Caspian Odyssey : FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


What happens if I have special dietary requirements?

Please let our reservations department know about any special dietary needs you may have when you make your booking. Our restaurant staff can cater for most special diet requests.

What happens if I am delayed and miss my flight?

You will be sent, prior to your departure, update letters which provide you with information about your tour. In your final update pack you will receive a 24-hour Emergency Contact Card with numbers of our representatives in both the country of your arrival. If you have any problems please contact the persons on that card.

Where and how do I get my visa?

Most visas need to be applied for well in advance, and you'll need a visa support letter prior to applying. (Some countries may not require visas for some nationals). Please contact our reservations department for assistance or further information.

Is there a doctor on board at all times?

A doctor travels with the train and passengers at all times, on board every full train departure in Russia, the former Russian Republics, Mongolia and China. Our doctors are (highly) qualified professionals who are available 24-hours a day and are responsible for primary health care. They do carry medicines (necessary for their treatment), but if you are taking prescription medication, please bring enough supplies to last for the duration of your trip.

Are there internet and fax facilities on board and if so, how much does this cost?

There is no internet or fax facility aboard the trains; however it is possible to check emails during certain stops en route. This may mean missing the excursion programme for that day.

Is there an English speaking guide?

Yes, we provide on-board Tour Managers who are fluent in English, and Tour Reps who will be at your disposal to translate should the need arise. Our off-train guides speak fluent English, and other foreign languages, if required.

Do I need to take my own toiletries?

Shampoo and shower gel are provided. They are our own exclusive brand.

What is the voltage on the trains?

The Trans Siberian Express has dual 110/220 voltage. The China Orient Express has 48 volts in the rooms and 220 in the corridors Two pin European and Three pin British sockets are available on both trains.

How will I know what clothing to bring for the various climates we travel through?

Please contact us for any questions you may have regarding temperatures. In general, Russia's climate features four seasons with Moscow and St Petersburg reaching 28 - 25 degrees Celsius in the summer, and sometimes well below 0 degrees in the winter. China's temperature is similar.

Is the water safe to drink?

The water on both trains is not drinking water. Your attendants, who are on duty 24 hours a day, will provide you with fresh bottled water round the clock. There is also bottled water in the bathrooms for brushing your teeth. In China this applies to both on the train and in the hotels. (In Russia this applies only in St Petersburg and on the train.) Food on board is washed with bottled water so please don't worry about compromised standards of hygiene.

What currency should I bring?

On board the train you will not need much currency, but there are personal charges such as laundry and bar bills which will need to be paid. Currency accepted on board is US Dollars, and we recommend you travel with small denomination, clean bills. For souvenirs and shopping you choose to do off the train, you will be advised by your guides on how, and if necessary, to change money.

Can I pay with credit cards and travellers cheques?

ATM machines are now available in all large towns and cities along our routes. All the hotels that we use accept major credit cards. Travellers cheques are virtually impossible to exchange.

Is there a dress code onboard?

During the day dress is casual both on and off the train. In the evening we suggest smart casual.