Tumen and Sverdlovsk region plan to create a mutual tourist route, said the Department of Investment Policy and State Support of Business of Tumen region to “Interfax-Tourism”.
The new route will probably be called “From the spiritual capital of Siberia to the spiritual center of Urals”. Tourists will be offered railway tours “Tyumen-Ekaterinburg-Verkhoturye” and “Ekaterinburg-Tyumen-Tobolsk”. The program for tourists is still in process of creation but the government is sure that it will help to attract new tourists to these regions.
The Tyumen Region, 2144km from Moscow, stretches all the way from Kazakhstan to the Arctic Ocean and occupies the largest part of the Western Siberian valley. It ranks 3rd largest region after Sakha Republic and Krasnoyarsk Territory. The region includes 2 RF legal entities – Khanty-Mansyisk and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Areas. The Tyumen region is bound by Kazakhstan, Komi Republic, Krrasnoyarsk Territory, Sverdlovsk, Kurgan, Omsk, Tomsk and Archangelsk Regions. The climate of the region is continental, with frequent weather shifts. Average winter temperature is –17C (bare minimum temperature registered in the region -49C), average summer temperature is +18C (bare maximum temperature +38C).
How to get there and away
There are services to/from Moscow (2 hours, several times daily), Khanty-Mansyisk (2.5 hours, three times a week), Salekhard (3 hours, daily), Irkutsk (3.5 hours, twice weekly), and Tashkent (2 hours, daily). Other flights are operated to Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg several times a week.
Several eastbound and westbound trains a day on the main Trans-Siberian line stop at Tyumen: Yekaterinburg is 5 hours, Omsk is 8 hours away, Novosibirsk is 18 hours away, Moscow is 35 hours away. At least three trains run daily to/from Tobolsk (5.5 hours).
There is regular boat service between Tobolsk and Khanty-Mansyisk (28 hours), and Tobolsk and Ust-Ishim (7 hours). From June to September boats ply the Irtysh and ob Rivers from Omsk to Salekhard, 2714km downriver from Omsk. Boats stop at major ports of Tobolsk, Khanty-Mansyisk, and Beryozova. They depart 6 or 7 times per month in June, July and August, less frequently in September.
Today, the Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg) Oblast is primarily known both as a center of heavy industry and steel-making, and as a place proud of its wonderful, historical and often unique architecture which can be attractive for your eyes and interesting to compare. Yekaterinburg’s major industries include ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, chemicals, timber, and pulp and paper. The city has long been an important trading center for goods coming from Siberia, Central Asia and Europe. The region also has a reputation as a center of higher education and research. Yekaterinburg is situated on the very border separating two great continents: Europe and Asia. The Urals may be a draw for geologists (fascinated by the mineral-rich Urals) and the city itself is a big attraction for curious tourists who come for the Communist-era mystery and history, and find the city surprisingly rich in pre-Soviet churches and other architecture of an earlier era. Hunting has always been very popular in Russia. Here, you have great opportunities to hunt, as Yekaterinburg is surrounded by forests full of different animals and birds. The city is also associated with a famous political figure of the present-day Russian politics, Boris Yeltsin, who was born in the village of Butka not far from Yekaterinburg.
How to get there and away
Daily Transaero and other flights go to/from Moscow (2,5 hours). Lufthansa flied directly to/from Frankfurt (6 hours, three times weekly). Ural Airlines has a direct service to/from Norilsk (2 hours, twice weekly). Other flights go daily to/from Irkutsk, several times a week to/from St. Petersburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Perm, Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
Yekaterinburg is the major stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Perm (6 hours west) and Novosibirsk (21 hours east). Apart from Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian trains between Moscow and Vladivostok or Beijing, there are numerous other daily trains to different cities on and off the main Trans-Siberian route. Eastbound, some go via Tyumen (5 hours), others via Kurgan and Petropavlovsk (Kazakhastan). Westbound, some Moscow trains go via Kazan and Perm.
To/from Moscow (Kazan Station), the daily flagship Ural, which starts and finishes in Yekaterinburg and travels via Kazan, is a good choice (29 hours). Other services run to/from St/ Petersburg (35 hours, twice daily) and Tashkent, Almaty and Bishkek (every two days).
From the bus station there is at least one bus daily to Tyumen (7 hours), 24 to Chelyabinsk (4 hours) and 4 to Nizhny Novgorod (3 hours).
Author: Anna Dorozhkina