The Silk Road & Tibet: Moscow-Lhasa by Private Train

23-day Escorted Tour
Asia,Europe
First-class,Luxury

Embark upon a journey of a lifetime through the ancient Silk Road & Tibet. This epic one-off rail adventure begins in Moscow and winds through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and China, with a dramatic finale in Lhasa, Tibet.

This trip combines the classic Silk Road journey with the new-for-2017 Tibet & China Rail Discovery Journey.

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 — and now, with this dramatic climax in Lhasa, Tibet, it is even more exciting

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 through five countries – and back in time.

This great caravan road linking the kings of Europe with the luxuries of Asia—most significantly, its silks and spices—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 Lhasa and Moscow. And do it all from the comfort of your “hotel-on-wheels!”

This is truly a “trip of a lifetime.”

New:
The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express will include two 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.

 

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.

Latest News: Book this 2018 journey (or any other Rocky Mountaineer journey of 8 days or more) and you’ll receive $800 per couple in added value to use towards enhancing your rail adventure. Offer ends August 25, 2017. Blackout dates apply.

Book your 2017 departure by by July 7, 2017, and receive a complimentary hotel night in either Vancouver or Calgary. 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) 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.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Vancouver airport when you book this or any other Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website.

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.

For eastbound (Vancouver-Toronto)Trans-Canada itinerary, please click here.

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Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Canadian’s new Prestige Class as well as updates on our other World’s Top 25 Trains™.

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.

New for 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) pre-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.

Book your 2017 departure by by July 7, 2017, and receive a complimentary hotel night in Vancouver. Blackout dates apply.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

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 Vancouver and Toronto. 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.

Experience VIA Rail’s newest tier of service, Prestige Class, on the classic Canadian sleeper train. Board in Toronto and alight three days later in Jasper – the heart of the Canadian Rockies. There your tour continues with sightseeing and adventure, courtesy of the Rocky Mountaineer. Make your way through the Rockies and all the way to the coast to Vancouver.

Time permitting, add a day at the beginning of your journey and experience an exciting day of whale watching in Victoria, where you’ll see orcas, humpbacks, and minkes.

For westbound Trans-Canada Rail: Toronto-Vancouver itinerary, please click here.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Rocky Mountaineer and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Highlights

7-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.)

Book your 2017 departure by by July 7, 2017, and receive a complimentary hotel night in either Vancouver or Calgary. 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.

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.

Glacier National Park Escorted

9-day Escorted Tour
North America
First-class

Come and experience one of the most pristine natural environments in the world. Glacier National Park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. Begin your journey in the Windy City with a tour before boarding the Empire Builder®. Continue to Glacier National Park for 3 full days of breathtaking scenery and sightseeing. Conclude the trip of your lifetime in Seattle after an overnight train trip. Revel in the Emerald City on a city tour before departing for home.

Norway’s Trains & Fjords

10-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: Journey through the Clouds Explorer

8-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

Latest News: Book a 2018 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 8 days or more and you’ll receive $800 per couple in added value to use towards enhancing your rail adventure. Offer ends August 25, 2017. Blackout dates apply.

Book your 2017 departure by by July 7, 2017, and receive a complimentary hotel night in either Vancouver or Calgary. 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) 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.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

Please note: this journey was formerly named “Western Explorer.”


Experience the west! Travel one of the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer classic routes, starting from either Vancouver or Calgary, and explore the mountain towns of Jasper, Lake Louise,and Banff.

Enjoy a two-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer. 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 engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels and the beauty of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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, tour the Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer (one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle) and see the Rockies from a bird’s eye view on a Panoramic Helicopter Tour!

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

Rocky Mountaineer: Grand Rail Circle

13-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

Latest News: Book a 2018 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 8 days or more and you’ll receive $800 per couple in added value to use towards enhancing your rail adventure. Offer ends August 25, 2017. Blackout dates apply.

Book your 2017 departure by by July 7, 2017, and receive a complimentary hotel night in either Vancouver or Calgary. 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.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Vancouver airport when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

An epic trip of three rail routes fuses the sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies with one fun-filled night in Whistler, Canada’s fab resort town. Along the way, take overnights and sightseeing in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Ride the Banff Gondola, experience the Athabasca Glacier of the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, and enjoy four luxurious and exciting days on the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer. All told, visit seven cities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Rocky Mountaineer and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

Australia Rail Extravaganza

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

This sweep of Australia allows you to experience the continent’s two most famous trains, the Ghan and Indian Pacific, with time to explore Perth, on the west coast, and Darwin in the north and fantastic sites in between. This program abounds in UNESCO World Heritage sites, from Kakadu National Park to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Getaway Circle

9-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

Latest News: Book a 2018 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 8 days or more and you’ll receive $800 per couple in added value to use towards enhancing your rail adventure. Offer ends August 25, 2017. Blackout dates apply.

Book your 2017 departure by by July 7, 2017, and receive a complimentary hotel night in either Vancouver or Calgary. 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.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

This fantastic 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. 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 engineering feat of the Spiral Tunnels and the beauty of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the stunning 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 on an Ice Explorer (one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle).

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

Enthralling Ecuador featuring Tren Crucero

11-day Independent Tour
South America
First-class

If you want adventure and drama, this train tour is for you. When Owen & Eleanor Hardy, co-owners of The Society of International Railway Travelers, visited Ecuador the spring of 2017, they 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.

This tour features some amazing new offerings in Ecuador: 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.” 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.

Your tour begins in Quito, Ecuador’s colonial capital. You then travel to the Andes rain forest for a 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 fabulous 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–a perfect add-on. Plus we have shorter Galapagos journeys on offer, as well as a luxury “eco-lodge” on the islands.

Fabulous 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.

Tibet and China Rail Discovery

12-day Escorted Tour
Asia
First-class

This intriguing rail journey through China begins in one of the world’s least known 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.

Mount Everest lies on its border with Nepal. As befits such a remarkable land, Lhasa is home to an amazing UNESCO collection of spectacular palaces and temples.

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

With the summit, the Tanggula 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 for the 2017 season with en-suite cabins. Read more about the Shangri-La Express here.

 

Northern National Parks Escorted

10-day Escorted Tour
North America
First-class

Discover three gorgeous national parks on this Northern National Parks by Rail escorted tour. See all the sites in Seattle, including the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. Tour Glacier National Park and take a drive on the breathtaking “Going to the Sun Road.” Head south and spend some quality time in Yellowstone National Park and see iconic landmarks, like Old Faithful Geyser. Visit Grand Teton National Park and see the majestic Teton Mountains. Travel on to Salt Lake City, the “Crossroads of the West”, where a city tour and finale dinner ends a remarkable trip!