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Route: - Novosibirsk - Krasnoyarsk - Irkutsk - Abakan (Khakasia Republic) - Kyzyl (Tuva Republic) - Trans-Siberian RR
Code:RWR-012
Duration:4+ days
Date:upon request
Discounts:%3 (2 people);
%5 (3 people);
%7 (4 people);
Difficulty:Not applicable
Cost:265 USD
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-2nd class;
-per person;

309 USD
-[option #2];
-2nd class;
-per person;

340 USD
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-2nd class;
-per person;

Devils bridge

Valley with burial mounds

  Theme: The Road of Courage RR

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"Road of Courage" is a nick name of the railroad connecting famous Trans-Siberian Railroad with the southern corner of Eastern Siberia, Khakassia and Tuva Republics. The decision to built the road was made in 1914, when rich mineral resources were discovered in the area. The first leg of the road from Achinsk to Abakan city (see map), about 460km/288mi, took 11 years. The landscape between Achinsk and Abakan is mainly a series of hills common for Mongolia steppes. It eased the construction, but distance from the industrial center, revolution turmoil and cold winters took its toll.

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What really made this road the "road of courage" is the second leg from Abakan city to Taishet city. It was the WWII that prompted Soviet government to build the Sayan corridor from Abakan city to the Trans-Siberian railroad. Main challenge to build this shortcut were massive Sayan mountains with thick Siberian forests, rapid rivers and permafrost. The construction began in 1942. It took 23 years to complete the Abakan - Taishet leg (647km/404mi) with total number of structures close to 700. Among them 9 tunnels with total length of 9,7km/6mi, 3 unique viaducts, bridges across Yenisei, Abakan, Minusinsk and Tubu Rivers. Besides spectacular sightseeing, tourists can learn and enjoy rich culture and history of local Nomads. We suggest to spend few nights in Abakan city. Here you can visit the centuries-old burial mounds and caves with ancient drawings, some dated with more than 7 thousand years old. From Abakan city, you can also take an overnight tour to Kyzyl city, Tuva Republic. It is a bit of a drive, about 400km/250mi one way, but it is worth it. Beautiful nature and interesting ethnic composition of Tuva people with their famous throat singing will make your trip special.

Pre-departure: Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Novosibirsk cities are major stops on Trans-Siberian Rairoad and large industrial centers. They can be easily reached by daily trains from both, west and east sides of Russia, or plane. All cities and surrondings offer many options for travelers interested in hiking, history, economy, art and culture.



OPTION #1: Krasnoyarsk - Abakan - Krasnoyarsk

  • DAY #1: Depart Krasnoyarsk city by train #124 at 8:00PM (local time). It goes via Taishet city through Sayan mountains. Tunnels, serpantin, rapid rivers, Siberian endless forests, snow cups of the mountains are simply fantastic to watch. Overnight on the train.
  • DAY #2: Arriving to Abakan city at 6:30AM (local time). We suggest to spend in Abakan city 1-3 nights at least. The surroundings and the city itself have a lot to offer to historians, anthropologists, naturalists, geologists and Nomadic culture lovers.
  • DAY #2+: Depart Abakan city by train #660 at 1:35PM (local time). It goes via Achinsk city. During this ride you will enjoy sightseeing of the valley with burial mounds and stone monuments.
  • DAY #3+: Arriving to Krasnoyarsk city at 5:50AM (local time).



    OPTION #2: Irkutsk - Taishet - Abakan - Achinsk - Krasnoyarsk
  • DAY #1 (EVEN DAYS ONLY): Depart Irkutsk city by train #659 at 7:30PM (local time). The Irkutsk - Taishet section is a part of the Trans-Siberian railroad. Enjoy sightseeing. Overnight on the train.
  • DAY #2: On board: Around 2PM you will arrive to Taishet city. Here you will have 3-4 hours stop and closer to 6PM, the train will continue to Abakan city via the "Road of Courage". Sayan mountains, tunnels, serpantin, rapid rivers, Siberian endless forests, snow cups are simply fantastic to watch. Overnight on the train.
  • DAY #3: Arriving to Abakan city at 10:35AM (local time). We suggest to spend in Abakan city 1-3 nights at least. The surroundings and the city itself have a lot to offer to historians, anthropologists, naturalists, geologists and Nomadic culture lovers.
  • DAY #3+: Depart Abakan city by train #660 at 1:35PM (local time). During this ride you will enjoy sightseeing of the valley with burial mounds and stone monuments. Overnight on board.
  • DAY #4+: Arriving to Krasnoyarsk city at 5:50AM (local time).



    OPTION #3: Irkutsk - Taishet - Abakan - Achinsk - Novosibirsk
  • DAY #1 (EVEN DAYS ONLY): Depart Irkutsk city by train #659 at 7:30PM (local time). The Irkutsk - Taishet section is a part of the Trans-Siberian railroad. Enjoy sightseeing. Overnight on the train.
  • DAY #2: On board: Around 2PM you will arrive to Taishet city. Here you will have 3-4 hours stop and closer to 6PM, the train will continue to Abakan city via the "Road of Courage". Sayan mountains, tunnels, serpantin, rapid rivers, Siberian endless forests, snow cups are simply fantastic to watch. Overnight on the train.
  • DAY #3: Arriving to Abakan city at 10:35AM (local time). We suggest to spend in Abakan city 1-3 nights at least. The surroundings and the city itself have a lot to offer to historians, anthropologists, naturalists, geologists and Nomadic culture lovers.
  • DAY #3+: Depart Abakan city by train #67 at 6:50PM (local time). During this ride you will enjoy sightseeing of the valley with burial mounds and stone monuments. Overnight on board.
  • DAY #4+: Arriving to Novosibirsk city at 2:22PM (local time).



    Included:
    -Train fares, 2nd class, standard (4 people per cabin);
    -Train tickets delivery upon arrival in each city;
    -Sokol Orientation Guide;

    *Train Fares and Schedule are subject to change without notice.

    Not included:
    -Accommodations;
    -Russian Visa;
    -Russian Visa Registration fee;
    -Tours/excursions;
    -Snacks/Meals;
    -Train Bedding;
    -Departure/Transit Transfers;
    -Travel/Health Insurance;
    -Fees for over sized/weight luggage;

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    Nomadic Family Immersion
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    Tuva Highlights
    Visit to Shaman



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