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We specialise in Trans-Siberian tours through Russia and Mongolia. Start your Trans-Siberian trip in Beijing or Moscow and join one of our excellent trips, including stops in Mongolia, Vladivostok, Lake Baikal and the Ural Mountains.
HighlightsFlick through some stunning photos and highlights of the tours we offer for an idea of trip you could soon be experiencing with us...
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Escorted Tours
For that extra insight, you can join one of four special tours this year and be escorted by your own experienced Monkey. A three week trip including seasonal side tours, you are sure to find something different on these unique trips. Read more about our Escorted trips.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
1st February 2013
Quick Links to our most popular trips.
PO BM 4I - Our most popular trip, including stops in Mongolia and Lake Baikal.
VM2 - Vladivostok to Moscow (optional ferry from Japan/Korea) as well as tours in Lake Baikal and Moscow. Great Deal for 15 days.
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SUMMER SCHEDULE BEIJING TRAINS filed 1st February 2013
✔ Mongolian Train #23 from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar departs every Saturday until 1st June, when Chinese Railways take over the route, departing Beijing every Tuesday from 4th June. From July to September an extra service will depart Beijing on a Monday. [As well as the regular train from Beijing to Moscow every Wednesday throughout the year, but during busy times advance reservations for the relatively short journey to UB are not guaranteed].
† Until end of May depart Beijing on Saturday.
† In June depart Beijing on Tuesday.
† From July to September depart Beijing on Monday and Tuesday.
† From October until May/June 2014 depart Beijing on Tuesday only.
SUMMER SCHEDULE ULAANBAATAR-BEIJING TRAINS filed 1st February 2013
✔ Train #24 from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing departs every Thursday throughout the year (Mongolian train until end of May, Chinese train from beginning of June). From July to September Mongolian Railways run an summer service departing UB on a Saturday. [Chinese train #4 from Moscow to Beijing passes Ulaanbaatar every Sunday but advance reservations on this train are not possible].
† Depart Ulaanbaataar throughout the year on a Thursday.
† From July to September depart Ulaanbaatar on a Thursday and Saturday.
Andre and staff
page last updated: 21st March 2013.