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First of all, Taiga is very big thing, so address in the Taiga isn't much helpful for you :) Secondary, my apologies about some information is only in Russian, especially maps. The Curch of the Last Testament has their village in the Krasnoyarsk Krai. Their site is very old, and the only thing working there is the main page. Also they have international ...


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Whether or not it's advisable is totally up to you - it's a subjective question and each person is different, so we can't answer that aspect. It'll be difficult, so accept that now and enjoy the ride ;) I've flown into Novosibirsk, and there were taxis from the airport. So as long as you have the name of your accommodation (or address), preferably written ...


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I suggest this route - Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod (very old and beautiful city, temples, architecture, museums), Kazan (one of the oldest cities in Russia. Recommend to visit the Kazan Kremlin, Kul-Sharif), Ufa (great culture and good people, rich Bashkir national cuisine. One of the best honey in the world produce here. And in this city I live.))) help you to ...


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Maybe an obvious question, but have you looked at doing the Trans-Siberian Express instead of going back and forth to Moscow? You could land in Moscow, catch the TSE to Vladivostok and fly back from there to Iran. Train travel time for that particular version is I believe 6 days. As far as things to see in Siberia -- Lake Baikal is what immediately ...


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Accprding to this map below, you can drive from Beijing to Tuva, passing through Ulanbaataar, Bulgan and Naryn. There does not seem to be a very well established access from the west such as from Urumuqi however. The place where I found the map has some more general information on traveling through Mongolia. I found also a much more detailed map.


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As russian, I should mention other firm, much more popular here in Russian: Baikal Dreams They have a good set of offers, including Eco projects with volunteer work (linked above), and more traditional tours. I think you should check the Active tours to Baikal - if they are offering the climbing tour, they definitely can provide a tour with boat :) Even ...


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Unfortunately, can't provide any english-language links. Try to contact this firm, they have amazing pack of offers, such as tour to the Lake Khövsgöl on horse or even hunting! You'll stay in lovely houses like this, they have sattelite TV there and traditional Mongolian furniture:


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Doing the sites on Kamchatka or Sakhalin on your own is possible but but personally I would not recommend it without good knowledge of the language and lots and lots of time. To get to Sakhalin you could take a ferry from Vanino problem is you have to get to that port first. The same company provides cargo service from Vladivostok to ...


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Crossing the border by road does seem to be an option, but only at certain border crossing points. (The crossing specified by Google Maps, unfortunately, seems to be sandwiched between the two ones open to foreign nationals.) There are some reports that you can either get permission or "talk your way across" if you're feeling up to the task (and possible ...


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Choose Irkutsk as home base. Travel to Olkhon island and rent a boat from there (cheaper) and/or join some group for a day boat trip. Using a boat to go from the west to the east coast is more exciting and quicker, but not cheaper. Public hydrofoil goes on every Monday in July and August. Departure Olkhon (Khuzir village) at 5pm; arrives Ust-Barguzin three ...


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Not sure about the Lake Khövsgöl but Baikal is pretty easy to get to. There is a lot of tours being operated in the area and there is a major city which you can fly, drive, train ride into to get started. And little did I know about this hotel which looks to be right on the lake.


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If you have only 2 weeks - 3 days in Moscow = 11-10 days, then forget about European part of Russia and go straight to Siberia. I don't know why everybody suggests TSR, but personally it is very dull to sit in train for a week. First try to feel Moscow life rhythm. You will see later how it is different in Siberia. Then I suggest you to fly from Moscow to ...


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You will end up paying quite alot to go by road because you will need to hire a driver/tour guide. The borders in these areas change their regulations too. There is/was a crossing into China which leads to a town called Barkol, and then onto Urumqi. Depending on who you ask, you need a Chinese tour agent hired to meet you at the China side if you are ...



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