Leaving behind nearly 16 thousand kilometers, it took 50 days of couch travel for a group of tourists from France to reach the destination point of their itinerary Brest – Vladivostok. The French tourists concluded their Journey of the Century by touring the Russky Bridge.
The group, which included 24 tourists, set off in mid-May. They boarded a coach in Brest, France, located at the extreme western point of Europe, to go from coast-to-coast between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Europeans set off on an adventurous journey because they wanted to see the vast spaces of Russia.
It took them 50 days to cover about 16 thousand kilometers in a large well-equipped coach. The marathon named the “Journey of the Century” cost each of the tourists about 15 thousand Euros. However, the adventurous tourists do not have any remorse. They were as happy as children all the way. “They have been absolutely delighted to see this country,” says their guide Elena Kurokhtina.
“I liked everything! Old churches and mansions, huge expanses, the incredible beauty of nature,” shares his travel impressions Philip Roland. All the French tourists who decided to see the vastness of Russia are retirees. Michel Vite, 84, the oldest among them, says that his expectations before visiting the world largest country have been completely justified. The tourists were impressed by the vast spaces of Siberia and Far East. They were surprised to see large and beautiful cities such as Kazan, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok in that part of the huge country. They saw stunning attractions of Russia: The Golden Ring; the Ural Mountains that divide Europe and Asia; Lake Baikal; famous Krasnoyarsk Stolby (stone pillars). And, of course, the highest and longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, which connects the shores of the Eastern Bosphorus Strait – the Russky Bridge.
“They are proud of the Russky Bridge in France. We know that French engineers who developed the stay-cable system took part in its construction in cooperation with the Russian builders,” says Michel Vite. “That’s why we wanted to see this engineering wonder. And it is really amazing!” Tomorrow the French tourists will board a plane to leave the capital of Primorye. They will be replaced by a second group of travelers who will deboard a plane and board the same coach to go in the opposite direction – from Vladivostok to Brest.
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