Whichever way you look at it, Vladivostok in far eastern Russia is off the beaten track. However, this is one of the country’s main tourist destinations. Previously a closed city for military reasons, the city is attracting more and more tourists, particularly those who are travelling on the Trans-Siberian railway. Independent travel to the city and the wider region is possible but not recommended unless you are fluent in Russian and have structured an independent tour plan.
Finding an experienced Trans-Siberian travel company is relatively straight forward and they can take the stress and the hassle out of tour planning and accommodation. One popular option when visiting this city is the luxury tour. Golden Eagle luxury train holidays are particularly appealing to those people who want to enjoy all Vladivostok can offer in comfort.
Things to Do and See in Vladivostok
There are a number of things to do and see in Vladivostok and I have listed just a few of the attractions below. There are, of course, many more. You can search online if you have a particular area of interest.
- Ploschad Bortsov Revolutsii – This central square is a good place to watch locals go about their day to day to business and also contains a memorial to Soviet fighters in the far east.
- Sportivnaya Harbour – In the summer months, the harbour is a popular place for families with mini funfairs and souvenir stalls aplenty. Like the central square, this is a great way to observe the locals enjoying their leisure time.
- Eagle’s Nest – This viewpoint offers panoramic views over the whole city and can be accessed from the east side near the funicular station.
- Arsenyev Regional History Museum – Despite its name, the museum is predominantly a natural history museum with an emphasis on the survival methods used by early settlers.
- Museum Vladivostok Fortress – Another military museum overlooking the sea with a selection of deactivated military hardware scattered about the place
- Naval Memorial – Korabelnaya Embankment
- Primorsky State Art Gallery – Gallery with a respected collection by European Masters
Being a predominately military city, many other attractions in the city have a military theme and are worth visiting for an intriguing insight into the Russian military machine.
Vladivostok has an extensive array of public transport including trams, trolleybuses, streetcars and a funicular railway, all of which are cheap ways to get around the city. Taxis are also readily available and if you don’t fancy haggling with local taxi drivers there are some downloadable apps which have an English language option.
Trans-Siberian Tour Operators
The most popular way of visiting Vladivostok and the surrounding region is by booking a tour with an established Trans-Siberian travel company. Using a tour operator will ensure you are comfortable; see all the attractions you want to see and don’t encounter any insurmountable language barriers. In a nutshell, if you want to experience the very best of what Vladivostok and the Russian far east can offer it’s best to do it in style.
This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer.