Daily Telegraph. 'The best guide to the Trans-Siberian is undoubtedly Bryn Thomas's "Trans-Siberian Handbook"' - To The Edge of the World, Christian Wolmer (UK)

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First edition shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel& Guidebook Awards A trip across Siberia on the longest continuous railway track in the world is undoubtedly the journey of a lifetime. It's also a convenient way to reach China, Mongolia or Japan. Tickets are not expensive or difficult to arrange.We show you how to organise a trip, where to get tickets, where to stay and what to see. Kilometre-by-kilometre route guides covering the entire routes of the Trans-Siberian, Trans-Manchurian, Trans-Mongolian and Siberian BAM railways with 49 strip maps in English, Russian and Chinese: see where you are as you travel.City guides and maps the best sights, places to stay and restaurants for all budgets: Moscow, St Petersburg, Ulaan Baatar, Beijing and 32 towns in Siberia; plus Lake Baikal guideSiberia and the railway the detailed history of Siberia, the construction and the running of the railway today are of great interest not only to visitors but also to armchair travellers.With 90 maps plus timetables, fares, Russian & Chinese phrases."

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION Why take the train? 7 Routes and costs 10 When to go 15 PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP Bookings and visas Individual itineraries or organised tours? 17 - Route planning 18 National holidays and festivals 20 - Visas 23 - Making a booking 28 What to take 37 Health precautions and inoculations 44 PART 2: RUSSIA Facts about the country 46 Practical information for the visitor 58 Essential documents 58 - Arriving in Russia 59 - Where to stay 60 - Local transport 62 - Electricity 64 - Time 65 - Money 65 - Post & telecommunications 66 - Food and drink 68 - Where to eat and drink 73 - Toilets 74 - Magazines and newspapers 75 - Photography 75 - Crime and annoyances 76 - Entertainment 77 - Shopping 79 PART 3: SIBERIA AND THE RAILWAY Historical outline 81 Early travellers 90 Building the railway 96 Riding the Trans-Siberian today The train 112 - Life on the train 121 - Buying a train ticket for Russia 124 - Buying a train ticket in Mongolia - 130 - Buying a train ticket in China 130 PART 4: CITY GUIDES AND PLANS St Petersburg 136 Moscow 168 Sergiev Posad 206 Rostov-Velikiy 211 Yaroslavl 217 Vladimir 224 Bogolyubovo 229 Suzdal 230 Nizhny Novgorod 237 Perm 244 - Kungur Ice Cave 249 Perm-36 250 - Khokhlovka 251 Yekaterinburg 251 Tyumen 262 Tobolsk 266 Omsk 271 Novosibirsk 274 Akademgorodok 282 Tomsk 282 Krasnoyarsk 288 Stolby Nature Reserve 295 Irkutsk 297 Lake Baikal 308 Listvyanka 311 Hikes around Baikal 316 - Olkhon Island 317 Ulan-Ude 319 Ivolginsky Datsan 326 Chita 327 Birobidzhan 332 Khabarovsk 334 Vladivostok 342 Ulaanbaatar 353 Excursions 373 Harbin 377 Beijing 384 Day trip to the Great Wall 407 Bratsk 409 Severobaikalsk 410 Around Severobaikalsk 414 Yakutsk 415 Lena River excursions 417 Tynda 418 Komsomolsk-na-Amure 420 Vanino 424 Sovetskaya Gavan 425 PART 5: ROUTE GUIDE AND MAPS Using this guide 426 Trans-Siberian route 428 Moscow - Vladimir - Nizhny Novgorod - Perm - Yekaterinburg - Tyumen - Omsk - Novosibirsk - Krasnoyarsk - Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude - Chita 2 - Birobidzhan - Khabarovsk - Vladivostok Trans-Mongolian route 482 Zaudinsky - Naushki - Suhbaatar - Ulaanbaatar - Erlian - Datong - Beijing Trans-Manchurian route 491 Chita 2 - Zabaikalsk - Manzhouli - Angangxi - Harbin - Changchun - Shanhaiguan - Tianjin/Tientsin - Beijing The Baikal Amur Mainline (BAM) 498 Bratsk - Severobaikalsk - Tynda - Komsomolsk-na-Amure - Vanino - Sovetskaya Gavan MAP KEY 504 APPENDICES A Alternative route via Yaroslavl 505 B Timetables 507 C List of Siberian fauna 512 D Bibliography 514 E Phrase lists (Russian 515 - Mongolian 520 - Chinese 521) INDEX 524 METRO PLANS Moscow 530 Beijing 531