Rovos Rail The Ultimate Luxury Trek, Cape Town-Dar es Salaam

15-day Escorted Tour
Africa
Luxury

If you do just one high-end rail trip in your life, make it this one.

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 The 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: Click here to enjoy IRT’s “just-back-from-Africa” report and photos about safaris that mesh perfectly with a Rovos Rail cruise.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our Cape Town – Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

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
Europe
Luxury

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.

Two 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 details about this and other upgrades, click here.

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Moscow-Vladivostok

15-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

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.

Two 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 details about this and other upgrades, click here.

Singles Special: Pay no single supplement on our June 4-18 Trans-Siberian journey Moscow to Vladivostok — a saving of $8,000 in Silver or Gold Class!

Royal Scotsman Grand Tour England, Scotland & Wales

8-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

There’s no finer way to see the splendid British countryside than by traveling aboard one of the world’s most luxurious trains.

The Royal Scotsman, making a rare cross-border foray, will be your home for a 7-night exclusive, memorable journey around Scotland, Wales and England—exploring the very best of Great Britain.

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

This new tour has proven to be very popular, book early to avoid disappointment! Only one annual departure.

Belmond Royal Scotsman Classic Whisky Journey

5-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

As the world’s foremost malt whisky club, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society — specialists in single cask, single malt whiskies — is the perfect partner for this special Classic Whisky Journey through Scotland. 
Guests will enjoy the company of a Society Whisky Ambassador on board throughout the journey, along with the Society’s exclusive and rare malts for sampling and discussion.

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

Istanbul-Venice Annual Journey

6 days
Europe
Luxury

This celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express tour mirrors the Paris-Istanbul run, save its end point: alluring Venice. Travel through six countries as you enjoy luxury-class food, wine, service, off-train tours and romantic, Orient-Express atmosphere.

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, then stop in Vienna for an afternoon tour. Then, re-board the Orient-Express for an elegant farewell dinner, before your overnight journey through Austria and into Venice, where your tour ends.

Special Report: Istanbul-Venice is practically a mirror image of the Orient-Express’ Paris-Istanbul itinerary. Click here for travel notes from the Society’s celebratory 20th anniversary Paris-Istanbul Orient-Express trip, written by Owen Hardy, Society founder, for the Gentleman’s Gazette.

Romantic Italian Holiday

6 days
Europe
Luxury

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

Paris-Istanbul Annual Journey

6-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

This once-a-year, week-long luxury rail voyage recreates the original Orient-Express route: Paris-Istanbul. Travel through seven countries in elegant style. Food, wine, service, off-train tours, atmosphere: everything is over-the-top.

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 Orient-Express train arrives in Istanbul.

Special Report: Click here for travel notes from the Society’s celebratory 20th anniversary Paris-Istanbul Orient-Express trip, written by Owen Hardy, Society founder, for the Gentleman’s Gazette.

The Silk Road: Beijing to Moscow by Private Train

21-day Escorted Tour
Asia,Europe
Luxury

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.”

Note: Our Silk Road by rail journey also runs in the opposite direction. For the Moscow-Beijing itinerary, please click here.

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland

7-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and vibrant cities—see the highlights of “the Emerald Isle” with a complete journey through both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Tours from Dublin on the Belmond Grand Hibernian are sure to stay with you for a lifetime.

Let yourself be captivated by Ireland’s charms as you journey in peerless luxury. Anticipate your journey on the Belmond Grand Hibernian to be accentuated by magical encounters, world-class cuisine and exceptional service.

Golf Option: Alternative golf options are available during the Grand Tour of Ireland, offering play at such world-renowned courses as Cork Golf Club, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Lahinch Golf Club and the newly revamped Doonbeg Golf Club.

Important Note: The Society of International Railway Travelers® is sponsoring a special group departure Aug. 29, 2017. Please inquire for details.

Click here to read IRT Owner & CEO Owen Hardy’s blog review of the Belmond Grand Hibernian after taking the Grand Tour with an IRT group charter.

Click here for more information about the Belmond Grand Hibernian itself.

The Silk Road: Moscow to Beijing by Private Train

21-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

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 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 Beijing and Moscow. And do it all from the comfort of your “hotel-on-wheels!”

This is truly a “trip of a lifetime.” Our Silk Road by rail journey also runs in the opposite direction. For the Beijing-Moscow itinerary, please click here. Note the westbound itinerary is one day shorter than the Moscow-Beijing eastbound itinerary.

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.

 

Rovos Rail’s S. African Collage From the Mountains to the Sea

9-day Escorted Tour
Africa
Luxury

The tour many Rovos Rail staff rank number one: a panoramic 2,100-mile, 9-day South African sojourn departing three times annually, with optional activities for golfers.

Travel from Pretoria eastwards to Malelane, south to Swaziland and Durban, west to Bloemfontein, then southwards again through Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn and George to Cape Town.

Enjoy game drives in Kruger Park, Mkhaya Reserve and Hluhluwe Game Reserve; spend an evening in Durban and visit Addo Elephant Park as well as an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. We’ll make a spectacular rail descent down from the Montagu Pass (2,400 feet) into George, at sea level

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 five challenging courses, including Ernie Els’ Oubaai Golf Club.

Latest News: Click here to enjoy IRT’s “just-back-from-Africa” report and photos about safaris that mesh perfectly with a Rovos Rail cruise.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our Cape Town – Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

Inside Track: We dined with Rovos Rail’s Alicia Taljaard recently. Her favorite trip? It’s not what you might think. Click here.

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Legends and Loughs

Five-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Experience the ultimate in Irish holidays and uncover the hidden gems of the Emerald Isle aboard the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian.

Begin in Dublin and first travel south to Cork. Then, wind your way up the west coast and visit Killarney, Galway and Westport. Highlights include behind the scenes tour of Jameson’s Whiskey distillery, “kissing” the Blarney Stone, the spectacular lakes of Killarney, breath-taking scenery of Connemara National Park, sporting activities at Ashford Castle, and traditional Irish music and lunch in Galway.

Let yourself be taken by the spirit of adventure. Visit thrilling destinations as the train crosses through postcard-perfect scenery. Dine on lovingly prepared cuisine, enriched by the finest regional ingredients, while traditional local entertainment aboard brings each memorable day to a close.

Click here to read IRT Owner & CEO Owen Hardy’s blog review of the Belmond Grand Hibernian after taking the Grand Tour with an IRT group charter.

Danube Express Budapest-Venice Balkan Odyssey

11-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

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, Croatia, 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.

Belmond Royal Scotsman Classic Tour

5-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Belmond Royal Scotsman Classic Tour is one of the best in the world. From the bagpipes and intimate musical events, to the grand sweep of the moors and the gorges, the Belmond Royal Scotsman’s Classic Tour is a journey straight to the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Life on the train is relaxed and indulgent, with the freshest, finest local produce served in the dining cars. From Edinburgh, the train follows the east coast up to Keith, then journeys to the picturesque west coast village of Plockton, thence to Inverness and south to Perth.

Two highlights: a private tour and tasting at Glen Ord Distillery and a personal tour of Ballindalloch, with its magnificent castle and gardens. Other activities include clay pigeon shooting or guided walking along Caledonian pine forest trails.  Life on the train is relaxed and indulgent, with the freshest, finest local produce served in the dining cars and nights in the all en-suite sleeping cars spent at quiet sidings.  This is one of IRT’s favorite train experiences — and once aboard, you will see why.  Combine it with the Western Tour, and you have one of IRT President Eleanor Hardy’s favorite journeys of all time.

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

El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo: Santiago-San Sebastian Luxury Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Northern Spain’s luxurious El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo, a gem of a train, travels slowly between Santiago and San Sebastian, along northern “Green Spain,” stopping for exceptional meals to explore local cuisine. Fresh ingredients and fine wines enhance the dining experiences—a highlight of this tour. End in San Sebastian, a day-train ride from France, Barcelona or Madrid. The new train has all Deluxe Suites and takes only 28 persons.

And let us book your hotels pre- and post-train.  We offer a great value on hotel bookings with our Virtuoso partner hotels: the offer includes exclusive and valuable complimentary amenities which add a value of hundreds of dollars to your booking.

Latest News: Click here

Bangkok-Singapore (& vice versa) by Luxury Train

4-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Linking Bangkok and Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental Express provides a short but satisfying introduction to four great cultures, as revealed by the glittering Thai temples of Bangkok and Singapore’s exciting mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay architecture and cuisine. The mid-journey visit to the famed bridge over the River Kwai is an added bonus.

New in 2017: Guests in Presidential Suites now enjoy a host of new amenities, including complimentary and exclusive in-cabin wi-fi and complimentary private limousine transfers to/from train stations in Singapore & Bangkok. Presidential Suites also include:

– A bottle of champagne and fruit basket in cabin on arrival
– Complimentary mini bar – stocked with a selection of spirits, local beer, soft drinks and chocolate
– Complimentary on board pressing service
– Wireless speaker in cabin

Belmond Royal Scotsman Grand North Western Tour

8-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

With seven nights aboard, this is one of our favorite trips: Enjoy the Belmond Royal Scotsman and Scotland to the full. The Grand North Western tour combines the Classic and Western itineraries for a comprehensive exploration of Scotland. First, travel along the east coast to Keith, then west to the picturesque west coast village of Plockton, before returning to Inverness and then south to Perth.

Enjoy the many highlights along the way, including a personal invitation to visit Ballindalloch, with its magnificent house and gardens. Relax and experience the magnificent West Highland scenery and a private view of Mount Stuart, one of Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic houses.

This itinerary also allows plenty of time to relax on board enjoying the train’s wonderful meals, service and other amenities.

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

The Blue Train: South Africa Luxury Train & Safaris

10-day Independent Tour
Africa
Luxury

We paired the Blue Train with the magical hotels and Botswana safari camps of our partners Belmond. Our journey includes unique experiences, from the Blue Train, to beautiful Cape Town, to unique stays in the bush.

But remember: book early; the camps are small and popular.

Special Value: We extend valuable Virtuoso complimentary and exclusive amenities to our guests at every accommodation in this program. They include but are not limited to dining credits, spa credits and helicopter rides.

And special care is taken from the minute you are met at the airport by your hostess plane-side to the time he or she waves goodbye after seeing you to your international gate.

Sicilian Odyssey on the Danube Express: Venice to Taormina

12-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

New for 2017. Experience the allure of Italy by private luxury train on the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

The Sicilian Odyssey begins with two nights at the iconic five-star Hotel Danieli in the romantic maritime city of Venice. From there, you’ll board the luxurious and comfortable Danube Express, your “five-star hotel on wheels” for the next eight days and seven nights. Wend your way through 17 cities and and provinces of Southern Italy and Sicily, stopping along the way to soak up the history and local culture with guided tours and experiences. Then, spend two nights at the five-star Hotel San Domenico Palace in Taormina.

Enjoy guided city tours of Venice, Verona, Bologna, Bari, and Palermo. Visit the famous Stradivari Museum and learn more about the world-famous violins produced in Cremona. Tour the crumbling ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Learn about authentic Sicilian cooking through watching a demonstration and participating in pastry making. Tour Mount Etna with a local volcanologist and enjoy the sight of the beautiful Gulf of Naxos from the heights of Taormina.

The all-inclusive itinerary and the comfortable luxury of the Danube Express will whisk you from location to location in a way not possible by any other means of travel.

Journey is also available northbound. Click here for full itinerary details.

Vienna New Year’s Luxury Train

9-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

What better way to ring in the New Year than the Vienna New Year’s Luxury Train. It’s perfect for celebrating!

New for December, 2017 (and 2018): Celebrate New Year’s Eve 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 Vienna, a city which knows how to celebrate in style.

Our New Year’s departure offers a sociable atmosphere combined with sumptuous gala dinners, music, opera, ballet, dancing, fireworks and exclusive regional celebrations that you will forever remember.

(Also, please note: we can arrange exclusive tickets to the fabulous New Year’s Eve ball in Vienna. Let us know, and start practicing your waltz!)

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.

Peru: Journey to a Lost World

11-day Independent or Escorted Tour
South America
Luxury

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 journey combines two phenomenal rail experiences: the Belmond Hiram Bingham day train, and the brand-new for 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.

IRT is sponsoring a group departure June 1-11, 2017. Call or email us for more information or to join. When we last sponsored an IRT journey to Peru, our members said it was one of the most “Wow!” journeys they had ever taken.

Click here to read more about the Belmond Andean Explorer, new for 2017.

A Caspian Odyssey Along the Ancient Silk Road

16-day Escorted Tour
Asia,Europe
Luxury

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!

The Caucasus by Luxury Rail

9-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

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.

Indian Odyssey: Delhi to Mumbai by Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Relax in supreme comfort aboard the Deccan Odyssey while visiting some of India’s most iconic landmarks on this Indian Odyssey itinerary, including multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Soak in the beauty of Udaipur, the “City of Lakes,” the colorful city of Jaipur, and search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park. The breadth of India’s culture, history and ineffable spirit come alive as you travel from Delhi to Mumbai. This tour is great for experiencing a large swath of Rajasthan in a relatively short time. For more information about the train itself, click here.