New Year in Vienna aboard the Danube Express

9-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

What better way to ring in the New Year than the Vienna New Year’s Luxury Train? It’s perfect for celebrating!

Celebrate in style aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express with a special festive departure across Central Europe.  You’ll be at the center of the festivities in beautiful Vienna.

Our New Year’s departure offers a sociable atmosphere combined with sumptuous gala dinners, music, opera, dancing, fireworks and exclusive regional celebrations that you will forever remember.

From Budapest, venture through winter-wonderland landscapes. Chug across Central Europe, and glide through valleys beneath Austria’s towering Alps.

Along the way, encounter beautiful capital cities and hidden gems. Our New Year’s voyage by private train delivers a stylish combination of musical celebration, rich history and architectural treasures.

The all-inclusive itinerary and the comfortable luxury of the Danube Express will whisk you from location to location in a manner not possible by any other means of travel.

Grand Alpine Express: Budapest to Venice on the Danube Express

11-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

The Grand Alpine Express is a scenic feast for the eyes. From the classic capital cities of Budapest and Vienna, venture deep into the Austrian Tyrol before heading across the valleys of the Swiss Alps and onward through the Italian Lake District as you visit Como and Garda before heading into the lesser-known but equally beautiful country of Slovenia and its crown jewel, Lake Bled. Traverse some of the most scenic railway lines in the world as the Golden Eagle Danube Express weaves its way through tunnels, across viaducts, and over mountain passes. Journey’s end will be in the stunning maritime city of Venice, an outstanding mixture of Gothic and Renaissance palaces perched on the edge of the Italian coast. A perfect end to a memorable journey of alpine discovery.

 

Peru: Journey to a Lost World

11-day Independent/ Private Tour
South America
Luxury

Experience Peru by luxury rail: the most exciting and comfortable way to drink in the majestic peaks of the Andes, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, and the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca.

IRT’s exclusive and private journey combines two phenomenal rail experiences: the Belmond Hiram Bingham day train, and the brand-new in 2017 Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train.

When not in your luxury cabin aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer, enjoy stays at five-star properties including Belmond Miraflores Park, Belmond Rio Sagrado, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge and Belmond Hotel Monasterio. We are offering you simply the best Peru has to offer in trains, accommodation, guides and sightseeing. If you have ever wanted to see Machu Picchu — in luxury — this is the way to do it.

Our members have said this was one of the most “Wow!” journeys they had ever taken. They have loved the fabulous Virtuoso hotel accommodations. The included dining will show you why Peru is becoming a foodie capital of the world. The sights you will see both on the train and off you will never forget.  Read more about IRT’s Eleanor & Owen Hardy’s trip here. IRT’s Peru trip? In short, they loved it.

Click here to read more about the Belmond Andean Explorer, which debuted 2017.

China and Tibet Rail Discovery

12-day Escorted Tour
Asia
First-class

This intriguing rail journey through China ends in one of the world’s most fascinating 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. And Lhasa is home to an amazing collection of UNESCO palaces and temples.

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

With the summit, the Tangula 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 in 2017 with en-suite cabins. Read more about the Shangri-La Express here.

 

A Caspian Odyssey Along the Ancient Silk Road

16-day Escorted Tour
Asia,Europe
Luxury

Begin the captivating Caspian Odyssey journey in Yerevan, Armenia, where the skyline is dominated by snow-capped Mount Ararat towering in the distance. Then, board the luxurious all-ensuite Golden Eagle train and begin your adventure through the South Caucasus region.

Visit the Georgian cities of Tbilisi, Telavi, and Gori, all steeped in history both modern and ancient. Then make your way to Baku, Azerbaijan on the western shore of the Caspian Sea.

After an adventurous crossing on the Caspian Sea, you’ll join the ancient Silk Road trading route and visit Ashgabat, the gleaming capital of Turkmenistan. Then, visit Uzbekistan, with tours of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent, before arriving at your final destination of Almaty, Kazakhstan.

This once-a-year tour takes you to places few western travelers have ever seen – and on one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the stunning Golden Eagle. There’s no better way to see these historic and otherworldly places!

Note: The Golden Eagle train includes three 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 Caucasus by Luxury Rail

9-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

This fall, join our captivating 9-day rail adventure from Yerevan to Baku, experiencing the remarkable and culturally diverse countries of the Caucasus.

Discover the western shores of the Caspian Sea as we weave our way through Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Home to fascinating modern culture, as well as some of the world’s most ancient and timeless architecture, this journey promises to be a unique adventure.

Only a few cabins remain on this breathtakingly beautiful journey, so book your place now to avoid disappointment. Travel in comfort and luxury aboard the fully en-suite Golden Eagle luxury train.

Note: Map shows entire Caspian Odyssey journey, whose opening Yerevan-Baku section comprises this tour.

Maharashtra Splendor by Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Welcome to a fascinating 8-day journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey through the hinterlands of Maharashtra, the majestic Western Ghats, and into the Deccan and Konkan regions of a vast and diverse continent. This itinerary includes visits to some of the most prominent & unexplored destinations of western-central India, such as the holy city of Nashik, now also India’s wine capital; the unrivaled Ajanta & Ellora Caves; the historical city of Kolhapur, with its many experiences; Goa, India’s most popular holiday destination; and the holy city of Sindhudurg. A railroad journey like no other, in a land like no other, we welcome you aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Extend your journey in Mumbai with a stay at our fabulous Virtuoso partner hotel: Taj Mahal Palace.

Indian Odyssey: Delhi to Mumbai by Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Relax in supreme comfort aboard the Deccan Odyssey while visiting some of India’s most iconic landmarks on this Indian Odyssey itinerary, including multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Soak in the beauty of Udaipur, the “City of Lakes,” the colorful city of Jaipur, 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. For more information about the train itself, click here.

Indian Sojourn: Mumbai to Delhi by Deccan Odyssey Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Explore Rajasthan aboard the Deccan Odysseytaking in some of India’s major highlights. Begin in bustling Mumbai, continuing through northern India, with stops in Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Agra and Jaipur, before arriving into Delhi. This is a perfect introduction to India, with the staff of the Deccan Odyssey tending to your every need along the way.

Al-Andalus: Southern Spain by Luxury Rail

7-day Luxury Tour
Europe
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 seven-day, six-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.

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.

Jewels of the Deccan by Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Welcome to Jewels of the Deccan, an 8-day journey through India’s Deccan plateau on India’s premier luxury train, the Deccan Odyssey. This journey takes you through tales and architectural wonders of the Adil Shahi dynasty in Bijapur, the Chalukyan in Aihole & Pattadakal, the powerful Vijayanagara kingdom in Hampi, the contrasting styles of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda and the Asaf Jahi, and visits to some of the most prominent and unexplored destinations of west-central India, with a trip to the unrivaled Ajanta & Ellora Caves. Sprinkled among these stories and fables are visits to quaint little towns, famed for hand-operated looms that weave vast quantities of beautiful fabric, and samplings of some of the best Dakkhani cuisine. A rail journey in a land like no other, we welcome you aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Extend your journey in Mumbai with a stay at our fabulous Virtuoso partner hotel: Taj Mahal Palace.

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat by Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Welcome to Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, a spellbinding railroad journey aboard the iconic Deccan Odyssey, one of India’s most luxurious and opulent trains. On this exciting journey through Gujarat, India’s most western state, explore the medieval capital of Vadodara and the pilgrim town of Palitana. Discover the footprints of history at the only sanctuary of Asiatic Lions in the Subcontinent, marvel at the unique featureless landscape of the Little Rann, wander through the architectural wonders of Modhera, and visit the holy city of Nashik, before culminating your journey in the financial city of Mumbai.

Extend your journey in Mumbai with a stay at our fabulous Virtuoso partner hotel: Taj Mahal Palace.

Maharashtra Wild Trail by Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey on the Maharashtra Wild Trail, an 8-day journey through the hinterlands of Maharashtra, the majestic Western Ghats, and the Deccan region located in the vast and diverse expanse of central India. This exciting journey includes the thrill of chasing tigers at two reserves with the highest density of tigers in Maharashtra, the awe-inspiring beauty of the art of Ajanta, exquisite sculptures in Ellora, and the holy city of Nashik, now also India’s wine capital. A railroad journey like no other, in a land like no other, we welcome you aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Extend your journey in Mumbai with a stay at our fabulous Virtuoso partner hotel: Taj Mahal Palace.

Darjeeling Mail: Mumbai to Kolkata by Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

15-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Darjeeling Mail on the Deccan Odyssey luxury train is one of the best ways to travel through India. Experience the breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the hill plantations, explore the vibrant bazaars of Delhi, watch the sunrise on the sacred Ganges at Varanasi, and visit the amazing sights of Agra, including, of course, the incomparable Taj Mahal. A trip to India will change the way you view the world forever.

Join us in February 2019 on board the Deccan Odyssey and embark on a stunning journey by private train across Northern India, coast to coast, from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal. From the warm-heartedness of the people to the scenery and wonderful sights and sounds, a private rail journey through India is a memorable experience.

 

Madras Mail: Mumbai to Hyderabad by Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

15-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Carefully designed to take in the best of Southern India, the Madras Mail covers everything from India’s most important cities to spectacular World Heritage Sites and stunning coastlines — all from the comfort of the luxurious Deccan Odyssey. The gateways of Mumbai (Bombay) and Chennai (Madras) are key ports of call, as they open the door to a more tropical India: slower, tranquil, and even more exotic.

When you’re not on the Deccan Odyssey, spend nights at some of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in India: Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort and Spa Chennai, and Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad.

Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Highlights

7-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

Latest News: Book your 2019 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 5-7 days before October 26, 2018, and receive $400 per couple in added value. Can be used on hotel nights, hotel meals, and additional sightseeing. Blackout dates apply.

Our Gift to You: Book with IRT and enjoy a free, one-way private limo airport transfer (U.S. dollar value +$140)  when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

New for 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) pre- or post-nights at this all-inclusive lodge, accessible only by float plane or boat from Vancouver. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, experience a guided salmon-fishing outing, or go on a grizzly bear viewing tour. Call / e-mail us for details.

Please note: this journey was formerly named  “Canadian Rockies Highlights.”


This is a fabulous introduction to the Canadian Rockies, including a two-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Lake Louise (or vice versa). Enjoy gourmet meals on board while spotting Canadian wildlife from your seat. A host of knowledgeable and friendly attendants will keep you engaged with stories and facts about what you see outside your windows. They’ll also make sure that you never go thirsty with around-the-clock beverage service.

Experience the sharp climb over Roger’s Pass and the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels. Visit the stunning glacial-fed aquamarine lakes of Lake Louise and the majesty of the natural bridge over Kicking Horse River.

Ride the the Banff Gondola, visit the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, and see the Rockies from a bird’s eye view on a Panoramic Helicopter Tour!

Overnight in fabulous hotels like the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, and the Fairmont Vancouver. Add an additional night in either Calgary or Vancouver to extend your vacation.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for IRT’s latest reviews and journeys.

Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Culinary Exploration

10-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

Our Gift to You:  Book with IRT and enjoy a free, one-way private limo airport transfer (U.S. dollar value +$140)  when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

Latest News: Book a 2018 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 5 days or more and you’ll receive a complimentary hotel night in Vancouver, Seattle, or Calgary. Offer ends June 29, 2018. Blackout dates apply.

New for 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) pre- or post-nights at this all-inclusive lodge, accessible only by float plane or boat from Vancouver. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, experience a guided salmon-fishing outing, or go on a grizzly bear viewing tour. Call / e-mail us for details.


Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure with Rocky Mountaineer — on and off the train! This tour — new for 2018 — encompasses casual fare, farm-to-table experiences, and internationally-renowned restaurants. Fine dining enthusiasts will love the chef’s tasting menus with wine pairings in Banff and Lake Louise. And in Vancouver and Calgary, guests will enjoy culinary walking tours that combine each city’s unique culture with delicious food.

And of course, guests will also get to experience the beautiful Rocky Mountaineer itself: the sharp climb over Roger’s Pass, the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels, and more. Visit the stunning glacial-fed aquamarine lakes of Lake Louise and the majesty of the natural bridge over Kicking Horse River.

Other highlights include the Banff Gondola and a Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the Rockies.

Overnight in fabulous hotels like the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, and the Fairmont Vancouver. Add an additional night in either Calgary or Vancouver to extend your vacation.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for IRT’s latest reviews and journeys.

Venice-Prague-Paris-London

5 days
Europe
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 spend 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.

Trip is also available to Paris only — or to Prague only.

El Transcantábrico Clásico Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Spain’s El Transcantábrico Clásico 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, which has been running this route for years.

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Moscow-Vladivostok

15-day Escorted Tour
Europe
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.

Three Imperial Suites are 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 more details about the Imperial Suites, click here.

Ulaan Baatar Express: Moscow to Ulaan Baatar

11-day Escorted Tour
Asia
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.

 

Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia

9-day Escorted Tour
Africa
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 News: IRT’s Angela Walker and Rachel Hardy just returned from South Africa, where they were inspecting Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa, among other luxury travel partners. Click here for part one of their report on the trainhere for part two.

Inside Track: We dined with Rovos Rail’s Alicia Taljaard recently. Her favorite trip? It’s not what you might think. Click here.

Maharajas’ Express Indian Panorama, Delhi-Delhi

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Explore the hidden treasures of India by luxury train. Embark on the Maharajas’ Express and join an unforgettable adventure that begins in 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, known for its large population of Bengal tigers.

A Taste of the Silk Road: Almaty to Moscow

13-day Escorted Tour
Asia,Europe
Luxury

The Taste of the Silk Road rail adventure offers travelers unparalleled access to places few Westerners have ventured, and is one of the most exotic and best-loved by Society of IRT members.  This abbreviated version of the journey allows you to visit the storied sites of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia in only 13 days. For the classic 21-day Silk Road journey, please visit our website here.

The luxurious Golden Eagle will transport you back in time.  Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo along one of the world’s oldest and most historic trade routes. This great caravan road linked the kings of Europe with the luxuries of Asia—most significantly, its silks and spices. It is preserved to a remarkable degree.

 

Venice-Vienna-Paris-London

5 days
Europe
Luxury

Depart from Venice aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in the late afternoon for your overnight journey to Vienna, where you arrive in the morning for a two-night stay. (Hotel can be added to your package.) Rejoin the train in the afternoon for your overnight journey to London, where you arrive late afternoon the following day.

Dine on world-class cuisine, enjoy peerless service from your personal cabin steward, and watch the scenery unfold from the comfort of the beautiful old-world Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Trip is also available to Vienna or Paris only.