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Your guide to Trans-Siberian travel

Trans-Siberian experience is usually once in a lifetime adventure. Here at Firebird Tours, we ensure our premium tours are tailored to the needs of our clients, letting them discover Russia, Mongolia and China on their terms.

Our travelers can choose to embark on a Small Group Tour, a Tailor-made Tour or a Private Trans-Siberian Train. Each of the categories comes with its own perks, and it is beneficial for our travelers to be aware of them all before setting out on their chosen trip. In the table below, we compare various aspects of the three most popular cross-Eurasia tours: a Small group Trans-Siberian Tour, Classic Trans-Siberian Railway and Tsar’s Gold Trans-Siberian Train.

Type of travel

Small Group Tours

Tailor-made Tours

Private Trans-Siberian Trains

Name of the tour

Small Group Trans-Siberian  Classic Trans-Siberian Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian 

Group size

up to 14 people Non-applicable Up to 26 people

Duration

17 days 15 days 16 days

Cities visited

5: Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Ulan Bator 4: Moscow, Irkutsk, Ulan Bator, Beijing 5: Moscow, Kaan, Irkutsk, Ulan Bator, Beijing

Flexibility of the route

Possible Beijing and St. Petersburg extension Flexible Fixed

Departures

Fixed  Flexible  Fixed

Cabin type

1st class 1st or 2nd class Classic, Superior, Nostalgic, Bolshoi, Platinum

Shower

- - Onboard

Meals

80% meals included 80% meals included All meals included

Trains

Same private car, local trains

Local trains

Private train

Hotels

4* Flexible 4*

Airport transfers

Included Included Included

Tour guide

Onboard - -

Entertainment

- - Onboard

Price

From $5.798 From $4.535 From $8.870

To summarize, if you are organizing a trip for a group of friends, we would highly recommend going for Small Group Trans-Siberian tour as it will let you enjoy each other’s company in a private 1st class car that can be attached and detached to local trains. The private car will also provide you with the comfort of not having to pack and unpack at every stop - your belongings will be safely locked away in the car when you are away exploring a destination. On this tour, you have an option of St. Petersburg and Beijing extensions so you can choose to visit all seven stunning Eurasian cities. You will be well looked after throughout the journey - high-quality accommodation on and off the train, a majority of the meals as well as the tour guide included in the itinerary.

However, if group travels are not for you and you’d much rather explore Trans-Siberian route like the locals, our Classic Tran-Siberian is very likely to be the best option for you. With the tailor-made tour, you are completely free to change the route, adding or reducing the number of stops, you can also choose the departure dates that suit you best. You can even select the level of luxury you desire throughout your journey with 1st and 2nd class cabins available onboard and flexible hotel choice upon your arrival at each destination.

Lastly, if you simply want to experience that high-scale Trans-Siberian adventure, we recommend boarding our clients’ favourite - Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian. Traveling on a private train has numerous benefits, and having a shower on the train must definitely be one of them. If you choose the 5-star Tsar's Gold train you will be enjoying the comfort of having one train throughout the entire route, daily insights of Russian history from your onboard tour guide, three excellent meals onboard every day and last but not least - unique entertainment (which might or might not include Vodka tasting…)

We hope the comparison helped you to understand what each journey entails and which type of travel would be more up your alley. But if you still aren’t sure which train to board, our team will happily discuss all the options in more detail over the phone: +1 (800) 884-1721

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