Compelling cultures in majestic mountains

“The mind,” Hendrick Smith wrote in his 1976 tome on Soviet Russia, “is little equipped to comprehend a nation that encompasses 11 time zones.” Roughly four decades later, the Russians have lopped off a couple of times zones, leaving a mere 9, and while we still can’t quite comprehend it, we do very much appreciate it. We design journeys that roam across all those time zones, from the imperial wonders of St. Petersburg to Siberia’s stunningly beautiful Barguzin Valley.

The Silk Road by Train

  • Epic Moscow-Beijing journey
  • Peel back millennia of history
  • Explore Bukhara, Khiva & Samarkand
  • 13 or 21 day journeys
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Trans-Siberian & Trans-Mongolian Express

  • A rail journey most only dream of
  • 9–15 days touring by comfortable train
  • Fascinating culture, epic landscapes
  • Onboard lectures & Russian lessons
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Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland

  • Departs February & March
  • 15 days, including ice festival
  • Traverse Russia in winter
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Persia & the Silk Road by Train

  • 5 countries by comfortable train
  • Iran's Islamic architecture & hospitality
  • Famed Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan
  • 15–18 days, with onboard lectures
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Arctic Explorer: Midnight Sun or Northern Lights

  • Midnight Sun or Aurora Borealis
  • Charming villages & markets
  • Visits to Vladimir & Suzdal
  • 12 days with St. Petersburg
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