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Trans-Siberian Winter Tours

To the surprise of some the winter months from December to February can be some of the best in which to make a Trans-Siberian rail trip. Much of Russia looks at it’s best under a beautiful blanket of snow and as the winters are so long the culture and activities available are well established and designed to make the best of this season.

Will it be cold? Well, yes, very! However, it is rarely a cold that the right clothing can’t deal with and the trains and hotels are are snug and warm! The weather rarely if ever holds up the train and usually in the period after New Year the climate is settled with clear skies much of the time.

Winter travel will also get you closer to the Russians themselves as there are far fewer tourists and a certain appreciation that you are choosing to visit at this time.

All of us at The Trans-Siberian Travel Company look forward to assisting you with your winter trip!

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“I can’t say enough about this trip. It was wonderful and even better than I had imagined. Moscow during the lead up to Christmas was gorgeous. The whole city was dripping in lights and decorations.”

Christine Houck

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“The trip was fantastic and we loved it. The places we saw, the guides and the trains were all brilliant. Everything was well organised and very easy, we would recommend the trip.”

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OUR EXCLUSIVE TRANS-SIBERIAN WINTER TOURS

A superb set of tours using the public trains through Russia, Mongolia and China covering the highlights these countries offer the winter traveller.

TS-W-B-01 - WINTER CIRCLE & HARBIN
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BEIJING ● HARBIN ● IRKUTSK ● ULAANBAATAR ● BEIJING
14 nights from UK £ 2,610 per person
TS-W-B-02 - WINTER CIRCLE EXPLORED
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BEIJING ● IRKUTSK ● ULAANBAATAR ● BEIJING
12 nights from UK £ 2,150 per person
TS-W-B-03 - WINTER EXPLORER WESTBOUND
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BEIJING ● HARBIN ● IRKUTSK ● EKATERINBURG ● MOSCOW
16 nights from UK £ 2,725 per person
TS-W-B-04 - WINTER HIGHLIGHTS WESTBOUND
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BEIJING ● ULAANBAATAR ● IRKUTSK ● MOSCOW
14 nights from UK £ 2,280 per person
TS-W-B-05 - WINTER CLASSIC WESTBOUND
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BEIJING ● ULAANBAATAR ● IRKUTSK ● EKATERINBURG ● MOSCOW
17 nights from UK £ 2,720 per person
TS-W-M-06 - WINTER EXPLORER EASTBOUND
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MOSCOW ● EKATERINBURG ● IRKUTSK ● HARBIN ● BEIJING
16 nights from UK £ 2,830 per person
TS-W-M-07 - WINTER HIGHLIGHTS EASTBOUND
MOSCOW ● IRKUTSK ● ULAANBAATAR ● BEIJING
15 nights from UK £ 2,160 per person
TS-W-M-08 - WINTER CLASSIC EASTBOUND
MOSCOW ● EKATERINBURG ● IRKUTSK ● ULAANBAATAR ● BEIJING
17 nights from UK £ 2,705 per person

TSARS GOLD TRANS-MONGOLIAN & IMPERIAL RUSSIA’S ARCTIC WINTER TOURS

Tsars Gold run a Moscow to Ulaanbaatar on their private train whilst Imperial Russia offer an Arctic Circle experience in good comfort.

TSARS GOLD MOSCOW ULAANBAATAR WINTER
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12 nights from UK £ 3,260 per person
IMPERIAL RUSSIA ARCTIC WINTER TOUR
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9 nights from UK £ 3,590 per person

GOLDEN EAGLE TRANS-SIBERIAN & ARCTIC EXPLORER WINTER TOURS

The Golden Eagle is the most luxurious of the Trans-Siberian trains with every cabin having ensuite facilities – these are the trips for a winter tour in comfort.

WINTER WONDERLAND EASTBOUND
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14 nights from UK £ 13,795 per person
WINTER WONDERLAND WESTBOUND
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14 nights from UK £ 13,795 per person
ARCTIC EXPLORER - CHRISTMAS
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11 nights from UK £ 9,695 per person
ARCTIC EXPLORER - NEW YEAR
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11 nights from UK £ 9,695 per person
ARCTIC EXPLORER - FEBRUARY
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11 nights from UK £ 9,695 per person
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The Top Winter Trans-Siberian Tour Destinations

The Trans-Siberian offers up some superb winter experiences with the highlights found in the main destinations below. The train travel itself is also very special in the winter months with nothing more cosy than sitting in your warm cabin watching the frozen winter landscape of Siberia pass by!

Winter Ekaterinburg Dog Sledging

Ekaterinburg's Winter Activities

This stopover offers a wide range of winter activities from ice fishing to dog sledging making it an excellent winter stop. Our favourite is the sledging which makes for an unforgettable day with these extraordinarily tough and beautiful dogs. Ekaterinburg itself has a small ice festival and the forests outside are a delight to walk through. There is also the option of skiing in the Ural mountains which is sure to stop anyone waxing lyrical about their trip to the Alps!

Winter Frozen lake baikal

Irkutsk & Frozen Lake Baikal

By January Lake Baikal has frozen over and venturing out on to the ice is a wonderful experience. The ice is exceptionally clear and don’t worry about it’s thickness as temporary roads are made across the lake. In fact, the Trans-Siberian originally ran across the lake in winter. It is possible to mountain bike on the frozen lake and there are also opportunities to snow mobile and go dog sledging. Irkutsk and Baikal can be fitted into any Trans-Siberian tour.

Winter Mongolian ger

Mongolia Frozen in Time

Perhaps the most magical winter experience we have had is a night in a Mongolian ger out on the frozen steppe. The traditional accommodation of the nomads are well designed for winter with insulation so good it is not unheard of to have to open the door to cool them down! For the truly fearless of the cold there is also the Lake Khuvsgul Ice festival held in late February. At least 1 night in a ger is an essential Trans-Mongolian experience.

Winter Harbin ice Festival

Harbin & the Ice Festival

The Chinese in Harbin take the concept of ice festivals to a whole new and vast dimension. The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival runs each year from early January to mid-February and we think this is one of China’s most spectacular yet largely unsung events. Each year has a theme and near life size replicas of Russian cathedrals, Chinese temples and a whole host of iconic world sights are built and lit up. Harbin is conveniently along the Trans-Manchurian line.

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