Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow

15-day Escorted Tour
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 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 more details about the Imperial Suites, click here.

The Silk Road: Beijing to Moscow by Private Train

21-day Escorted Tour
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The Silk Road rail adventure is one of the most exotic, storied, and best-loved by Society of IRT members, taking travelers to places few Westerners have ventured. It's no wonder IRT co-owners Owen & Eleanor Hardy chose this epic adventure to celebrate IRT's 30th anniversary in 2013! This two-train tour follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo along one of the world’s oldest and most historic trade routes. The luxurious Golden Eagle and the first-class Shangri-La Express trains will transport you back in time through five countries. 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. Tour the Gobi Desert on camel, and see the Terracotta Warriors of Xian. Marvel at the architecture and artistry on display in the mosques and buildings of Central Asia's most important medieval cities. Wander through local markets offering Uzbek textiles and ceramics. Explore the history-rich cities of Beijing and Moscow. And do it all from the comfort of your "hotel-on-wheels!" This is truly a "trip of a lifetime." Short on time? 13-day "Taste of the Silk Road" also available from Almaty-Moscow only. Please click here for details, pricing, and dates.

A Caspian Odyssey Along the Ancient Silk Road

16-day Escorted Tour
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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! Click here to read about IRT Vice President of Operations Angela Walker's Caspian Odyssey. 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.

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Moscow-Vladivostok

15-day Escorted Tour
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.

Golden Eagle: Caucasian Explorer

15 Day Escorted Tour
Join this brand new Caucasian Explorer departure on the Golden Eagle. The journey travels to the North Caucasus and Black Sea coast. Highlights include a tour of Moscow's Kremlin & Lenin's tomb, a ride on the famous Gagarin Children's Railway in Rostov-on-Don, the Radishchev Museum in Saratov, a boat trip on the Volga River in Saratov, the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque in Chechnya, a ride on the steep branch line from Mineralnye-Vodi to Kislovodsk, the restored 1930s narrow-gauge railroad through Guamsky Canyon, journey on the "Russian Riviera" line to Sochi, and, best of all, 12 nights aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle train. Almost everything is included in this tour -- gratuities, meals, sightseeing per itinerary, transfers, and a generous drinks allowance.

Crimean Express by Steam: St. Petersburg to Yalta

17-day Escorted Tour
The Crimean Express by Steam is a remarkable, historic and sweeping journey you won't want to miss. The last time IRT's Eleanor & Owen Hardy accompanied an IRT group on this itinerary, we both agreed it was one of our best ever. It was the perfect mix of the ancient (a cave monastery and a Greek settlement) to the historic (Catherine the Great's gorgeous summer palace and the site of the Yalta Conference) to the delicious (visits to fabulous wineries and dining on local delicacies with the region's famed dessert wines). Just thinking of these places now makes us want to pack our bags and do it again! Scheduled to be steam-hauled throughout the 3,750-mile journey, the tour begins in St. Petersburg and continues through Belarus and the Crimea by the private, steam-hauled Golden Eagle train. The journey ends in the Black Sea resort of Yalta. The trip includes two nights at the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace in St. Petersburg, and three nights at the 5-star Villa Elena Hotel in Yalta on the Black Sea. This is a fabulous itinerary — perfect for steam train aficionados, history buffs and lovers of the beautifully exotic. Railfan highlights include: the St. Petersburg railway museum, enjoying time on the train between Pavlovsk to Novgorod as you are hauled by the last steam locomotive built in the USSR, and taking in the Belarussian countryside en-route to the capital Minsk, hauled by two Su class steam locomotives, followed by two P36 class locos. Visit the largest remaining strategic reserve of steam locomotives in Roslavl (45 in total), tour the narrow-gauge Gagarin Children's Railway in Rostov-on-Don, and visit a locomotive repair depot in Tikhoretsk. Meanwhile, history and architecture aficionados will marvel at the ancient settlement of the Greeks, the cave monastery, Catherine the Great's frothy blue and white summer palace with its Amber Room. We'll also visit places important to the Yalta Conference during World War II: you'll feel like you were there, exploring Churchill's villa that overlooked the Black Sea, viewing Roosevelt's quarters and viewing Stalin's base. Lunch at the Swallow's Nest, narrowly perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Black Sea, was unforgettable, Eleanor says. "And one of the most memorable last nights on any train trip I've ever done," Eleanor says, "was dinner surrounded by roses, overlooking the Black Sea, listening to live local music and saying goodbye to a train full of friends."  

Ulaan Baatar Express: Moscow to Ulaan Baatar

11-day Escorted Tour
The Ulaan Baatar Express on the Golden Eagle could be considered a 'highlights reel' of the longer Trans-Siberian Express journey. If you are short on time, or want to explore further in Ulaan Baatar before or after your railway journey, this trip is for you.

The Caucasus by Luxury Rail

9-day Escorted Tour
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.

This October, enjoy a new and exclusive opportunity to savor the fabled trading cities of Central Asia on this 8-day Jewels of the Silk Road journey aboard the Golden Eagle.

Stunning natural beauty, mysterious ancient artifacts, and modern metropolises await on this legendary trade route, best-experienced from your five-star 'hotel on wheels.'

A Taste of the Silk Road: Almaty to Moscow

13-day Escorted Tour
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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.  

Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland

15-day Escorted Tour
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, the 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."
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.

Trans-Mongolian Express: The Naadam Festival

13-day Escorted Tour
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.