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.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.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. Read More


Russian Winter Wonderland

Russian Winter Wonderland

Nobody loves New Year’s Eve like the Russians do – it’s the most festive holiday of the year, with parties, presents, and champagne toasts. This celebratory tour revolves around New Year’s in glorious St. Petersburg, with Moscow merrymaking and a visit to 12th century Suzdal to round out the festivities, admiring ancient churches and enjoying a traditional sleigh ride.Read More


Christmas Traditions of Poland

Christmas Traditions of Poland

Celebrate the heartfelt holiday traditions of Poland, wandering Krakow’s brilliant Christmas Market and joining a Polish family in their Warsaw home for the intimate Christmas Eve feast called Wigilia, where you can sample 12 different traditional dishes. This wintry journey brings you close to the warm heart of Poland’s long-standing customs.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 & 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


Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel Present: Cruise the Ob, Siberian Waterway

Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel Present: Cruise the Ob, Siberian Waterway

Cruise north to the Arctic Circle through the White Nights of summer on the mighty Ob River, an early north-south trade route in Western Russia. Bask in the Midnight Sun during the week of the summer solstice; by the time you reach the Arctic Circle, the sun won’t bother to set at all. Stop in little towns founded by indigenous peoples, fur traders, and gold miners, and visit sizable cities founded on more recent oil discoveries. Get to know the hardy people who call this northern region home. Read More