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, Venice Simplon-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 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 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 VSOE trip, written by Owen Hardy, Society founder, for the Gentleman’s Gazette.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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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.

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.

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!

Al-Andalus: Southern Spain by Luxury Rail

7-day Luxury Tour
Europe
Luxury

Southern Spain’s opulent, broad-gauge luxury train resumed service in May, 2012, with its 1920s-era cars newly renovated. Enjoy the Spanish landscape on the Al-Andalus as you journey through the country’s southernmost territory. The train combines attentive service, lush décor and elegant cuisine for a once-in-a-life-time experience.

Tour includes day touring by motorcoach to incredible restaurants and sites not reachable by train and a long list of UNESCO World Heritage sites you will never forget. The six-day, five-night tour begins and ends in Seville, with stops in Córdoba, Granada, Cádiz and Jerez.  You can easily get to the start of this trip by high-speed, 2.5-hour AVE train from Madrid straight to Santa Justa Station.

And when we book your hotels pre- and post-train, we offer a great value with our Virtuoso partner hotels: the offer includes exclusive and valuable complimentary amenities which can add a value of hundreds of dollars to your booking.

For IRT Society Vice President Angela Walker’s account of her Al-Andalus adventure, please click here.

VSOE Venice-Prague-Paris-London

5 days
Europe
Luxury

Venice, Prague and London are yours on this fabulous journey offering two nights on the Orient-Express, and two nights Prague (independently). Plus a glorious afternoon on the British Pullman luxury day train.  Soon after departing Venice, it’s time to dress for dinner on the Orient-Express. The next day, travel through Austria into the Czech Republic, and then into Prague, where you stay two nights (hotel accommodations not included). Continue your journey through the Czech Republic and into Germany. Depart Paris the following morning for the French coast. After crossing the Channel, board the British Pullman luxury day train for your journey into London. Single travelers, good news! No single supplement for a single cabin.

Trip is also available to Paris only — or to Prague only.

El Transcantábrico Clásico Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train

8-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Spain’s El Transcantábrico Clásico narrow-gauge luxury train pokes along 400 miles of incredible scenery across the northern coast at 40 mph, skirting coastline, meandering among mountains, following rivers and running along deep canyons. Program includes onboard buffet breakfast and day touring by motorcoach to incredible restaurants and sites not reachable by train. All nights are spent on the train, stationary at quiet sidings. This itinerary will be the Clásico trainset, which has been running this route for years.

Grand Tour of Russia: St. Petersburg – Moscow by Luxury Cruise & Train

26-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

The Grand Tour of Russia, an epic 26-day journey from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, highlights the unique cultures and magnificent landscapes of this beautiful and expansive country. Traverse the river and rail networks on board the MS Volga Dream and the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

Passengers on the Grand Tour of Russia will enjoy some truly incredible scenery as the MS Volga Dream ventures towards Moscow. See the remarkable wooden architecture of Kizhi Island that has endured centuries of challenge and revolution and the inspiring tranquility of the Svir River. From Moscow, board the Golden Eagle as it embarks upon the Trans-Siberian railway. Enjoy the unique culture and magnificent landscapes of Mongolia, the grandeur of Lake Baikal, and the historical significance of the military port of Vladivostok.

Russia’s first luxury river cruise ship, the Volga Dream, offers an unrivaled level of comfort and style, as well as the finest accommodation, service and care. Prioritizing a personal approach, the Volga Dream provides a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of a truly enigmatic country.

The Grand Tour of Russia begins with three days in St. Petersburg. At night, stay in the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. Then, embark on the Volga Dream for your six-night cruise to Moscow, where you’ll spend another three days touring the city and staying in the 5-star Ararat Park Hyatt. Last, but certainly not least, begin your Trans-Siberian luxury rail adventure on the Golden Eagle. 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 Russia and Siberia. The Trans-Siberian journey has long been a favorite of IRT clients — and now, with the addition of St. Petersburg and the Volga cruise, an already-epic trip becomes even more so.

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.

VSOE Venice-Vienna-Paris-London

5 days
Europe
Luxury

Depart from Venice aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in the late afternoon for your overnight journey to Vienna, where you arrive in the morning for a two night stay. Rejoin the train in the afternoon for your overnight journey to London, where you arrive late afternoon the following day.

Dine on world-class cuisine, enjoy peerless service from your personal cabin steward, and watch the scenery unfold from the comfort of the beautiful old-world Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Trip is also available to Vienna or Paris only.

VSOE Venice-Budapest-Paris-London

5 days
Europe
Luxury

We love departing from Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in the late afternoon for your overnight journey to Budapest, where you arrive the following morning for a two-night stay. After your stay in Budapest, rejoin the train in the morning for your overnight journey to London, where you arrive the following evening.

World-class cuisine, fine wines, spectacular scenery, faultless service, and old-world elegance combine to make this journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express one to remember.

Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland

15-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

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, 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.”

Country Homes & Gardens by Luxury Train in Scotland

5-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Join respected British gardening writer Sue Chivers and photographer Patsy Floyd on a memorable rail journey around some of Scotland’s finest country homes and gardens. Enjoy personal tours given by members of the family, as well as welcome drinks in their homes and walks through their beautiful gardens.

With the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train as your rolling, five-star hotel, visit Edzell Castle and Gardens, Foulis Castle of Clan Munro, Attadale, Logie House, Rothiemurchus Estate, Pitmuies Garden, among other stops. Journey length: 720 miles.

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