Bombay Bazaar, 12 Days

India

HIGHLIGHTS: Delhi - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Goa - Calicut - Kochi Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Arrive Delhi - Explore the labyrinthine backstreets of Old Delhi. Day 2. Delhi and overnight train Delhi to Aurangabad. Day 3. Midday arrival into Aurangabad. Add a visit to the Ellora or Ajanta Caves to your 'must-do' list. Day 4. Aurangabad and overnight train to Mumbai. Day 5. Early arrival into Mumbai - Home of Bollywood. Day 6. Mumbai - Perhaps jump on a boat to Elephanta Island or walk Marine Drive before your overnight train to Goa. Day 7-9. Relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Goa. Day 10. Goa and overnight train to Calicut. Day 11. Calicut - Welcome to the city of spices. Day 12. Morning train from Calicut to Kochi where your journey comes to an end. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

12 days
FROM $985*
12 days From $985*

The Budgeting Bolshevik, 12 Days

Trans Siberian

HIGHLIGHTS: Moscow - Trans Siberian Railway - Irkutsk - Lake Baikal - Ulaanbaatar - Trans Mongolian Railway - Terelj National Park - Gobi Desert - Beijing Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1 Arrive in Moscow - Meet your group, jump on the metro and start your journey in Red Square. Day 2 Moscow - Explore this great city before an afternoon departure to Irkutsk. Day 3 All aboard the Trans Siberian Railway - Settle into life onboard. Day 4-5 Trans Siberian Railway - Spend time with the locals, share stories and watch the landscapes change out of the window. Day 6 Morning arrival in Irkutsk and to Lake Baikal - Go for a refreshing swim and try the lake's famous, tasty fish. Day 7 Return to Irkutsk and board an evening train to Ulaanbaatar. Day 8 Trans Mongolian Railway - Catch a glimpse of your first yak in Mongolia and witness the incredible landscapes from your train window. Day 9 Early morning arrival into Ulaanbaatar and head out to Terelj National Park and our ger camp. Day 10 Ger camp and return to Ulaanbaatar - Relax in the serenity of the wide open steppe and learn about the nomadic way of life. Day 11 Morning departure to Beijing - Cross the legendary Gobi Desert. Day 12 Early afternoon arrival in Beijing and your journey ends. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

12 days
FROM $1,835*
12 days From $1,835*

The Genghis Khan, 14 Days

Trans Siberian

HIGHLIGHTS: Moscow - Trans Siberian Railway - Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park - Beijing Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Arrive in Moscow - Meet your group and Honcho. Day 2. Moscow - Check out the Kremlin, pay a visit to Lenin or travel on the dazzling metro system. Day 3. Moscow and evening departure to Ulaanbaatar - All aboard the Trans Siberian Railway. Day 4-7. Trans Siberian Railway - Settle in to life onboard, spend time with the locals, share stories and watch the landscapes change out the window. Day 8. Morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar - Get a great view of the town from the Zaisan Memorial or mingle with monks at the Gaandan Khiid Monastery. Day 9. Head out to Terelj National Park and our ger camp - Relax in the fresh air and sample some nomadic delicacies. Day 10. Ger camp and return to Ulaanbaatar - Climb Turtle Rock or play some pool with the locals in the wilderness. Day 11. Morning departure for Beijing - Enjoy the final train journey and an impressive change of wheels at the border. Day 12. Afternoon arrival into Beijing - Explore the hutongs and night markets. Day 13. Beijing - Ride a bicycle around to get an idea of the scale of the city and the metro to grasp the density of the population. Day 14. Finish in Beijing - Time to farewell your new friends. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

14 days
FROM $2,220*
14 days From $2,220*

The Genghis Khan, 15 Days

Trans Siberian

HIGHLIGHTS: Beijing - Trans Mongolian Railway - Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park - Trans Siberian Railway - Moscow Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Start your journey in Beijing - meet your new travel buddies and Honcho. Day 2. Beijing - Ride a bicycle around to get an idea of the scale of the city, or travel by metro to grasp the density of the population. Day 3. Morning departure for Ulaanbaatar - All aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway. Day 4. Afternoon arrival into Ulaanbaatar - Check out this quirky capital. Day 5. Head out to Terelj National Park and ger camp - Relax in the fresh air and sample some nomadic delicacies. Day 6. Terelj National Park - Climb Turtle Rock or play some pool with the locals in the wilderness. Day 7. Ger camp and return to Ulaanbaatar. Day 8. Ulaanbaatar - Get a great view of the town from the Zaisan Memorial or mingle with monks at the Gaandan Khiid Monastery. Day 9. Ulaanbaatar and afternoon departure for Moscow - Settle into life onboard. Day 10. Trans Mongolian Railway - Cross the border into Russia and watch the landscapes change as your enter Siberia. Day 11 -12. Trans Siberian Railway - Spend time with the locals, exchange stories and share food in the dining car. Day 13. Early afternoon arrival into Moscow and start exploring. Day 14. Moscow - Get lost in the maze of little streets in Kuzetsky or discover old Moscow. Day 15. Moscow - End your journey and farewell your new friends. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

15 days
FROM $2,220*
15 days From $2,220*

The Wild Nomad, 16 Days

Mongolia

HIGHLIGHTS: Ulaanbaatar - Moron - Khovsgol Lake - Khorgo National Park - Orkhon Valley - Gobi Desert - Kharkhorin - Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes - Flaming Cliffs - Yol Valley - Gobi Glacier - Baga Gazariin Chuluu Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Arrive Ulaanbaatar. Day 2. Drive to the magnificent Amarbayasgalant Monastery, built during 1727-1736 without using a single nail. Day 3. Set off on your journey to Moron. Day 4. Explore the lush valleys and cool waters of Mongolia's largest river, the Selenge River. Day 5. Moron to Khovsgol Lake - known as the 'Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia'. Day 6. Spend the day hiking, reindeer riding, experiencing daily life of the nomads and snapping plenty of incredible photos. Day 7. Drive to Khorgo National Park - Hike to Khorgo Volcano and White Lake, exploring the dozens of caverns that surround it. Day 8. Soak in the healing qualities of Tsenkher Hot Springs. Day 9. Continue your journey to the picturesque Orkhon Valley - Anyone for fishing? Day 10. Head south into the Gobi Desert stopping en route at Kharkhorin. Day 11. Kharkhorin to Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes that reach whopping 200 metres high, 12km wide and about 100km long. Day 12. Search for your own dinosaur fossils in Bayanzag's dinosaur cemetery and see the unique Flaming Cliffs. Day 13. Drive from Bayanzag to the incredible Yol Valley and the Gobi Glacier. Day 14. Visit the remote area of Baga Gazariin Chuluu scattered with tributes to the land and its ancestors. Day 15. Make your way back through the Mongolian steepe to the city lights of Ulaanbaatar. Day 16. Your Wild Nomad journey comes to an end. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

16 days
FROM $2,850*
16 days From $2,850*

Majestic Maharajahs, 32 Days

India

HIGHLIGHTS: Kolkata - Varanasi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Chandigarh - Amritsar - Dharamsala - Shimla - Delhi - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Goa - Calicut - Kochi Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Arrive Kolkata. Day 2. Wander the colonial grandeur of Kolkata before you leave for Varanasi. Day 3. Rise and shine It's an early morning arrival into one of the holiest cities of India. Visit the sacred waters of the Ganges and witness the colourful, chaotic and memorable ceremonies that are a part of daily life here. Day 4. Varanasi and afternoon train to Agra. Day 5. Early morning arrival into Agra - Home of India's most famous monument the Taj Mahal. Day 6. Agra and evening train to Jaipur, the fabled pink city of Rajasthan. Day 7. Jaipur - Hilltop forts, captivating palaces, serene temples and bustling bazaars. Day 8. Jaipur and overnight train to Udaipur. Day 9. Early morning arrival into Udaipur where you can visit the Lake Palace used in the James Bond movie 'Octopussy'. Day 10. Udaipur and drive 260km to Jodhpur. Day 11. Jodhpur - Climb up to the Mehrangarh Fort and marvel at this blue city. Day 12. Morning train Jodhpur to Bikaner. Day 13. Bikaner - Enjoy a camel safari and an overnight stay in our desert camp. Day 14. Bikaner and overnight train to Chandigarh. Day 15. Early morning arrival to Chandigarh and afternoon transfer to Amritsar the spiritual and cultural capital of the Sikh religion and home of the incredible Golden Temple. Day 16. Drive 200km Amritsar to Dharamsala. Day 17. Dharamsala - The holy abode of the exiled Dalai Lama. Day 18. Depart from Dharamsala and late afternoon arrival to the hill station of Shimla. Day 19. Shimla - Enjoy the former summer capital of British India sprawled over 12km of ridgeline. Day 20. Morning departure aboard the Himalayan Queen Train to Delhi. Wind your way down from Shimla through the foothills of the Himalayas. Day 21. Late night arrival into Delhi. Day 22. Train Delhi to Aurangabad. Day 23. Midday arrival to Aurangabad - Gateway to the World Heritage Listed Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Day 24. Aurangabad and overnight train to Mumbai. Day 25. Mumbai - Perhaps take an eye-opening Slum Tour of Dharavi. Day 26. Mumbai and overnight train to Goa. Day 27-29. Goa - East meets west in this glorious slice of India with pristine beaches. Day 30. Goa and overnight train to Calicut. Day 31. See the sunrise this morning as you arrive into Calicut - Famous for spices. Day 32. Calicut to Kochi where your journey concludes. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

32 days
FROM $2,885*
32 days From $2,885*

The Ruski Huski, 19 Days

Mongolia

HIGHLIGHTS: St Petersburg - Moscow - Siberia - Irkutsk - Lake Baikal - Trans Mongolian Railway - Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park - Beijing Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Arrive in St Petersburg - Let the journey begin. Day 2. Explore the unimaginable treasure trove of sights St Petersburg has to offer before boarding our overnight train to Moscow. Day 3. Hello Moscow Visit Moscow's iconic Red Square and see St. Basil's Cathedral lit up like a fairytale in the snow. Day 4. Visit Moscow's infamous GUM department store it is architecturally stunning Early afternoon we board our train to Siberia. Day 5-8. Early morning arrival into Irkutsk and a short onward journey to Lake Baikal - Fancy going for a hovercraft ride over the ice? Day 9. Lake Baikal - Say hello to the huskies. Day 10. Return to Irkutsk for an evening train to Ulaanbaatar. Day 11. Trans Mongolian Railway. Day 12. Early morning arrival into Ulaanbaatar - Explore Mongolia's quirky capital. Day 13. Terelj National Park and ger camp - Hang out with some nomads and go tobogganing in the snow. Day 14. Terelj National Park and ger camp - A magical morning awaits, why not enjoy a horse ride through the snow covered landscape? Day 15. Ger camp and return to Ulaanbaatar. Day 16. Morning departure to Beijing on the Trans Mongolian Railway. Day 17. Arrive in Beijing in the early afternoon and start exploring. Day 18. Beijing - Get lost in hutongs and take in the smells, sights and sounds of traditional Beijing. Day 19. Beijing - Your journey concludes. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

19 days
FROM $3,250*
19 days From $3,250*

Borscht and Bears, 15 Days

Russia

HIGHLIGHTS: St Petersburg - Petrozavaodsk - Kizhi Island - Murmansk - Arkhangelsk - Yaroslavl - Niznhy Novgorod - Kazan - Moscow Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Arrive in St Petersburg - Meet your Honcho and your new Vodkatrain buddies. Day 2. St Petersburg - Explore the city of the Tsars and soak in the unrivalled stash of art and culture before we board our overnight train. Day 3. Arrive Petrozavaodsk. Take a trip out to Kizhi Island one of Russia's unmissable attractions Early evening departure to Murmansk. Day 4. Arrive Murmansk. Day 5. Murmansk - Why not recreate your own spy fantasy aboard the 1957 NS Lenin, the world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker? Day 6. Continue your exploration of this Arctic city before we meet our overnight train. Day 7. Late night arrival into Arkhangelsk. Day 8. Arkhangelsk and early evening train to Yaroslavl. Day 9. Check out Yaroslavl's stunning skyline of onion domes and towering spires from the Bell Tower of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Day 10. Morning train from Yaroslavl to Niznhy Novgorod. Day 11. Wander Niznhy Novgorod's mighty cliff top Kremlin. Day 12. Niznhy Novgorod and to Kazan. Day 13. Arrive Kazan in the early hours of the morning. Day 14. Head to Kazan's bustling Bauman Street for some top-notch people watching before we board our final train to Moscow. Day 15. Early morning arrival to Moscow. Tour concludes. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

15 days
FROM $3,320*
15 days From $3,320*

The Vodkatrain, 21 Days

Trans Siberian

HIGHLIGHTS: St Petersburg - Moscow - Trans Siberian Railway - Irkutsk - Lake Baikal - Trans Mongolian Railway - Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park - Beijing Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Arrive in St Petersburg. Day 2. St Petersburg - Visit the Grand Avenue of Nevsky Prospekt. Day 3. St Petersburg and overnight train to Moscow. Day 4. Arrive in Moscow - Discover the colourful architecture of Red Square. Day 5. Moscow - Pack a picnic and spend some time in Gorky Park. Day 6. Moscow and an afternoon departure to Irkutsk. Day 7-9. Trans Siberian Railway - Head down to the dining car and practice your Russian. Day 10. Morning arrival in Irkutsk and head out to Lake Baikal. Day 11. Lake Baikal - Soak in the scenery and enjoy a hike along its beautiful shores. Day 12. Head back to Irkutsk and depart for Ulaanbaatar in the evening. Day 13. Trans Mongolian Railway. Day 14. Early morning arrival into Ulaanbaatar - Welcome to the land of Genghis Khan. Day 15. Terelj National Park - Settle into life as a nomad staying in our ger camp. Day 16. Terelj National Park - Explore the Aryabal Temple. Day 17. Ger camp and return to Ulaanbaatar. Day 18. Morning departure for Beijing - Back on the train through the Gobi Desert and cross your final border into China. Day 19. Early afternoon arrival into Beijing - Check out the hutongs, markets or Tiananmen Square. Day 20. Beijing - Peking Duck anyone? Day 21. Finish in Beijing - Your epic journey is complete. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

21 days
FROM $3,580*
21 days From $3,580*

The Cossack, 23 Days

Trans Siberian

HIGHLIGHTS: Moscow - Suzdal - Murom - Kazan - Trans Siberian Railway - Irkutsk - Lake Baikal - Ulan Ude - Trans Mongolian Railway - Ulaanbaatar - Bayangobi - Kharkhorin - Beijing Aged 18-35 and looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Jump aboard with Vodkatrain and discover the Trans Siberian Railway, Silk Road and India at local level. Enjoy a truly unique experience as you explore Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, forming new friendships with travellers and locals alike. Vodkatrain is your support network - providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way. Whatever your destination, Vodkatrain is an unforgettable hassle free journey, with company (and a company) you can have fun with. Our Vodkatrain journeys stand out from the crowd because there is no 'Tour Leader' or 'Road crew' to lead the way, instead a local Honcho at each city stop. Honchos are your friend in a distant city and with no set activities you can choose to explore on your own, or hang out with your Honcho and do the group thing. They won't take you to their cousin's brother's uncle's carpet shop, just the places you ask to see or the local ones they'd love to share with you. As specialists in the region, we will ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from the moment you get in touch to the completion of your travels and beyond. Prior to your departure, our experienced team of travel advisors will provide helpful advice and all the necessary documents to support those vital visa applications. During your travels, your Honcho and our network of local partners will be there with you the whole way- so with little to worry about, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your adventure. Day 1. Arrive in Moscow - Choose your own adventure, maybe the Kremlin, a visit to Lenin or travel on the dazzling metro system. Day 2. Moscow - Chill out in Gorky Park. Day 3. Transfer from Moscow to Suzdal. Day 4. Suzdal - Experience your first Russian Banya. Day 5. Transfer to Murom and evening departure for Kazan. Day 6. Morning arrival into Kazan - A mesmerising mix of cultures and religions in the capital of Tatarstan. Evening departure for Irkutsk. Day 7-9. Trans Siberian Railway - Perfect your card skills with the locals. Day 10. Morning arrival into Irkutsk and head out to Lake Baikal. Day 11. Lake Baikal - Witness the magnificent views as you hike along its shores. Day 12. Lake Baikal and return to Irkutsk for the evening train to Ulan Ude. Day 13. Morning arrival into Ulan Ude - Russia's home of Buddhism and the world's biggest statue of Lenin's head. What more could you want? Day 14. Morning departure on the Trans Mongolian Railway. Day 15. Morning arrival into Ulaanbaatar - Explore Mongolia's quirky capital. Day 16. Bayangobi (ger camp) - Enjoy your first night as a nomad. Day 17. Kharkhorin (ger camp) - Genghis Khan's capital set on the sweeping steppe will amaze. Day 18. Kharkhorin (ger camp) - Learn to play the game of knuckle bones. Day 19. Return to Ulaanbaatar. Day 20. Morning departure from Ulaanbaatar for Beijing. Day 21. Early afternoon arrival into Beijing. Day 22. Beijing - Perhaps journey out to the Great Wall or chill out by Beihai Lake. Day 23. Beijing - Wander the hutongs and markets as your journey ends. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 January - 31 Decembe

23 days
FROM $4,255*
23 days From $4,255*

Vodkatrain offers semi-guided journeys for 18 to 35 year olds on the Trans Mongolian Railway and the Silk Road. Travel routes cover Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and India. Setting it apart from other trip operators are the local 'Honchos' and flexible schedules that allow you to explore just the way you like. 

Why travel with Vodkatrain

  1. Small groups of like-minded travellers
  2. Expert staff with heaps of local knowledge
  3. Mix and match with Vodkapacks and Railpacks
  4. Comfortable rail travel between destinations
  5. Schedules are determined for you

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A unique approach

Feel like your crossing uncharted territory but know that Vodkatrain has your back the whole way, providing accommodation, transport and local guides to help you get the most out of your unique experience. You decide what you see, eat, drink and experience with a local expert at each stop to provide a little guidance and insight.  

During your overland adventure you have the opportunity to disembark and explore various cities along the route. In Beijing you can shop, eat fresh street food and walk along the Great Wall. In Mongolia you’ll stay in traditional felt huts and ride horses with the locals.

The Vodkatrain way

Known for its popular Vodkatrain twist on the Trans Mongolian journey, the Vodkatrain tour is a classic. Traverse three distinct countries as you soak up local culture, party to the wee hours at fantastic nightclubs and explore the unique diversity of each place you stop. From Beijing to St Petersburg, surprises and hidden treasures abound.

Group sizes are small to ensure more personalised service, and excellent value ensures you get the most bang for your buck as you go. Accommodation ranges from hostels and hotels to traditional gers and yurts along the Silk Road, while the train travel provides yet another opportunity to mingle with locals on scheduled services.

Did you know...

  • Vodkatrain provides visa support for Australian and British domiciled clients
  • Vodkatrain is a partner of Sundowners Overland, which offers more than 30 years in the industry

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This was an excellent experience that I thoroughly recommend. Firstly, the train itself is a very unique experience - amazing landscapes and scenery, interesting Russian people and the train itself all make it a very different trip. Then there are the guides provided that are very friendly and informative and always up ofr a laugh. Thirdly, even though this is the cheapest trip, it would be a lot harder to do it independently, and you are transported over a huge distance. Definitely recommend it to anyone, especially as a different start to your gap year.

Steven

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Crossing China, Mongolia and Russia on the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railway has been an unforgettable experience. We are really happy  with our decision to go with Vodka Train.  It was all the parts of a tour we like - organised transport and accommodation, without the structured sight-seeing.

We definitely got a lot more out of each city and visited more cities and sights than if we were doing it on our own. It would also have been pretty difficult to do on your own as there is very limited English, the train timetables are impossible to understand, and we often crossed multiple time zones in a day.  The trains also leave without a bell or warning so it would be easy to miss a train and get stuck in the middle of no where. 

The best part about going with Vodka Train was having a local honcho to tell us about the city and show us the best parts. The honchos were similar ages to our group, spoke fluent English and were a lot of fun. We learnt more about the people, culture and life in China, Mongolia and Russia from them than anything we could read in a guide book. It was also a lot more fun to do in a group. We have made some fantastic friends that definitely enhanced our experience, and we look forward to catching up with. 

We saw some amazing places. We would never have considered visiting Mongolia but it turned out to be one of our favourite parts of the trip. Staying in a traditional ger, riding horses across the desert, and the beautiful scenery was fantastic. Our guide in Mongolia, Gerlee, definitely made our experience. Moscow was also spectacular, walking into Red Square and seeing St Basil's Cathedral was our favorite experience of the trip. Lake Baikal was magnificent, and seeing the Kazan Kremlin at night was another top experience.

We also enjoyed trying different local foods and learning a bit of the languages; we are now pricrasna (perfect) at Russian! Traveling on the trains, especially for up to 3 days at a time was a very unique adventure. As was not showering, not being able to go to the bathroom for hours at a time, and surviving on instant porridge, noodles and coffee. I have a new found respect for the multitude of uses for a thermos!

However we were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the trains. The cabins were comfortable and the train attendants were great. The food cart was also good fun, as was eating food sold by women on the platforms, and drinking wodka with Russians. We would definitely recommend Vodka Train, it is such a unique experience and a fantastic way to see some different and interesting places.

Claire

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I had a fantastic time, the vodkatrain was a really great journey and the honchos definitely made travelling and time at each city easier and more interesting. The group element was the best part probably and I would do this trip or another vodkatrain one again. Two things i would improve is more pre-departure info as to what we need and what we will be doing, and the honcho should have told the group to bring litres and litres of bottled water to the national park in Mongolia as lack of clean water became a real problem. Other than that, the places visited were very diverse and interesting and I had a lot of fun!

Izzy

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An amazing experience. Not recommended for fussy travellers but for those with a sense of adventure and a laid-back, positive attitude you will love this trip! The visa support, ample pre-departure info, pre-booked accommodation and transport, as well as having a local to hang out with in each destination make this trip stress free, while still leaving you to create your own adventures in each destination rather than being shunted around in a group following a fully booked itinerary. LOVED IT.

Sally

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