Experience a journey of a lifetime as you visit two continents and travel by rail across nearly 4,000 miles to experience ever-changing landscapes and the fascinating cultures between Mongolia and Moscow.

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 The <i>Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express</i>, traveling along Lake Baikal  Mongolian nomad on the steppes  Archer at the Naadam Festival, Mongolia.  Credit: Barbara York  Naadam Festival wrestlers  National Horse Guard in ceremonial dress, Naadam Festival  Main street in Ulan Ude  Village along Lake Baikal  Traditional and modern architecture of Yekaterinburg  The Kremlin in Kazan  Sky blue domes of the Annunciation Cathedral in the Kazan Kremlin  St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow  View of Moscow's Kremlin  Traditional landscape in Mongolia with <i>ger</i> and livestock

The Trans-Siberian Express

A Private Train Trip from Mongolia to Moscow Featuring the Naadam Festival Aboard the Golden Eagle

14 days from $16,295

Experience a journey of a lifetime as you visit two continents and travel by rail across nearly 4,000 miles to experience ever-changing landscapes and the fascinating cultures between Mongolia and Moscow.

or Call 855-330-1542

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This was a wonderful trip. I thoroughly benefited from my time with Smithsonian.  An added bonus is that so many people on the tour are knowledgeable that we learn from each other. 

- Barbara H.

All in all this was an outstanding adventure—unique background information, excellent city guides, and also all the attention to detail and safety was greatly appreciated.  Would urge anyone to take this Journey and experience the vastness of Russia. 

- Pat R.

I really enjoyed this trip and will recommend it to my friends.  The was just ‘as advertised,’ the voyage of a lifetime by private train.  A unique experience with the most professional and personable staff.

- Ken T.


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Jul 9 - 22, 2017 Departure
Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro is a professor of East Asian history at the University of Nevada.  He has enjoyed visiting appointments at Princeton University, Nichibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies) in Kyoto, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  His extensive archival and fieldwork in China, Japan, and Taiwan regards the history of medicine, disease, and the body in comparative context.  The analysis of bodily experience is a powerful tool for grappling with historical transformation, and Hugh focuses on how cultural practice and ideas, such as the integration of foreign medical systems, inflect the way that people experience illness, in particular neuropsychiatric distress.  He co-edited Medicine Across Cultures: History and Practice of Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, and his recent work appears in volumes published by Harvard University Press, Brill, Rowman & Littlefield, Kluwer, and Pickering & Chatto.  He received the Li-Qing Prize for the History of Chinese Science and won his university’s highest teaching award.  Hugh’s other research and teaching interests include the military history of the Steppe, the material culture of Buddhism, transformations in religious iconography in Central Asia, the influence of the Mongol Empire on the modern world, the Great Game, globalization and science, the history of de-colonization and revolution, visual and performance art, and life in post-Soviet societies.  A popular Smithsonian Expert, Hugh earned his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in History & East Asian Languages from Harvard University.

Jul 9 - 22, 2018 Departure
Sharon Hudgins

Sharon Hudgins

Sharon Hudgins is an award-winning author and former university professor.  A seasoned traveler with a sense of adventure, she has lived in 10 countries on 3 continents, traveled through more than 50 countries across the globe, and logged nearly 40,000 miles on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. After completing a bachelor's degree in Government (Soviet and East European Studies) at the University of Texas, she earned graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (specializing in U.S.-Soviet strategic relations) and the University of Texas (Communications). For 18 years she taught for the University of Maryland's education programs in Europe and Asia, including Russia. Sharon was a professor and administrator for the first Russian-American program at universities in Vladivostok and Irkutsk. 

She is the author of four non-fiction books, including The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East. As a journalist and independent scholar, she has published more than 900 articles on travel, culture and food in magazines, newspapers, academic journals, and books, including Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture; Russian Life; Sibirica: Journal of Siberian Studies; Anthropology of East Europe Review; and several Oxford encyclopedias. Her paper on the foodways of the Siberian Buriats won an international prize at the Oxford Symposium on Food. Sharon’s current projects include a forthcoming book about legendary railway journeys of the world and a forthcoming book about Siberian foods. Sharon has lectured on numerous tours to Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Alaska.