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sia, Mongolia, China, VODKATRAIN – Experience Rus ground level, travelling Kazakstan, Uzbekistan & India at cities with a local with the locals, experiencing the und at local prices. Honcho, eating out & getting aro times, s of group travel (regimented meal Vodkatrain takes the traditional idea rellas umb ing hold le peop nge stra enforced sightseeing and following k up the backside. We prefer to thin aloft) and gives them a hearty kick ket), brac age 35 – 18 sic clas run with the of it as a collection of young (we rary. en to be following the same itine happ who ls idua indiv ded min likee mak we but , llers of your fellow trave We hope you’ll enjoy the company no guarantees! er’ rs because there is no ‘Tour Lead Vodkatrain sets itself apart from othe city stop. each at cho Hon l loca a but , or ‘Road Crew’ to lead the way with se to do your own thing, or hang out With no set activities you can choo in’s cous their to you take t don’ . They your Honcho and do the group thing the places you ask to see or the ones brother’s uncle’s carpet shop, just they’d love to show you. ign s between cities as any local or fore En-route you simply travel on train have the You . stop city each at cho Hon traveller would, and meet a new ons p (max 15) but none of the restricti benefit of being with a small grou the of none and g, brin t migh , schedule that a tour, with its fixed daytime . It’s a nifty ents ngem arra vity /acti ing tsee hassles of making hotel and sigh ll group travel at budget do-it-yourself combination of backpacking and sma our local legends thrown in! prices, with some priceless info from


– providing Vodkatrain is your support network en-route accommodation, transport, transfers most the get you help and local Honchos to stay. out of your you decide You decide what you want to see, t you want wha de what you want to eat, you deci per chea h muc the pay you to experience and r your teve Wha do. you g ythin ever for price local le free destination it’s an unforgettable hass ) you pany com a (and pany com journey, with . with fun have can







DAY d avenue of Nevsky Prospect! 02 St.Petersburg – Visit the gran to Moscow 03 St.Petersburg & overnight train ow 04 Early morning arrival in Mosc Gorky Park at time some d Spen 05 Moscow – to Irkutsk rture depa 06 Moscow & afternoon

09 Trans Siberian railway

to Lake Baikal 10 Morning arrival in Irkutsk & the shores of Lake Baikal 11 Lake Baikal – Enjoy a hike along tar

rture to Ulaanbaa 12 Return to Irkutsk & late depa 13 Trans Mongolian railway


19 Afternoon arrival in Beijing s & food 20 Beijing – Enjoy the colour, sight


tar 04 Morning departure to Ulaanbaa tar 05 Afternoon arrival in Ulaanbaa

to Lake Baikal 10 Morning arrival in Irkutsk & in the lake? 11 Lake Baikal – Why not a swim

rture to Moscow

depa 12 Return to Irkutsk & evening

15 Trans Siberian railway ow 16 Early morning arrival in Mosc

’s Cathedral & the Kremlin 17 Moscow – Red Square, St Basil St.Petersburg 18 Moscow & overnight train to tersburg 19 Early morning arrival in St.Pe e pe’s most unusual live music scen Euro 20 St.Petersburg – A city with 21 St.Petersburg

21 Beijing

PRICES START FINISH 22 Jan 2 Jan 29 Jan 9 Jan 16 Jan 5 Feb 30 Jan 19 Feb 20 Feb 11 Mar 25 Mar 5 Mar 19 Mar 8 Apr 22 Apr 2 Apr 16 Apr 6 May 27 May 7 May 14 May 3 Jun 21 May 10 Jun 29 May 18 Jun 24 Jun 4 Jun 11 Jun 1 Jul 18 Jun 8 Jul 22 Jul 2 Jul 29 Jul 9 Jul 5 Aug 16 Jul 19 Aug 30 Jul 26 Aug 6 Aug 20 Aug 9 Sep 23 Sep 3 Sep 10 Sep 30 Sep 24 Sep 14 Oct 21 Oct 1 Oct 15 Oct 4 Nov 25 Nov 5 Nov 19 Nov 9 Dec 10 Dec 30 Dec

Great Wall

14 Trans Siberian railway

of nomadic Mongolians 16 Ger Camp – A traditional home tar 17 Ger Camp & return to Ulaanbaa Across the Gobi to China – ng Beiji to rture 18 Morning depa


the 02 Beijing – Go for a hike along tomb s Mao’ miss 03 Beijing – Don’t

13 Trans Siberian railway

tar 14 Morning arrival in Ulaanbaa Camp Ger & 15 To countryside



r for evening departure to Irkutsk 08 Ger Camp & return to Ulaanbaata 09 Trans Mongolian railway

08 Trans Siberian railway

START FINISH 23 Jan 3 Jan 10 Jan 30 Jan 17 Jan 6 Feb 31 Jan 20 Feb 21 Feb 13 Mar 27 Mar 7 Mar 21 Mar 10 Apr 24 Apr 4 Apr 18 Apr 8 May 29 May 9 May 16 May 5 Jun 23 May 12 Jun 31 May 20 Jun 26 Jun 6 Jun 13 Jun 3 Jul 20 Jun 10 Jul 24 Jul 4 Jul 31 Jul 11 Jul 7 Aug 18 Jul 21 Aug 1 Aug 28 Aug 8 Aug 22 Aug 11 Sep 25 Sep 5 Sep 12 Sep 2 Oct 26 Sep 16 Oct 23 Oct 3 Oct 17 Oct 6 Nov 27 Nov 7 Nov 21 Nov 11 Dec 12 Dec 1 Jan


06 To countryside & Ger Camp Mongolian Steppe 07 Ger Camp – Enjoy life on the

07 Trans Siberian railway



01 Arrive Beijing

01 Arrive St.Petersburg





£1,960 2,305 $2,995 $3,200 $3,440 $4,230


DATES 2011



19 Jan 8 Feb 1 Mar 9 Feb 23 Feb 15 Mar 29 Mar 9 Mar 23 Mar 12 Apr 26 Apr 6 Apr 20 Apr 10 May 24 May 4 May 11 May 31 May 18 May 7 Jun 24 Jun 4 Jun 18 Jun 8 Jul 25 Jun 15 Jul 29 Jul 9 Jul 5 Aug 16 Jul 19 Aug 30 Jul 26 Aug 6 Aug 20 Aug 9 Sep 27 Aug 16 Sep 23 Sep 3 Sep 17 Sep 7 Oct 24 Sep 14 Oct 21 Oct 1 Oct 28 Oct 8 Oct 22 Oct 11 Nov 25 Nov 5 Nov 19 Nov 9 Dec 23 Dec 3 Dec 17 Dec 6 Jan

START FINISH 21 Jan 10 Feb 11 Feb 2 Mar 25 Feb 16 Mar 10 Mar 30 Mar 24 Mar 13 Apr 27 Apr 7 Apr 21 Apr 11 May 25 May 5 May 12 May 1 Jun 19 May 8 Jun 26 Jun 6 Jun 20 Jun 10 Jul 27 Jun 17 Jul 31 Jul 11 Jul 7 Aug 18 Jul 21 Aug 1 Aug 28 Aug 8 Aug 22 Aug 11 Sep 29 Aug 18 Sep 25 Sep 5 Sep 19 Sep 9 Oct 26 Sep 16 Oct 23 Oct 3 Oct 10 Oct 30 Oct 24 Oct 13 Nov 27 Nov 7 Nov 21 Nov 11 Dec 25 Dec 5 Dec 19 Dec 8 Jan


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S 2011


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Vodka Train Europe and Asia Holidays, by TravelRope