Tibet and China Rail Discovery

12-day Escorted Tour

This intriguing rail journey through China begins in one of the world’s least known places: Lhasa, the mystical capital city of Tibet.

In the shadow of the Himalayas and known as the ‘Roof of the World’ due to its breathtaking average height of 13,200ft (4,060m) above sea level, Tibet is home to more Himalayan peaks than anywhere else in the world.

Mount Everest lies on its border with Nepal. As befits such a remarkable land, Lhasa is home to an amazing UNESCO collection of spectacular palaces and temples.

Tibet has been virtually inaccessible by land. That changed with the opening of the Golmud to Lhasa railway in 2006. More than 600 miles (965kms) is at an altitude of over 13,000ft (4,000m) and much of this magnificent line runs over permafrost.

With the summit, the Tanggula Pass, at 16,640ft (5,072m) it is also the world’s highest railway. To travel on this line is a true pioneering adventure, an experience as unique as the destination itself.

The Shangri-La Express, the best passenger rail experience in China, has been newly outfitted for the 2017 season with en-suite cabins. Read more about the Shangri-La Express here.


Land of the Midnight Sun: Russia & the Arctic Circle by Luxury Train

12-day Escorted Tour

Embark on this “Land of the Midnight Sun” journey on one of Europe’s most luxurious trains, the Golden Eagle, and explore the dramatic beauty of Russia, Norway, and the Arctic Circle. Your journey’s finale will take place in St. Petersburg, where you’ll have a chance to revel in the spectacle of the White Nights Festival and take in a world-class ballet, opera, or orchestral performance.

Incomparable cities, remote communities, dramatic fjords, abundant wildlife, and serene forests await you on this journey into the “land of the midnight sun.”

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.

Tahiti and the Society Islands aboard the Paul Gauguin

8-day Cruise
Australia & the Pacific


IRT’s Angela Walker took this wonderful cruise in October 2015. To read about her adventure, click here.

Discover your own island inspiration in the destination that enchanted painter Paul Gauguin, author James A. Michener, and countless others.

In one wonderful week, you’ll explore the best of the South Pacific, with stops in lush Huahine, beautiful Bora Bora, and postcard-perfect Moorea. Once you’ve made these islands your home—even if just for a week—they’ll always be calling for you to return.

Embark on the m/s Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, an island on the wish list of almost every cruise enthusiast. Then, sail on to Huahine, known as the “Garden Island” for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain.

Next, spend a day on Motu Mahana, a South Seas paradise. On a white sand beach beneath palm fronds ruffled by gentle breezes, you can snorkel, kayak, play volleyball, or simply relax, and enjoy a traditional feast with Polynesian entertainment.

Then it’s on to spectacular Bora Bora to see why author James A. Michener called it “the most beautiful island in the world.” Bask on a private beach on a motu off the coast and admire the jagged volcanic peaks, multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches of Moorea, said to be the inspiration for Bali Hai.

Persian Odyssey: Moscow-Tehran

18-Day Escorted Tour

As rail tours go, experiencing Persia and the Silk Road on board the Golden Eagle is truly stunning. Combining one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation with the remarkable treasures of Persia, this unique journey takes in destinations that are rarely experienced by the Western visitor which makes it all the more special. These tours are operated by Australian Pacific Touring.

VSOE London-Paris-Verona & v.v.

2 days

From the cobbles of fashionable Carnaby Street to the romantic arches of Piazza dei Signori, travel between two historic cities aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Tour is also available between Paris-Verona and Verona-Paris.

Your time aboard the train promises to be as enchanting as the destination. Whether sampling world-class cuisine, listening to the resident pianist or admiring the passing scenery, every moment promises multi-sensory delight.


VSOE London-Paris-Berlin & v.v.

2 days

Located in northeastern Germany on the banks of the River Spree, Berlin is the country’s capital as well as its largest city, covering approximately 550 square miles. It is a city of culture, politics, media and science.

Berlin is home to renowned universities, orchestras, museums and is well-know for its festivals, diverse architecture and contemporary arts. Dramatic history, eclectic architecture and a thriving social scene await in Berlin.

The VSOE makes its first-ever visit to this thriving metropolis in the heart of Europe. Be a part of this historic journey in June, 2016!

Northern National Parks Escorted

10-day Escorted Tour
North America

Discover three gorgeous national parks on this Northern National Parks by Rail escorted tour. See all the sites in Seattle, including the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. Tour Glacier National Park and take a drive on the breathtaking “Going to the Sun Road.” Head south and spend some quality time in Yellowstone National Park and see iconic landmarks, like Old Faithful Geyser. Visit Grand Teton National Park and see the majestic Teton Mountains. Travel on to Salt Lake City, the “Crossroads of the West”, where a city tour and finale dinner ends a remarkable trip!


Royal Canadian Pacific Charter

Charter Only
North America

The overnight capacity is for up to 30 guests in 18 staterooms. The room types are below:

  • 5 double rooms – each room has one standard double bed
  • 7 lower twin rooms – each room has two single beds shaped in an “L” configuration
  • 1 upper & lower twin room – two single beds in “bunk bed” configuration (currently sold as a single capacity room)
  • 5 single rooms – each room as one single bed

*Please note: there are only 12 rooms that sleep 2 so if you have more than 12 couples, some would be in separate rooms.

Amazon Voyage

10 Day voyage aboard La Estrella Amazonica
South America

The rainforest of the Amazon Basin fires the imagination of dreamers and explorers, hinting at an adventure like no other. On this Amazon Voyage, daily excursions allow you to discover the secrets hidden under the rich canopy and along narrow tributaries beyond the river’s edge. Be amazed by the symphony of cicadas and tree frogs, howls from the howler monkeys and songs from the many species of birds found here. Spend evenings cruising the headwaters of Earth’s most legendary river, stargazing and storytelling as Peruvian lore becomes part of your personal story.

La Estrella Amazonica is a riverboat featuring gracious, 21st-century comfort. Each of the 15 airy cabins is air-conditioned with private balcony, and has floor-to-ceiling windows so you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. This riverboat boasts unrivaled public spaces, including the Amazon’s largest open-air Observation Deck, a modern Lecture Room and even a Fitness Room. Two highly trained chefs serve a variety of Peruvian cuisine, and each night you enjoy a guides’ reception.  As a special perk, you can take advantage of complimentary laundry service during your seven nights onboard.

The Amazon Voyage includes a variety of flexible activity options, such as swimming, bird watching, jungle walks, kayaking, village visits, peaceful excursion boat rides, cooking demonstrations and more, so that you enjoy an enriching and fun adventure. Against a backdrop of rainforest and water, create a lifetime of memories. Join us in exploring the diverse ecosystems that comprise the heart of Earth’s greatest wilderness.

Royal Canadian Rockies Experience

7-day Escorted Tour (Suggested Itinerary)
North America

*News Flash*
In 2014, the Royal Canadian will be operated only on a whole-train charter basis.

The Royal Canadian Pacific luxury train explores western Canada’s Rocky Mountains with its ever-changing backdrop of snow-capped peaks. This luxury rail service, tops in North America, features impeccable on-board food and service as well as carefully crafted tours to special places such as the dazzling Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and beautiful Lake Louise.

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