In August, I travelled around the world in 28 days via St. Petersburg, Moscow, Siberia, Mongolia, China and Vancouver.
The 'Russia and Beyond' part of the trip was with a group tour organized by Intrepid Travel (Intrepid's website and official itinerary). This was a group of 12 people from all over the world and one tour leader who showed us the sights and kept us out of trouble. It was a fantastic way to see that part of the world.
I met the other members of the group in St. Petersburg where we toured the city for a few days before taking a train to Moscow. After a day in Moscow, we hopped on a Trans-Siberian train for the 4 day trip to Irkutsk in Siberia. We had a refreshing swim in Lake Baikal, the largest lake in the world then took the 2 day train to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. The highlight of the trip was the 2 days we spent in a 'ger' camp in rural Mongolia. From Mongolia, we caught the 1.5 day train to Beijing for a few days of big city life.
From Beijing I flew to Vancouver for some time visiting with my family. My girlfriend joined me there for a tour of part of British Columbia. I completed my circuit of the world by flying the relatively short distance from Vancouver back to Toronto.
Photos and more detailed description of the trip is on the following pages:
- St. Petersburg and Moscow
- Crossing Russia to Siberia
- The Trans-Mongolian
- The Mongolian Ger Camp
There are also some photo collections from the trip.
Overall, I travelled about 8500 km by train, over 25% of the total trip distance (more on distances).
I took about 1300 photos during the trip and only about 20% are on this website. Let me know if you want to see more photos.
I also took some photos while in British Columbia after returning to Canada from China.
Notes about the photographs, captions, photos of people and website.