Russia to Kazakhstan Railway Adventure

05/20/2020 through 10/12/2021
05/20/2020 through 10/15/2021
Intrepid Travel

Russia to Kazakhstan Railway Adventure

This 12-day adventure tour from Russia to Kazakhstan will have you fully immersed in life in both Russia and contemporary Central Asia. Explore Soviet symbolism in Moscow and an former gulag site in Perm, then how one village as overcome the after effects of Soviet collapse with a social enterprise. Learn about Bolshevik history and the fate of the Romanovs in the revolution in Yekaterinburg and finish in glittering Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana. At the heart of this journey are two epic train journeys. These day-long affairs are the perfect opportunity to meet local travellers and marvel at the vastness of these two immense countries. 


Activities

  • Moscow – Red Square & Lenin’s Mausoleum
  • Moscow – Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Perm – Perm-36 Memorial Complex tour
  • Perm – City walking tour
  • Maly Turysh – Village tour & honey workshop
  • Yekaterinburg – Guided city tour
  • Yekaterinburg – Ganina Yama tour
  • Nur-Sultan – City tour

Highlights

  • This trip takes you on an overland journey from Russia to Kazakhstan, revealing rural villages recovering from Soviet collapse, historic cities with long-buried secrets and more.
  • Explore emerging cultural destination Perm and tour the former Soviet forced labour camp Perm-36 – said to be one of the most severe of all the gulags.
  • Discover an incredible honey cooperative in Maly Turysh, a tiny village where a social enterprise employs most of the residents and has hopes to revive the village.
  • Uncover hidden history in Yekaterinburg, where the last Romanov’s met their bitter end during the Bolshevik revolution and a local guide will take you to their formerly secret graves.
  • A guided tour of Nur-Sultan reveals some of the most impressive architectural sites in the city, a great way to learn about this young capital.

Itinerary

Day 1 Moscow
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Day 2 Moscow
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Day 3 Moscow - Overnight Train
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Day 4 Perm
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Day 5 Perm
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Day 6 Maly Turysh
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Day 7 Yekaterinburg
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Day 8 Yekaterinburg
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Day 9 Yekaterinburg- Overnight Train
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Day 10 Russia/Kazakhstan Border Crossing - Nur-Sultan (Astana)
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Day 11 Nur-Sultan (Astana)
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Day 12 Nur-Sultan (Astana)
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