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.
This season we have changed the names of our trip types. 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). So we have decided to give a Russian Cyrillic word as their title. To teach you a little Russian from the start!
- Osnova Trips
- Polny Deals
- 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.
Velikiy [великий] is a Russian word meaning, 'great or grand' and defines our Grand Trans Siberian tour succinctly.
This trip is a little different to the other tours we offer as you will be part of an organised group and spend the majority of the time sleeping on the train with day excursions at each interesting stop-over.
Most of our trips run using the standard trains operating along the Trans-Mongolian route however this is a special personalised train with luxury carriages, first class restaurant, bar and theatre.
The Grand Trans-Siberian Express, a unique experience for the privileged few. Enjoy comfortable cabins, day excursions and regular seminars on board.
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.
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.
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.