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Rovos Rail: The Ultimate Luxury Trek, Cape Town-Dar es Salaam:
15-day Escorted Tour

Region: Africa
Tour Type: Luxury

If you do just one high-end rail trip in your life, make it this one.

Rovos Rail runs one of the world's ultimate luxury rail trips between Cape Town and Dar es Salaam several times annually. The experience is unforgettable.

This 15-day private rail tour aboard The Pride of Africa stretches across South Africa and Botswana, touches Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls, and crosses Zambia to Tanzania.

From Kimberley’s diamonds to a deluxe South Africa game lodge, from the very British Victoria Falls Hotel to Africa’s Great Rift Valley, every day is unique.

One highlight: a two-night stay at the five-star Tau Game Lodge with many game drives.

Combine with the Blue Train, another South African luxury train, for a unique view of the African subcontinent’s diverse, spectacular scenery.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

Latest News: Click here to read our report on our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam adventure.

Rovos Rail: The Ultimate Luxury Trek, Cape Town-Dar es Salaam

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow:
15-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

The Trans-Siberian Express is THE big train ride—an epic 15-day journey spanning two continents and seven time zones. Travel across the world's most famous railway on board the private Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

You'll spend most days touring cities along the route as well as enjoy three, relaxing all-day train rides. You'll spend your nights on the train in private train compartments (except on the first and last nights of the tour, when you'll be in top hotels). Highlights include viewing the early-morning mist rising over Lake Baikal, as you ride outside on the engine, followed by a picnic lunch on a secluded beach.

There’s no better way to see the vastness of Siberia. One of IRT members’ favorite journeys, it's a trip that will change your life.

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.

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Moscow-Vladivostok:
15-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

The Trans-Siberian Express is THE big train ride—an epic 15-day journey spanning two continents and seven time zones. Travel across the world's most famous railway on board the private Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

You'll spend most days touring cities along the route as well as enjoy three, relaxing all-day train rides. You'll spend your nights on the train in private train compartments (except on the first and last nights of the tour, when you'll be in top hotels). Highlights include viewing the early-morning mist rising over Lake Baikal, as you ride outside on the engine, followed by a picnic lunch on a secluded beach.

There’s no better way to see the vastness of Siberia. One of IRT members’ favorite journeys, it's a trip that will change your life. 

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.

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Moscow-Vladivostok

Grand Tour: England, Scotland & Wales:
8-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

There's no finer way to see the splendid British countryside than by traveling aboard one of the world’s most luxurious trains.

The Royal Scotsman, making a rare cross-border foray, will be your home for a 7-night exclusive, memorable journey around Scotland, Wales and England—exploring the very best of Great Britain.

This new tour has proven to be very popular, book early to avoid disappointment! Only one annual departure.

Grand Tour: England, Scotland & Wales

Classic Whisky Journey:
5-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

As the world’s foremost malt whisky club, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society — specialists in single cask, single malt whiskies — is the perfect partner for this special Classic Whisky Journey through Scotland. 
Guests will enjoy the company of a Society Whisky Ambassador on board throughout the journey, along with the Society’s exclusive and rare malts for sampling and discussion.

Classic Whisky Journey

Istanbul-Venice Annual Journey:
6 days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

This celebrated Orient-Express tour mirrors the Paris-Istanbul run, save its end point: alluring Venice. Travel through six countries as you enjoy luxury-class food, wine, service, off-train tours and romantic, Orient-Express atmosphere.

After departing Istanbul, travel through Turkey and Bulgaria, arriving next day in Bucharest for a one-night stay in a 5-star hotel. Continue your journey into Budapest, where you overnight, again in a grand hotel.

The next day, drink in the scenery, then stop in Vienna for an afternoon tour. Then, re-board the Orient-Express for an elegant farewell dinner, before your overnight journey through Austria and into Venice, where your tour ends.

Special Report: Istanbul-Venice is practically a mirror image of the Orient-Express' Paris-Istanbul itinerary. Click here for travel notes from the Society's celebratory 20th anniversary Paris-Istanbul Orient-Express trip, written by Owen Hardy, Society founder, for the Gentleman's Gazette.

Istanbul-Venice Annual Journey

Romantic Italian Holiday:
6 days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Try this for Romance: two nights in Florence at the Villa San Michele, a former monastery turned five-star hotel; two nights in Venice at the Cipriani, iconic waterside pleasure palace overlooking the Grand Canal; two days and a night on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, capped off by afternoon tea on the British Pullman into London.

Perfect for honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, or any other occasion demanding over-the-top luxury and romance. Package includes hotels, breakfast daily, railway station/airport/hotel transfers, tours,

Florence-Venice high-speed rail transfer, more. Extend your celebration: add London's romantic Milestone Hotel for a two-night stay and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea for two.

Special Report: Click here for travel notes by Society owners Owen & Eleanor Hardy, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on the Orient-Express Venice-Paris-London. 

Romantic Italian Holiday

Paris-Istanbul Annual Journey:
6-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

This once-a-year, week-long luxury rail voyage recreates the original Orient-Express route: Paris-Istanbul. Travel through seven countries in elegant style. Food, wine, service, off-train tours, atmosphere: everything is over-the-top.

Board in Paris for your journey through France, Switzerland and Austria towards Budapest. Overnight at a five-star Budapest hotel, then continue through Hungary and into Romania. Enjoy the next day and night in Bucharest at yet another grand hotel.

The next day, stop in Bulgaria before enjoying your last night and day on board as the Orient-Express train arrives in Istanbul.

Special Report: Click here for travel notes from the Society's celebratory 20th anniversary Paris-Istanbul Orient-Express trip, written by Owen Hardy, Society founder, for the Gentleman's Gazette.

Paris-Istanbul Annual Journey

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland:
7-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and vibrant cities—see the highlights of "the Emerald Isle" with a complete journey through both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Tours from Dublin on the Grand Hibernian are sure to stay with you for a lifetime.

Let yourself be captivated by Ireland's charms as you journey in peerless luxury. Anticipate a journey accentuated by magical encounters, world-class cuisine and exceptional service.

Golf Option: Alternative golf options are available during the Grand Tour of Ireland, offering play at such world-renowned courses as Cork Golf Club, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Lahinch Golf Club and Donald Trump’s newly revamped Doonbeg Golf Club.

Important Note: The Society of International Railway Travelers® is sponsoring a special group departure Aug. 30, 2016. Please inquire for details.

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland

The Silk Road: Moscow to Beijing by Private Train:
21-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

This two-train tour is probably one of the most exotic and best-loved by Society of IRT members, taking in places few Western travelers have ventured. It's no wonder IRT co-owners Eleanor & Owen Hardy chose this amazing tour to celebrate the company's 30th Anniversary in 2013!

The people who take this trip are part of the adventure. The Silk Road private rail tour uses two first-class trains—the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express and the Shangri-La Express—to follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo along one of the world’s oldest and most historic trade routes, through Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. The great caravan road linking the kings of Europe with the luxuries of Asia—most significantly, its luscious silks and spices—is preserved to a remarkable degree. 

Note: Tour also is available westbound (Beijing-Moscow).  
Click 
here for westbound itinerary.

New:
The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express will include two Imperial Suites on all departures. These new compartments are the most spacious – 120 square feet – and feature a fixed king-sized bed, a dressing table and lounge area, and more. For details about this and other upgrades, click here.

The Silk Road: Moscow to Beijing by Private Train

Rovos Rail's S. African Collage: From the Mountains to the Sea:
9-day Escorted Tour

Region: Africa
Tour Type: Luxury

The tour many Rovos Rail staff rank number one: a panoramic 2,100-mile, 9-day South African sojourn departing three times annually, with optional activities for golfers.

Travel from Pretoria eastwards to Malelane, south to Swaziland and Durban, west to Bloemfontein, then southwards again through Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn and George to Cape Town.

Enjoy game drives in Kruger Park, Mkhaya Reserve and Hluhluwe Game Reserve; spend an evening in Durban and visit Addo Elephant Park as well as an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. We'll make a spectacular rail descent down from the Montagu Pass (2,400 feet) into George, at sea level

From Knysna the train travels along the Indian Ocean on the scenic Garden Route before ending in Cape Town.

Note: Golfers have the option of playing five challenging courses, including Ernie Els' Oubaai Golf Club.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

Latest News: Click here to read our report on our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam adventure.

Rovos Rail\'s S. African Collage: From the Mountains to the Sea

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Legends and Loughs:
Five-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Experience the ultimate in Irish holidays and uncover the hidden gems of the Emerald Isle aboard the luxurious Grand Hibernian.

Let yourself be taken by the spirit of adventure. Visit thrilling destinations as the train crosses through postcard-perfect scenery. Dine on lovingly prepared cuisine, enriched by the finest regional ingredients, while traditional local entertainment aboard brings each memorable day to a close.

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Legends and Loughs

Danube Express: Budapest-Venice Balkan Odyssey:
12-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Explore Eastern Europe’s Balkans, a region synonymous with history and legend, stunning architecture and colorful people, yet also with war and tragedy. In one glorious sweep, you’ll travel from Budapest, where you overnight at the famed Four Seasons Gresham Palace, then through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and on into Venice’s Santa Lucia Station.  And you’ll do so in comfort, aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.   

Danube Express: Budapest-Venice Balkan Odyssey

Classic Tour:
5-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

From the bagpipes and intimate musical events, to the grand sweep of the moors and the gorges, the Royal Scotsman Classic Tour is a journey straight to the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Life on the train is relaxed and indulgent, with the freshest, finest local produce served in the dining cars. From Edinburgh, the train follows the east coast up to Keith, then journeys to the picturesque west coast village of Plockton, thence to Inverness and south to Perth. Two highlights: a private tour and tasting at Glen Ord Distillery and a personal tour of Ballindalloch, with its magnificent castle and gardens. Other activities include clay pigeon shooting or guided walking along Caledonian pine forest trails.


Classic Tour

El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo: Santiago-San Sebastian Luxury Train:
8-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Northern Spain's luxurious El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo, a gem of a train, travels slowly between Santiago and San Sebastian, along northern "Green Spain," stopping for exceptional meals to explore local cuisine. Fresh ingredients and fine wines enhance the dining experiences—a highlight of this tour. End in San Sebastian, a day-train ride from France, Barcelona or Madrid. The new train has all Deluxe Suites and takes only 28 persons. Book more than 6 months before departure and save more than $600 per couple.

Special Offer for 2016 Departures
Book any 2016 Al Andalus Express or El Transcantábrico departure now through Sept. 30, 2015 and get 10% off total fare.

2016 Al Andalus Superior cabin passengers also receive 50% off rail tickets to/from the starting/ending points of their trip. Service fee may apply.

Special Offer for 2015 Departures
First-class train tickets to departure and from arrival points to join Al-Andalus are complimentary if you book a Superior Suite accommodation. If you book a Standard, receive a 50% discount over the official rates of the train tickets to join/leave Al-Andalus Service fee may apply.

And let us book your hotels pre- and post-train.  We offer a great value on hotel bookings with our Virtuoso partner hotels: the offer includes exclusive and valuable complimentary amenities which add a value of hundreds of dollars to your booking.

Latest News: Click here

 

El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo: Santiago-San Sebastian Luxury Train

Bangkok-Singapore (& vice versa) by Luxury Train:
4-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

Linking Bangkok and Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental Express provides a short but satisfying introduction to four great cultures, as revealed by the glittering Thai temples of Bangkok and Singapore's exciting mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay architecture and cuisine. The mid-journey visit to the famed bridge over the River Kwai is an added bonus.

Bangkok-Singapore (& vice versa) by Luxury Train

Grand North Western Tour:
8-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

With seven nights aboard, this is one of our favorite trips: Enjoy The Royal Scotsman and Scotland to the full. The Grand North Western tour combines the Classic and Western itineraries for a comprehensive exploration of Scotland. First, travel along the east coast to Keith, then west to the picturesque west coast village of Plockton, before returning to Inverness and then south to Perth.

Enjoy the many highlights along the way, including a personal invitation to visit Ballindalloch, with its magnificent house and gardens. Relax and experience the magnificent West Highland scenery and a private view of Mount Stuart, one of Britain's most spectacular Victorian gothic houses. This itinerary also allows plenty of time to relax on board enjoying the train's wonderful meals, service and other amenities. When you book this combined Classic & Western journey, you save $1,170 per person over booking them separately!


Grand North Western Tour

The Blue Train, Luxury Train and Safaris:
10-day Independent Tour

Region:
Tour Type: Luxury

This tour is a direct result of Owen & Eleanor Hardy’s 2011 exploration of South Africa and Botswana. It includes many unique experiences, from the luxurious Blue Train, to beautiful Cape Town, to fantastic Belmond (formerly Orient Express) safari camps in Botswana. It is important to book early because the camps are small and popular.

Special Offer: Enjoy special "Stay 4, Pay 3" pricing at all of the Belmond safari properties in low season in 2015.  

Special Value: Valuable Virtuoso complimentary and exclusive amenities are extended to our guests at every accommodation in this program. Including but not limited to dining credits, spa credits, helicopter rides.

 

The Blue Train, Luxury Train and Safaris

Danube Express: Venice-Istanbul Balkan Explorer:
12-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Discover the fascinating history, vibrant culture and medieval relics of this enchanting region, as we venture through the lush landscapes of the Balkan states and their neighbouring countries, aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

Danube Express: Venice-Istanbul Balkan Explorer

Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Toronto-Vancouver:
13-day Independent Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

Special Promotion: Until August 28, receive $1,000 per couple in added value when you book a qualifying 2016 Rocky Mountaineer package of 7 nights or more.

Use your $1,000 for extra hotel nights in Calgary, Vancouver or Seattle; a pre- or post-tour Alaska cruise; extra activities such as a wildlife or city tour; extra services, such as transfers, meal plans or extra meals at hotels.

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Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

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Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

See Niagara Falls, and spend four days exploring the pristine wilds of Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff National Parks. Tour runs between Toronto and Vancouver. Cross northern Ontario’s scenic lake lands, the prairies of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and the towering Canadian Rockies, before ending on the Pacific Coast.

For eastbound, Vancouver-Toronto itinerary, please click here.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Canadian's new Prestige Class as well as updates on our other World's Top 25 Trains™.

Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Toronto-Vancouver

Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto:
12-day Independent Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

See Niagara Falls, and spend four days exploring the pristine wilds of Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff National Parks. Tour runs between Toronto and Vancouver. Cross northern Ontario’s scenic lake lands, the prairies of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and the towering Canadian Rockies, before ending on the Pacific Coast.

For westbound, Toronto-Vancouver itinerary, please click here.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Rocky Mountaineer and other of our World's Top 25 Trains™.

Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto

Danube Express: Central Europe & Transylvania:
14 Days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

We love the romance of this exclusive voyage through Central and Southern Europe, absorbing the classical culture and architectural masterpieces of some of Europe’s most magnificent cities and the beautiful scenery from the train.

Danube Express: Central Europe & Transylvania

A Caspian Odyssey Along the Ancient Silk Road:
16-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

Begin this captivating journey in Yerevan and travel through the South Caucasus to Georgia and Azerbaijan before crossing the Caspian Sea to Turkmenistan. From here, join the Silk Road route through Uzbekistan and ending in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Travel in comfort and luxury aboard the fully en-suite Golden Eagle luxury train.

A Caspian Odyssey Along the Ancient Silk Road

Indian Odyssey: Delhi to Mumbai by Luxury Train:
8-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

Relax in supreme comfort aboard the Deccan Odyssey while visiting some of India’s most iconic landmarks, including multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Soak in the beauty of Udaipur, the “City of Lakes," the colorful cities of Jaipur & Jodhpur, and search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park. The breadth of India’s culture, history and ineffable spirit come alive as you travel from Delhi to Mumbai. This tour is great for experiencing a large swath of Rajasthan in a relatively short time.

Indian Odyssey: Delhi to Mumbai by Luxury Train

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights:
6-day Independent Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

Special Promotion: Until August 28, receive $1,000 per couple in added value when you book a qualifying 2016 Rocky Mountaineer package of 7 nights or more.

Use your $1,000 for extra hotel nights in Calgary, Vancouver or Seattle; a pre- or post-tour Alaska cruise; extra activities such as a wildlife or city tour; extra services, such as transfers, meal plans or extra meals at hotels.

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Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

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This is a fabulous introduction to the Canadian Rockies, including a two-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff. Enjoy meals on board while spotting Canadian wildlife from your seat. Tour includes beautiful Lake Louise and the mountain resort of Banff. Enjoy the fantastic scenery from two included helicopter tours as well!

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Rocky Mountaineer and other of our World's Top 25 Trains™.

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights

El Transcantábrico Clásico: Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train:
8-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Spain’s El Transcantábrico narrow-gauge luxury train pokes along 400 miles of incredible scenery across the northern coast at 40 mph, skirting coastline, meandering among mountains, following rivers and running along deep canyons. Program includes onboard buffet breakfast and day touring by motorcoach to incredible restaurants and sites not reachable by train. All nights are spent on the train, stationary at quiet sidings. This itinerary will be the Clásico trainset running this route for years.

Special Offer for 2016 Departures
Book any 2016 Al Andalus Express or El Transcantábrico departure now through Sept. 30, 2015 and get 10% off total fare.

El Transcantábrico Clásico: Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train

VSOE Venice-Prague-Paris-London:
5 days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Venice, Prague and London are yours on this fabulous journey offering two nights on the Orient-Express, and two nights Prague (independently). Plus a glorious afternoon on the British Pullman luxury day train.  Soon after departing Venice, it's time to dress for dinner on the Orient-Express. The next day, travel through Austria into the Czech Republic, and then into Prague, where you stay two nights (hotel accommodations not included). Continue your journey through the Czech Republic and into Germany. Depart Paris the following morning for the French coast. After crossing the Channel, board the British Pullman luxury day train for your journey into London. Single travelers, good news! No single supplement for a single cabin.

VSOE Venice-Prague-Paris-London

Glacier National Park Escorted:
9-day Escorted Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

Come and experience one of the most pristine natural environments in the world. Glacier National Park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. Begin your journey in the Windy City with a tour before boarding the Empire Builder®. Continue to Glacier National Park for 3 full days of breathtaking scenery and sightseeing. Conclude the trip of your lifetime in Seattle after an overnight train trip. Revel in the Emerald City on a city tour before departing for home.

Glacier National Park Escorted

Ulaan Baatar Express: Moscow to Ulaan Baatar:
11-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

Think of this as a compilation of some of the most intriguing and stimulating elements of the world’s greatest railway journey and you will understand the appeal of the Ulaan Baatar Express.

Ulaan Baatar Express: Moscow to Ulaan Baatar

Danube Express: Jewels of Persia:
15 Days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Jewels of Persia is truly amazing.

Travelling from the banks of the Danube to the shores of the Bosphorus and on to the ancient land of Persia, you'll visit destinations rarely experienced by the Western traveler.

Danube Express: Jewels of Persia

Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia:
9-day Escorted Tour

Region: Africa
Tour Type: Luxury

Imagine a country so vast and sparsely populated that it's possible to find places devoid of everything: plants, animals, people, rocks: just endless miles of wind-swept sand.

Namibia is much more. Namib-Naukluft, Africa's largest game park, is home to Sossusvlei’s brilliant red dunes. Etosha National Park is one of Africa's largest, both in terms of its size and in its plethora of different kinds of anmals.

There's no finer way to explore this desert land than by luxury train.

And, as the former German Southwest Africa, Namibia retains much of its colonial heritage—it’s well known for its great lager beers.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

Latest News: Click here to read our report on our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam adventure.

Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia

Maharajas' Express Indian Panorama, Delhi-Delhi:
8-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

Explore the hidden treasures of India by luxury train. Embark on an unforgettable escapade that starts off with the capital city of Delhi. Make your way through the sacred city of Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites. Witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the sensuous moods of the temples of Khajuraho, the elegance and imperial splendor in Lucknow and the wilderness of the Ranthambore National Park.

Maharajas\' Express Indian Panorama, Delhi-Delhi

VSOE Venice-Vienna-Paris-London:
5 days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Depart from Venice late afternoon for your overnight journey to Vienna, where you arrive in the morning for a two night stay. Rejoin the train in the afternoon for your overnight journey to London, where you arrive late afternoon the following day.

 

VSOE Venice-Vienna-Paris-London

Danube Express: Heart of Persia:
12 Days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Our ‘Heart of Persia’ tour is aimed at those who display true pioneering spirit; a distinctive adventure that may not always follow the itinerary step-by-step, but will delight and enthrall with the potential for a surprise or two along the way. 

Danube Express: Heart of Persia

VSOE Venice-Budapest-Paris-London:
5 days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

We love departing from Venice late afternoon for your overnight journey to Budapest, where you arrive the following morning for a two-night stay. After your stay in Budapest, rejoin the train in the morning for your overnight journey to London, where you arrive the following evening.

VSOE Venice-Budapest-Paris-London

Peru: Machu Picchu & Cusco:
8-day Independent Tour

Region: South America
Tour Type: Luxury

Peru's Machu Picchu by the luxury train Hiram Bingham is a highlight of this eight-day “soft” adventure. Private tour of Inca ruins with crowd-free dawn and sunset visits. Add-on tours feature top class rail service on the Andean Explorer from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and a visit to Colca Canyon, with its condors. Main tour overnights are in the outstanding Miraflores Park Hotel, Cusco's picturesque Monasterio and the spectacular Sanctuary Lodge.

Peru: Machu Picchu & Cusco

South Georgia & the Falkland Islands aboard the National Geographic Explorer:
19-day cruise

Region: South America
Tour Type: Cruise

Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals and a thriving fur seal population. On South Georgia you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: literally 200,000 stately king penguins on a single beach. See the human face of the region in the Falklands, reminiscent of Great Britain, with grazing sheep, tea and crumpets. And in this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives. All aboard your luxurious vessel, the National Geographic Explorer.

South Georgia & the Falkland Islands aboard the National Geographic Explorer

Maharajas' Express Indian Splendour, Delhi-Mumbai:
8-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

India's newest luxury train is a fabulous way to discover India's heritage and exquisite architecture. A few highlights: sipping champagne as you admire the legendary Taj Mahal; stalking the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park; indulging in traditional barbecue delicacies prepared on the sand dunes. Feel like royalty as you participate in an Elephant Polo Match followed by dinner. Soak up the spectacular regal heritage of Rajasthan, with its landscape of hilltop forts and palaces. This extraordinary journey is full of special touches and delights—not the least of which is the train itself, the Maharajas' Express.

Click here to read an in-depth review of the Maharajas' Express by Society VP Angela Walker on our blog, Track 25.

Maharajas\' Express Indian Splendour, Delhi-Mumbai

Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland:
15-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: First-Class

The Trans-Siberian Express "Winter Wonderland" is a voyage through a shimmering sea of winter white. This epic journey spans two continents and seven time zones. Spend two weeks traveling on the world's most famous railway on board the private, cozy Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. This unique winter journey includes a  trip to frozen Lake Baikal, deepest fresh-water lake in the world, and the opportunity to experience a snowmobile or dog-sled ride across the rock-solid lake. For those who were dazzled by the sunlit snow in "Doctor Zhivago," this will be the answer to your "Winter Dreams."

Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland

Country Homes & Gardens by Luxury Train in Scotland:
5-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Join respected British gardening writer Sue Chivers and photographer Patsy Floyd on a memorable rail journey around some of Scotland’s finest country homes and gardens. Enjoy personal tours given by members of the family, as well as welcome drinks in their homes and walks through their beautiful gardens.

With the Royal Scotsman luxury train as your rolling, five-star hotel, visit Edzell Castle and Gardens, Foulis Castle of Clan Munro, Attadale, Logie House, Rothiemurchus Estate, Pitmuies Garden, among other stops. Journey length: 720 miles.

 

Country Homes & Gardens by Luxury Train in Scotland

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Realm of Giants:
3-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

From the buzz of Belfast to the mystifying Giant’s Causeway, explore the highlights of Northern Ireland. Tours from Dublin aboard the luxurious Grand Hibernian are sure to capture your imagination.

Settle in to your elegant private cabin and anticipate an unforgettable journey. Each day brings a new adventure, with highlights including inspiring destinations, world-class cuisine and traditional entertainment as evening falls.

Important Note: The Society of International Railway Travelers® is sponsoring a special group departure of the seven-day Grand Tour of Ireland Aug. 30, 2016. Please inquire for details.

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Realm of Giants

Rocky Mountaineer Western Explorer:
8-day Independent Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

Special Promotion: Until August 28, receive $1,000 per couple in added value when you book a qualifying 2016 Rocky Mountaineer package of 7 nights or more.

Use your $1,000 for extra hotel nights in Calgary, Vancouver or Seattle; a pre- or post-tour Alaska cruise; extra activities such as a wildlife or city tour; extra services, such as transfers, meal plans or extra meals at hotels.

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Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

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One of our top recommended Rocky Mountaineer itineraries! Travel one of the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer classic routes—Vancouver to Jasper, followed by several days to explore Jasper, the Columbia Icefield, Lake Louise, Banff and Yoho National Park. Tour ends in Calgary.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Rocky Mountaineer and other of our World's Top 25 Trains™.

Rocky Mountaineer Western Explorer

Rocky Mountaineer: Grand Rail Circle:
12-day Escorted Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)


An epic trip of three rail routes fuses the sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies with two fun-filled nights in Whistler, Canada's fab resort town. Along the way, take overnights and sightseeing in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. All told seven cities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Rocky Mountaineer and other of our World's Top 25 Trains™.

Rocky Mountaineer: Grand Rail Circle

Orcaella: Gorges of the Far North:
12-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Cruise

Enjoy 12 days aboard the luxurious river boat Orcaella and take in the scenic majesty of Myanmar. The boat, the staff, the dining, the visits: it all added up to one of the best IRT journeys ever when we traveled on this ship in 2014.

Any description of this ship or the journey itself comes up short, because it is so much more.

It is, in fact, one of the best trips IRT has ever offered. Read all about it in our blog, Track 25.

For details about Myanmar and its incredible people, click here. For details on life aboard the beautiful ship Orcaella, click here.

Orcaella: Gorges of the Far North

Gems of the Greek and Dalmatian Coasts on the Legendary Sea Cloud:
12-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Cruise

Sail on the historic Sea Cloud — a gift from millionaire businessman E.F. Hutton to his wife, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post — from the ancient temples of Olympia to the medieval walled city of Hvar.

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of some of Europe's most delightful coastal gems. Discover the remarkable sites of Albania, cut off from the modern world for decades, and explore Montenegro, Corfu, and incomparable Dubrovnik.

Built in Germany in 1931, the Sea Cloud carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. (For more information on the Sea Cloud, click here to download a 1-page PDF.)

Or view the video by clicking here. (Note: Turkey not included in this itinerary.)

The Society of International Railway Travelers and Lindblad Expeditions, both Virtuoso partners, are delighted to join in offering this fabulous journey. 

The following itinerary is westbound, from Athens, Greece to Dubronik, Croatia. For the eastbound itinerary, including our special Sept. 2, 2015 departure hosted by IRT's Owen and Eleanor Hardy, please click here.

 

Gems of the Greek and Dalmatian Coasts on the Legendary Sea Cloud

The Blue Train: Luxury Overnight:
All-inclusive Blue Train journey with 1 night in Pretoria or Cape Town

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Special Offer: Enjoy one complimentary hotel night pre- or post-journey in either Pretoria (at the Sheraton Pretoria or the Castello di Monte) or in Cape Town (at the Westin or the Taj) and a complimentary private transfer. 

This promotion includes transfer to or from the rail station and breakfast, along with the exquisite, fully inclusive 27-hour journey on board the Blue Train. Offer valid for travel through December, 2015.  Note pricing changes from low to high season.

The Blue Train is one of the most famous trains in the world, and is one of The Society of International Railway Travelers' World's Top 25 Trains. You must put it on your "bucket list," if it's not already there! IThe Blue Train has hosted some of the world's top leaders, including Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher.

 

The Blue Train: Luxury Overnight

Gems of the Dalmatian and Greek Coasts on the Legendary Sea Cloud:
12-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Cruise

Set sail on the historic Sea Cloud — a gift from millionaire businessman E.F. Hutton to his wife, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post — from the ancient temples of Olympia to the medieval walled city of Hvar.

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of some of Europe's most delightful coastal gems. Discover the remarkable sites of Albania, cut off from the modern world for decades, and explore Montenegro, Corfu, and incomparable Dubrovnik.

Built in Germany in 1931, the Sea Cloud carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. (For more information on the Sea Cloud, click here to download a 1-page PDF.)

Or view the video by clicking here. (Note: Turkey not included in this itinerary.)

IRT and Lindblad Expeditions, both Virtuoso members, are delighted to partner for this fabulous journey. Our special group departure, starting in Dubrovnik, is hosted by IRT's Owen and Eleanor Hardy starting Sept. 2, 2015.

For the westbound itinerary, please click here.

Gems of the Dalmatian and Greek Coasts on the Legendary Sea Cloud

Al-Andalus: Southern Spain by Luxury Rail:
6-day Luxury Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Southern Spain’s opulent, broad-gauge luxury train resumed service in May, 2012, with its 1920s-era cars newly renovated. Enjoy the Spanish landscape on the Al-Andalus as you journey through the country's southernmost territory. The train combines attentive service, lush décor and elegant cuisine for a once-in-a-life-time experience.

Tour includes day touring by motorcoach to incredible restaurants and sites not reachable by train and a long list of UNESCO World Heritage sites you will never forget. The six-day, five-night tour begins and ends in Seville, with stops in Córdoba, Granada, Cádiz and Jerez.  You can easily get to the start of this trip by high-speed, 2.5-hour AVE train from Madrid straight to Santa Justa Station.

Special Offer for 2016 Departures
Book any 2016 Al Andalus Express or El Transcantábrico departure now through Sept. 30, 2015 and get 10% off total fare.

2016 Al Andalus Superior cabin passengers also receive 50% off rail tickets to/from the starting/ending points of their trip. Service fee may apply.

Special Offer for 2015 Departures
First-class train tickets to departure and from arrival points to join Al-Andalus are complimentary if you book a Superior Suite accommodation. If you book a Standard, receive a 50% discount over the official rates of the train tickets to join/leave Al-Andalus Service fee may apply.

And when we book your hotels pre- and post-train, we offer a great value with our Virtuoso partner hotels: the offer includes exclusive and valuable complimentary amenities which can add a value of hundreds of dollars to your booking.

For IRT Society Vice President Angela Walker's account of her Al-Andalus adventure, please click here.

 

Al-Andalus: Southern Spain by Luxury Rail

Western Tour:
4-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

The Royal Scotsman luxury train’s Western Tour runs on Scotland’s West Highland Line, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. The deluxe, private train passes through gorgeous glens, lochs and mountains, steeped in the lore of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The all-inclusive fare features off-train visits to such treasures as Mount Stuart House, Britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic house. Pair this itinerary with the Royal Scotsman’s Classic Tour for a full week of luxurious touring through Scotland.


Western Tour

Australia Rail Extravaganza:
17-day Independent Tour

Region: Australia/New Zealand
Tour Type: First-Class

This sweep of Australia allows you to experience the continent’s two most famous trains, the Ghan and Indian Pacific, with time to explore Perth, on the west coast, and Darwin in the north and fantastic sites in between. This program abounds in UNESCO World Heritage sites, from Kakadu National Park to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

Australia Rail Extravaganza

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway:
9-day Independent Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

Special Promotion: Until August 28, receive $1,000 per couple in added value when you book a qualifying 2016 Rocky Mountaineer package of 7 nights or more.

Use your $1,000 for extra hotel nights in Calgary, Vancouver or Seattle; a pre- or post-tour Alaska cruise; extra activities such as a wildlife or city tour; extra services, such as transfers, meal plans or extra meals at hotels.

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Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

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Travel both spectacular Rocky Mountaineer classic routes—Vancouver to Banff and Jasper to Vancouver, with several days in between to visit the Columbia Icefield, Lake Louise, Banff and Yoho National Park.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Rocky Mountaineer and other of our World's Top 25 Trains™.

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway

India's Rajasthan by Palace on Wheels Private Train:
8-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: First-Class

Board India’s Palace on Wheels, a first-class, private train, and see Rajasthan, reputed “land of the Maharajas.” The Palace on Wheels train tour is the ideal way to see this remote, otherwise inaccessible region: desolate deserts, hills marked with fort walls, legendary pavilions—even a shimmering white palace set in the middle of a serene lake. The train travels mostly by day; nights are spent at quiet sidings.

India\'s Rajasthan by Palace on Wheels Private Train

Enthralling Ecuador featuring Tren Crucero:
10-day Independent Tour

Region: South America
Tour Type: First-Class

Explore Ecuador: mountains, volcanoes, rainforests and coast. This tour features the new Tren Crucero, a 4-day/3-night adventure from the mountainous landscape of the Andes to the coastal plains, including traveling along the famed "Devil's Nose." Begin in Quito, Ecuador's colonial capital; then travel to the Andes' rainforest for a three-day stay at the fabulous Mashpi Lodge, a must for nature and bird-lovers. Finally, watch the beautiful scenerfy unfold as you travel aboard the Tren Crucero to Guayaquil. Extend your journey with a Galapagos cruise--a perfect add-on to this adventure!

Enthralling Ecuador featuring Tren Crucero

VSOE Venice-Paris-London:
2 days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Take a step back in time on this overnight trip from Venice to Paris (or on to London) aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Luxuriate in the train's ambience, gourmet meals and superior service while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Italian Dolomites and the Swiss Alps. Disembark in Paris. Or, we highly recommend you extend the experience as you continue your journey to London on another of our World's Top 25 Trains,The British Pullman. On the other end, extend your journey from Venice to Rome. 

 

 

VSOE Venice-Paris-London

VSOE London-Paris-Venice:
2 days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Take a step back in time on this overnight trip from London (or Paris) to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Depart London mid-morning (or Paris just before dinner) for your luxurious overnight journey to Venice, where you arrive late afternoon the next day. Luxuriate in the train's ambience, gourmet meals and superior service while taking in Europe's beautiful and historic scenery.

VSOE London-Paris-Venice

Grand West Highland Tour:
6-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

It's always hard to say farewell to the Scottish Highlands. That's why we've made it possible for you to join us for a much longer journey. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the West Highland Line and an exclusive view of Mount Stuart, a spectacular Victorian Gothic house. Then after some free time in Edinburgh experience the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands as you head north, enjoying a leisurely journey up the east coast through Aberdeen to Keith. Try your hand at some outdoor activities on the Rothiemurchus Highland estate and enjoy a visit to Strathisla Distillery.


Grand West Highland Tour

Arctic Explorer - Quest for the Northern Lights: St. Petersburg-Moscow aboard the Golden Eagle:
11 Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Travel aboard Russia's premier train, the incomparable Golden Eagle, as you take in the beautiful cities of Saint Petersburg and Moscow, graced by festive decorations and nature's own wintry adornments, and explore deeply into the Arctic Circle in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Arctic Explorer - Quest for the Northern Lights: St. Petersburg-Moscow aboard the Golden Eagle

Switzerland's Classic Trains:
15 or 8-day independent Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

If you've been waiting to take some of the most scenic train trips in the world, wait no longer! This independent journey includes the Glacier Express and Bernina Express, as well as the Centovalli Railway and Golden Pass line—four of Switzerland’s most scenic routes possible by train. The Furka Steam adds a historic element, and the mountain railways are impressive engineering feats. Plus an optional trip on the Jungfrau Railway, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. You’ll never stop looking out your train window or taking photos!  Available as an 8-day or a 15-day tour.

Switzerland\'s Classic Trains

French Country Waterways: Through the Heart of Burgundy:
7-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Cruise

Situated in the heart of France, the tranquil Burgundy region is interlaced by a network of over 600 miles of waterways. A truly timeless place, Burgundy has been at the crossroads of France since the prehistoric age, and each subsequent culture has left behind its distinctive imprint.

The rich legacy of art, architecture, and commerce recalls an age when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the French kings. Today, Burgundy's renowned vineyards produce some of the world's most prized wines, and an abundance of superb ingredients makes it one of the great gastronomic centers.

French Country Waterways:       Through the Heart of Burgundy

Trans-Mongolian Express: The Naadam Festival:
13-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

Naadam is the big event in Mongolia—a lively national festival, held every year from July 11-13. Naadam means “three manly games.” Known as the world’s second-oldest Olympics, it celebrates what defined civilization in the steppes eight centuries ago—archery, wrestling and horse riding. The competitors in the riding events are all children aged between 5 and 12, many of whom have been in the saddle since the age of one. It is claimed that such equestrian skills won Genghis Khan an empire that stretched from the Sea of Japan all the way to Europe. Once a religious ceremony, the festival now formally commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country. This tour is a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience this spectacular, colorful but little-known festival and soak up the exciting atmosphere of this national holiday. Our tour combines the Naadam Festival with an amazing overland journey from Moscow on board the Golden Eagle private luxury train.

Trans-Mongolian Express: The Naadam Festival

Baikal Express: Moscow-Port Baikal-Irkutsk:
9-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Don't have time to do the full Trans-Siberian tour to Vladivostok? Choose this shorter version! This 9-day tour runs from Moscow to Irkutsk, with tours of Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Lake Baikal. Travel aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

Latest News: Click here for owner Owen Hardy's blog on recent improvements to the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

Baikal Express: Moscow-Port Baikal-Irkutsk

Bangkok-Singapore Extended Tour: Fables of the Peninsula:
7-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

An exceptional journey where guests gain unique insights from local people, including visits to the Tham Kasae Viaduct, River Kwai, Trang (overnight), Penang, and Kuala Lumpur.

Bangkok-Singapore Extended Tour: Fables of the Peninsula

Highland Tour:
3-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

There is simply no better way to experience the drama and wild beauty of the Scotland than aboard the Royal Scotsman luxury train. This short introduction to the Scottish Highlands is ideal for those who like outdoor activity--at Rothiemurchus Estate for example, there will be the opportunity to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, venturing out with the Estate's rangers on a Highland safari or just enjoying a Highland walk.


Highland Tour

Rovos Rail African Golf Safari:
9-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Africa
Tour Type: Luxury

Rovos Rail has designed a delightful nine-day Golf Safari to entertain the most discerning player with optional excursions for non-playing guests at all venues.

Relax as the train travels northwest towards Sun City in the hills of Pilanesberg for a day at this renowned facility. In the foothills of the imposing Drakensberg Mountains, 18 holes await at the Champagne Sports Resort with a guided tour of the battlefields a further highlight for our non-golfers.

Next the golfers play at the Durban Country Club while non-playing guests enjoy a city tour followed by lunch at the club. Then on to Zululand for game-viewing in the Hluhluwe Reserve before the train heads towards Swaziland. Tee off at the Royal Swazi Golf Club or enjoy a morning game drive in Mkhaya Game Reserve, followed by a visit to Ngwenya Glass with lunch at Guava Galleries.

The train then travels west towards Nelspruit, where golfers play the challenging Leopard Creek course or enjoy a game drive in the world-famous Kruger Park, followed by lunch at Buhala Lodge. Depart for Pretoria where this memorable journey ends.

Rovos Rail African Golf Safari

Classic Scottish Golf Tour:
5-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Golf was invented in Scotland in the 15th century, so where better to enjoy this delightful sport? And having the 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.

Classic Scottish Golf Tour

Bangkok-Chiang Mai: The Ancient Kingdom of Lanna:
3-day Escorted Tour

Region: Asia
Tour Type: Luxury

Recapture the magic of the historic Kingdom of Lanna with an unforgettable journey through northern Thailand.


Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok by Luxury Train:
3-day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

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.


Edinburgh to London Majestic England Tour:
4-Day Escorted Tour

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

Experience a journey of history, culture and heritage taking in some of England's finest sights, such as: Alnwick Castle (of Harry Potter fame) in Almouth, the cathedral and medieval city of York, the royal residence and gardens of Sandringham and the world-famous University of Cambridge, with the opportunity to experience traditional 'punting' on the River Cam; all before arriving into London's Victoria station in the morning of day four.

Note: Want more days on the Royal Scotsman? Book an overnight return trip to Edinburgh and you'll get the entire Majestic England/Edinburgh return package for 15% off the full price. Add a Classic tour from Edinburgh, and take 15% off that fare as well. Call us for details.

London-Edinburgh in 2015: $1,350 per person
London-Edinburgh in 2016: $1,460 per person

Edinburgh to London Majestic England Tour

VSOE London-Paris-Berlin & v.v.:
2 days

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

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.

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.

The VSOE makes its first-ever visit to this thriving metropolis in the heart of Europe. Be a part of this historic journey in June, 2016!

VSOE London-Paris-Berlin & v.v.

Northern National Parks:
10-day Escorted Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

Come and explore two favorite National Parks: Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Begin in Seattle before boarding Amtrak® east to Glacier National Park. A tour and boat cruise is included in this pristine natural environment. Then travel south by bus to Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy 2 days of touring Yellowstone's breathtaking scenery and sights. Then continue through Grand Teton National Park for a night's stay in scenic Jackson Hole. Travel on to Salt Lake City, the Crossroads of the West, where a city tour and finale dinner end a remarkable trip.

Northern National Parks

National Parks of the Southwest (featuring Grand Canyon) Escorted Tour:
9-day Escorted Tour

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class

The Southwest national parks have long been described as something to experience at least once in a lifetime. Enjoy a short stay in Albuquerque before boarding the Southwest Chief® and heading to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Board the Grand Canyon Railway for an unforgettable excursion to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Continue north to Zion National Park, with its striking sandstone cliffs. A day trip to Bryce Canyon is also included. Then head west to Las Vegas to end the trip in "Sin City".

National Parks of the Southwest (featuring Grand Canyon) Escorted Tour

Royal Canadian Pacific Charter:
Charter Only

Region: North America
Tour Type: Luxury

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

Region: South America
Tour Type: Cruise

The rainforest of the Amazon Basin fires the imagination of dreamers and explorers, hinting at an adventure like no other. Beyond the frontier along the river’s edge, daily excursions allow you to discover the secrets hidden under the rich canopy and along narrow tributaries. 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.

Amazon Voyage

Coastal Passage Extension:

Region: North America
Tour Type: First-Class


Royal Canadian Rockies Experience:
7-day Escorted Tour (Suggested Itinerary)

Region: Europe
Tour Type: Luxury

*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.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other tours on our World's Top 25 Trains™.

Royal Canadian Rockies Experience

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