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Overview

Winston Churchill once said - ‘’Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’’. No statement could be more accurate when describing the world’s largest country. Stretching from the borders of Europe to its Alaskan neighbour in the far north-east, the country spans 9 different time zones across two continents, and is home to over 160 ethnic groups and 100 different languages.

In addition to its rich history and culture, much of the land remains ...

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Siberia Explorer

Travel from the epic landscapes of the UNESCO Altai Mountains along the Trans-Siberian to Lake Baikal.
16 days from $7,553

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INSPIRATION

THE DISCOVERY OF THE SAYLYUGEM BEAR

Discovery of bear the world had thought extinct. Video footage copyright Wild Frontiers. Still footage copyright Kaichi Travel.

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The Altai Mountains have a unique mystery to them, as they offer not only spectacular scenery but also an incredible variety of history and culture that has for a long time been closed off to the outside world.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Russia though you should be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.  

Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE) is present in all forested areas of Russia and travellers visiting these areas are at risk, especially through taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. Peak transmission season is typically between March and November.   

A TBE vaccination is now available in the UK. Two separate injections are required at least two months prior to travel and so please plan ahead to leave time for both.   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tick-borne-encephalitis/  

Currency 

In Russia the official unit of currency is the Ruble.  To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.  

Cultural Sensitivity 

In the churches and cathedrals women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat, while men should take their hats off.  

On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour leader will be able to advise you accordingly.  

Language & Religion 

Russian is spoken across the whole of the country, but there are hundred’s of regional dialects. For instance, in Siberia there is also the Altai language specific to the Altai region - which is a Turkic origin language. English is more widely spoke in the more touristed areas such as Moscow, St Petersburg and around Lake Baikal. 

With 75% of Russian following Orthodox Christianity, it is the largest religion in Russia. The second largest religion in Russia is Islam. Buddhism counts for around 1% of the country’s population.  Shamanism is also practised in more rural regions where there is more of a traditional outlook. 

Time 

Russia is 4 hours ahead of GMT.  A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com  

Food and drink 

Russian cuisine is a collection of the different cooking traditions of the Russian people. The cuisine is diverse, with Northern and Eastern European, Caucasian, Central Asian, Siberian, and East Asian influences. Its foundations were laid by the peasant food of the rural population in an often harsh climate, with a combination of plentiful fish, pork, poultry, caviar, mushrooms, berries, and honey. 

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