Russell Lee and Laura Lee Bolton
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All went well. Guides were all excellent, though the one in Irkutsk was a bit difficult to understand, but we thoroughly enjoyed the many golden moments there and at each place we went. Each place we stopped had its own distinct culture and ways of enjoying life: Our XingYuan hotel in Beijing was excellent--a short walk from the train station, with good breakfast. Front desk did not have our train tickets, so we assumed our driver to train station would have them. Next morning, he did not have them, but quickly found them at the bell stand, clearing our moment of anxiety, then we were on our way to our wonderful Trans-Siberian trip! Below are a few highlights among thousands of lovely memories: Ulan Baator: the wild free hard-working life of the nomads, pride in Chingis Khan--loved our night in the ger in Terelj National Park and the delightfully healthy food (warning to tourists: don't drink too much fermented mare's milk :)! Ulan Ude: pride of the Buryat people, with cherished Buddhist temples that survived so much turmoil. Irkutsk: with its very own cosmopolitan flavor and lovely walks by the river past churches that survived by pretending to be factories, while the people quietly sustained their own beliefs allowing history to unfold into a thriving resilience, with delightful architecture, food and culture. Lake Baikal was extraordinary, with minerals found nowhere else, lovely woods and lakeside walks that paralleled the path of Jacob Chesky, the scientist who turned his exile here into a trek around the entire lake. The Lake Baikal museum was excellent, though very crowded. We were glad to be able to buy a good map there. Though difficult to understand, our guide helped us appreciate the history of the oldest wooden structures east of the Ural mountains in the Taltsy village and kindly stopped at a local shop so we could buy an adapter to replace the one we left in Ulan Baator. The "banya" or sauna in Krestovaya Pad was the hottest one we've experienced. Our rail ride to Krasnoyarsk was graced with a full moon rising over the Siberian Pines and birch trees, then, during a long train stop, as we conversed with fellow travelers (divers returning from a deep dip in Lake Baikal), delightful fireworks at 11 pm celebrating a wedding! Krasnoyarsk had a cosmopolitan flavor all its own, with a delightful walking, shopping, dining mall totally unexpected, where we took a romantic evening stroll. Novosibersk had its own styles of architecture with a wonderful opera house. If we understood correctly, the Naval Academy had just graduated and there was a rock concert attended by at least 1000 people down by the river where we walked that evening then had a delicious dinner at a local "NewYork" Cafe near the river. The many strollers reminded us that families are alike around the world, and youngsters of all nationalities share the same wonder and curiosity. Yekaterinburg (formerly Sverdlovsk) found us with an especially thoughtful guide with superb command of English. He shared the history and architecture so adroitly that we left with our minds full of past discoveries (even the bicycle!) lifelike sculptures, a river that ran the iron foundry, delicious local food in a restaurant frequented by towns people, and the experience of traversing the monument to the line between Asia and Europe--with its own special wedding chapel. The mix of pre- and post-revolution architecture was especially interesting, as was the apparent return of pride in and reward for personal accomplishment throughout Russia. In Moscow, we enjoyed Tschaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty performed by the Bolshoi Ballet Company and did the free walking tour of the city center and Red Square on a day so hot that one young lady in our tour group fainted. Advice to tourists: if it's hot take bottled water with you and stay hydrated. This tour requires strength, but is well worth the 4-hours spent, with an excellent guide. Warm thanks for making our passage across your beautiful country so lovely and informative!
Published, Nov 05, 2015

Mongolia

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The Saga of Genghis Khan
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Ulan Bator

Discover the hidden gems of Mongolia, meet local nomads and experience stunning steppes. A city tour, a mountain hike, and even a Mongolian horseback riding - experience the best of Mongolia with our upscale private tour. 

Central Asia

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To the Heart of the Silk Road
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4 cities

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Tashkent |Bukhara |Samarkand |Bishkek

Get an insight into the rich cultural heritage, breathtaking nature and fascinating history of the exotic region of Central Asia. A professional tour guide will show you around five stunning cities of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and you will also get to attend a Folklore show. 

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Silk Road Classic
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21 days

4 cities

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Moscow |Samarkand |Tashkent |Beijing

Unique Silk Road adventure from Moscow to Beijing through the exotic Central Asian countries on board two luxurious trains. Begin your Trans-Siberian adventure with a guided city tour of Moscow, then board a top-quality train and discover a new city gem of Eurasia at every stop you make, end your trip with visiting the Great Wall of China. 

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Legendary Silk Road
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14 days

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Almaty |Tashkent |Samarkand |Ashgabat

Traverse the path of the legendary Silk Road on a private train in the scenery of 1001 Nights. Attend a concert at world's famous Navoi Opera, witness how silk carpets are made and explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Caucasus

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Best of Georgia and Armenia
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10 days

7 cities

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Tbilisi |Sighnaghi |Kazbegi |Mtskheta |Gori |Yerevan |Etchmiadzin

Explore unique traditions and spiritual heritage of Georgia and Armenia while traveling around the capitals of Tbilisi and Yerevan, Uplistsikhe Caves and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mtskheta and the cathedral and churches of Etchmiadzin.
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12 days

9 cities

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Baku |Sheki |Tbilisi |Sighnaghi |Kazbegi |Mtskheta |Gori |Yerevan |Etchmiadzin

Explore the historical sites, enjoy the hands-on master-class and tastings of local cuisines and drinks and experience breathtaking nature during your tour of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.

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Treasures of Georgia
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7 days

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Tbilisi |Sighnaghi |Kazbegi |Mtskheta |Gori

Experience the warm hospitality and breathtaking nature of Georgia exploring the capital of Tbilisi, Uplistsikhe Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta, not to mention all of the authentic sights, holding countless historic secrets of the nation.

China

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Golden Triangle of China
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9 days

3 cities

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Beijing |Xian |Shanghai

One of the most ancient civilizations covered with mystery and legends, China welcomes you to discover its treasures. You will finally be able to cross off the Great Wall of China and other stunning landmarks of your bucket list!

Moscow & St. Petersburg

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Two Russian Capitals
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9 days

2 cities

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Moscow |Saint Petersburg

Embark on a journey-of-a-lifetime with our very popular small group tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Prepare to witness and fall in love with the great culture, art and history of the country, visible on every corner of the magnificent cities.

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Platinum Russia
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Moscow |Saint Petersburg

Prepare to savor your time during 5-star stays next to Kremlin and Nevsky. We have planned a perfect combination of expert touring and activities, so you can experience the best of Russia with local pro guides.

Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia

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Discover Scandinavia and Russian Capitals with this small group tour
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8 cities

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Copenhagen |Oslo |Flam |Bergen |Stockholm |Helsinki |Saint Petersburg |Moscow

There is hardly any other journey in the world that can match to a level of cultural diversity and impressions! Explore Natural wonders of Norway and Scandinavia and finish your journey in the heart of Russia.

Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia

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3 cities

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Moscow |Suzdal |Saint Petersburg

Set off on an unforgettable small group tour and see the best of extraordinary Russia. Stay in the centrally located hotels, enjoy guided sightseeing tours, see the highlights of Moscow, St Petersburg, the Golden Ring, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

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12 days

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Moscow |Saint Petersburg |Petrozavodsk |Kizhi Island |Murmansk

Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore the brilliant Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the inspiring Karelia region and make your way up north to witness the dazzling Northern Lights. Experience a cooking class, vodka tasting, snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.

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Wonders of Russia
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Moscow |Irkutsk |Saint Petersburg

Discover the most sought-after gems of Russia and enjoy the best of Moscow, Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and the outstanding Pearl of Siberia - Lake Baikal.

Russia

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Saint Petersburg

Meet Saint Petersburg, Russia's most beautiful city. Our private St. Petersburg tour shows you the very best of what the city has to offer with professional guides. Complimentary Russian visas and accommodation in best central 4-star hotels included.

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Luxury Moscow City Break
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Moscow

Experience the best of Russia’s bustling metropolitan capital, glorious Moscow, and see its main highlights during an exclusive 4-day private tour. Explore the iconic Red Square, go inside the Kremlin walls to its famous Armoury Chamber, and see the best of Russian art in Tretyakov Gallery.

Trans-Siberian, Mongolia

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Set off on an unforgettable journey in comfort of a private train car along Trans-Mongolian railway line. Cross 1/3 of the world on the legendary Trans-Mongolian railway in just 17 days: from mighty Moscow to glorious Kazan and Ekaterinburg. Absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal and explore the Buddhist and nomadic traditions of Mongolia.

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Golden Eagle Journey
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8 cities

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Moscow |Kazan |Ekaterinburg |Novosibirsk |Irkutsk |Ulan-Ude |Ulan Bator |Vladivostok

The Golden Eagle is a one-of-a-kind luxury train - a glamorous throwback to the golden age of steam engines on the Trans-Siberian railway route. Overwhelming Moscow, unique Russian towns, magnificent Lake Baikal and the city of Vladivostok all combined with special onboard entertainment, exceptional service and unique cultual experiences.

Trans-Siberian

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A perfect match for active travelers seeking to explore all Russia. Apart from visiting the mighty capital - Moscow, you get to see multi-sided and diverse Russia far and wide during your adventure. Cross Siberia, discover genuine Russian towns and reach Vladivostok!

Trans-Siberian, Mongolia, China

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Classic Trans-Siberian
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Moscow |Irkutsk |Ulan Bator |Beijing

A classic three-country Trans-Siberian with the combination of trains and downtown hotels, carefully planned sightseeing, and flexible program.