So close and yet so unkown

Up to three decades ago Eastern Europe started right there in the middle of nowadays Germany. The occidental part of Berlin was the last piece of Western Europe. Then the Wall fell, the Soviet Union dissolved and we came to “discover” that Europe stretches all the way to the Urals. Yekaterinburg, the first Russian city on the Asian side, is 3000Km to the East of the famous Check Point Charlie, while the Atlantic, to the West, is a “mere” 1500Km away.

Most of that “unknown Europe” was then under the flag of the USSR, or its sphere of influence. A immense block of mystery to the eyes of a westerner. In fact, even now that, for example, Poland has joined the European Union and has become more “one of us”, we Europeans from the West still know very little of what lies east of Brest fortress and its gigantic concrete soldiers.

At Iron Curtain Tours, we propose ourselves taking you NA VOSTOK (to the East), to start discovering all that immense land mass that extends beyond of where once the Iron Curtain (in)visibly stood tall.

All the way to Eastern Europe.

…and beyond.

Greatest adventures are by train

Train travel was the first really comfortable way to cover big distances by land. Although its better days are behind us, mostly because airplanes now connect even the most remote places on hearth, train travel is yet to deliver its swan song. The pleasure to “steam” across the landscape, cutting through villages and towns, meeting the locals and arriving right in the heart of the city is something not possible when travelling by plane

What we, at Iron Curtain Tours, propose is to revive train journeys as a form of immersion tourism. Be it the mythical Transsiberian or the unique Chernobyl workers’ train.

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There are multiple railway routes that can connect Moscow to Vladivostok, among which the "real" transsiberian train that does it in 9300Km -the longest train journey on hearth. What we propose is to use not this connection but a selection of nearly 200 train lines to get to visit the biggest country in the world in a manner embedded deep in the imagination of the child that lives in all of us: by train. And what better way to do it that on a fully personalized tailor-made tour for your needs?

Alternative Chernobyl

With Ukrainian Chernobyl exclusion zone slowly leaving the Dark Tourism world and gaining honors of a major destination we, at Iron Curtain Tours, are presenting you the chance to visit the remainder of the Chernobyl-themed world. These include the shooting location for HBO's already mythical show, the unknown and secretive Belarus Exclusion Zone and the unique city of Slavutych - the last planned city to be built in Soviet Union.

Belarusian Polesia

The historic region of Polesia stretches along the Belarus-Ukraine border, all the way from Poland to Russia.
Starting and finishing in Minsk, to allow the usage of the visa-free program for those entering and exiting via Minsk international airport, and visiting also the cities of Gomel, Pinsk and Brest, this circuit will take you on 1300Km railway journey during which you will visit the Polesia State Radioecological Reserve and the Bialowieza Forest.
This circuit will allow you to get in touch with the most unique landscapes of Belarus - the marshes. And do this by languidly steaming through it on a train.

About us

As a travel agency our job is to prepare the ultimate vacation for you, so that with just the necessary details from your side we can use our contacts and expertise to provide you with a comfortable and feasible package.

As a professional of the hospitality business once put it:

“It is surprisingly difficult to plan some types of vacations, and the travel agent is a time saver in this respect. Could you research and book it all? Yes, you could. But at what cost to your time working in an area that is very likely not your core competency? Travel agents are skilled salespeople who also use many of the products they sell, and in addition they are usually people who have been there and done that, quite literally. This leads to a degree of familiarity that you cannot achieve from Googling alone. You are paying for that experience. You are paying for the notion of expert on the ground knowledge. Has every agent been everywhere and done everything? No, of course not. But if you have a bias toward a certain part of the world, you may want to find a subject expert to do your travel planning for you.”

“In the end, the agents of the next generation will be destination or regional specialists, and the marketplace may reach the point where you talk to two different people for trips to Europe and Asia, or you may have an agent that deals exclusively in one or two given verticals of worldwide tourism.”

At Iron Curtain Tours we do our best to present you with exclusive railway circuits in the post-Soviet space. Hope to give you the journey you'll never forget.

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