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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.
Think of Siberia and you think of snow. Winter is a magnificent time for a trip to Mongolia and Siberia. With guaranteed snow, friendly hosts, dramatic scenery and some excellent winter activities. You will have some awesome adventurs such as sleeping in a Mongolian ger surrounded by snow-clad hills, or riding with Siberian Huskies across frozen Lake Baikal for an excellent dog-sledging adventure. Enjoy a traditional Siberian sauna and local cuisine.
4 days trip. Depart from Beijing 31st December and return on 3rd January 2015.
Fly to Irkutsk for a traditional Siberian New Year's eve with guaranteed snow! Enjoy dog sleding, snow mobiling and a new year dinner entertainment. Staying in tradtional log cabins. Enjoy two days on the shore of Lake Baikal, dog-sledging, traditional Russian sauna (banya), cross-country skiing and other winter activities.
2 nights Listvyanka, 1 night Irkutsk. Total 3 nights trip with return flights from Beijing. Option to come back by train through Mongolia (add two nights). From € 1,495. Click here to read more
Depart from Beijing 16th January 2015
15 days trip with Ice Festival in Harbin, Dog-Sledging on Lake Baikal and Ice Fishing in Ural Mountains.
1 night Harbin, 1 night Irkutsk, 2 nights Listvyanka, 2 nights Ekaterinburg, 2 nights Moscow, 4 train journeys for a total of 6 nights on board. Total 14 nights trip.
From € 1,795. Click here to read more
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
- 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
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!
13th January 2015
Quick Links to our most popular trips.
PO BM4 - Our most popular trip, including stops in Mongolia and Lake Baikal.
PO VM5 - True Trans Siberian from Vladivostok (optional ferry from Japan/Korea) with tours in Lake Baikal, Krasnoyarsk, Ekaterinburgl and Moscow. A superb Russian tour.
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We welcome you to join us in our 25th year on the Trans-Siberian train this summer.
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SET DATE SUMMER TOURS filed 13th January 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.
We are in the process of setting the itinerary now, but the first trip is scheduled to run in early June from Vladivostok
Have a look at our our specials page.
BEIJING ULAANBAATAR SCHEDULE updated 12th January 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.
The expected schedule for Chinese Railways is for departure from Beijing on Tuesday and returning from Ulaanbaatar each Thursday. To slightly complicate matters, Mongolian Railways will continue an extra service through the summer months, with weekly departures in July, August, September, most likely departing Ulaanbaatar on Saturday and returning from Beijing on a Monday, but this special schedule is yet to be confirmed.
† From October until May/June 2015 depart Beijing on Saturday only.
† From June 2015 until May 2016 departure from Beijing expected on a Tuesday.
† During July, August and September depart from Beijing on a Tuesday and possibly a Monday.
† Depart Ulaanbaataar throughout the year on a Thursday.
† From July to September 2015 depart Ulaanbaatar on a Thursday and possiby a 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: 13th January 2015