May 6-26, 2019
May 8-28, 2020
Our journey in a small group of professional and amateur adventure photographers or unique experience seekers alike will start in the Far East town of Vladivostok and take us through seven time zones with striking variety of ethnical cultures of a largely unknown territory of Russia till we reach its sparkling capital Moscow, home to twelve million people.
We want you to experience, explore, develop a feel for this unknown land and express yourself through your photography. That’s why our 21 days journey starts in Vladivostok, the town of grey squarely Soviet architecture and heavy stern monuments yet developing into a ‘Far East capital’ of the hipster culture attracting young energetic seekers of a brighter future from nearby villages and settlements. It boasts its own Mariinsky ballet and opera theatre, elaborate and elegant restaurants with a mix between eastern- and traditional cuisine, exhibitions and museums, local music bands and clubs. We’ll witness the Victory Day Parade, when old and young come to commemorate their ancestors lost in the WWII, each holding a portrait of their grandfathers. Touching and impressive as it is, we’ll leave the town the same evening to see another Russia, its villages, its struggles, its inhabitants and their lives.
Now we’ll stay in a hostel for a night in a settlement where there are no hotels nor restaurants, have long walks and talks with the locals, visit their homes, shop and cook for ourselves, submerge… Where our journey is going to bring us next?
To Buddhist areas where people will look different, speak different and feel different to what you thought you were getting used to and start to understand.
Then we’ll move on to the ‘Pearl of Siberia’, lake Baikal. This will be time to respite, absorb the breathtaking beauty of the nature, reflect on your travels, yet meet new people, find out about their lifestyles and experience Baikal hospitality, plunge into new adventures. It’s an energising point for more unexpected to come.
Big towns with their splendour, small villages with their struggles. The road will bring us to areas, where cultures and religions mixed and twisted, merged yet kept their identity, to places with astonishingly beautiful architecture and historical monuments, so different but harmonious.
We’re passionate about teaching the different aspects of photography. A good amount of time will be spent on reviewing your work during the travel with a detailed feedback and assistance from our side. Our aim is to help you to become comfortable photographing strangers in unfamiliar environment, recognise favourable photography situations, judge the quality of natural light and adjust to low light situations. The Ebook will be provided to you to help with your learning and we’ll make sure you return home with a beautiful photo essay.
TRANS SIBERIAN RAILWAY | PHOTO ADVENTURE WORKSHOP
21 days | USD 6950,-
10% additional discount for returning Workshop photographers.
Deposit: USD 1000,-
The groups for our photo tours/photo workshops are small; maximum 8.
Small group - Maximum 8 Guests / Participants
Experience | Difficulty
Open to all levels (non-photographers also welcome)
Travel by train, car or minibus
Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
Photographer | Host
Born in the Netherlands, Harald is a Social Documentary and Portrait Photographer who explores Russia since 2004. He previously lived and worked in Russia for four years and although he is now based in Cyprus, he still maintains residence in Russia to explore this amazing country with his camera.
Weather | Sun
May - Temps Min. 5.5C/42F, Max. 17.1C/63F, Average 11.3C/52.3F | Sunrise 04:40 | Sunset 21:08 | Daylight 16:28 (Data for Yekatarinburg)
- All Hotels / Accommodations
- All Breakfasts
- All train tickets, cars and minibuses
- Professional photographer | host | tuition
- Translator and guest host
- Small group size
- Advice on visa arrangements for Russia
- Ebook "For the Right Reasons" - Becoming comfortable photographing strangers
- Social Documentary, Travel Photography, Street Photography, Landscape Photography, Portraits
Hotels, Guesthouses, Overnight trains
Arrival Airport: Vladivostok (VKO) - Transfer time to hotel 30-45min
Departure Airport: Moscow (MOS) - Moscow has 3 airports.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Contact your local Russian Consulate to find out.
Extend your travel to to stay longer in Moscow or visit Saint Petersburg. We will give you advice on places to go according to your personal interests.