Welcome to Novosibirsk!

Dear visitor from whatever corner of the world!

I am happy to welcome you in this blog and I hope you find it useful! This blog is for you, if you are planning a travel or stay in Novosibirsk and other places in Siberia or you are only considering it.

My name is Olga Tkachenko, I work and live in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, Russia, together with my  husband and our three sons. I am a freelance English-Russian and German-Russian tour guide, interpreter, and translator. Me and my team of experienced and dedicated tour guides and interpreters, all of whom are experts in everything in and around Siberia, offer tailor-made tours of Novosibirsk, its surroundings and the nearby cities and towns like Tomsk, Kemerovo, Barnaul, Omsk and Biysk, in English, German, Spanish, Italian and French. At your request tours to Altai Mountains are also possible.

The idea of blogging came to me in 2010 when I realized that people from the other countries know practically nothing about Novosibirsk and Siberia, that the information about my region in English is scarce, and that planning travels around Siberia was close to impossible. At the same time I started my tourguiding career, first working for travel agencies only. However, lots of travelers were not really happy traveling in big groups. According to them, organized travels in big groups only allowed them to see basics but not grasp the idea of the place, but they would rather experience something more customized to their unique needs to be able to understand the place, the country, the people and the whole spirit of it. Many travelers initially want to travel alone or with their partner, but they have to join a group just because of the lack of helpful information about my region. I felt a push to help people discover Siberia, Novosibirsk and other destinations in my region. This is how it all started.

Now my and my team’s mission is to help you plan and arrange your travel to Siberia, to provide necessary information, to make your stay in Novosibirsk and everywhere in Siberia comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. Together with my team I offer you hand-picked tours designed according to your wishes and preferences.

In the «About Me» page you can learn more about me and my professional career.

And contact me to ask your questions about Novosibirsk or book a tour with me.

Do you like this blog and find it useful? Have you found what you were looking for? You can help me make it better and even more useful for you and the other travelers by donating any amount via my PayPal account:

All funds received will be invested into the development of more exciting tours and itineraries, taking photos, finding guides speaking languages other than English, German, French and Spanish, and promoting Siberia and Novosibirsk among travelers from all over the Globe.

Email: novosibirskperevod@gmail.com

WhatsApp: +79138916081

Lake Baikal

Dear friends! I perfectly understand that international travel is an issue right now, however, we can’t stop dreaming of traveling, planning it and wishing to explore the world.

Lake Baikal, one of the pearls of this world, is known to everybody. I believe there are very few people on this planet who have never heard about this magical place.

Two Large Sports Events in Novosibirsk in 2022! Early Booking Highly Recommended!

Dear travelers!

In 2022 Novosibirsk is hosting TWO large sports events, which is truly amazing!

1) August 26 — September 11, 2022 — FIVB 2022, Volleyball World Championship!

The 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship will be held from August 26 to September 11 in ten Russian cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and Krasnoyarsk. All these cities are amazing to visit. All have an abundance of great sights, so any visitor will have lots of things to do and explore, apart from enjoying his or her favorite sport.

2) December 26, 2022 — January 5, 2023, World Junior Ice Hockey Championship.

The World Junior Championship will be held in Novosibirsk and Omsk, two great Siberian cities, lying 700 km apart from one another.

Altaj Gebirge. Ein Post für deutschsprachige Leser

Liebe Leserinnen, liebe Leser! Das ist eigentlich zum ersten Mal, als ich in der Deutschen Sprache schreibe. Und das ist nur weil ich die Altaj Gebirge so sehr liebe. Möchten Sie auch kommen? Oder haben Sie über diese traumhafte Region nie gehört? Das ist nur eine kurze Beschreibung, aber gerne helfe ich Ihnen, mehr zu erfahren.

Altai Mountains. Wonders of Nature, Ancient Civilizations, Mysteries and Meditation. And More.

Here in Novosibirsk we are truly blessed to live only 500 km to the north of the Altai Mountains. This sacred and magnificent area is a genuine pearl of Nature and a paradise for all sorts of travelers. No matter what tours you prefer — hiking, mountaineering, climbing, rafting, off-road driving, bird or animal watching, or comfortable car or bus tours with easy trekking and contemplating wonderful landscapes; no matter what accommodation type you need — luxury hotels, middle-level hotels, simple hostels, bed-and-breakfasts, countryside hotels, farmhouses, campings, glampings (do you know, by the way, what this means?), private holiday rooms or houses, or you might even find a place for your tent under virtually any tree, which is allowed in Russia — you will definitely find what you need or want and your vacation will be great.

Introducing Novosibirsk!

I’m really excited to offer you my first ever video presentation!

It is short and gives a very general idea of Novosibirsk. But I hope it also gives some motivation to want to learn more about it.

Welcome!

Winter Walking Tours of Novosibirsk.

You’ve finally determined to book a walking tour of Novosibirsk in the middle of winter? Congratulations! Snow-covered trees, beautiful ladies in luxurious fur coats, happy kids in funny snow suits, snow and ice figures, Christmas decorations — you will experience the REAL Siberia! You’ll surprise your friends with great pics you are about to have! 

Bugrinsky Bridge

In a way Novosibirsk is a city of bridges. It might sound strange, as we are not Venice and not even St.Petersburg. In total there are not really many bridges in the Siberian Capital, but most of them are unique in a certain way. In fact, Novosibirsk was born thanks to one of them — the first railway bridge over the Ob river. But in this post I want to tell you about Bugrinsky Bridge. Chronologically, it’s the third highway bridge in the city.​

Novosibirsk-Glavny Railway Station

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If you arrive to Novosibirsk by train, the first building you see is the railway station, and even if you don’t see anything else in the city but this building, you will still see enough. The Main Railway Station (Novosibirsk-Glavny in Russian) is one of the main city attractions and one of the largest railway stations in the country with the total area of more than 29000 m2. Its shape resembles a locomotive heading eastwards.

Forgotten Airport

If you love everything, which is off-the-beaten track, mysterious and obsolete, you will surely love the deserted airport Severny (northern). It was built in 1929 and till 1957 it was the only airport in Novosibirsk, but air traffic was not too intensive at that time, besides, the city was not that big, even though it was growing very fast. Though the airport was (and still it) at the distance of only 5 km from the downtown, it didn’t really disturb the city life.

Downtown Walks. Spiritual Route.

With this post I’m starting a new series of post on theme walks of Novosibirsk, mostly downtown, each of which can be booked as a tour, of course. Read, enjoy, explore Novosibirsk the way YOU want, choose, AND book YOUR walk!

Spirituality and Faith is our core. It is what supports us in times of troubles and what makes us grateful in times of joy and glory.