Air and Land: Around the World by Plane and Train (The Trans Siberian Railway)

a trip by Gerry Kataoka
From: May 4th 2014
Until: May 28th 2014

I have planned the trip of a lifetime, centered on the famous Trans Siberian Railway across most of Asia and eastern Europe. Starting in California, I will fly from SFO to Tokyo on United Airlines. I will spend two days there to get adjusted to the time and culture change. From Tokyo's Haneda Airport, I will fly to Vladivostok, Russia, via Seoul, Korea, on Korean Airlines.

I will board the Trans Siberian Railway (The Rossija) after spending one evening in the port city of Vladivostok. Sitting on the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean, it will be the first time I set foot on Russian soil. From here, I spend four days on the TSR until my first stop in Irkutsk, and Lake Baikal, the deepest fresh water body of water in the world.

After three days at Lake Baikal and the city of Listvyanka, and another night in Irkutsk, I reboard the TSR for Yekaterinburg. Two days later, I get off the TSR again in Yekaterinburg, home of the last of the Romanovs. From here, I reboard the TSR (The Ural) once again for the short overnight trip to Moscow.

A short two days in Moscow will be followed by another short ride on "The Sapsan"" to St. Petersburg. After four days of exploring St. Petersburg, I will head back to the US. My Lufthansa flight leaves St. Petersburg for Frankfurt. Moving on to a United Airlines flight to San Francisco, I will have circled the world, by air and land.

I will see friends along the way, in Japan, and in Russia. I am taking the entire trip solo. I leave on May 4, and arrive back in the U.S. on May 27. I am looking forward to every part of the journey.
Trip Length: 3 weeks
Blog Entries: 4
Photos: 6
Words: 2545

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
May 11th 2014 Just the Facts, To Russia, With Love Europe » Russia » Centre » Vladimir
May 11th 2014 Famous Siberians Europe » Russia » Siberia » Novosibirsk
May 12th 2014 Lake Baikal Europe » Russia » Siberia » Lake Baikal
May 13th 2014 On to Ulan Ude Europe » Russia » Siberia » Ulan-Ude
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