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


Treasures of Eastern Europe by Private Train

Treasures of Eastern Europe by Private Train

Range across six European countries – Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria and Hungary – on this deluxe 14-day rail journey through the heart of Europe. From romantic Venice, ride the Golden Eagle Danube Express north to Prague, admiring Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. Explore the Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie in Germany, the Baltic Coast in Poland, and wonderful Krakow and Vienna, ending in Budapest for concerts and a cruise on Lake Balaton. Along the way, experience seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 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


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


The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral Route: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral Route: Eastbound

The seldom-traveled Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM for short) runs up and over the top of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and east through some of the most remote, roadless taiga in the country, through the radiant Sayan and dramatic Kodra Mountains (sometimes called the “Russian Alps”), and over miles of tundra where lichen and tiny bushes struggle for a foothold on the permafrost. Outside the windows of the train is some of the most glorious and unspoiled scenery in the world. Read More


Budapest to Venice by Private Train

Budapest to Venice by Private Train

Glide from Hungary’s capital on the Danube, Budapest, all the way to the canals of Venice 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 –­ Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Italy – stopping at ancient and modern cities along the way and discovering four UNESCO Sites. Read More