Travel to St. Petersburg or Siberia?  Cultural Capital or the Great Outdoors?

Travel to St. Petersburg or Siberia? Cultural Capital or the Great Outdoors?

Russia is a huge country – 11 time zones from the tip of Kaliningrad in the west to the tail of Chukotka in the east.  In contrast, the U.S. can claim six time zones, including Alaska and Hawaii.  Within Russia’s cities and rural areas live more than 141 million people, as different from each other as New Yorkers are from Californians, or Floridians from Alaskans.

So, what’ll it be – urban or rural?There’s so much to choose from between St. Petersburg’s world-class museums and the reindeer herds of Kamchatka, with the oldest and deepest lake on earth, Lake Baikal, thrown in for good measure.  Both St. Petersburg and Siberia have their own superlatives ­– and more in common than you might think. There are three ways to enjoy the regal and rugged landscape:

And, for a limited time, MIR has a variety of special offers on selected small group tours and rail journeys by private train traveling to St. Petersburg, Siberia and beyond.

 

Here’s a helpful comparison chart:

St. Petersburg

Siberia & Russian Far East

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Explore St. Petersburg and/or Siberia on a Small Group Tour

With creative itineraries and ingenious extras, our scheduled small group tours offer the best value on the market. These innovative programs are designed by experts, and include excellent leaders, really small groups, and access to warm Russian hospitality in all of the country’s time zones.

St. Petersburg

 

Siberia & the Russian Far East

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Small Group Tour Special Offers
  • Early Booking Discount: Save $100 per person when you book a 2015 small group tour or rail journey by private train by December 31, 2014. (more info)
  • Booking multiple trips with MIR? Book two scheduled group tours and save $100 per person, per tour. (more info)
  • MIR makes Russia Visa Free (at least Visa FEE free, savings of up to $300 per person) on select small group tours. (more info)

 

 

Ride the rails between Western Russia and Siberia

Another exceptional way to travel is by private train.  Rail journeys by private train are in a class of their own, allowing travelers to experience remote destinations in style and comfort – particularly enjoyable on such legendary routes as:

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Rail Journey by Private Train Special Offers
  • Early Booking Discount: Save $100 per person when you book a 2015 small group tour or rail journey by private train by December 31, 2014. (more info)
  • Booking multiple trips with MIR? Book two scheduled group tours and save $100 per person, per tour. (more info)
  • A free pre- or post-tour to St. Petersburg when travel the Trans-Siberian Railway on a selected departure. (more info)
  • Your choice of a free excursion on the Arctic Explorer rail journey by private train trips. (more info)
  • Traveling solo on a rail journey by private train aboard the Golden Eagle? There are two ways to save:
    • Prepared to share aboard a deluxe Golden Eagle train tour? Save the cost of the single supplement on select departures. (more info)
    • Save 50% off the single supplement on Trans-Siberian rail journeys aboard the Golden Eagle. (more info)

 

A Custom & Private Trip to Russia: Your Dates/Your Way

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR’s Private Journeys department can suggest places to see and things to do based on our local knowledge, and design a one-of-a-kind itinerary for you, your family or your group of friends.

Get started by completing our easy Custom Travel Inquiry form.

MIR also offers suggested independent itineraries available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates:

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(Top photo: St. Petersburg cupolas and Kamchatka mountain tops. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish and Martin Klimenta)

PUBLISHED: November 17, 2014

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