35 Plus Years of Experience

More than 30,000 satisfied guests have traveled with Lernidee, Europe's most experienced tour operator on the Trans-Siberian Railroad with over 30 years of know-how.

Why You Should Travel with Us

  • More than 35 years of experience on the Trans-Siberian Railroad
  • Europe‚Äôs most experienced tour operator on the legendary route
  • More than 30,000 satisfied customers
  • Over 750 successful tours

The Beginning (1986)

The first journey organized by Lernidee was a Russian language course on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in 1986. Guests learned Russian while traveling through the country's vast lands. The journey was a hit and was featured in an article in the New York Times.

The educational theme of this first journey is the origin of the name Lernidee (Lern: learn; idee: ideas). Although the company no longer offers language courses, it continues to provide insight into the culture, history and landscapes of Trans-Siberian region on its exclusive experiential journeys.

Europe's Number One

Since 2000, more than 30,000 satisfied customers have traveled with Lernidee on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, making the company Europe's number one travel company for exclusive worldwide private train charters.

Serving charter clients, groups and independent travelers alike, Lernidee offers private train journeys in other regions of the world, including Central Asia's legendary Silk Road, Southern Africa, and Europe.

Lernidee also operates exclusive boutique cruises on the Mekong River in Thailand and Laos, providing access to formerly inaccessible parts of some of the world's most beautiful landscapes. The company-owned boutique ships, the Mekong Sun and the Mekong Pearl, offer the highest possible comfort available in this part of the world. Excursions to undiscovered villages feature unique cultural and educational experiences in pristine natural surroundings.

The CEO, founder, and owner of Lernidee, Mr. Hans Engberding, excels in securing high quality partners. The planning and execution of numerous extraordinary travel programs worldwide has earned Mr. Engberding an excellent reputation. His tam in Berlin headquarters organizes unique, sophisticated journeys on private charter trains and boutique river ships for approximately 8,500 travelers per year. Creativity, dependability and friendliness characterize the team. The same is true for the staff working in the offices in Laos, Russia and South Africa.

Lernidee is one of Germany's 50 largest tour operators and cooperates with more than 4,000 travel agencies and tour operators around the world.