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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.
Depart from Beijing 16th January 2016
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!
22nd October 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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ASEM 11 and NAADAM filed 22nd October 2015
✔Mongolia will host the 11th ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government (ASEM11) in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar from 14th - 18th July) and during this time hotels in Ulaanbaatar will be unavailable to general tourists. The government may cancel the confirmed bookings of hotel rooms, which have been already booked by tourists in advance. But don't worry as you can stay at our comfortable ger lodge outside the city during Naadam and there will be a special Naadam programme with transfers to the various events. Read more on our Naadam pages.
VISA RULES FOR MONGOLIA UNCLEAR filed 12th October 2015
✔ In 2014 the Mongolian government relaxed the visa regime and most European nationals currently do not require a tourist visa. However this rule is only valid until December 31st 2015 and the continuation of the ability to travel without visa' for 2016 is not yet known. We advise you to double check with your local consulate and hopefully when enough people keep asking, they will simply roll over the visa rules indefinitely. See more on our visa page.
SET DATE WINTER OPTIONS filed 30th September 2015
✔ We have some special trips to offer during this winter, with a winter snow trip flying into Irkutsk to visit Baikal. As well as an Epiphany special tour in January 2015. Have a look at our excellent tour options for trips departing on September 27th 2014 on our specials page.
BEIJING ULAANBAATAR SCHEDULE updated 1st June 2015
✔ Chinese Railways currentrly operate train #23 service Beijing — Ulaanbaatar until end of May 2016, with departure on a Tuesday. As usual, Mongolian Railways will then take over the route for the following year, with departure expected on a Saturday.
† From October until end May 2016 depart Beijing on Tuesday only.
† From June 2016 until May 2017 expected departure from Beijing on a Saturday.
† During July, August and September 2016 depart from Beijing on a Tuesday and Saturday
† Depart Ulaanbaataar throughout the year on a Thursday.
† From July to September 2016 depart Ulaanbaatar on a Thursday and Friday.
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
Andre and staff
page last updated: 30th September, 2015