Vodkatrain journeys bring together travellers, Honchos (that the Vodkatrain guides) and personal local encounters to offer cultural experiences that get right to the heart of why they love travel.

The company is the funky brainchild of Sundowners Overland, which has over 50 years of overland Asia travel experience — those hippies. Tailored to 18- to 35-year-olds (even the staff have an average age of just 25), Vodkatrain offers a range of group or independent overland journey travel options with a focus on experiencing cities with the locals, like the locals.

Head across Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and India onboard the Trans Mongolian Railway and along the Silk Road. Travel with the locals; experience cities with local hip, young and happening Honchos (more than just a tour guide); eat out; and get around at local prices. For a tour, it’s pretty laidback. You travel the trains with fellow guests, a maximum of 15 per group, and meet a Honcho at each new destination.

While Vodkatrain provides visa support, comfortable accommodation, transport, transfers and local Honchos, you decide what you want to see and do along the way.

Trip Styles

Small Group Adventures

Train travel with small groups aged 18 to 35.


Choo-choo-choose your route for an overland adventure onboard ancient rail systems.

Why you should get on board with Vodkatrain

Fun on the tracks
Travel from China or Russia into Mongolia on an epic group travel adventure along the Trans Mongolian and Trans Siberian railways.
Road of legends
Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo along the ancient Silk Road.
Marco. Polo!
Find adventure, personal encounters, friends, culture and a whole lot more on your group travel Marco Polo journey from Istanbul to London.
Local Honchos
Your friends in a distant city, Honchos are your age, speak your language and will help you get the most from your time in their cities.
Friendly personal encounters
It’s not just the unique destinations that will stay with you, it’s the like-minded travellers — all aged18 to 35 — and local friends you will make along the way.