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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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October Holidays - it's not too late to book a trip to Mongolia and/or Russia. You still have time to book the following tours for departure at the end of September. As most Western nationalities no longer need a Mongolian visa, the first tour can be organised with very little notice.

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!

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

 

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19th September 2014

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LATE NOTICE TRIPS FOR OCTOBER HOLIDAYS filed 9th September 2014

✔ It seems the week long October holiday in China came around too fast this year and we have had requests for late notice trips to Mongolia. As most nationalities now do not require a visa for Mongolia, it is possible to organise a trip at very short notice. Have a look at our excellent tour options for trips departing on September 27th 2014 on our specials page.

BEIJING ULAANBAATAR SCHEDULE updated 1st September 2014

✔ Mongolian Railways will operate the train #23 service Beijing — Ulaanbaatar for one year until end of May 2015. As usual, Chinese Railways will then take over the route for the following year. Mongolian Railway started their regular weekly service on Thursday 5th June departing Ulaanbaatar and returning Saturday 7th June from Beijing.

It is expected that Chinese Railways will operate in summer 2015 with the schedule departing 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.

In short:
† From July until September 2014 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 2014 depart Ulaanbaatar on a Thursday and Friday.
† From July to September 2015 depart Ulaanbaatar on a Thursday and Saturday?

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

Read more news from the 2014 season on our comprehensive archive section.

Andre and staff

page last updated: 19th September 2014.