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.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 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.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


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


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


Ancient Persia – Modern Iran

Ancient Persia – Modern Iran

Persia, the extraordinary land that is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, has been known in the west as Iran since 1935, and is a modern country of more than 77 million people. On this 18-day journey, experience eight wonderful UNESCO Sites, explore fabulous bazaars, admire splendid architecture, discover formidable archaeological sites and converse with the welcoming Iranian people.Read More


Siberian Odyssey:  Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva

Siberian Odyssey: Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva

Explore South Siberia, a remote and atmospheric land where mounted Scythians thundered across the steppe long ago. Meet the Buryats of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and the Tuvan and Khakass people, whose Mongolian neighbors imbued them with Buddhism, shamanism and khoomei, or throat-singing. Read More