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 Siberia

Essential Siberia

Near the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, survey the Mongolian, Cossack, Buryat and Buddhist heritage of south Siberia, and admire its overwhelming natural beauty. Take a short trip on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway and continue to Listvyanka, a small village situated on the shore of Lake Baikal. Explore Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic and center of Buddhism in Russia.Read More


Essential Crimea

Essential Crimea

Take a remarkable stroll through history around Ukraine’s lush Crimean Peninsula, hanging like a jewel into the balmy Black Sea. Roam from an ancient Scythian kurgan to Chekhov’s house, from the Tatar palace of Bakhchysaray to the home of the Black Sea Fleet, from a Genoese fortress in Feodosiya to Yalta, where the fate of post-war Europe was decided. Read More


Russia’s Imperial Capitals & Ancient Villages

Russia’s Imperial Capitals & Ancient Villages

Discover where Russian art, architecture and culture began. In between the urban centers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, experience the Russian countryside. The oldest and loveliest churches in Russia, Sergiev Posad’s wooden crafts and Fedoskino’s glowing lacquer boxes all put a shine on Russia’s Golden Ring.Read More


Essential Slovenia & Croatia

Essential Slovenia & Croatia

Discover lively, compact Slovenia and laid-back, life-loving Croatia on this 10-day overland adventure. Enjoy both the green and glorious Julian Alps of Slovenia and the white beaches, blue skies, rocky islands, cream-colored limestone buildings and red-tiled roofs of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Begin in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, where traces of Belle Époque Vienna remain, then drive a mere 70 miles to the sophisticated capital of Slovenia, lovely Ljubljana.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


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