Shaman Rock, Olkhon Island
Steaming by Lake Baikal
Bactrian camels, Gobi Desert
Train #1 - The Rossiya, Vladivostok to Moscow
Red Square, Moscow
The Kremlin, Moscow
Open Steppe, Central Mongolia
A Buryat welcome
Monkeyshrine – The Trans-Siberian Tour Specialist
Your guide to a Trans-Siberian adventure of a lifetime
As the specialists in Trans-Siberian / Trans-Mongolian railway adventures, with 30 years of experience, and supported by reliable and friendly local partners throughout China, Mongolia and Russia, we are ready and well-equipped to arrange a journey of a lifetime to suit your travel style, time frame and budget.
Begin your adventure in Beijing, Moscow or Vladivostok, travel the Trans-Siberian route or the more popular Trans-Mongolian route, the less travelled Trans-Manchurian, or the remote and adventurous BAM route.
Limited by time and budget? No problem: fly into Ulaanbaatar or destinations in Russia, or try a round-trip circuit out of Beijing to Mongolia and Siberia.
Five easy steps to plan your Trans-Siberian Tour
1- Choose the Trans-Siberian journey you wish to make
Go to our Journeys page to choose your start city and the direction of travel. Choose from the following four main journeys, or contact us for alternative routes.
2- Pick the destinations you wish to visit
Go to Destinations to research the many stopover destinations on offer. Find the journey itinerary package to match the destinations you wish to include, or add on to the existing packages.
3- Play around with the tour programs in each destination
Choose one of our standard Polny (Package) or Osnova (Budget) packages, or customise your itinerary to suit your time frame, budget and travel style.
Feel free to substitute or extend tour programs in any of the stopover destinations.
Upgrade or downgrade Accommodation to suit your budget.
4- Check the ‘Trains and Scheduling’ details to coordinate travel dates
Check the Trains and Scheduling page for information in regards to possible trip start dates, as well as the onward travel from stopover destinations. Review train standards, carriages classes, and cabin layout details.
5- Ready to book a trip, or do you have questions?
‘I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful our experience was in Siberia. The entire trip fit together seamlessly and without a hitch of any kind. What can I say … everything was perfect.’Bonnie Hofkin, May 2016
The Trans-Siberian is a network of routes
If you are in search for a unique experience than you should consider taking a life changing trip to the Trans Siberian land. You can explore this amazing part of the world using the various routes available. These are:
- the route that links Moscow to Vladivostok. This will offer you the chance to get on the trans siberian express;
- the Trans-Mongolian route. During this trip you will go through Mongolia and all the way to Beijing;
- the Trans-Manchurian route, the one that connects Siberia with Beijing.
You will definitely keep your eyes open during this amazing trip, because you will have the opportunitye to see The Great Wall and the amazing scenery of Mongolia, the Gobi Desert the Open Steppe…
You have the chance to personalize your journey by adding the stops you prefer and the time you wish to spend in each location.
We are here to offer all the support you need so feel free to shoot any questions you may have regarding this route!
This route is less popular, but it will offer you the chance to go on a round trip from China to Siberia and back. This would certainly offer you the adventure of a lifetime. You will visit various locations from these countries as well as Mongolia. Simply admire the scenery from your train’s window or spend some days at each stop experiencing the local culture. It is your choice.
This is the best-known route, between Moscow and Vladivostok, it offers you the chance to travel by train for days in a row without even feeling the need to step out. The Trans-Siberian tour spans two continents and nine time zones.
What is amazing about this route is that you will see all of Russia and this will definitely change your perspective.
Contact our team for all information regarding the different stops you do not want to miss, the best accommodation, local food and any other details that can affect your journey.
Whichever direction, route or stopover destinations you choose to include, it promises to be an adventure of a lifetime.
Beijing to Moscow
Travelling east to west is by far the most popular direction for our guests. The natural beauty of Mongolia and Lake Baikal give way to the vibrancy and rich culture of Moscow and Europe beyond.
Moscow to Beijing
Travelling west to east, and beginning with the European, yet distinct, atmosphere of Saint Petersburg and Moscow, the adventure has a slightly different flavour. The hectic whirlwind in Moscow gives way to a more relaxing time at Lake Baikal and on the open steppe in Mongolia – even Beijing has a more laid-back feel compared to Moscow.
Vladivostok to Moscow
The Vladivostok to Moscow route definitely sees less traffic, though it is popular for travellers wishing to tick off what may be thought of as the official Trans-Siberian, spanning two continents and nine time zones. Train enthusiasts particularly wish to undertake at least part of the journey on the ‘Rossiya’ train #1.
A trip along the Trans-Siberian route brings you to at least three very distinctive, important and culturally very different destinations! Each have a unique and rich history. This will truly be a journey of experiences that reshape any wrong pre-conceptions you might have about Russia, Mongolia and China!
Emerge yourself into historical Russian splendour, get back to the feel of the 13th Century on the Steppes of Mongolia with the nomads who once ruled the largest empire in history, and be amazed at the contrast between the emerging Chinese superpower of today and the sophistication left by 8,000 years of inventions and civilisation.
Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches.
Saint Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, showcases the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s extensive art collection.
Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. Its capital, Ulaanbaatar, centers around Sukhbaatar Square. In July 1921, the ‘hero of the revolution’, Damdin Sukhbaatar, declared Mongolia’s final independence from the Chinese. The Square now bears his name and features a statue of him astride his horse.
Ulaanbaatar also houses the National Museum of Mongolia, displaying historic and ethnographic artifacts, and the restored 1830 Gandan Khiid Monastery.
China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline.
Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic cultural sites, such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. On the outskirts of Beijing, visitors can scrabble the wondrous Great Wall of China.
‘Thanks for the excellent organization of this trip – there has not been a single breakdown. All trains, transfers, hotels, the guides, have worked perfectly and were on time and in any manner in order. The trip was in my – in our view – a complete success.’Reinhold Friedrich, June 2016
A Trans-Siberian Tour with Experience and Flexibility
A journey along the Trans-Siberian route is on many travellers’ bucket-list, a “once in a lifetime” dream trip. The dream to explore China, Mongolia and Russia, while travelling on part of the longest train journey in the world is closer to reality, now that you have found this site, and the team with the experience to put together an unforgettable adventure.
The mountain of information one is faced with in researching such a trip can be quite overwhelming. Uncovering the magical destinations, and deciphering the intricate and ever-changing train schedules, and getting your head around the multiple visa process are just some of the many pieces of this incredible puzzle. The good news is that we are here to help you piece together this puzzle, and ease you through the steps towards an unforgettable journey.
Each year, we prepare several “ready made” packages, combining the best of the destinations with terrific activities and excursions to deliver a rich and engaging cultural experience. These packages may perfectly match what you have in mind, or they may simply provide the framework for creating a broader plan. These packages are just the beginning. The flexibility we offer and encourage enables us to co-create an unforgettable adventure to suit your time frame, budget and travel style. Let’s get started.