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

23-day Escorted Tour

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.”

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.


Tibet and China Rail Discovery

12-day Escorted Tour

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.