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The Journey
Coming from a family that has always had strong connections with railways, I had always been interested in trains from being a small child.
Therefore I suppose it was only natural that I would always wonder about what it would be like to travel on the world's longest train journey, on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

This 7,650 mile journey by train across 2 continents was a great adventure which far exceeded my expectations and stirred the emotions. It took me nearly half way round the globe providing the opportunity to see vast contrasts of scenic beauty, culture and climate in a short space of time.
The thoughts and recollections from the journey will no doubt continue way into the future.

For those who think the Trans-Siberian Railway is just another ride on a train - well apart from it being the longest train journey in the world, it is much more than that : it's an adventure and one of the very few left on our planet that can be completed by absolutely anyone.
Clive Simpson
The Schedule
As an independent traveller I organised the journey myself.
It took 13 days plus the journey home and included :

Day 1 -
Train : Northwich to London (second class)
Hotel : London (1 night)

Day 2 - 4
Train : London to Brussels (second class)
Train : Brussels to Cologne (second class)
Train : Cologne to Moscow (second class sleeper, 2 nights)
Hotel : Moscow (1 night)

Day 5 to 11 -
Train : Moscow to Beijing (first class sleeper, 6 nights)
Hotel : Beijing (1 night)

Day 12 to 13 -
Train : Beijing to Shanghai (soft class sleeper, 1 night)
Hotel : Shanghai (1 night)

Day 14 -
Train : Shanghai to Pudong (second class)
Plane : Shanghai Pudong to London (economy class, non-stop)
Train : London to Northwich (second class)

For all tickets, visas and meals, the total cost in May 2006 was 1200(GBP).

The European train tickets were obtained from Ffestiniog Travel in the UK, the Trans-Siberian Railway ticket from `Svezhy Veter Travel Agency` in Russia and the Chinese train ticket from `China Trip Advisor` in China.
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