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Trans Siberian Railway - Trans Mongolian Railway
Trans Manchurian Railway - Silk Road Railway
China Mongolia Siberia and European Russia.
East to West and West to East.
Independent: Guided: Private Train
All levels Backpacker to Deluxe

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From: Jane Sent: Monday, 1 May 2017 10:38 PM
To: Marie Subject: Cafe Pushkin
Hi Marie. We made it to Cafe Pushkin - amazing decor- especially in the loos downstairs! Fantastic weather 25deg - walking tour guide lovely- off to St P. tomorrow. Hope you're well Jane

We have been operating a wide variety of independent programmes and tours into Russia since 1989, starting with university language study groups. As Russia opened up we introduced Trans Siberian train journeys at a real price. We were the first to introduce homestay accommodation. Others were paying high costs while our clients were paying low cost! Same bed, same cabin!

We were the first to explore the BAM Trans Siberian route - previously closed to foreigners. We explored so much that our colleague, Athol Yates, wrote the definitive guide book for this route - BAM Trans Siberian Route - which has been published by "TrailBlazers" in the UK.
Trailblazers also publish the classic guide for this route, "The Trans Siberian Handbook". Following this success Athol was asked by TrailBlazers to update their own Trans Siberian Handbook ! All this experience results in;

  • great trips
  • up to date information
  • reliable partners at all stops means safety for you
  • accountability

You will also note our name is referenced in most of the guidebooks relating to these areas. In fact we have helped many of the Lonely Planet guidebook authors travel around Russia.

Financial Security
You can verify our registrations via the Australian Securities and Investment Commission website. In addition we are members of the ATAS - involving yearly audits of compliance and Helloworld - protection of your funds..

You can also select any of the cities on the map for additional information, maps, images and links to accommodation options, as they become available.

What We Offer: Types of trips: Financial Security: Visa Facilitation: All Russian Travel services. Moscow St Petersburg and Golden Ring tour programmes. Russian visa services. Your one stop Russian Gateway. Board the Trans Siberian Express for the journey of a lifetime.

Special news

Train Timetable Changes for 2018

There will be some normal changes to train timetables and some unexpected changes! It is best to be aware now for future planning. These changes relate to the Trans Mongolian route - which is the most popular.

Beijing to Ulaan Bataar and Ulaan Bataar to Beijing:
This section has 3 trains during the summer timetable and 2 trains during the winter. Wednesday (#3) will remain the same for both periods, but the other 2 trains may change days of operation. This happens every year.

Ulaan Bataar to Irkutsk and Irkutsk to Ulaa Bataar.
This section has some big changes! Trains will be daily until 10/12/2017. There will no longer be a daily train. The new Mongolian train ex Irkutsk will be numbered 306 and will only operate 3 times a week. The days might be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, BUT the new timetable will not be announced until 10/12/17.
Train #6 (Russian train) will depart Irkutsk on Sundays and Mondays and depart (#5) Ulaan Bataar on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Summary: in 2018 there ill only be services 5 days per week and between Beijing and Ulaan Bataar only 2 (winter) and 3 services per week.

Private Train Fully Escorted Exclusive Cabins

For those that do not want to use the standard train and require more comfort here is an opportunity to take a private train on set departure dates. Cabins range from simple to luxury with private bathrooms. Fully guided and a doctor on board.

2018 dates and prices up now published
Trans Siberian/Mongolian route View pages.
Silk Route View Pages

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2017 New Winter Departure of Private Train

Many people want to repeat this rail journey in different seasons. Winter is one most sought after!

 

Football (Soccer) World Cup 2018

I am sure you are all aware that the world cup is in Russia during 2018. The qualifying rounds are over and now the match plans are being constructed.

We have access to Russian based hotel brokers who are holding blocks of rooms at each venue city. We can assist with any plans you have to visit for a game.

Travel to Russia during this period.

There are many people who have no interest in attending a world cup match, but are concerned with regard to ‘the crowds’. By reviewing the match calendar you can avoid a specific city at that particular time. Also, the world cup does not last the whole year, so you could travel in a different season.

Hotel accommodation, for the period of the world cup, is showing higher than normal prices this far out. We predict that the same pattern will happen as it has with past sports events in Russia, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and many other events – Closer to the time blocked hotel rooms will be released as wholesalers/brokers have over estimated the number required and hotels over estimate the prices they can get. An exception would be semi finals and the final.

We have an extensive network of homestays throughout Russia, so here is one way of avoiding a hotel issue well in advance. We already have clients booking their train trip, or Moscow/St Petersburg/Golden Ring programme WITHOUT prime city hotels (Moscow and St Petersburg), they being prepared to ‘wait and see’ before locking in this component. There will, eventually, be ‘rooms at the Inn’.

Visa: If travelling during the World Cup period it is best to be as early as possible for this process. We also think the Russians will keep the easy visa system for cup match attendees. This was where their FIFA ticket presented at immigration allowed them entry for the period required for the game. This would eliminate processing time problems with the Russian Consulates.