Belmond Royal Scotsman: The Grampians & Beyond

5-Day Escorted Tour

Belmond Royal Scotsman Grampians & Beyond is five glorious days enjoying some of the most remarkable scenery of Scotland — the Northeast’s Grampian Mountains. Take the five-star Belmond Royal Scotsman. Add in the remarkable mountains, towns, gardens, and castles of the region, and you have a stunning tour. It includes a visit to Glenmorangie Distillery, the romantic Ballindalloch Castle, and the marvelous Pitmedden Garden — not to mention traveling over the Firth of Forth Railway Bridge. If you have never heard of the Grampians, then it’s time to get familiar!  Please call us to go over this trip – and find out why it might be perfect for you.

Take this tour — or any of the Belmond Royal Scotsman tours — and you will discover without a doubt why this is one of our all-time favorite trains. The food, the service, the outings, the scenery: it all adds up to a spectacular journey. The train itself, with its intimate setting for only 40 people, is amazing enough.It long ago earned its place as one of our World’s Top 25 Trains, and has held its place for decades. Well done!  But couple this train with this fabulous itinerary, and you have a winning combination.

IRT Exclusive: Click here to see our video of Society President Eleanor Hardy’s trip on the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

Belmond Royal Scotsman Scottish Golf Tour

5-Day Escorted Tour

The Belmond Royal Scotsman Scottish Golf Tour features among the very best of golf in the highlands. Golf was invented in Scotland in the 15th century, so where better to enjoy this delightful sport? And having the Belmond Royal Scotsman as your traveling five-star hotel and restaurant just adds to the pleasure. This new tour includes an alternative itinerary for the non-golfing companion.

IRT Exclusive: Click here to see our video of Society President Eleanor Hardy’s trip on the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok by Luxury Train

2-day Escorted Tour

Journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express from Kuala Lumpur to exciting Bangkok through the heart of South-East Asia. Visit royal Kuala Kangsar and the infamous River Kwai. Trip is also available in reverse direction.

Blue Train Safari: Cape Town-Pretoria-Kruger Natl. Park

Two nights on the Blue Train & Luxury Safari: Cape Town-Pretoria-Kruger National Park

The Society of International Railway Traveler’s exclusive Blue Train Safari combines adventure and opulence: five-star properties in Cape Town and Pretoria, two nights on South Africa’s luxury Blue Train, and top-notch game lodges and safari experiences in stunning Kruger National Park.

Your Blue Train safari starts the moment you step off the plane in Cape Town: first, be shepherded from the airport to the legendary Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, where you’ll spend three luxurious nights. Spend your days exploring this iconic city.

Then, enjoy the classic Cape Town – Pretoria route on the Blue Train – a 27-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.

After a night at the stunning Illyria House in Pretoria, re-board the Blue Train for your overnight journey to Hoedspruit, home of Kruger National Park. This is the Blue Train‘s newest and most adventurous route.

Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, transfer to the exclusive 9-suite Lion Sands Tinga Lodge for a four-night fully-inclusive safari experience.

The Blue Train is one of the most famous trains in the world. It’s also one of The Society of International Railway Travelers’ World’s Top 25 Trains. And Kruger, home to more large mammal species than any other reserve in Africa, is also South Africa’s first national park and one of the largest game reserves on the continent. It is a “must-visit” for travelers of all ages.

The Blue Train has hosted some of the world’s top leaders, including Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. Steeped in history, the Blue Train also maintains an impeccable sense of modern luxury, unrivaled on-board service, and exquisite cuisine.

To read more about the Blue Train, please click here.

Tibet and China Rail Discovery

12-day Escorted Tour

This intriguing rail journey through China ends in one of the world’s least known places: Lhasa, the mystical capital city of Tibet.

In the shadow of the Himalayas and known as the ‘Roof of the World’ due to its breathtaking average height of 13,200ft (4,060m) above sea level, Tibet is home to more Himalayan peaks than anywhere else in the world.

Mount Everest lies on its border with Nepal. As befits such a remarkable land, Lhasa is home to an amazing UNESCO collection of spectacular palaces and temples.

Tibet has been virtually inaccessible by land. That changed with the opening of the Golmud to Lhasa railway in 2006. More than 600 miles (965kms) is at an altitude of over 13,000ft (4,000m) and much of this magnificent line runs over permafrost.

With the summit, the Tanggula Pass, at 16,640ft (5,072m) it is also the world’s highest railway. To travel on this line is a true pioneering adventure, an experience as unique as the destination itself.

The Shangri-La Express, the best passenger rail experience in China, has been newly outfitted for the 2017 season with en-suite cabins. Read more about the Shangri-La Express here.


Land of the Midnight Sun: Russia & the Arctic Circle by Luxury Train

12-day Escorted Tour

Embark on this “Land of the Midnight Sun” journey on one of Europe’s most luxurious trains, the Golden Eagle, and explore the dramatic beauty of Russia, Norway, and the Arctic Circle. Your journey’s finale will take place in St. Petersburg, where you’ll have a chance to revel in the spectacle of the White Nights Festival and take in a world-class ballet, opera, or orchestral performance.

Incomparable cities, remote communities, dramatic fjords, abundant wildlife, and serene forests await you on this journey into the “land of the midnight sun.”

Two Imperial Suites will continue to be available on all Golden Eagle departures. These new compartments are the most spacious – 120 square feet – offered on the train and feature a fixed king-sized bed, a dedicated dressing table and lounge area, and more. For details about this and other upgrades, click here.

Tahiti and the Society Islands aboard the Paul Gauguin

8-day Cruise
Australia & the Pacific


IRT’s Angela Walker took this wonderful cruise in October 2015. To read about her adventure, click here.

Discover your own island inspiration in the destination that enchanted painter Paul Gauguin, author James A. Michener, and countless others.

In one wonderful week, you’ll explore the best of the South Pacific, with stops in lush Huahine, beautiful Bora Bora, and postcard-perfect Moorea. Once you’ve made these islands your home—even if just for a week—they’ll always be calling for you to return.

Embark on the m/s Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, an island on the wish list of almost every cruise enthusiast. Then, sail on to Huahine, known as the “Garden Island” for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain.

Next, spend a day on Motu Mahana, a South Seas paradise. On a white sand beach beneath palm fronds ruffled by gentle breezes, you can snorkel, kayak, play volleyball, or simply relax, and enjoy a traditional feast with Polynesian entertainment.

Then it’s on to spectacular Bora Bora to see why author James A. Michener called it “the most beautiful island in the world.” Bask on a private beach on a motu off the coast and admire the jagged volcanic peaks, multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches of Moorea, said to be the inspiration for Bali Hai.

Persian Odyssey: Moscow-Tehran

18-Day Escorted Tour

As rail tours go, experiencing Persia and the Silk Road on board the Golden Eagle is truly stunning. Combining one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation with the remarkable treasures of Persia, this unique journey takes in destinations that are rarely experienced by the Western visitor which makes it all the more special. These tours are operated by Australian Pacific Touring.

London-Paris-Berlin & v.v.

2 days

Located in northeastern Germany on the banks of the River Spree, Berlin is the country’s capital as well as its largest city, covering approximately 550 square miles. It is a city of culture, politics, media and science. The VSOE now visits this historic city.

Berlin is home to renowned universities, orchestras, museums and is well-know for its festivals, diverse architecture and contemporary arts. Dramatic history, eclectic architecture and a thriving social scene await in Berlin.

London-Paris-Verona & v.v.

2 days

From the cobbles of fashionable Carnaby Street to the romantic arches of Piazza dei Signori, travel between two historic cities aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Tour is also available between Paris-Verona and Verona-Paris.

Your time aboard the train promises to be as enchanting as the destination. Whether sampling world-class cuisine, listening to the resident pianist or admiring the passing scenery, every moment promises multi-sensory delight.


Royal Canadian Pacific Charter

Charter Only
North America

The overnight capacity is for up to 30 guests in 18 staterooms. The room types are below:

  • 5 double rooms – each room has one standard double bed
  • 7 lower twin rooms – each room has two single beds shaped in an “L” configuration
  • 1 upper & lower twin room – two single beds in “bunk bed” configuration (currently sold as a single capacity room)
  • 5 single rooms – each room as one single bed

*Please note: there are only 12 rooms that sleep 2 so if you have more than 12 couples, some would be in separate rooms.

Amazon Voyage

10 Day voyage aboard La Estrella Amazonica
South America

The rainforest of the Amazon Basin fires the imagination of dreamers and explorers, hinting at an adventure like no other. On this Amazon Voyage, daily excursions allow you to discover the secrets hidden under the rich canopy and along narrow tributaries beyond the river’s edge. Be amazed by the symphony of cicadas and tree frogs, howls from the howler monkeys and songs from the many species of birds found here. Spend evenings cruising the headwaters of Earth’s most legendary river, stargazing and storytelling as Peruvian lore becomes part of your personal story.

La Estrella Amazonica is a riverboat featuring gracious, 21st-century comfort. Each of the 15 airy cabins is air-conditioned with private balcony, and has floor-to-ceiling windows so you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. This riverboat boasts unrivaled public spaces, including the Amazon’s largest open-air Observation Deck, a modern Lecture Room and even a Fitness Room. Two highly trained chefs serve a variety of Peruvian cuisine, and each night you enjoy a guides’ reception.  As a special perk, you can take advantage of complimentary laundry service during your seven nights onboard.

The Amazon Voyage includes a variety of flexible activity options, such as swimming, bird watching, jungle walks, kayaking, village visits, peaceful excursion boat rides, cooking demonstrations and more, so that you enjoy an enriching and fun adventure. Against a backdrop of rainforest and water, create a lifetime of memories. Join us in exploring the diverse ecosystems that comprise the heart of Earth’s greatest wilderness.

Royal Canadian Rockies Experience

7-day Escorted Tour (Suggested Itinerary)
North America

*News Flash*
In 2014, the Royal Canadian will be operated only on a whole-train charter basis.

The Royal Canadian Pacific luxury train explores western Canada’s Rocky Mountains with its ever-changing backdrop of snow-capped peaks. This luxury rail service, tops in North America, features impeccable on-board food and service as well as carefully crafted tours to special places such as the dazzling Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and beautiful Lake Louise.

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