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We specialise in Trans-Siberian tours through Russia and Mongolia. Start your trip in Beijing, Moscow or Vladivostok - travel the entire Trans-Siberian or Trans-Mongolian route, or depart from Beijing on a round-trip circuit through Mongolia and Siberia. Whatever your travel style, time frame or budget, we can help plan your next adventure.

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Highlights

Flick through some stunning photos and highlights of the tours we offer for an idea of trip you could soon be experiencing with us...
  • Mongolian Gers up close
  • Our Tours
    We offer a range of tours to suit different styles of travel and different tastes, from the basic no frills trips, our most popular deals with sightseeing tours along the way, escorted trips with our staff, as well as limited departures on The Grand Siberian, travelling in first class luxury.
  • Mongolian Gers up close
  • Tours to Mongolia
    Enjoy the widespread nature of Mongolia. Nearly all of our tours stop in Ulanbaatar with options to visit Hustai National Park, the open steppe at Elstei or the Gobi Desert. We have made the decision making process easy by giving you some set trips to choose from. Have a look at Osnova Tours
  • St Basils Cathedral, Moscow
  • Crossing Continents
    Visit some of the most inspiring Capitals. Start in Beijing or Moscow and stop off at carefully selected places along route. We have a selection of different style tours and our Small Group Deals are some of the most popular. Read more about the different trips we offer
  • Golden Eagle Luxury Cruises
  • Luxury Train Cruise
    Billed as 'Voyages of a lifetime by private train', we are delighted to offer luxury rail cruises with a variety of set trips through the year on board the Golden Eagle, with excellent accommodation, meals and on board letures.
  • Grand Trans Siberian Train restaurant car
  • Grand Trans-Siberian
    Experience luxury on board the Grand Trans Siberian Train. Combine remote areas like the Gobi with the comfort of your first class cabin. Crammed with sidetrips, amazing lectures and first class service, read more about our two week getaways on the Velikiy Trans Siberian Train.
  • Circum Baikal train on Lake Baikal
  • Beautiful Baikal
    One of the highlights of any Trans Siberian trip is exploring Lake Baikal and one of the few ways to reach the region is on the Trans Siberian! Most of our tours visit Lake Baikal, see the full range on our Polny Tours
  • St Petersburg Sophia Perovskaya/
  • Capital Cities
    Most people will start or end their trip in Moscow or Beijing, but you can also start in Ulanbaatar or Vladivostok. Whichever direction you travel you should add on a trip to St Petersburg, especially during the summer 'white nights'. Read more about St Petersburg.
  • Buddhist image on Zaisan Hill, Ulanbaatar
  • Cultural Delights
    One of the lasting memories of a Trans Siberian trip are the different cultures and customs you experience and learn about, from Buddhism in Mongolia, Semeiskie Shamanism in Ulan Ude to the Orthodox Tartar Monasteries of Kazan. You will visit all these places on our from Beijing, or Moscow.
  • Mongolian Ger, snow and dogs, Elstei Ger Lodge
  • Sauna and Solitude
    Think of Siberia and you think of snow. Winter is a brave, but worthwhile time to travel! Fun winter options such as dog sledging in Ekaterinburg or Irkutsk, saunas and the solitude of white Mongolia, meanwhile the trains are kept warm and never breakdown!

 

2015 Tours

We have a very positive start to the year, let's not dwell on the issues which were in the news one year ago. With the weakening of the ruble, daily costs in Russia have come down. However be aware that many prices in Russia such as International train tickets are linked to the Swiss franc. All this means we are offering tours around 20% lower than last year and look forward to welcoming you to Russia this year.

We are updating our site with new tours and prices as they become available but please realise these are volatile times and prices are in a state of fluctuation at the moment.

Train Map

Major stops on and around the Trans-Siberian route include (in no particular order), Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Krasnoyarsk, Vladivostok, Beijing, Mongolia and Open Steppe, Ulaanbaatar, Gobi, Vladivostok, Ulan Ude, St Petersburg, Tayshet, Khabarovsk, Golden Ring Suzdal and Velikiy Novgorod. Hover over the interactive map to learn about places along the Trans Siberian

 

Group Tours

We have some fixed date group tours to advertise. So if you have flexible dates and wish to gain further by travelling as part of a group, have a look at these options below.

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27th April 2015

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Explore the depths of the Monkeyshrine to find valuable information on many aspects of the Trans-Siberian route, most of it not available in guide books, which is the blood and sweat of 20+ years of our expertise.

We welcome you to join us in our 28th year on the Trans-Siberian train this summer.

Latest Trans-Siberian travel news

Luxury Travel Show through LPS at Legendale Hotel, Beijing April 2015LPS Luxury Travel Reception
filed 20th April 2015

✔ On Friday 24th April 2015 our Beijing office will be closed and all staff members will be attending the Luxury Travel Reception from 2:30 to 4:30 PM as part of the LPS show at the Legendale Hotel in central Beijing. You are welcome to visit us at the event to discuss your upcoming travel plans, but you will need to contact us in advance for an invitation to this event. Please note our regular office will be closed to visitors during this event.

SET DATE SUMMER TOURS updated 5th February 2015

✔ We have always offered small group tours, but this year we will be advertising some special tours with fixed dates. They will follow a slightly different itinerary and have some special additions, like special interest side tours, or escorted with a local guide.

The first trip is scheduled to run from Moscow to Beijing in May with another trip from Vladivostok to Moscow in early June.

Have a look at our our specials page.

BEIJING ULAANBAATAR SCHEDULE updated 5th February 2015.

✔ Mongolian Railways operate train #23 service Beijing — Ulaanbaatar until end of May 2015. As usual, Chinese Railways will then take over the route for the following year.

When Chinese Railways operate the route, train #23 will depart from Beijing on Tuesday and return from Ulaanbaatar on Thursday. To slightly complicate matters, Mongolian Railways will operate an extra service through the summer months, with weekly departures from 20th June and throughout July, August, September, departing Ulaanbaatar on Saturday and returning from Beijing on a Monday.

In short:
† From October until May/June 2015 depart Beijing on Saturday only.
† From June 2015 until May 2016 departure from Beijing on a Tuesday.
† During July, August and September depart from Beijing on a Monday or a Tuesday.

† Depart Ulaanbaataar throughout the year on a Thursday.
† From July to September 2015 depart Ulaanbaatar on a Thursday and Saturday.

WARM WELCOME TO A NEW YEAR filed 7th January 2015

✔ We would like to take this opportunity as Christmas falls across Orthodox Russia to wish you all a wonderful year ahead with some fun travels ahead.

Andre and staff

Read more news from 2015 and before in our news archive.

page last updated: 27th April 2015