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.

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.

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies 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.)


This is a fabulous introduction to the Canadian Rockies, including a two-day trip on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff. 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 Summit 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.

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.

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.

Ulaan Baatar Express: Moscow to Ulaan Baatar

11-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Think of this as a compilation of some of the most intriguing and stimulating elements of the world’s greatest railway journey and you will understand the appeal of the Ulaan Baatar Express.

 

Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia

Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia
Africa
Luxury

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.

There’s no finer way to explore this desert land than by luxury train.

And, as the former German Southwest Africa, Namibia retains much of its colonial heritage—it’s well known for its great lager beers.

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.

Maharajas’ Express Indian Panorama, Delhi-Delhi

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Explore the hidden treasures of India by luxury train. Embark on the Maharajas’ Express and join an unforgettable adventure that begins in the capital city of Delhi. Make your way through the sacred city of Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites. Witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the sensuous moods of the temples of Khajuraho, the elegance and imperial splendor in Lucknow and the wilderness of the Ranthambore National Park, known for its large population of Bengal tigers.

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.

Golden Eagle: Heart of Persia

14 Days
Asia
Luxury

Our ‘Heart of Persia’ tour is aimed at those who display true pioneering spirit; a distinctive adventure that may not always follow the itinerary step-by-step, but will delight and enthrall with the potential for a surprise or two along the way.

Travelling in the ancient land of Persia, this unique journey by rail on board the fully en-suite Golden Eagle takes in destinations that have been off the tourist map for many years and therefore have rarely been experienced by the Western visitor, which makes it all the more special.

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.

Maharajas’ Express Indian Splendour, Delhi-Mumbai

8-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

The Maharajas’ Express “Indian Splendour” journey is a fabulous way to discover India’s heritage and exquisite architecture. A few highlights: sipping champagne as you admire the legendary Taj Mahal; stalking the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park; indulging in traditional barbecue delicacies prepared on the sand dunes. Feel like royalty as you participate in an Elephant Polo Match followed by dinner. Soak up the spectacular regal heritage of Rajasthan, with its landscape of hilltop forts and palaces. This extraordinary journey is full of special touches and delights—not the least of which is the train itself, the Maharajas’ Express.

Click here to read an in-depth review of the Maharajas’ Express by Society VP Angela Walker on our blog, Track 25.

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.

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.

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Taste of Ireland

Three-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Travel from central Dublin to the historic Viking port of Waterford, where you explore Curraghmore House and the crystal factory.  This tour offers a brief taste of Ireland and its beauty aboard the fabulous Belmond Grand Hibernian train. Enjoy two nights in your private cabin, with meals on board, as well as traditional entertainment in the bar car.

Important Note: The Society of International Railway Travelers® is sponsoring a special group departure of the seven-day Grand Tour of Ireland 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.

Rocky Mountaineer: Western Explorer

8-day Independent Tour
North America
First-class

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.)


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 Summit 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 Escorted Tour
North America
First-class

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.)

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.

New for 2017: Itinerary extended from 11 days to 13 days! New additions to the existing itinerary include a full day in Lake Louise and a full day in Jasper, plus an extra day in Banff to explore Banff National Park. Call or email us for details.

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™.

Orcaella: Gorges of the Far North

12-Day Escorted Tour
Asia
Cruise

Enjoy 12 days aboard the luxurious river boat Orcaella and take in the scenic majesty of Myanmar. The boat, the staff, the dining, the visits: it all added up to one of the best IRT journeys ever when we traveled on this ship in 2014.

Any description of this ship or the journey itself comes up short, because it is so much more.

It is, in fact, one of the best trips IRT has ever offered. Read all about it in our blog, Track 25.

For details about Myanmar and its incredible people, click here. For details on life aboard the beautiful ship Orcaella, click here.

Gems of the Greek and Dalmatian Coasts on the Legendary Sea Cloud

11-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
Cruise

Sail on the historic Sea Cloud — a gift from millionaire businessman E.F. Hutton to his wife, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post — from the ancient temples of Olympia in Greece to the medieval walled city of Hvar, Croatia.

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of some of Europe’s most delightful coastal gems. Discover the remarkable sites of Albania, cut off from the modern world for decades, and explore Montenegro, Corfu, and incomparable Dubrovnik.

Built in Germany in 1931, the Sea Cloud carries 30 sails and measures a total of 32,000 square feet. (For more information on the Sea Cloud, click here to download a 1-page PDF.)

Or read Owen Hardy’s report of the Society’s October, 2015 voyage by clicking here.

The Society of International Railway Travelers and Lindblad Expeditions, both Virtuoso partners, are delighted to join in offering this fabulous journey.

Add a fabulous pre-cruise extension in Athens: See the Acropolis on an early morning walk, visit renowned museums, see the landmarks of the city, and dine on regional specialties—all in the company of guides who weave the narrative of life of this ancient city. IRT guests rated this pre-tour as excellent.

Add a fabulous, also IRT-tested post-cruise extension: Begin in the Old Towns of Split and Trogir, whose cobblestones, ancient buildings and narrow lanes combine the richness of the past with the vibrancy of the present. Then, visit historic Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where you’ll visit the beautiful, renowned Old Bridge, whose rebuilding has come to symbolize the rebirth of the Balkan States. IRT guests rated this pre-tour as excellent.

The following itinerary is westbound, from Athens, Greece to Dubrovnik, Croatia. For the eastbound itinerary, please click here.

Sicilian Odyssey on the Danube Express: Taormina to Venice

12-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

New for 2017: Sicilian Odyssey. Experience the allure of Italy by private luxury train on the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Please note: trip is also available southbound (Venice-Taormina).

The Sicilian Odyssey begins with two nights at the iconic five-star NH Collection Hotel Taormina with stunning views of Mount Etna and the Gulf of Naxos. 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 13 cities and provinces of Sicily and Southern Italy, 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 Danieli in Venice.

Enjoy guided city tours of  Syracuse, Ragusa, Palermo, Rome, San Gimignano, Siena, Florence, and Venice. Tour Mount Etna with a local volcanologist and enjoy the sight of the beautiful Gulf of Naxos from the heights of Taormina. Enjoy a special dinner deep in the countryside of Caltagirone at the Michelin-starred Al Fogher restaurant. Take a private cruise from Salerno along the iconic coastline to Amalfi.  Tour Rome by private golf buggy, making your way to many of the city’s UNESCO sites. Indulge in a wine-tasting in Chianti. Learn about authentic Sicilian cooking through watching a demonstration and participating in pastry making.

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 southbound. Click here for full southbound itinerary details.

Gems of the Dalmatian and Greek Coasts on the Legendary Sea Cloud

11-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
Cruise

Set sail on the historic Sea Cloud — a gift from millionaire businessman E.F. Hutton to his wife, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post — from the ancient temples of Olympia to the medieval walled city of Hvar.  Even our most fervent rail travelers were ecstatic with this ship, the service, the crew, the dining and excursions. Don’t miss out: We have space for 2017 for a limited time.

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of some of Europe’s most delightful coastal gems. Discover the remarkable sites of Albania, cut off from the modern world for decades, and explore Montenegro, Corfu, and incomparable Dubrovnik.

Built in Germany in 1931, the Sea Cloud carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. (For more information on the Sea Cloud, click here to download a 1-page PDF.)

Or read Owen Hardy’s report of the Society’s October, 2015 voyage by clicking here.

IRT is delighted to partner with Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions, both Virtuoso members, to offer this journey.

For the westbound itinerary, please click here.

Deluxe Rail Journey of Japan

16-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Important Note: Join us on this Deluxe Japan Rail Journey! The Society of International Railway Travelers® is the only travel agency in the Western Hemisphere offering advance space on the ultra-exclusive Seven Stars, the “grand finale” of our Deluxe Japan Rail Journey.

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Picture yourself enjoying pre-trip canapés and drinks in the Seven Stars’  beautiful private waiting room in Fukuoka’s Hakata Station. Suddenly, the President of JR Kyushu drops by to welcome you. (This happened to our 2016 group!)

Imagine boarding this spectacular new train, the first luxury sleeper train in Japan. As you leave the station, you see dozens of locals waving the flags of the U.S. and other nations (depending on who’s on board) to send you off.

This train astounded our guests in 2016 — its first Western group. So we are honored to announce this, our fourth IRT Japan tour, featuring wonderful rail and cultural experiences — topped off with the Seven Stars in Kyushu.

The first part of the escorted tour focuses on the intersection of modernity and ancient tradition in some of Japan’s most celebrated cities and regions. The itinerary includes Tokyo, the Hakone nature reserve, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima. We also include a visit to the Kyoto Railway Museum and a ride on the lushly scenic Sagano Romance Train.

The second week focuses on beautiful Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island, and its new luxury rail star, the Seven Stars in Kyushu. We also have a trip on another Kyushu favorite, the SL Hitoyoshi steam train, which chugs along the scenic Kuma River at a time when the foliage should be spectacular.

Our guests from the 2016 tour told us that some of the tour’s treasures were unexpected: the lively drumming workshop, Hakone’s amazing outdoor art, the warm, unexpected reception of Americans by local Japanese at the Hiroshima museum and the quiet beauty of the shrine at Miyajima.

Fukuoka was grand, they told us. They also loved exploring Kyushu, overlooked by many Americans. Best of all, they said, was the sincere welcome they received at almost every stop by locals proud of their luxury train, their island and their country.

Latest News: Click here for owner Owen Hardy’s blog about his Japanese adventure on the Kyushu Seven Stars. Spoiler alert: He loved it!