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 Russia from the start!
- Osnova Trips
- Polny Deals
- Eskort Tours
- Velikiy 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.
Eskort [эскорт] is a Russian word meaning 'accompany, follow, escort, attend' and you will be perfectly accompanied on this trip.
Guaranteed satisfaction with only the best! We escort you all the way so you can enjoy every day. First Class trains, great service, in depth programmes exploring the hidden treasures with the best hotels and professional guides all along the way.
These are set date trips operating in the summer only, unless you have specific requests for an out of season accommpanied trip.
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.
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 Custom tours 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.
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.