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“Road Less Traded” 2009 Train Trip Through 23 Countries in 206 Days Itinerary

This is a re-print of the itinerary taken through 23 (mostly) emerging market countries in 2009, by train, with my wife and son, over about 206 days that year. I was fortunate to find it still exists on this old blog of mine.

9 April: Fly from JFK to India, lose the 10th via connection in Brussels, time zones, etc.

11 April: Chennai (Madras), then fly to Kochi in the evening.

11-18 April: Cochin/Ernakulam, India.

18-23 April: Leh, India via Delhi (Mumbai Rajdhani overnight train from Delhi to Mumbai)

23-27 April: Pune, India via Mumbai

28 April – 4 May: Ernakulam area, India (Trivandrum Rajdhani overnight train from Panvel outside Mumbai to Ernakulam Junction)

5 -8 May: Istanbul, Turkey flying via Doha, Qatar

9 May: Izmir (Basmane) by train and ferry via Bandirma.

10 May: Selcuk and Epheseus

11 May: Izmir, O/N train –>

12 May: Ankara, express train –>

12-14 May: Istanbul

14-16 May: Black Sea ferry (M/V Caledonia) –>

16-17 May: Odessa, O/N train –>

18-20 May: Kiev, O/N train –>

21-23 May: L’vov, O/N train –>

24-28 May: Budapest, Hungary

29 May: Bratislava, Slovakia, then Brno, then TΕ™ebíč, Czech Republic

30 May: TΕ™ebíč,rebic, then Velke Mezinci

31 May: Prague

1-2 June: London

3 June: Prague, O/N train –>

4-6 June: Warsaw, Poland

7-10 June: Vilnius, Lithuania via day train, O/N train via Daugavpils –>

11-15 June: Riga, Latvia, daytime bus –>

15-19 June: Tallinn, daytime ferry –>

19-22 June: Helsinki, Finland, day train –>

22-25 June: St. Petersburg, Russia, O/N train –>

26-30 June: Moscow, O/N train –>

1-3 July: Kazan, O/N train –>

4-5 July: Ekaterinberg (Sverdlovsk), O/N train –>

6-8 July: Omsk, O/N train –>

9-11 July: Novosibirsk, O/N train –>

12-14 July: Krasnoyarsk, O/N train –>

15-18 July: Irkutsk, O/N train –>

19-20 July: Ulan-Ude, O/N train –>

21-25 July: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, O/N train –>

26-28 July: Datong, China, O/N train –>

29 July – 13 August: Beijing

13-17 August: Pyongyang, Kaesong, and Mt. Myohung, Korea

18-20 August: Xi’an, China, O/N train –>

21-24 August: Shanghai, O/N train –>

25 August-1 September: Hong Kong and Macau, O/N train –>

2-4 September: Guilin, China, O/N train –>

4-10 September: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, O/N train –>

11-14 September: Da Nang and Hoi An, O/N train –>

15-19 September: Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City

20-21 September: Can Tho

21-25 September: Bangkok, Thailand

26-28 September: Siem Reap, Cambodia

29 September – 1 October: Phnom Penh

1 October: Overnight in Bangkok

2-6 October: Laos

7-14 October: Burma

15-28 October: Phuket

28-31 October: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, O/N train –>

1-6 November: Singapore, right on schedule!

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