China’s Silk Road & Tibet:  Route of Monks & Merchants

China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants

Explore the Tibetan Plateau on a splendid circular route that embraces the sacred cities of Tsetang, Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. Ride the high-altitude train from Lhasa down to Lanzhou, and on to Western China and the Kashgar Animal Market. Along the way, visit Dunhuang’s UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves, frescoed and carved with a thousand images of the Buddha, and Turpan’s lush Grape Valley, watered by a 2,000-year-old irrigation system.Read More


Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Silk, spices, tea, precious metals and jewels, carefully lashed to pack camels, made their way from one world to another along the old Silk Road. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers who plied these trade routes connecting East with West.Begin this six-country adventure in Almaty, Kazakhstan and from there fly to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China to visit one of the most exotic cities in the world, Kashgar.Skirt the infamous Taklamakan Desert on camelback, and later admire the breathtaking views across the 12,000-foot Torugart Pass, following the Silk Road through Kyrgyzstan to Lake Issyk-Kul and Bishkek. Visit Tashkent, the Fergana Valley and the UNESCO-listed Silk Road oases of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, and continue overland into Turkmenistan to discover its 2,500-year history.Read More


Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the heart of Ancient Greece, Athens, where western civilization began, all the way to Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations flowered and faded. Traveling north, discover today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long ago. Throughout this complex region, trace the path of great empires as they ebbed and flowed, and encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails. A southbound route, running from Budapest to Athens, is available as well. Read More


Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations flowered and faded, all the way to the heart of Ancient Greece, glorious Athens, where western civilization began. Traveling south, discover today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long ago. Throughout this complex region, trace the path of great empires as they ebbed and flowed, and encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails. A northbound route, running from Athens to Budapest, is available as well. Read More


Venice to Budapest by Private Train

Venice to Budapest by Private Train

Glide from the canals of Venice all the way to Hungary’s capital on the Danube, Budapest, on this deluxe rail journey by private train. Admire the changing scenes on your way through the mountains, valleys, towns and villages of seven countries – Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary – stopping at ancient and modern cities along the way and discovering four UNESCO sites. Read More


Tibet & China Rail Discovery

Tibet & China Rail Discovery

Explore the City of the Sun, Lhasa, with its massive, UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, sacred Jokhang Temple and the lively Barkhor Market. Then hop the special high-altitude train, descending from Lhasa’s 12,000 feet down 
to Golmud. Transfer to a comfortable private train and roll across Western China to the Mogao Caves at Dunhuang, where generations of pilgrims carved and painted a thousand images of the Buddha; the ancient karez underground irrigation system in Turpan that caused the desert to bloom; and the teeming Sunday Market in exotic Kashgar, where Marco Polo may have shopped. Read More


Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Enjoy the pleasures of luxurious Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the edges of the old Ottoman Empire in Budapest all the way to its heart, Istanbul, where Europe and Asia intertwine. Begin in Hungary and continue through the modern Balkan countries of Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Greece before exploring Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula and ending in Istanbul. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next. There is also a Northbound Istanbul to Budapest rail journey by private train departure with a route in the opposite direction. Read More


Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the heart of the old Ottoman Empire, Istanbul, all the way to its far reaches in Budapest. Begin in glorious Istanbul, where Europe and Asia intertwine, admiring its fabulous palaces and mosques. Continue through today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long before the Ottomans arrived, and end in elegant Budapest. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next through eight countries total: Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary. There is also a Southbound Budapest to Istanbul rail journey by private train departure with a route in the opposite direction. Read More


Persian Explorer by Private Train

Persian Explorer by Private Train

On this rail adventure around Iran, travelers glide from the capital, Tehran, north through the Alborz Mountains to the Caspian Sea shore, and then on a circular route that encompasses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Board the comfortable Persian Express private train in Tehran and explore some of Iran’s most celebrated cities and sites. Read More


Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train: Eastbound

Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train: Eastbound

Roll through the heart of the Silk Road on this riveting rail journey by private train, experiencing seven treasured UNESCO Sites in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The journey begins in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, where gleaming marble monuments are counterbalanced by the ruins of Parthian Nisa and ancient Merv. Continue through the Uzbek Silk Road oases of Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand, fabled cities of blue-tiled domes and graceful arches. End with a traditional meal in a Kazakh yurt in leafy Almaty, Kazakhstan’s business capital. Read More