Trans-Siberian BAM Explorer with Naadam Festival

Trans-Siberian BAM Explorer with Naadam Festival

The seldom-traveled Baikal-Amur Magistral (BAM for short) rolls through some of the most remote, roadless taiga in the country, through dramatic mountains and over miles of tundra. The train stops at crumbling little towns thrown together in the 1970s for railroad workers, where the few who remain stay for the beauty of the Siberian outback. Then head south to UlaanBaatar, the capital of Mongolia, to celebrate the “three skills of man” – archery, horse racing and wrestling – at the country’s favorite festival, Naadam. Read More


China’s Silk Road & Tibet:  Route of Monks & Merchants

China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants

Explore the Tibetan Plateau on a splendid circular route that embraces the sacred cities of Tsetang, Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. Ride the high-altitude train from Lhasa down to Lanzhou, and on to Western China and the Kashgar Animal Market. Along the way, visit Dunhuang’s UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves, frescoed and carved with a thousand images of the Buddha, and Turpan’s lush Grape Valley, watered by a 2,000-year-old irrigation system.Read More


The Trans-Siberian UlaanBaatar Express Route

The Trans-Siberian UlaanBaatar Express Route

Glide from the metropolis of Moscow, where Red Square and St. Basil’s have become the symbols of Russia, all the way to Mongolia’s capital, UlaanBaatar. Travel the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the luxury Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train. Experience the vastness of Siberia’s taiga forest, fields and grasslands and explore some of its singular cities. Disembark in UlaanBaatar, a burgeoning city populated by former nomads.Special Offer:Book a 2018 rail journey by private train between April 20-May 31, 2017 and pay the 2017 price PLUS save $500 (more info).Read More


The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Eastbound

From the Moscow Kremlin and the Siberian taiga to the Mongolian steppe, this private train journey celebrates three different cultures: that of the modern Muscovite, hailing a taxi in front of an 800-year-old palace; the Baikal Siberian, proud heir of Cossacks, indigenous Buryats and czarist political exiles; and the Mongolian nomad, drawn to the capital, UlaanBaatar, for the celebrated Naadam Festival. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rail line and join the crowd singing the praises of the country’s best in wrestling, archery and horse-racing. 

A westbound UlaanBaatar to Moscow departure is also available.Special Offer:Traveling Solo? Save on the Single Supplement! (more info)Read More


The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Westbound

The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Westbound

From the Mongolian steppe to the Siberian taiga to the Moscow Kremlin, this private train journey celebrates three different cultures – that of the Mongolian nomad, drawn to the capital, UlaanBaatar, for the celebrated Naadam Festival; the Baikal Siberian, proud heir of Cossacks, indigenous Buryats and czarist political exiles; and the modern Muscovite, hailing a taxi in front of an 800-year-old palace. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rail line and join the crowd in UlaanBaatar singing the praises of the country’s best in wrestling, archery and horse racing. An eastbound Moscow to UlaanBaatar departure is also available.Special Offer:Book a 2018 rail journey by private train between April 20-May 31, 2017 and pay the 2017 price PLUS save $500 (more info).Read More


Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival

Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival

Mongolia: The name conjures up images of vast grasslands, wind-swept steppe and endless sky. Here an empire built on horseback galloped across two continents, leaving behind the names Genghis and Kublai Khan. Follow their lead, using the horsepower of modern vehicles to cover the incredible distances at the heart of Mongolia. End in the capital, where the ancient skills of that nomadic army are preserved at the extraordinary Naadam Festival.Read More


Mongolia & Tibet: Steppes to the Roof of the World

Mongolia & Tibet: Steppes to the Roof of the World

The peoples of the Mongolian steppe and of the Tibetan Plateau have much in common. Both espouse Tibetan Buddhism and unfurl painted silk thangkas on festival days. Both were originally nomads, the Mongolians relying on the horse and the Tibetans on the yak for sustenance. From the “Roof of the World” to the Gobi Desert, dive deep into both enduring cultures.Please noteThis itinerary is currently only available as a custom or independent program.  For a small group tour to this region, see Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival.Read More


Mongolia & Kyrgyzstan: Lands of the Last Nomads

Mongolia & Kyrgyzstan: Lands of the Last Nomads

On this search for Mongolian and Kyrgyz nomads, travel from the vast Mongolian steppe to the jailoo, the Kyrgyz summer pastures, visiting nomadic families in their gers and yurts and getting a feel for a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Learn about the trusted folkways, traditional methods of grazing animals and hunting game, familiar music, epic poetry and dance, the hospitality of the steppe and the close-knit life of families on the edge – some of the things that don’t change in this precarious, and inexorably changing, way of life.Please noteThis itinerary is currently only available as a custom or independent program.  For a small group tour to this region, see Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival.Read More