TRANS SIBERIAN & MONGOLIAN RAILWAYS
Writers, artists and adventurers alike have hailed it as the world’s greatest train journey; it’s certainly the longest. Covering 9,289 kilometres from Moscow to Vladivostok, the iron-way connects East and West over mountains, rivers and time zones.
Unlock the mysteries of Imperial Russia, Siberian civilisations and Soviet influence, then swing southwards into the wild heart of Mongolia, and east into China’s exotic grasp. If you want a journey that immerses you in cultures, countries and customs afar, then you’re on the right track.
THE SILK ROAD AND CENTRAL ASIA
The Silk Road is not a single trail but a tangle of ancient threads with which the world was woven. This rich tapestry connected the Orient to the Mediterranean and the prehistoric to the present.
Traffic flowed both ways and influenced the history, development and human experience of every country it touched. Follow these ancient routes to uncover mysterious lands that forged civilisation as we know it.
Three spellbinding countries that straddle the crossroads of East and West – a strategic geography that brewed a potent history and distilled distinct cultures with timeless allure.
Discover burgeoning modernity in cosmopolitan capitals and rural villages that time forgot. Unearth archaeological treasures in sensational surroundings. And enjoy many toasts to good health with the most hospitable people on the planet.
WILLIAM DOCHERTY RECOUNTS HIS EXPERIENCE ON THE TRANS-MONGOLIAN/SIBERIAN RAILWAY
For Train lovers this has got to be one of the most iconic Railway journey’s ever taken. Starting in the Chinese capital Beijing, where you experience the ancient and recent history from the Great Wall. To Tianimen Square and everything in between then crossing the Gobi desert to the nomadic culture of Mongolia, where Ulaan Bataar and the Manchurian grassland surprise the most adventurous traveller. Continuing north to Siberia and the largest fresh Water Lake in the world Lake Baikal which holds 20% of the world fresh water supply, is stunningly beautiful surrounded by the Siberian Mountains. Three days later you hit Moscow which was the surprise city on this trip. Steeped in Russian treasures like Red Square and the Kremlin and St Basil Cathedral. Eventually ending up in the Venice of the north St Petersburg, where you visit one of the best Museums in the World “The Hermitage”…you need 2 days to visit the 1100 rooms. The Star of the show though is doing the 7500 klms by train…..a journey you will never forget.
CLASSIC TRANS SIBERIAN
Experience the complete Trans Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. Travel across two continents, seven time zones and 9,288 kilometres of track. Discover remote Siberia and see Buryat culture first-hand beside the shores of Lake Baikal – the world’s largest freshwater lake.
Eastbound: Moscow to Vladivostok
- Travel Style: Discovery Tours | Code: CTSM
TRANS MONGOLIAN EXPLORER
Enjoy fascinating interludes in Mongolia, Siberia, and Russia’s Golden Ring on this exciting overland journey using iconic rail services between Beijing, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Westbound: Beijing to St. Petersburg
- Travel Style: Discovery Tours | Code: TMEB
MONGOLIA AND BEYOND
Experiences take on an exciting, different and sometimes quirky feel on this fascinating journey along the famous Trans Mongolian Railway. Hit the highlights along the way taking in the iconic cities of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Beijing and venturing into the wild rolling steppe of Mongolia, once the stomping ground of Genghis Khan and his marauding horde.
Eastbound: Moscow to Beijing
- Travel Style: Independent Journeys | Code: IMBMB
CHRISTMAS TRANS MONGOLIAN
Experience a Christmas amongst pristine snow-covered steppe mingling with Mongolian nomads, and then ring in the New Year in bustling Beijing. Along the way, you can enjoy a traditional troika ride led by three horses, and stay in Siberian guesthouse in the winter wonderland that surrounds the magnificent Lake Baikal. What more could you wish for this Christmas?
Eastbound: Moscow to Beijing
- Travel Style: Premium Tours | Code: TMXS
GOBI DESERT EXPLORER
Discover the very best of Mongolia, from the bustling capital Ulaanbaatar we journey across the steppe to Kharkhorin. We will encounter ancient Buddhist monasteries and the remarkable diversity of the Gobi Desert; sacred mountains, dinosaur ‘cemeteries’, flaming cliffs, singing sand dunes and spectacular canyons.
Westbound, Eastbound: Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar
- Travel Style: Discovery Tours | Code: GDUU
GRAND ASIAN CARAVAN
Amazing and diverse sightseeing experiences in some the world’s remotest corners bring rich rewards on this unique, challenging journey. Come with us along the Silk Road, to the beautiful Caucasus and retrace ancient routes of trade and conquest.
Westbound: Beijing to Istanbul
- Travel Style: Discovery Tours | Code: ACBI
FIVE GOLDEN STANS
This incredible journey will take you through the five “Stans” of Central Asia, across mountains and steppes, treading in the footsteps of those who travelled the ancient Silk Road with their caravans winding trails through the deserts, exchanging their wares and ideas, which has led to the extraordinary melting pot of cultures that exists in the region today.
Westbound: Nursultan (formerly Astana) to Tashkent
- Travel Style: Discovery Tours | Code: FSAT
TSAR’S GOLDEN TRANS SIBERIAN
Travel aboard the well – known private train The Tsar’s Gold and journey across the Trans Siberian Railway in style. With a comprehensive choice of six cabin grades, complimentary transfers and a sophisticated on-board program.
Westbound: Beijing to Moscow
- Travel Style: Luxury Private Tours | Code: TGBM
Consider yourself as the ultimate nomad? This is the journey for you. Discover dinosaurs and dunes in the Gobi, contemplate the tranquility of the Orkhon Valley and marvel at the ancient capital of Mongolia at Kharkhorin. You might even end up speaking Mongolian by the end of this journey. Az jargaltai ayalal! (Happy Travels!)
Westbound: Beijing to Moscow
- Code: NDBM
Go beyond babushkas and vodka on the ultimate Trans Mongolian journey. Encounter more people, places and tasty flavours on this epic three-week adventure. Marvel at the palaces of St. Pete’s, plunge into the sapphire depths of dazzling Lake Baikal, sleep under a blazing blanket of stars in a Mongolian ger camp, then glide into China to eat oodles of noodles and gawk at ancient sights like the Great Wall
Eastbound: St. Petersburg to Beijing
- Code: VTSB