China and Tibet Rail Discovery

13-day Escorted Tour
Asia
First-class

This intriguing rail journey through China on China’s most comfortable sleeper train, the Shangri-La Express, ends in one of the world’s most fascinating and remote places: Lhasa, the mystical capital city of Tibet. En route, experience the Tangula Pass, which at 16,640 ft (5,072 m) is the world’s highest railway.

 

Rocky Mountaineer: Ultra-Luxe Canadian Rockies Adventure

9-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

If you like your travel private — and deluxe — then this custom-designed itinerary is for you. Experience the west with private transfers and sightseeing, upgraded hotels, and GoldLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer.  This tour begins in Calgary and ends in Vancouver, exploring the mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper en route.  This is the perfect itinerary to enjoy with a small group of friends and/or family!

Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto

12-day Independent Tour
North America
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.

Trans-Canada Rail Adventure Toronto-Vancouver

13-day Independent Tour
North America
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.

Norway’s Trains & Fjords

11-day Escorted Tour
Europe
First-class

In western Norway, deep fjords cut through snowcapped mountains, and remote valleys are only accessible by railways and roads that are masterworks of engineering. Climb aboard five different trains to experience the country’s astonishing natural beauty from Oslo to Bergen. Cruise the waters of the Sognefjorden and the Geirangerfjorden and delve into a rich seafaring history as you encounter Viking longships and medieval churches.

Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Highlights

7-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

This 7-day tour is a fabulous introduction to the Canadian Rockies and includes a two-day trip on the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Lake Louise (or vice versa). Enjoy gourmet meals on board while spotting Canadian wildlife from your seat and experience the sharp climb over Roger’s Pass and the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels. Ride the the Banff Gondola, visit the 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.

Rocky Mountaineer: Journey through the Clouds Explorer

8-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

Experience the west on this 8-day Rocky Mountaineer tour, starting from either Vancouver or Calgary. Explore the mountain towns of Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff. Enjoy a two-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer, with gourmet meals served on board while spotting Canadian wildlife from your seat.

Rocky Mountaineer: Grand Rail Circle

13-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

This 13-day journey combines three rail routes that are sure to bring on sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies. Also included: one fun-filled night in Whistler, Canada’s fab resort town, overnights and sightseeing in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, the Banff Gondola, and the Athabasca Glacier of the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. Enjoy four luxurious and exciting days on the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer. All told, visit seven cities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Midwest High Speed Rail Association Study Tour to Italy

9-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
First-class

Midwest High Speed Rail Association Study Tour to Italy offers the best in high-speed trains, unique rail station and behind-the-scenes visits, and meetings with important players in the Italian high speed rail world. But it will also offer unique cultural visits to the famous spots in Italy from the Vatican to Florence, Pompeii to Milan. Rick Harnish, executive director the MHSRA, will welcome you in Rome and accompany the entire journey plus the extension. He and our professional English-speaking guide will manage the journey — offering our guests the best of both worlds: the expertise and personal connections of Rick Harnish and the wonderful points of local culture, history and art  of our Italian guide. The Society of International Railway Travelers is honored to organize this 7th Midwest High Speed Rail Association study tour.  What a great way to celebrate 25 years of this amazing organization. The Society of IRT has organized many study tours for Mr. Harnish and the association to Germany, France, Japan, China, Spain and more to study the best in high-speed trains. They have visited so many behind-the-scenes rail facilities, met the movers and shakers for high speed rail around the world. Now it’s your chance to head to Italy to discover what is new — and amazing — in Italy. Every journey has received high acclaim: In 2018, it’s your turn!

Australia Rail Extravaganza: Luxury Down Under

17-day Independent Tour
Australia & the Pacific
First-class

Our exclusive ‘Australia Rail Extravaganza: Luxury Down Under’ itinerary allows you to experience the joys of two cross-continent World’s Top 25 Trains — the famous Ghan, and the Indian Pacific. The great Platinum service on board the trains allows you plenty of time to be pampered — but also lots of time exploring off the train on included sightseeing excursions. The trains have added fantastic off-train experiences. Experience Sydney, Perth, Darwin and fantastic sites in between including rain forests, deserts and outback mining towns. This program abounds in UNESCO World Heritage sites, from Kakadu National Park to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).  All of our Society of International Railway Travelers guests who have taken this independent journey loved it. Now it’s your turn to try the Australia Rail Extravaganza. We can still remember what it felt like to wake up in the middle of the desert on the Ghan, with the fine orange glow of the sand, coffee in hand, as the world passed us by.

 “Thank you for encouraging us to go Platinum, because it made all the difference in the world. I loved it. It reminded me a lot of the Rovos Rail and the Orient Express, but the wood was oak. It was very nice. Their service was impeccable. They went out of their way to please you. It was really a nice trip. I’m really glad we could do it.” — C & R Gambrel

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway Circle

9-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

This 9-day circular route starts and ends in Vancouver. In between, visit Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff. Enjoy a four-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer dome train. Experience the engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels and the beauty of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the glacial-fed aquamarine lakes of Lake Louise and the majesty of the natural bridge over Kicking Horse River. Get an incredible view of Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 13,000 feet, as you cross the Continental Divide.

Ride the the Banff Gondola and tour the Athabasca Glacier — one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle — on an Ice Explorer.

An Odyssey in Ecuador featuring Tren Crucero

11-day Independent Tour
South America
First-class

Want adventure and drama? Tren Crucero is for you. When IRT visited Ecuador in the spring of 2017, we fell in love with the food, the people, the accommodations and the trains.  The scenery — mountains, volcanoes, rain forests and coastal areas — is some of the most spectacular in the world. Stand on the spacious outdoor deck of the Tren Crucero and prepare to be amazed at every turn. To read more about it, please read our blog post.

This tour features some amazing new offerings in Ecuador: chief among them is the Tren Crucero Gold, a 4-night adventure from the mountainous landscape of the Andes to the coastal plains, including a journey along the famed “Devil’s Nose.” In the Gold program, with availability for only 10 passengers, you stay at the finest haciendas along the route. It’s no wonder this new train program, with its upgraded offerings, has earned The Society of IRT’s prestigious World’s Top 25 Trains status, announced in June 2017.

The new Gold program includes the fabulous Plaza Grande in Quito, the Hosteria La Andaluza in Riobamba, the Hacienda La Danesa in Bucay and the Hotel del Parque, Guayaquil. Availability is very limited – just for 10 guests — so book early! Also, the order of our tour may change, due to availability.

Your tour begins in Quito, Ecuador’s colonial capital. You then travel to the Andes rain forest for a two night, three-day stay at the fabulous Mashpi Lodge, a must-do for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. Finally, watch the beautiful scenery unfold as you travel aboard the Tren Crucero to Guayaquil with overnights at the great hotels that are part of the package. You will especially love the new Hotel del Parque, which blew us away!

Also, you can extend your journey with a Galapagos cruise that includes all transfers, flights, meals and a stay at an eco-lodge on the islands.

Great new video shared by Tren Crucero.

Switzerland’s Classic Trains

15 or 8-day independent Tour
Europe
First-class

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.