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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.

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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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SET DATE SUMMER TOURS filed 13th January 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.

We are in the process of setting the itinerary now, but the first trip is scheduled to run in early June from Vladivostok

Have a look at our our specials page.

BEIJING ULAANBAATAR SCHEDULE updated 12th January 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.

The expected schedule for Chinese Railways is for departure from 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 October until May/June 2015 depart Beijing on Saturday only.
† From June 2015 until May 2016 departure from Beijing expected on a Tuesday.
† During July, August and September depart from Beijing on a Tuesday and possibly a Monday.

† Depart Ulaanbaataar throughout the year on a Thursday.
† From July to September 2015 depart Ulaanbaatar on a Thursday and possiby a 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: 13th January 2015