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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.
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!
19th June 2014
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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TRAVEL TO MONGOLIA WITHOUT VISA filed 19th June 2014
✔ The list of nationalities that can travel to Mongolia without applying for a visa in advance has increased massively. It is now a case of who does need a visa, rather than who doesn't! On 19th June 2014 the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ratified a new visa regime adding 42 more countries to the 'travel without visa' list. Included in the visa free list is most of Europe including Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, etc. Notably nationals from Australia, China, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan still need to apply for the visa in advance. See the full details on our visa section
✔ From June 27th to June 29th our Beijing office staff will be attending the BITE 'Beijing International Tourism Expo' at the China National Convention Centre close to the Beijing Olympic Park, you are welcome to visit us at the event to discuss your plans. Please note our regular office will be closed to visitors during this event.
✔ Our Beijing office will be closed all day on Saturday 17th May. Instead you are welcome to visit us at the Morning Tears charity event in the garden of the Belgium Embassy in Sanlitun, where our staff will be available to answer any questions about our Trans Siberian Railway tours. See cityweekend for more info.
BEIJING ULAANBAATAR SCHEDULE updated 1st June 2014
✔ The operation of the train service from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar has changed from Chinese Railways (departing on Tuesday) to a Mongolian operated train (departing from Beijing on Saturday). But not to worry, Mongolian Railways will operate the train #23 service for one year. The last regular Chinese train departed Beijing on (TUE 27th May from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, retuning THU 29th May from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing). Mongolian Railway started their regular weekly service on THU 5th June departing Ulaanbaatar and returning SAT 7th June from Beijing.
To slightly complicate matters, the Chinese train will continue as an extra service throught he summer months, from 17th June. Weekly departures from Beijing on Tuesday, and returning from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing on Friday. We are still waiting for official confirmation of this. This summer service will operate until mid-October.
† Until end of May 2014 depart Beijing on Tuesday.
† In June depart Beijing on Saturday.
† From July to September depart Beijing on Tuesday and Saturday.
† From October until May/June 2015 depart Beijing on Saturday only.
† Depart Ulaanbaataar throughout the year on a Thursday.
† From July to September depart Ulaanbaatar on a Thursday and Friday.
NEW WEBSITE filed 1st November 2013
✔ This winter we are busy designing a whole new look for our website. In the mean time we apologise if some of the info and tours on this site seems outdated. All our tours are still running throughout the winter and into 2014, if any dates seem missing, please ask our sales team for more info.
Andre and staff
page last updated: 3rd March 2014