Grand Taste of the Highlands

6-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Join the Grand Taste of the Highlands tour aboard Scotland’s premiere luxury train: the Belmond Royal Scotsman. 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.

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

Clans, Castles & Isles

6-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Belmond Royal Scotsman‘s Clans, Castles & Isles Tour is an exploration of the wild and rugged west coast of Scotland, including Oban and the Isles of Mull and Bute. New to the Belmond Royal Scotsman: full-service spa car. Inquire when you book your journey!

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

The Arctic Explorer: Quest for the Northern Lights journey takes you through stunning St. Petersburg and Moscow before exploring far north in search of the magnificent Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Travel aboard Russia’s premier train, the incomparable Golden Eagle.

Note: The Golden Eagle train includes three Imperial Suites on all departures. These luxurious 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.

Romantic Italian Holiday

6 days
Europe
Luxury

Try this for Romance: two nights in Florence at the Belmond Villa San Michele, a former monastery turned five-star hotel; two nights in Venice at the Belmond Hotel 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, and 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.

Trans-Mongolian Express: The Naadam Festival

13-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

The Naadam Festival is the big event in Mongolia—a lively national celebration, held every year. 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.

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.

Castles of Transylvania: Istanbul to Budapest aboard the Danube Express

7-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Absorb the vibrant cultures, ancient castles, and spectacular scenery on this 7-day “Castles of Transylvania” journey aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

Delve into the history surrounding Romania’s most infamous historical figure, Vlad the Impaler – or as he is more commonly known, Count Dracula – on this 7-day rail cruise of Transylvania. Enjoy a walking tour of the beautifully preserved town of Sighisoara where the Count was born, discover Sibiu’s Evangelic Cathedral where Vlad’s son was buried after his assassination, and visit impressive Bran Castle — the residence of the vampire count, and the setting made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel.

This journey is an extension of the 11-day Balkan Explorer tour. Click here for more information. It may also be paired with the 8-day Central European Classics tour.

Central European Classics: Budapest to Prague aboard the Danube Express

8-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Central European Classics, this new Danube Express journey, equals excitement and romance. Budapest to Prague by luxury train: what could be more romantic than coursing through the lush landscapes and charming cities by train? Lovely stops along the way allow you to visit  architectural masterpieces and gain insight into modern European culture and traditions. Enjoy dining on board and off this luxe train. This short journey is perfect for those who might want to test out the Danube Express.  Or, it can be combined with the  7-day Castles of Transylvania tour. Click here for more information.

Singapore-Bangkok Extended Tour: Fables of the Peninsula

7-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Fables of the Peninsula is a leisurely, luxury rail journey, where guests gain unique insights from local people, including sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, the Highlands of Malaysia, Penang, and Hat Wanakon Beach. For more information about the Eastern & Oriental Express itself, please click here.

Includes one night at the stunning Raffles Hotel Singapore, and one night at the Cameron Highlands Resort.

A Taste of Italy on the Danube Express: Taormina to Budapest

5-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Experience a Taste of Italy by private luxury train on the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

This short tour packs in many highlights in just five days, beginning in beautiful Taormina and ending in Budapest. Take one of the world’s few train ferries from Sicily to the Italian mainland; enjoy Bari’s charming old town and walk along the cobblestone streets of San Marino. Continue to Slovenia to explore its delightful capital, Ljubljana, and end with a special visit to Budapest’s Railway Museum. Travel in comfort aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

Taste of the Highlands Tour

3-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

There is simply no better way to experience the drama and wild beauty of Scotland than aboard the Belmond 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. We love this train for all of its great dining, service, beauty within the train — and without. The scenery is spectacular, of course. And one great thing about this train: there are 4 cabins for solo use with no single supplement. Great for a family of couple and solo travelers. Call early to book!

New to the Belmond Royal Scotsman in 2017: full-service spa car. Inquire when you book your journey!

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

Rovos Rail African Golf Safari

9-Day Escorted Tour
Africa
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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok by Luxury Train

2-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

New for 2018: House wine, house spirits, and local beer are now included in the tour price aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express from Kuala Lumpur to exciting Bangkok through the heart of South-East Asia. Visit a Malaysian village and choose from several different options for touring in Kanchanburi – visit the infamous River Kwai Bridge, or enjoy a biking tour or cooking class.

This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction: Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur. Click here for details.

GERMANY SUMMER SPECIAL: London-Paris-Berlin & v.v.

2 days
Europe
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. The VSOE now visits this historic city.

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

London-Paris-Verona & v.v.

2 days
Europe
Luxury

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

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

 

Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok Extended Tour: Epic Thailand

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

NEW! Experience the charm and beauty of Thailand  with a journey aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express (E&O).  Of all the journeys the Orient Express is offering in this region, this has the most on-train time – six glorious nights.  Enjoy the spectacular open-air deck as you cruise through the countryside, on-board dining, relaxing in your cabin or in the lounge.

See Eleanor’s photos from her Epic Thailand trip:  www.facebook.com/album.php

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Latest News: Click here for owner Eleanor Hardy’s blog about the Epic Thailand journey aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express.