"No Whistle! No Whistle!"
Lana, a tallish, blond-haired 10-year-old Russian girl, frowned as I attempted a feeble tune. We were sitting across from each other in the dining car of the Chita Express, riding the iron rails across Siberia, on our way to Lake Baikal. It wasn't until weeks later, that I found out why this harmless diversion is discouraged.
Russia is like that, full of surprises, socially, culturally and physically.
Come along for the ride as Voyageur Fred takes you on a 13,000 km odyssey through the heartland of the Russian Federation. Get a feel for the pulse of the country as we visit the museums and palaces of St Petersburg, a look inside the Kremlin, the seat of power in Moscow, and the ancient villages of the "Golden Ring".
Then hop aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway for views of the people and the countryside as the train glides to his final destination, Lake Baikal- "The Pearl of Siberia!"
Hiking and camping in remote areas of this World Heritage site, Frederic will show you the fauna, flora and geology of the world's largest freshwater lake, while working as a volunteer, studying the lake's water ecology with scientists from the Earthwatch Institute, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
It's a historical and stimulating 90 minute show, featuring classical music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, with Frederic's entertaining tales from the trails!
Not to be missed!
to be missed!