So close and yet so unkown

Until little over 25 years 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, 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 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 lies beyond of where once the Iron Curtain invisibly stood tall.

All the way to Eastern Europe.

…and beyond.

The lungs of Europe

An e-Country of traditions

Where old Gods still roam freely

Old and mighty Lithuania

As far as the latin world goes

When size matters

Witness to wars and empires

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 immersive tourism. From a stroll around Belarus or Ukraine to the “classic” Trans-Siberian.

As much Chernobyl as one can take

After being the first non-local tour operator to take you to the PSRER – Polesia State Radioecological Reserserve, we, at Iron Curtain Tours together with Brutal Tours (a Brutal Iron cooperation), are losing our minds and giving you not one but two Chernobyl visits in one tour: Prypiat and PSRER. And just because we thought you’d like it, we’re adding a little extra, a tour to the ChNPP – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant worker’s city: Slavutych. The Brutal Iron cooperation will also promote this tour by railway, a fabulous journey of nearly 800Km from Kyiv to Minsk including access to ChNPP using the “Nuclear Train” and crossing the border into Belarus via what is most likely the least used railway border between Ukraine and this country.

Resisting the hardest of times

After the success of Victory-Day Tour in Belarus, the first Western-organised tour to the Polesia State Radioecological Reserve (aka the Belarussian Exclusion Zone) Brutal Tours and Iron Curtain Tours decided to adapt this to a summer-round tour. Thus bringing you a unique 1500Km railway circuit across a country that was ravaged by wars and nuclear disaster and survived.
We will take you as close as you’ll ever be to the Great Patriotic War heroes, and, on the go, to the other Chernobyl Exclusion zone.

All our packages are fully customizable. This inlcudes the Adventure line, that can range from third class sleeping cars to a mixture of Luxury class with top level hotels, or even a completely different route serving your desire to roam the vast East.
Feel free to contact us for your own personalized journey


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Mind your own business

…and relax: we take care of the rest

Doing business in a foreign country may already be a stressful activity just as it is without having to mind with organising all the details of the trip.

In order to let focus on what matters to you we, at Iron Curtain Tours will handle all the details according to your business schedule and needs, suggesting the best options available.

Tell us when  and where you«ll need to be and we’ll propose you a range of solutions available for your flights


May you just need to be picked up at the airport, travel halfway accross the country or just have a ride for our meeting


Keeping a close relation with hotels in differente ranges allows us to meet your requirements with the necessary comfort


We’ll provide the proper setting for your meeting, from a simple round table to confenrence room


We have the most interesting restaurants as our partners either for a quiet business lunch or a relaxing dinner


Foreign countries often come with foreign languages, we’ll guarantee you and your business partners understand each other

Ask us what we can do for you

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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.”

What we do

Iron Curtain Tours has a client oriented approach to the travel business: you don’t take the tour that we propose, we organise the tour that you wish.

It’s not about what we can provide, it’s all about what you need. This is the reason why you will find very few packages prêt à porter on our website: the package suiting one traveler is not the best one for the next one.

Although it would surely be a very nice life, a travel agent does not spend all year round visiting the places he or she promotes. This being said, we take travelling very serious. This is why we, at Iron Curtain Tours, keep a close bond with our partners “on the ground”, all to better serve you.

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