Remote Russia: Yakutia & Kamchatka

Remote Russia: Yakutia & Kamchatka

Explore the remote corners of Russia, including the wild Kamchatka Peninsula, uneasily perched on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and Yakutia, a challenging northern frontier known for mammoths and diamonds. Meet the indigenous peoples of these far-flung locales, and admire two natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you contrast the Kingdom of Permafrost in Yakutsk with the steaming Valley of the Geysers in Kamchatka. Read More


In Search of Nomads & Mountains: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

In Search of Nomads & Mountains: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

On this adventurous journey, discover the unspoiled mountain landscapes and remarkable living traditions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, two of Central Asia's least-known countries. Range from alpine Lake Issyk-Kul in the Kyrgyz outback, where the exciting World Nomad Games presents contests in eagle hunting, stick wrestling, and intense Central Asian horse games, to the high, jagged mountains of the remote Pamir Highway in Tajikistan. Read More


Village Traditions of the South Caucasus

Village Traditions of the South Caucasus

Step deep into the cultures of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, experiencing local life in one of the most hospitable regions of the world. Share stories and warm meals in mountain villages, sample natural wines and fantastic local cuisine, and meet craftspeople who work in clay, stained glass, metal and wood — all of it set to a soundtrack of polyphonic singing that can give you goosebumps, and traditional instruments playing the old, old songs of love and heartbreak. Read More


Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

On the rocky ridges overlooking Mongolia’s westernmost province, remote Bayan-Ulgii, a dwindling number of ethnic Kazakhs carry on a 6,000-year-old tradition — hunting with magnificent Golden Eagles, one of the world’s largest predatory birds. Attend the annual Golden Eagle Festival, where the eagle hunters display their birds’ speed, skill and training, as well as the deep bond that forms between bird and human. Along the way, explore Mongolia’s capital, UlaanBaatar, with its Buddhist and nomadic heritage, and the fabled Gobi Desert. Read More


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


Essential Iran Enhanced

Essential Iran Enhanced

Spend 12 days sampling Iran’s cities, walking through history, discovering Zoroastrian life, studying archaeological sites and admiring gorgeous Islamic architecture. From cosmopolitan Tehran to breathtaking Isfahan, get to know five illustrious Iranian cities and six outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read More


Iran Unveiled

Iran Unveiled

Pay a visit to modern Iran, getting acquainted with its hospitable people on a compact overview that hits all the highlights of Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan. Browse the unequaled bazaars, meeting and conversing with locals. Admire the treasures of Iran, from the Crown Jewels in Tehran and several UNESCO-listed classical Persian gardens, to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd and the luminous bridges of Isfahan. Along the way, experience six fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 6th century BC ruins of Pasargadae. Read More


The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Eastbound

The Classic Route operates from Moscow to Vladivostok and in reverse. Spanning almost 6,000 miles of track connecting these two cities, the Classic Route takes in the southern tip of Lake Baikal and the charming Siberian cities of Irkutsk and Ulan Ude, and travels along the Chinese border. Watch from the comfort of the deluxe private train as the cities and industrial centers give way to little villages and miles of wilderness. Westbound Vladivostok to Moscow departures are also available.The Trans-Siberian route between Moscow and Vladivostok also has winter departures, eastbound and westbound.Read More


The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Westbound

The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Westbound

Russia was settled west to east, so a trip from Vladivostok to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian railway is a trip from the wild east to the civilized west. Watch the miles of wilderness give way to little villages, larger towns and industrial centers, and finally, the most energetic spot in Russia, Moscow. Join us on this epic journey across the world’s largest country, visiting four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Eastbound Moscow to Vladivostok departures are also available.The Trans-Siberian route between Moscow and Vladivostok also has winter departures, eastbound and westbound.Read More


Kamchatka: Reindeer Herders & the Ring of Fire

Kamchatka: Reindeer Herders & the Ring of Fire

This uncommon journey focuses on the wild Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia’s east coast, a wide volcanic promontory thrusting upward from the Pacific Ring of Fire. Spend nine days exploring this spectacular region by cross-country vehicle and helicopter, meeting its diverse people and experiencing its ruggedly beautiful landscapes en route.Read More