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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.
6th May 2016
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PO BM4UI - Our most popular trip, including stops in Mongolia and Lake Baikal.
OS BM6 UIKE - Visiting the most exciting destinations along the way, Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Lake Baikal - Krasnoyarsk - Ekaterinburg - Moscow.
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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
RUSSIAN EMBASSY BEIJING filed 1st May 2016
✔ 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
✔ 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.
CHANGES TO VISA RULES FOR MONGOLIA filed 1st January 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.
LATE NOTICE WINTER TOUR updated 1st January 2016
✔ We still have availability for our Epiphany special tour, departing in January 2016. Have a look at our late notice tour on our specials page.
WARM WELCOME TO A NEW YEAR filed 1st January 2016
✔ We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful year ahead and make 2016 the year to travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway!
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.
BEIJING ULAANBAATAR SCHEDULE updated 1st June 2015
✔ Chinese Railways currently 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.
† 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.
Andre and staff
page last updated: 6th May, 2016