We are thrilled to announce an exclusive IRT-hosted tour, South African Spectacular, featuring Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa!  (See our latest report here.)
This 17-day journey will take in the best of South Africa -- beginning in bustling Johannesburg with three nights at the fabulous Saxon Hotel and Spa. Then board Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa for the journey south to Cape Town. Along the way, stop for three game drives, an ostrich farm visit, Spionkop history and battlefields tour, optional golf outings and the breathtaking Garden Route scenery of mountains and sea. End with four nights at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in scenic Cape Town, where you will experience fine dining, enjoy a winery visit, and tour Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula.
Optional pre-tour extension on the Blue Train and post-tour Winelands extension in Franschoek.

If you do just one high-end rail trip in your life, make it Rovos Rail's Ultimate Luxury Trek, Cape Town-Dar es Salaam.

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 Rovos Rail's 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 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 train, here 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.

 

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 train 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.

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 neighboring countries on the Balkan Explorer journey aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Meandering through verdant landscapes and along turquoise coastlines, this exclusive rail cruise delivers a captivating exploration of the Balkan nations.  Travel through an incredible nine countries in just 11 days, with the Golden Eagle Danube Express as your comfortable hotel-on-wheels.

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.
The Rovos Rail African Collage is a panoramic, 2,100-mile, 10-day South African luxury train sojourn along the Western Cape's famous Garden Route. Latest News: Be sure to check out our VERY special African Collage tour hosted by IRT’s Angela Walker - the South African Spectacular. Itinerary details can be found here. Tour dates are October 27-November 12, 2019. Contact us for further details! Among the optional extensions to be offered: a trip on Rovos Rail's "rival" luxury rail service, the fabulous and very modern Blue Train. The tour departs just three times annually, with optional golf excursions offered throughout the tour. Travel from Pretoria eastwards to Malelane, south through Swaziland to Durban, and southwest through Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn and George to Cape Town. Enjoy game drives in Kruger Park, Hluhluwe Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park; spend an evening in Durban and visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. 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 six challenging courses, including Ernie Els' Oubaai Golf Club. More News: Ms. Walker and Rachel Hardy returned from South Africa earlier in 2018, where they inspected 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.

Balkan Odyssey on the Danube Express: Budapest-Venice

10-Day Escorted Tour
Explore Eastern Europe's Balkans on the Golden Eagle Danube Express' Balkan Odyssey luxury rail journey. This is 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'll spend two nights at the famed Four Seasons Gresham Palace, then through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, and on into Venice’s Santa Lucia Station.  And you’ll do so in comfort, aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. The Danube Express' Balkan Odyssey passes through some of Europe’s most poignant and destructive periods of conflict, complemented by a fascinating insight into the future of modern Europe. The city of Budapest, a remarkable blend of medieval and Baroque style, is our starting point for this remarkable journey. Before boarding our exclusive train, we will take time to discover the absorbing history of the once divided cities of Buda and Pest and explore some of its modern day customs. Settle in to your private compartments aboard the elegant Golden Eagle Danube Express as your rail voyage meanders through stunningly beautiful countryside and awe-inspiring mountain ranges on an exploration of the mythical Transylvania region. We then route westwards though the intriguing countries of the former Yugoslavia.  At the end of this remarkable journey, we reach the stunning maritime city of Venice, a unique mix of Gothic and Renaissance palaces perched on the edge of the Italian coast.
This once-a-year, week-long luxury rail voyage from Paris to Istanbul on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a true 'trip of a lifetime'. Travel through seven countries in elegant style. Food, wine, service, off-train tours, atmosphere: everything is over-the-top.  Especially if you book one of the new Grand Suites on board this iconic luxury train. Read Rachel Hardy's enthusiastic blog post and see her magnificent photos.  There is palpable excitement at every stop as the VSOE luxury train travels through France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. The world's most authentic luxury train, the VSOE is the real deal, complete with coal-heated sleeping cars and windows that open. Enjoy gourmet meals in one of the train's three sumptuous diners, or a late-night drink in the classy bar car. 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 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train arrives in Istanbul. Istanbul-Paris: Click here to see the the itinerary in the reverse direction (Istanbul-Paris).
Looking for the most glamourous way to celebrate a milestone anniversary or birthday? This is definitely it. Especially if you book one of the new Grand Suites on board this iconic luxury train. Read Rachel Hardy's enthusiastic blog post and see her magnificent photos.   Travel through six countries on this epic, annual six-day journey from Istanbul to Paris on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Enjoy luxury-class food, wine, service, off-train tours and musical events and romantic, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express atmosphere on board the train. 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 as the train makes its way to Balaton Lake in Hungary, winding through vineyards and forests. Then, re-board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for an elegant farewell dinner, before your overnight journey through Germany and into France. Enjoy a delicious farewell lunch on board before the train arrives into Paris Gare de L'est Station, where your tour ends. Paris-Istanbul: Click here to see the the itinerary in the reverse direction (Paris-Istanbul).

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.

 

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.
The nine-day Namibia Safari is an unforgettable 1,500 mile (3,400 km) trek through one of the earth's most interesting and alien landscapes, all aboard Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa luxury train Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is Kimberley, center of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes, where there is an opportunity to savor the 1870s atmosphere of the mine village. The train traverses the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon – second in size to the Grand Canyon – and Garas Park with its Quiver Tree Forest and the Giant’s Playground. Continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capital for a tour; Windhoek is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavor. Next, take a short flight to Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert, for an overnight stay, followed by a night in the game-rich Etosha National Park. On the last morning, the train travels the Namib to the perfectly preserved 19th-century German Hansa town of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay – an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey. 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. And there's no finer way to explore this desert land than by luxury train. As the former German Southwest Africa, Namibia retains much of its colonial heritage—it’s also 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.

New Year in Vienna aboard the Danube Express

9-day Escorted Tour
Celebrate New Year in Vienna 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Peru: Journey to a Lost World

11-day Independent/ Private Tour
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
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.