Best Places to Travel in 2016

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37. Siberia

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If this vast stretch of arctic tundra and snowy forests in Russian territory seems a bit inhospitable, think again. With increased attention from cruise lines and new safaris dedicated to seeking out the region's rare, namesake tigers, Siberia is poised to be the next great frontier for the adventurous. Unless you speak at least rudimentary Russian, traveling to Siberia on your own can be a complicated undertaking. Fortunately, several tour operators are now making it much easier. Wildlife enthusiasts can join Natural World Safaris on an expedition to see Siberian tigers in the Durminskoye Reserve. For seven days, guests will follow famed conservationist Alexander Batalov as he tracks and records the cats’ movements. Meanwhile, Remote Lands is offering two innovative itineraries in Siberia, including a 15-day trek beginning in the historic city of Irkutsk and an eight-day cruise of ancient Lake Baikal, the deepest in the world. Not all travel across this rugged country is groundbreaking, of course. The Trans-Siberian Express railway’s centennial arrives in 2016. Celebrate with the Siberian Discovery route on Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, whose route is being extended to the indigenous outposts of Stretensk, Nerchinsk, with its dazzling mirrored palace, and Blagoveshchensk, from which you can see the Chinese city of Heihe across the glittering Zeya River. —Melanie Lieberman

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Best Places to Travel in 2016

37. Siberia

If this vast stretch of arctic tundra and snowy forests in Russian territory seems a bit inhospitable, think again. With increased attention from cruise lines and new safaris dedicated to seeking out the region's rare, namesake tigers, Siberia is poised to be the next great frontier for the adventurous. Unless you speak at least rudimentary Russian, traveling to Siberia on your own can be a complicated undertaking. Fortunately, several tour operators are now making it much easier. Wildlife enthusiasts can join Natural World Safaris on an expedition to see Siberian tigers in the Durminskoye Reserve. For seven days, guests will follow famed conservationist Alexander Batalov as he tracks and records the cats’ movements. Meanwhile, Remote Lands is offering two innovative itineraries in Siberia, including a 15-day trek beginning in the historic city of Irkutsk and an eight-day cruise of ancient Lake Baikal, the deepest in the world. Not all travel across this rugged country is groundbreaking, of course. The Trans-Siberian Express railway’s centennial arrives in 2016. Celebrate with the Siberian Discovery route on Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, whose route is being extended to the indigenous outposts of Stretensk, Nerchinsk, with its dazzling mirrored palace, and Blagoveshchensk, from which you can see the Chinese city of Heihe across the glittering Zeya River. —Melanie Lieberman

© Matthieu Paley
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