Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads

Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads

Beautiful and exotic, Siberia and Mongolia are worlds away from the traditional beaten path. Explore the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, then fly to the red sands of the Gobi Desert. Celebrate a country Naadam Festival, far from the glitz and ruckus of the capital. In Siberia, take to the waters of great Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake on earth, and ride a section of the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway.Read More


Essential Central Asia

Essential Central Asia

Explore the markets, mosques, minarets and teahouses of oasis towns on the fringes of the Kyzyl Kum and Kara Kum deserts. Here, spiritual beliefs were the greatest commodities to flow along trade routes, and civilizations blossomed amidst austere natural beauty. Read More


Essential Uzbekistan

Essential Uzbekistan

Roam the great Silk Road oases of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, all of them UNESCO Sites. Admire their mosques, madrassahs and minarets clad in ceramic tiles the color of the desert sky. Read More


Essential Turkmenistan

Essential Turkmenistan

Modern monuments dot Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, yet tribal culture remains strong in the villages. Crisscross this rarely visited country, connecting with tribal people in the mountains, admiring sweeping landscapes and UNESCO-listed ruins populated by wild camels, and enjoying the cool breezes of the Caspian seashore. Camp at the “Door to Hell,” the burning Darvaza gas crater.Read More


The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

Covering the Central Asian portion of the 21-day Silk Route by Private Train between Moscow and Almaty, this journey provides the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate the dramatic contrasts of this region, stretching from European Russia to Almaty, Kazakhstan, and visiting five UNESCO sites along the way. You can make the epic journey aboard the exclusive Golden Eagle private train, which will carry you in style and comfort where camels used to trudge.A westbound Almaty to Moscow departure is also available. Read More


The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

The Princes of Muscovy traded precious furs – sable, ermine and fox – for the silks of China that reached their borders on the backs of swaying camels along the old Silk Road. Today you can make the epic journey along the Silk Road aboard comfortable private trains instead of, as in the old days, hazarding the wild deserts and fierce tribes of Central Asia with a caravan of well-armed merchants. An eastbound Moscow to Beijing departure is also available. A shorter version of this trip, The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train is also available from Almaty to Moscow as well as eastbound, Moscow to Almaty. Read More


The Trans-Siberian Express Between Moscow & Beijing: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Express Between Moscow & Beijing: Eastbound

Starting in Moscow with its gleaming golden cupolas, continue to the steep shores of ancient Lake Baikal and on to Mongolia’s modern capital, Ulaanbaatar. Traverse Mongolia from the endless steppe across the Gobi Desert, where Genghis Khan’s armies once galloped. Roll along a railway that ties together two of the world’s biggest countries, Russia and China, and end in Beijing, where the remnants of Imperial China sit shoulder-to-shoulder with thriving businesses and five star hotels.Westbound Beijing to Moscow departures are also available.Many of our 2019 departures of this rail journey are filling up! 2020 dates are available! Contact us today to book your trip and get your 2020 trip at the 2019 price. Read More


The Trans-Siberian Express Between Beijing & Moscow: Westbound

The Trans-Siberian Express Between Beijing & Moscow: Westbound

Starting in Beijing, where the remnants of Imperial China sit shoulder-to-shoulder with thriving businesses and five star hotels, roll along a railway that ties together two of the world’s biggest countries, China and Russia. Traverse Mongolia from the Gobi Desert across the endless steppe, where Genghis Khan’s armies once galloped, to the modern capital, Ulaanbaatar. Continue up to the steep shores of ancient Lake Baikal, and on to the gleaming golden cupolas of Moscow.Eastbound Moscow to Beijing departures are also available.Many of our 2019 departures of this rail journey are filling up! 2020 dates are available! Contact us today to book your trip and get your 2020 trip at the 2019 price.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