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The Travels of

Jacqui and Lars

Trans-Russia and Mongolia - 2003


Start: 2 July, 2003

Finish:  11 September, 2003



Countries visited:


-  Russia

-  Mongolia

For highlights of our trip through Russia and Mongolia, please refer to the following:

Trip Overview:
Trans-Russia and Mongolia - The Best Camp Sites
Trans-Russia and Mongolia - The Statistics
Trans-Russia and Mongolia - The National Parks
Trans-Russia and Mongolia - Group Photos
[Trans-Russia and Mongolia - The Trains]
[Trans-Russia and Mongolia - The Train Stations]
The Lost World - Kamchatka Travel
Amazing Experiences:
Trekking the Volcanoes of Central Kamchatka


Relaxing on Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur lake in Khorgo-Terkh National Park, Mongolia

Exploring Kharkhorin and the Erdene Zuu Khiid and monastary, Mongolia

Admiring the small, but elegant, Orkhon Khürkhree waterfall in Khangai Nuruu National Park

Getting bogged at Naiman Nuur lake in Khangai Nuruu National Park

The Awesome Gobi desert at Khongoryn Els dunes and Yolyn Am ice gorge in Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia

Riding camels and admiring the sunset at the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag, Mongolia


Touring the USS Lassen and USS Fort McHenry, Vladivostok

Exploring the Pacific Fleet's Fortress on Russky Island

Exploring Lake Baikal via the Circumbaikal Train Journey

On the Trail of the Decembrists in Irkutsk

Mailing a package from Irkutsk through the Russian postal system

Being detained by the police in Yekaterinburg

The Gulag Museum at Perm 36

Wandering through the Golden Ring museum town of Suzdal

Exploring the endless halls of the Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Tsarskoe Selo and the Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg

Peter the Great's grand palace at Peterhof, St. Petersburg

Yusupov Palace and the Death of Rasputin, St. Petersburg

The Kremlin - Citadel of the Tsars and a night at the Bolshoi, Moscow


The Trans-Siberian Train Journey

Khabarovsk to Vladivostok aboard Train #005 - Okean (4-5 July)

Vladivostok to Irkutsk aboard Train #007 - Sibir (27-30 July)

Irkutsk to Ulan Baatar aboard Train #264 (30 July - 1 August)

Ulan Baatar to Irkutsk aboard Train #005 (15-16 August)

Listvyanka to Irkutsk aboard the Circumbaikal train (17 August)

Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg aboard Train #009 - Baikal (20-22 August)

Yekaterinburg to Perm aboard Train #071 (24 August)

Perm to Vladimir aboard Train #017 - Kama (26-27 August)

Vladimir to St. Petersburg aboard Train #059 - Volga (29-30 August)

St. Petersburg to Moscow aboard Train #25 - Smena (4-5 September)


The Cities:
Khabarovsk - former Military Outpost on the Amur River
Vladivostok - Home to the Russian Pacific Fleet and "Lord of the East"
Petropavlovsk - Gateway to Kamchatka
Ulan Baatar - Capital of the Mongols
Irkutsk - Once Called the Paris of the East
Yekaterinburg - Where the Romanov Rule Ended in Blood
Perm - Gateway to Siberia and Home of the Kama Bicycle
Suzdal - Time Warp to Medieval Russia
Vladimir - On the Golden Ring
St. Petersburg - Peter the Great's New Russian City
Moscow - Capital of the Russian Federation

For journal entries of our trip through Russia and Mongolia in 2003,

 please click on the following links:

Dates Country/Region

2 - 31 July, 2003

16 August - 10 September, 2003


11 - 26 July, 2003


1 - 15 August, 2003




For websites related to Russia and Mongolia, please click on the following links:

US State Department - Tips for Travel to Russia and the Newly Independent States
CIA World Fact Book
Lonely Planet - The Guide Book Company

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