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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 its 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.
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HOW COLD IS THE TRANS-SIBERIAN IN WINTER?

It may come as a surprise but probably not as cold as you think! Firstly, anywhere indoors is extremely well heated in Russia, Mongolia and China. Secondly, the cold is a very dry cold and so providing you wear the right clothing in layers and keep the wind out you'll find you can keep warm even for extended periods outside.

what are the advantages of travelling in winter?

Firstly, the whole route looks extremely beautiful covered in snow. Also, 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. Lastly, certain bragging rights come with having crossed Siberia in winter!

HOW DO WE GET STARTED ORGANISING a winter tour?

Have a look through the winter tours we list below. These are designed to cover the best options for both Eastbound and Westbound trips as well as some great full circle tours from Beijing back to Beijing. Then, the best thing to do is contact us by phone on +44 020 8816 8925, email or the form below so we can start planning your Trans-Siberian winter tour.

PUBLIC TRAIN TOURS

OUR EXCLUSIVE TOURS USING THE PUBLIC TRAINS IN RUSSIA, CHINA & MONGOLIA 

FEATURED TOURS

we start with Our favourite two winter trips using the public trains

WINTER CLASSIC EASTBOUND

Trip CODE TS-W-M-08

18 nights / 19 days 

From UK £ 3,260 / US$ 4,570 pp

TRANS-MONGOLIAN ROUTE VISITING

MOSCOW ● EKATERINBURG ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● ULAANBAATAR ● BEIJING

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WINTER EXPLORER WESTBOUND

Trip CODE TS-W-B-03

16 nights / 17 days 

From UK £ 2,995 / US$ 4,195 pp

TRANS-MANCHURIAN ROUTE VISITING

BEIJING ● HARBIN ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● EKATERINBURG ● MOSCOW

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SIBERIAN EXPRESS EASTBOUND

Trip CODE TS-W-M-09

15 nights / 16 days 

From UK £ 2,195 / US$ 3,080 pp

TRANS-SIBERIAN ROUTE VISITING

MOSCOW ● EKATERINBURG ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● VLADIVOSTOK

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SIBERIAN EXPRESS WESTBOUND

Trip CODE TS-W-V-01

14 nights / 15 days 

From UK £ 2,260 / US$ 3,170 pp

TRANS-SIBERIAN ROUTE VISITING

VLADIVOSTOK ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● EKATERINBURG ● MOSCOW

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EASTBOUND TOURS

additional winter tours heading eastbound from moscow USING PUBLIC TRAINS

WINTER EXPLORER EASTBOUND

Trip CODE TS-W-M-06

16 nights / 17 days 

From UK £ 3,150 / US$ 4,410 pp

TRANS-MANCHURIAN ROUTE VISITING

MOSCOW ● EKATERINBURG ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● HARBIN ● BEIJING

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WINTER HIGHLIGHTS EASTBOUND

Trip CODE TS-W-M-07

16 nights / 17 days 

From UK £ 2,710 / US$ 3,800 pp

TRANS-MONGOLIAN ROUTE VISITING

MOSCOW ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● ULAANBAATAR ● BEIJING

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WESTBOUND TOURS

additional winter tours heading WESTbound from beijing USING PUBLIC TRAINS

WINTER HIGHLIGHTS WESTBOUND

Trip CODE TS-W-B-04

15 nights / 16 days 

From UK £ 2,745 / US$ 3,850 pp

TRANS-MONGOLIAN ROUTE VISITING

BEIJING ● ULAANBAATAR ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● MOSCOW

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WINTER EXPLORER WESTBOUND

Trip CODE TS-W-B-05

17 nights / 18 days 

From UK £ 3,175 / US$ 4,445 pp

TRANS-MONGOLIAN ROUTE VISITING

BEIJING ● ULAANBAATAR ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● EKATERINBURG ● MOSCOW

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CIRCULAR TOURS

winter tours with a circular route that startS & finishES in beijing USING PUBLIC TRAINS

WINTER CIRCLE & HARBIN

Trip CODE TS-W-B-01

14 nights / 15 days 

From UK £ 2,800 / US$ 3,920 pp

TRANS-MONGOLIAN / MANCHURIAN ROUTE VISITING

BEIJING ● HARBIN ● IRKUTSK ● ULAANBAATAR ● BEIJING

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WINTER CIRCLE EXPLORED

Trip CODE TS-W-B-02

12 nights / 13 days 

From UK £ 2,365 / US$ 3,315 pp

TRANS-MONGOLIAN / MANCHURIAN ROUTE VISITING

BEIJING ● IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ● ULAANBAATAR ● BEIJING

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ALL OUR TOURS INCLUDE

TRANSPORT

All trains are included in either second or first class. International flights are not but we can book separately

ACCOMMODATION

All overnight accommodation is included and we pay particular attention to where we book.

TRANSFERS

Private transfers are included at each destination listed so you won't have to find your own way to hotels.

TOURS

All tours are included as describe din the itinerary and, unless specified, are private tours and include entrance fees.

OUR EXCLUSIVE TRIP GUIDEBOOK

These trips include* our exclusive 200+ page guidebook personalised to your trip and allowing you to be fully prepared for your trip of a lifetime - an invaluable resource!
*Tsars Gold, Golden Eagle & Imperial Russia have their own documents
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TRANS-SIBERIAN WINTER TOURS

PRIVATE & LUXURY TRAINS

In addition to the public trains there are private tourist trains that run a select few trips in winter. These are fixed date departure, group tours and the three train companies are listed below. 

GOLDEN EAGLE

Luxury Train running the Moscow to Vladivostok route & Arctic Circle trips.

TSARS GOLD

Private Train running the Moscow to Ulaanbaatar route in winter.

IMPERIAL RUSSIA

Private Train with a winter trip to Murmansk inside the Arctic Circle.

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GOLDEN EAGLE

traVeL on THE LUXURY train taking THE TRANS-SIBERIAN & ARCTIC ROUTES in WINTER
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WINTER JOURNEYS

A COLLECTION OF LUXURY WINTER TOURS

GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

WINTER WONDERLAND EASTBOUND

14 NIGHTS FROM UK £ 14,395  / US$ 19,395

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GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

WINTER WONDERLAND WESTBOUND

14 NIGHTS FROM UK £ 14,395 / US$ 19,395

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Golden Eagle Trans-siberian

25th ANNIVERARY TOUR

AN EXCLUSIVE WINTER TOUR FROM VLADIVOSTOK TO MOSCOW ENTIRELY BY STEAM TRAIN

GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

VLADIVOSTOK TO MOSCOW

A spectacular trip on the most iconic railway in the world hauled entirely by steam locomotives.

21 NIGHTS FROM UK £ 14,695  / US$ 19,895

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ARCTIC EXPLORER

TWO 11 night winter trips beyond the Arctic circle from UK £ 9,995 / US$ 13,500

GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

ARCTIC EXPLORER NEW YEAR

11 NIGHTS FROM UK £ 11,995  / US$ 16,295

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GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

ARCTIC EXPLORER IN FEBRUARY

11 NIGHTS FROM UK £ 10,195 / US$ 13,795

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TSARS GOLD

PRIVATE TRAIN USING THE TRANS-MONGOLIAN ROUTE FOR THEIR WINTER TOURS

WINTER TOURS

THE BEST OF WINTER EAST & WESTBOUND TO & FROM ULAANBAATAR

TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

MOSCOW to ulaanbaatar

12 NIGHTS FROM UK £3,360  / US$ 4,540

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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

ULAANBAATAR TO MOSCOW

11 NIGHTS FROM UK £3,160  / US$ 4,270

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IMPERIAL RUSSIA TOURS

an exclusive new year trip to the arctic circleto see the northern lights

WINTER ARCTIC TOUR

A TRIP UP TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

IMPERIAL RUSSIA TRAIN

ARCTIC CIRCLE TOUR

An 10 day winter adventure over the New Year to the far North Western region of Russia with a chance of seeing the Northern Lights!

9 NIGHTS FROM UK £ 5,990  / US$ 8,090

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THE TOP WINTER TRANS-SIBERIAN TOUR DESTINATIONS

OUR PICK OF WHERE TO GO IN WINTER

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!
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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!
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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 its 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.
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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.
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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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