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Escorted Rail Tours to Lake Baikal

A 30-million-year-old lake

Lake Baikal is an astounding 30 million years old, which makes it the world's oldest lake. It was created by a rift valley, formed when part of the Earth's crust pulled apart. It is also the deepest lake in the world, averaging a depth of 2,442 feet (744 metres). The massive size of the lake is difficult to comprehend; around 20% of the world's surface freshwater can be found here. According to ancient Chinese texts, people of the time believed it to be a part of the North Sea. This is not that surprising, as the lake is an incredible 395 miles (636 kilometres) long and 49 miles (79 kilometres) wide.

Ecological diversity
Lake Baikal, along with its immediate vicinity, is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals - and about two-thirds of these species cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Due to its immeasurable ecological importance, Lake Baikal was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, ensuring both the lake and its wildlife are protected for many years to come.

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The Trans-Siberian: Moscow to Beijing

Let the Tsar's Gold Train take you on an incredible adventure across almost half of the surface of the world from the ornate splendor of Moscow to the bustling beauty of modern Beijing, through remote Siberia, beautiful Mongolia and the vast landscapes of the Gobi Desert.

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2018MaySep

20 days from $16,595 pp

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