Belmond Royal Scotsman: Heritage Homes & Gardens

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 Exclusive: 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: 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 $600 per couple in added value to use towards enhancing your rail adventure. Offer ends October 27, 2017. 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 $600 per couple in added value to use towards enhancing your rail adventure. Offer ends October 27, 2017. 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™.

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. (To download more information on the Sea Cloud, click here.)

Read Owen Hardy’s report of the Society’s October, 2015 voyage by clicking here. Click here to see our short Sea Coud photo album.

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.

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. (To download more information on the Sea Cloud, click here.)

Read Owen Hardy’s report of the Society’s October, 2015 voyage by clicking here. Click here to see our short Sea Coud photo album.

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 IRT on this Deluxe Rail Journey of Japan! 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 Rail Journey of Japan.

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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 Romantic 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 thescenic 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.  The train and service on board was spectacular!

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

Swiss Trains & the Italian Lake District

10-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Climb aboard Switzerland’s legendary trains to experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps, from the twisted peak of the Matterhorn to the breathtaking vistas of the Bernina Pass.

Soar high above Zermatt in a gondola, and enjoy a choice of hikes, walks, and tram rides through beautiful mountain landscapes. Then cross the Alps into Italy and cap off the trip on the shores of stunning Lake Como.

Midwest High Speed Rail Association Study Tour to Italy

9-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
First-class

Midwest High Speed Rail Association Study Tour to Italy is designed to offer the best in high speed trains, unique rail station and behind-the-scenes visits, and meetings with important players in the Italian high speed rail world. But it will also offer unique cultural visits to the famous spots in Italy from the Vatican to Florence, Pompeii to Milan. Rick Harnish, executive director the MHSRA, will welcome you in Rome and accompany the entire journey plus the extension. He and our professional English-speaking guide will manage the journey — offering our guests the best of both worlds: the expertise and personal connections of Rick Harnish and the wonderful points of local culture, history and art  of our Italian guide. The Society of International Railway Travelers is honored to organize this 7th Midwest High Speed Rail Association study tour.  What a great way to celebrate 25 years of this amazing organization. The Society of IRT has organized many study tours for Mr. Harnish and the association to Germany, France, Japan, China, Spain and more to study the best in high-speed trains. They have visited so many behind-the-scenes rail facilities, met the movers and shakers for high speed rail around the world. Now it’s time to head to Italy to discover what is new — and amazing — in Italy. Every journey has received high acclaim: In 2018, it’s your turn!

Belmond Royal Scotsman: Western Scenic Wonders

4-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Belmond Royal Scotsman‘s Western Scenic Wonders Tour runs on Scotland’s West Highland Line, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. The deluxe, private train passes through gorgeous glens, lochs and mountains, steeped in the lore of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The all-inclusive fare features off-train visits to such treasures as Mount Stuart House, Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house. Pair this itinerary with Belmond Royal Scotsman’s Classic Splendours Tour for a full week of luxurious touring through Scotland.  This trip — especially when paired with Scotland’s Classic Splendours tour — is a Society of IRT favorite. There is no doubt, once you board, why this train is one of our World’d Top 25 Trains: the decor, the ambiance, the dining, the off-train excursions, and the service are consistently high throughout. If you want a great way to see the best of Scotland, choose The Belmond Royal Scotsman.

New to the Belmond Royal Scotsman in 2017: full-service spa car. Inquire when you book your journey!

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

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 $600 per couple in added value to use towards enhancing your rail adventure. Offer ends October 27, 2017. 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

Want adventure and drama? Tren Crucero is for you. When IRT visited Ecuador the spring of 2017, we 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. Stand on the spacious outdoor deck of the Tren Crucero and prepare to be amazed at every turn. To read more about it, please read our blog post.

This tour features some amazing new offerings in Ecuador: chief among them is 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.” In the Gold program, with availability for only 10 passengers, you stay at the finest haciendas along the route. 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.

The new Gold program includes the fabulous Plaza Grande in Quito, the Hosteria La Andaluza in Riobamba, the Hacienda La Danesa in Bucay and the Hotel del Pargue, Guayaquile. Availabilty is very limited – just for 10 guests — so book early! Also, the order of our tour may change, due to availability.

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 great 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 that will fit perfectly with the train trip — that include a small ship, all transfers, flights, meals and a stay at an eco-lodge on the islands.

Great new video shared by Tren Crucero.

VSOE Venice-Paris-London

2 days
Europe
Luxury

Take a step back in time on this overnight trip from Venice to Paris (or on to London) aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Luxuriate in the train’s ambience, gourmet meals and superior service while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Italian Dolomites and the Swiss Alps. Disembark in Paris. Or, we highly recommend you extend the experience as you continue your journey to London on another of our World’s Top 25 Trains, The British Pullman. On the other end, extend your journey from Venice to Rome.

Southbound tour also available. Click here for details.

VSOE London-Paris-Venice

2 days
Europe
Luxury

Take a step back in time on this overnight trip from London (or Paris) to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Depart London mid-morning (or Paris just before dinner) for your luxurious overnight journey to Venice, where you arrive late afternoon the next day. Luxuriate in the train’s ambience, gourmet meals and superior service while taking in Europe’s beautiful and historic scenery.

This is the centerpiece of our wonderful Romantic Italian Holiday itinerary. If you’re celebrating an anniversary or any special occasion, IRT can customize your luxury rail journey with iconic hotels, special sightseeing, and private transfers. Call or email us for details.

“We are having a fabulous time! Hotel Cipriani is such a great location to have a relaxing start to our trip.” – IRT guest B. Merkely, writing from Venice, May 2016.

South Georgia & the Falkland Islands aboard the National Geographic Explorer

18-day cruise
South America
Cruise

Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals and a thriving fur seal population. On South Georgia you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: literally 200,000 stately king penguins on a single beach. See the human face of the region in the Falklands, reminiscent of Great Britain, with grazing sheep, tea and crumpets. And in this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives. All aboard your luxurious vessel, the National Geographic Explorer.

Belmond Royal Scotsman: Grand Taste of the Highlands

6-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Join the Grand Taste of the Highlands tour aboard Scotland’s premiere luxury train: the Belmond Royal Scotsman. It’s always hard to say farewell to the Scottish Highlands. That’s why we’ve made it possible for you to join us for a much longer journey.

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the West Highland Line and an exclusive view of Mount Stuart, a spectacular Victorian Gothic house. Then after some free time in Edinburgh experience the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands as you head north, enjoying a leisurely journey up the east coast through Aberdeen to Keith.

Try your hand at some outdoor activities on the Rothiemurchus Highland estate and enjoy a visit to Strathisla Distillery.

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

Belmond Royal Scotsman: Clans, Castles & Isles

6-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

Belmond Royal Scotsman‘s Clans, Castles & Isles Tour is an exploration of the wild and rugged west coast of Scotland, including Oban and the Isles of Mull and Bute. New to the Belmond Royal Scotsman in 2017: full-service spa car. Inquire when you book your journey!

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

Danube Express Budapest-Athens: Hellenic Treasures

11-day Escorted Tour
Europe
Luxury

New for 2017:  Danube Express Athens-Budapest. The train is the Golden Eagle Danube Express. The trip is called Hellenic Treasures. You could not dream up a better way to see this region than on this new luxury rail itinerary. It is the first time IRT has offered a journey to Greece by train. (We went to the region via sailing ship Sea Cloud — fabulous.) But now you’ll have the chance to enjoy historic medieval settlements by land. You’ll revel in the architectural splendor of some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. And you’ll do it all from a great luxury train which is your “hotel on wheels.”  For more information about the train, visit our website here: Golden Eagle Danube Express.  The train is fully air-conditioned, has fully en-suite shower, sink and toilet. And this year, the Golden Eagle is adding two superior deluxe cabins which are double the size of the deluxe compartments. We are proud to call the Golden Eagle Danube Express one of The Society of International Railway Travelers’ World’s Top 25 Trains.

The all-inclusive Danube Express Athens-Budapest itinerary and the comfortable luxury of the train will whisk you from location to location in a way not possible by any other means of travel. From the famed Hotel Gresham Palace Four Seasons in Budapest to the Acropolis, or vice versa, this sweeping journey will take you places many Western travelers never venture — because of the difficulty of travel. But you will luxuriate in your train itself —  gliding from Hungary to Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and on to Greece, through 6 countries — ending up at lively Athens and the marvel of the Acropolis.  This is a journey you will never forget.

Northbound itinerary — Athens-Budapest — is July 1-11, 2017. Call or e-mail us for more details.

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.

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.

French Country Waterways: Through the Heart of Burgundy

7-Day Escorted Tour
Europe
Cruise

Discover picturesque central Burgundy with French Country Waterways on the luxurious Nenuphar and pass through a region rich in history, wine, and art.

Situated in the heart of France, the tranquil Burgundy region is interlaced with a network of over 600 miles of waterways. A truly timeless place, Burgundy has been at the crossroads of France since the prehistoric age, and each subsequent culture has left behind its distinctive imprint.

The rich legacy of art, architecture, and commerce recalls an age when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the French kings. Today, Burgundy’s renowned vineyards produce some of the world’s most prized wines, and an abundance of superb ingredients makes it one of the great gastronomic centers.

The Society of International Railway Travelers highly recommends this Virtuoso partner. No, it’s not a train! But it’s the next best thing: a luxury barge that will take you back in time and steep you in relaxation and beauty.

Tours run April to October and departs every Sunday.  We will happily book your Paris stay pre- and post-tour at our favorite boutique hotel.

Trans-Mongolian Express: The Naadam Festival

13-day Escorted Tour
Asia
Luxury

Naadam is the big event in Mongolia—a lively national festival, held every year. Naadam means “three manly games.” Known as the world’s second-oldest Olympics, it celebrates what defined civilization in the steppes eight centuries ago—archery, wrestling and horse riding. The competitors in the riding events are all children aged between 5 and 12, many of whom have been in the saddle since the age of one. It is claimed that such equestrian skills won Genghis Khan an empire that stretched from the Sea of Japan all the way to Europe. Once a religious ceremony, the festival now formally commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country. This tour is a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience this spectacular, colorful but little-known festival and soak up the exciting atmosphere of this national holiday. Our tour combines the Naadam Festival with an amazing overland journey from Moscow on board the Golden Eagle private luxury train.