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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.

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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Explore the depths of the Monkeyshrine to find valuable information on many aspects of the Trans-Siberian route, most of it not available in guide books, which is the blood and sweat of almost 30 years of our expertise.

We welcome you to join us in our 29th year on the Trans-Siberian train this summer.

Latest from the Shrine of the Monkey

NEW WEBSITE filed 1st November 2016

✔ We are glad to announce a new website is currently being built, with the design work almost completed and the content to be added over the next month. We are sure our train trips and destination tours will be easier to navigate, while the background info should still be available. Watch this space in the coming weeks.

SOCIAL MEDIA filed 1st November 2016

✔ Keep up to date with the latest gossip on the Trans-Siberian network on our social pages, for example this recent post found on The Telegraph website was a hit on our Facebook page.


✔ We have heard that the Russian Embassy in Beijing is currently only admitting tourists for visa applications by appointment (it is very busy with Chinese students applying for study visas at the moment). You may find it easier to use a visa agent, we can help if you book with us.

RED FIRE MONKEY filed 1st February 2016

Chinese New Year Red Fire Monkey 2016✔ The Chinese New Year is just around the corner and so be prepared for Chinese festivities including lots of fireworks, dragon dancing and holidays. This year is an important year for us, it is the year of the 'red fire monkey', from the fabled Monkey King - Journey to the West. But was that journey taking on the Trans-Siberian Railway aha? Read more about the Chinese horoscope on Chinese Fortune Calendar.


Mongolian visa 2016✔ In 2014 the Mongolian government relaxed the visa regime and most European and South American's could travel to Mongolia visa free. However this rule was only valid until December 31st 2015 and this special exemption has now expired. This means that only a select few (Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, US, etc) can travel visa free and most nationals will now need to arrange a Mongolian visa in advance. See more on our visa page.

Andre and staff

page last updated: 1st November 2016