Our Trans Siberian trips are split into separate sections to make it easier for you to decide which type of tour you wish to book with us, and ultimately in which direction you plan to travel.
Don't be put off or confused by our tour names. Although we are a Western operated company aimed at Western tourists, most of our trips are based in Russia (with a few solely visiting Mongolia or China or to Central Asia). So we have decided to give a Russian Cyrillic word as their title. To teach you a little Russian from the start!
For example, Chastnyy [частный] is a common Russian word which roughly translates as private, personal, or intimate. Our range of private train tours are a little different to the other tours we offer. You will be part of an organised group and spend the majority of the time sleeping on board a luxury private train and have personalised small group day excursions at a different city each day.
- Osnova Trips
- Polny Deals
- Zoloto Tours
- Velikiy Tours
- Berkut Tours
- Custom Trip
Osnova [основа] is a Russian word meaning "basis, base, framework, foundation, ground, or backbone". This defines exactly our Osnova or Basic trips. They are the framework for all our trips, with a range of itineraries along the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Osnova Trips are budget friendly and without frills, but with all the essentials for a smooth trip.
We have options that include:
Direct trip between Beijing and Moscow, or Moscow to Beijing.
Stopping in Mongolia only.
Stopping in Mongolia and Lake Baikal.
Polny [полный] is a Russian word which means "complete, full, total, entire, overall, absolute". These 'set packages' if you like build on our Osnova (basic itinerary) tours and include more in depth tours at each stop and have the option to use the faster express trains.
You can start our Polny trips in either Beijing, Vladivostok or Moscow.
The tours are available every week and the idea is to have between 2 and 8 people on each trip, giving you some interesting company and fun while on the trains, but maintaining small group sizes so you aren't herded around the sites by your guide
Combine the best stop-overs with local guides, well designed tours with special attention to detail, comfortable accommodation and hotels.
Zoloto [золото] tours are on the Russian based Tsars Gold train. This is a private train running across Russia with various standards.
Tthe main benefit to taking this trip rather than our polny tours, is the privacy of the train, where all the customers will be foreign tourists and you will be comfortable in your own cabin for the entire journey. The dining car is also an added service, serving a decent menu of local food.
You will have private tours in each place along the way in small groups. The tours are run in several languages, including English, French and Spanish.
Prices start at € 3,945 in standard four berth cabin, for a 15 day tour. For a two berth cabin with private bathroom in Nostalgic class the price is from € 8,280.
Velikiy [великий] is a Russian word meaning, 'great or grand' and defines our Grand Trans Siberian tour succinctly.
Our Velikiy concentrate solely in Russia and with routes from Moscow to Beijing and to Vladivostok, the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railways, respectively.
The private train carriages offer a range of classes, from standard second class, to deluxe silver and gold glasses, with private bathrooms, with luxury carriages.
A dining car provides typical local cuisine to high standards with also a bar and lecture theatre. Excellent tours in a different city each day give an introduction to the different cities, cultures and history; you will have your own private guide in small groups, according to your language requirements.
Prices start at € 3,980 in standard four berth cabin, for a 15 day tour. For a two berth Heritage cabin with private bathroom expect to pay € 7,290 per person.
Berkut [беркут] is a Russian word which translates as 'Golden Eagle' and our Luxury Rail Cruise tours are all onboard the 'Golden Eagle private carriages', offering a very high standard of service.
Guaranteed satisfaction with only the best! The Golden Eagle train offers a number of trips across Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia, taking in some of the most renowned and interesting train journeys in the region.
Through the summer the Golden Eagle offers tours along the Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway between Moscow Vladivostok and Mongolia. In September and October there are some wonderful Silk Road tours through Central Asia, the Caspian and we also offer a special New Year and Christmas tour to the Northern Baltic region of Russia. Note Orthodox Christmas in Russia is celebrated on 7th January.
Prices start from € 7,795 in Silver class, two berth with private bathroom, for 15 days. Attention to detail in every way is the focus of these luxury cruises.
The Golden Eagle is a unique experience for the privileged few. Enjoy comfortable cabins, day excursions and regular seminars on board.
na zakaz [на заказ] is a Russian word meaning "talilor-made or custom" and should be the name of our custom tours. But it is a bit of a mouth full with all those vowels and z's. We stick to the name 'Custom' for these individual trips!
Do you have a specific plan? We can help build your personal itinerary. Our trips can be as flexible as the train schedules. You can leave weekly, throughout the year and can stay days or weeks in places along the way on semi-independent tours. Choose a Route, add the stops and tour options along the way.
If you have a group of people interested in this tour, we can book special private carriages, including carriages available to us of much higher class than normal and can be attached to any train operating on all routes through Russia and beyond.
A critical decision you need to make is in which direction to travel. This is often an obvious choice, if you're heading home for instance, but sometimes other factors may influence your decision, such dates of trips or return air fares. Have a look through the different options below.
Apart from our set routes, travelling from Eastbound, Westbound, or in a circle based from Beijing, we can also put together special itineraries.
For example, if you want to include Vladivostok on your itinerary, take the ferry from or to Japan, or even smaller sections of other trips we offer. Find more details of all our specialed trips in our custom itinerary section.
We also have a range of private train travel tours through Central Asia, including destinations such as Turkey, Caspian Sea, Uzbekistan and Iran.
Hopefully you now have a good idea of which direction you wish to travel as well as the type of tour you are going to book. The next step is to browse through the different tour options to choose exactly which trip you will take from our set trips.