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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!
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.
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.
Start in Vladivostok 8th June
The traditional route on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Vladivostok, follows a special 19 day itinerary with regular stops along the way. The highlight of the trip is spectacular Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal. You will also stop in little visited Khabarovsk as well as Krasnoyarsk in central Siberia. It is a ‘healthy’ itinerary in that you have hiking options to stretch those legs in between the train journeys. But also a cultural tour as you will learn of Shamanism at Lake Baikal, Russian history in Ekaterinburg, which is on the border of Europe and Asia as well experience a central Asian feeling in Kazan, capital of ‘Tartarstan’.
Optional ferry from Japan — Vladivostok — Khabarovsk — Irkutsk & Olkhon Island — Krasnoyarsk — Ekaterinburg — Kazan — Moscow. Optional extension to St Petersburg.
Prices from € 2,690. Click here to read more
Start in Moscow 22nd May
One of the most popular routes, this 16 day trip will take you to the main destinations along the Trans Mongolian Railway. However with a twist on the standard tour you will visit Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal, as well as a tour to Terelj National Park with cultural excursions. The itinerary also includes accommodation and tours in Moscow, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar and Moscow.
Moscow — Irkutsk — Olkhon Island — Ulaanbaatar — Terelj National Park — Beijing
Prices from € 1,955. Click here to read more
5th February 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 28th year on the Trans-Siberian train this summer.
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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.
† 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: 5th February 2015