Where Steppe Culture Meets Tundra and Taiga

Siberia and the Russian Far East

When you think of Siberia, you may think of punishment and exile, of barren tundra and vast expanses of nothingness.  But Siberia and Eastern Russia are wild and wooded places of unimaginable beauty whose cities glow with warmth. Here you can glide over the oldest and deepest lake on earth, Baikal, searching for freshwater seals or endemic omul, hike the pristine Great Baikal Trail, visit with indigenous Buryat people, attend a shaman ceremony or hear the songs of Old Believers. Further east, Kamchatka simmers with hot springs and geysers, and reindeer breeders tend their antlered herds.

Why Travel with MIR to Siberia & the Russian Far East
  • 30 years of Russia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • MIR affiliate offices in the Siberian cities of Irkutsk and Ulan Ude
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Experiences

There is so much to see and do in Siberia and the Russian Far East, and so many people to meet. We regularly garner raves from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the local people, distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of Siberia and the Russian Far East.  Below is just a sampling of the region’s experiences that MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

Ways to Travel to Siberia & the Russian Far East with MIR

We design every one of our Siberia and Russia Far East trips to help you discover for yourself the enormous untouched taiga forests as well as the varied cultures and independent spirit of the Siberian people.

Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent trips, from luxury rail journeys to custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
Siberian Winter Escapade

Siberian Winter Escapade

An Uncommon Adventure on Frozen Lake Baikal

Travels to: Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East

8 Days / Departures in February 2017

Small Group land tour from $3,995

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Siberian Winter Escapade

Siberian Winter Escapade

An Uncommon Adventure on Frozen Lake Baikal

Travels to: Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East

8 Days / Departures in February 2018

Small Group land tour - call for pricing

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Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads

Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads

The Gobi Desert, A Country Naadam Celebration, Lake Baikal

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East

16 Days / Departures in June 2017

Small Group land tour from $8,295, plus $630 internal air

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Mongolia to Moscow:  A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Landscapes and Cultures of Mongolia, Siberia and Western Russia

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

16 Days / Departures in July, September 2017

Small Group land tour from $7,295

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Siberian Odyssey:  Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva

Siberian Odyssey: Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva

From Olkhon Island to the Valley of the Czars

Travels to: Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East

13 Days / Departures in July 2017

Small Group land tour from $6,695, plus $700 internal air

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Kamchatka: Reindeer Herders & the Ring of Fire

Kamchatka: Reindeer Herders & the Ring of Fire

Volcanoes, Geysers, Hot Springs and Reindeer of Russia’s Far East

Travels to: Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East

9 Days / Departures in August 2017

Small Group land tour from $6,595, plus $1,000 internal air

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Rail Journeys by Private Train
Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route: Eastbound

Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route: Eastbound

Moscow to Vladivostok in Winter Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

15 Days / Departures in February 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $15,895

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Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route: Westbound

Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route: Westbound

Vladivostok to Moscow in Winter Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

15 Days / Departures in March 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $15,895

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The Trans-Siberian Express Between Moscow & Beijing: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Express Between Moscow & Beijing: Eastbound

From Russia to China Aboard the Tsar's Gold

Travels to: China, Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

16 Days / Departures in May, June, July, August, September 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $8,795

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The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Eastbound

Moscow to Vladivostok Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

15 Days / Departures in May 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $15,895

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The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Eastbound

Moscow to Vladivostok Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

15 Days / Departures in June, July, August 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $16,995

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The Trans-Siberian Baikal Express Route

The Trans-Siberian Baikal Express Route

Moscow to Lake Baikal Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

9 Days / Departures in May 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $10,595

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The Trans-Siberian Baikal Express Route

The Trans-Siberian Baikal Express Route

Moscow to Lake Baikal Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

9 Days / Departures in June, July, August 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $11,695

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The Trans-Siberian UlaanBaatar Express Route

The Trans-Siberian UlaanBaatar Express Route

Moscow to UlaanBaatar Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

11 Days / Departures in May 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $11,895

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The Trans-Siberian UlaanBaatar Express Route

The Trans-Siberian UlaanBaatar Express Route

Moscow to UlaanBaatar Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

11 Days / Departures in June, July, August 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $12,995

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The Trans-Siberian Express Between Beijing & Moscow: Westbound

The Trans-Siberian Express Between Beijing & Moscow: Westbound

From China to Russia Aboard the Tsar's Gold

Travels to: China, Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

15 Days / Departures in May, June, July, August, September 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $8,695

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The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Westbound

The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Westbound

Vladivostok to Moscow Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

15 Days / Departures in May 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $15,895

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The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Westbound

The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Westbound

Vladivostok to Moscow Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

15 Days / Departures in June, August, September 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $16,995

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The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Eastbound

Moscow to UlaanBaatar Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

13 Days / Departures in July 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $15,895

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The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Westbound

The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Westbound

UlaanBaatar to Moscow Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Mongolia, Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

13 Days / Departures in July 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $15,895

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Grand Tour of Russia: Across Russia by River & Rail

Grand Tour of Russia: Across Russia by River & Rail

From St. Petersburg to Vladivostok Aboard the M.S. Volga Dream & the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East, Trans-Siberian Railway, Western Russia

26 Days / Departures in July 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $20,590

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Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries across the breadth and depth of Russia for 30 years; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

View our Private Journey, Essential Siberia, or read more about how to design your own trip. Also, consider this: You can customize our Siberian Odyssey: Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva small group tour or other Siberia and the Russian Far East tour to match your preferred dates of travel.

Begin by following the buttons below to design your own trip or view our suggested itineraries.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our Siberia and the Russian Far East signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style.  Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Siberia

Essential Siberia

Rolling Steppe, Lakeshore and Taiga

Travels to: Russia, Siberia and the Russian Far East

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October 2017

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Our Favorite Places in Siberia and the Russian Far East
Siberia and the Russian Far East

Lake Baikal

The deepest and most ancient lake in the world has a multitude of opportunities for every kind of traveler. MIR can put together an outdoor itinerary with hiking and kayaking, introduce groups to experts studying the lake’s native wildlife (including the nerpa seal, a species found nowhere else on earth) and take travelers across the lake to sacred Olkhon Island – by boat, ferry, hydrofoil or hovercraft.

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Buryatia

The indigenous Buryat people of the eastern Baikal region are closely related to Mongolians and share many of their spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions. Ulan Ude, capital of Buryatia, is the center of Buddhism in Russia, with a beautifully decorated datsan, or monastery. MIR gives travelers access to small village schools, to dinners in private homes and cultural performances in this under-explored region.

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Trans-Siberian Railway

Travel along one of the most legendary rail routes in the world. The Trans-Siberian Railway rolls briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe and mountain, pausing along the way in places that can bring the traveler face to face with the fascinating cultures of Russia. MIR can customize the journey to fit an array of different price points, with options to charter a luxury private rail car or to ride the local trains and connect overland to other cities in Russia.

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Tuva

The semi-autonomous region of Tuva is a singular cultural destination whose ethnic Turkic population has been imbued with Buddhism, shamanism and khoomei, or throat-singing. MIR regularly takes groups of travelers on excursions to meet Tuvan locals, experience a shaman ceremony and attend private concerts featuring the eerie sounds of Tuvan throat-singing.

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Yakutia/Sakha Republic

Land of permafrost, Yakutia’s layers of frozen earth have preserved the flora and fauna of millennia. Most famously, over 150 mammoths were found here in a place that came to be called Berelekh Cemetery. MIR connects travelers with scientists and experts in the region, creating fascinating itineraries in a place like no other on earth.

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Journeys that travel to Yakutia/Sakha Republic

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Yakutia/Sakha Republic.

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Siberia and the Russian Far East

Kamchatka

The wild Kamchatka Peninsula, a wide volcanic promontory thrusting upward from the Pacific Ring of Fire, is a spectacular region of indigenous cultures, active volcanoes and the Valley of the Geysers, where geysers, mud pots, thermal springs and steam vents erupt from the valley floor, and boardwalks thread their way through the extraordinary landscape. MIR takes travelers exploring by cross country vehicle and helicopter, and facilitates interacting with semi-nomadic reindeer herders and village people.

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Journeys that travel to Kamchatka

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When to Travel to Siberia and the Russian Far East

Tun-Payram, Khakassia (June/July)

Ulan Ude, SiberiaThis celebration includes theatrical performances, spectacles, a horse parade, sports competitions and many other events. The Siberian fair “Siberian Good Hand” and an ethnic music festival also take place during the Tun-Payram celebration.

Sagaalan – Buryat New Year, throughout Siberia (dates vary by year)

Sagaalan, Buryatia’s New Year, is celebrated on the first new moon of spring. Considered to be a time of renewal and cleansing, at Sagaalan people symbolically purge their unnecessary goods from the previous year. They also spend the following month eating white milk-based foods and visiting friends. There is a spiritual tone to the holiday, and many devout spend New Year’s Eve at the datsan in prayer.

Losar – Tibetan Buddist New Year, Buryatia and Tuva (February)

Among Buddhists, the coming of the New Year is marked with ancient ceremonies that represent the struggle between good and evil. Losar Festival continues over a period of two weeks and is characterized by dancing, music, and a general spirit of merrymaking.

Russian Winter Festivals, throughout Russia (December-January)

Russian holiday traditions and festival preparations start from mid December, continue through New Year’s and end with Orthodox Christmas on January 7th. The streets are decorated with toys, posters, flags, garlands and lights, horse-drawn sleighs are a common sight and ice-sculpting competitions are held to decorate the city parks with Father Frost figures and ice slides. Folklore performances include traditional holiday songs, plays and stories.