Journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express from Kuala Lumpur to exciting Bangkok through the heart of South-East Asia. Visit royal Kuala Kangsar and the infamous River Kwai. Trip is also available in reverse direction.
The Society of International Railway Traveler’s exclusive Blue Train Safari combines adventure and opulence: five-star properties in Cape Town and Pretoria, two nights on South Africa’s luxury Blue Train, and top-notch game lodges and safari experiences in stunning Kruger National Park.
Your Blue Train safari starts the moment you step off the plane in Cape Town: first, be shepherded from the airport to the legendary Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, where you’ll spend three luxurious nights. Spend your days exploring this iconic city.
Then, enjoy the classic Cape Town – Pretoria route on the Blue Train – a 27-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.
After a night at the stunning Illyria House in Pretoria, re-board the Blue Train for your overnight journey to Hoedspruit, home of Kruger National Park. This is the Blue Train‘s newest and most adventurous route.
Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, transfer to the exclusive 9-suite Lion Sands Tinga Lodge for a four-night fully-inclusive safari experience.
The Blue Train is one of the most famous trains in the world. It’s also one of The Society of International Railway Travelers’ World’s Top 25 Trains. And Kruger, home to more large mammal species than any other reserve in Africa, is also South Africa’s first national park and one of the largest game reserves on the continent. It is a “must-visit” for travelers of all ages.
The Blue Train has hosted some of the world’s top leaders, including Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. Steeped in history, the Blue Train also maintains an impeccable sense of modern luxury, unrivaled on-board service, and exquisite cuisine.
To read more about the Blue Train, please click here.
Journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express from Bangkok to exciting Kuala Lumpur through the heart of South-East Asia. Visit royal Kuala Kangsar and the infamous River Kwai. Trip is also available in reverse direction: Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok on the Eastern & Oriental Express.
Experience a journey of history, culture and heritage taking in some of England’s finest sights.
See Alnwick Castle (of Harry Potter fame) in Almouth, the cathedral and medieval city of York and the royal residence and gardens of Sandringham. Visit the world-famous University of Cambridge, with the opportunity to experience traditional ‘punting’ on the River Cam.
Arrive into London’s Victoria Station in the morning of day four.
Note: Want more days on the Royal Scotsman? Book an overnight return trip to Edinburgh and you’ll get the entire Majestic England/Edinburgh return package for 15% off the full price. Add a Classic tour from Edinburgh, and take 15% off that fare as well. Call us for details.
IRT Exclusvie: Click here to see our video of Society President Eleanor Hardy’s trip on the Belmond Royal Scotsman.
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.
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.
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.
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. The VSOE now visits this historic city.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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