Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

On the rocky ridges overlooking Mongolia’s westernmost province, remote Bayan-Ulgii, a dwindling number of ethnic Kazakhs carry on a 6,000-year-old tradition — hunting with magnificent Golden Eagles, one of the world’s largest predatory birds. Attend the annual Golden Eagle Festival, where the eagle hunters display their birds’ speed, skill and training, as well as the deep bond that forms between bird and human. Along the way, explore Mongolia’s capital, UlaanBaatar, with its Buddhist and nomadic heritage, and the fabled Gobi Desert. Read More


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


A Special Journey to Remote Franz Josef Land

A Special Journey to Remote Franz Josef Land

Located far above the Arctic Circle, some 470 miles away from the Eurasian mainland, the 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land are some of the most remote and under-explored locales on earth. Discovered only 150 years ago, this volcanic, glaciated archipelago was once a major stopping point for famous polar explorers making the dangerous (and often deadly) passage to the North Pole. Enjoy fantastic views of rugged icebergs and glacier-capped peaks rising majestically from the icy waters as you cruise north through the Barents Sea. Discover the vast array of wildlife that this area plays host to, from nesting auks to colonies of walrus. 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


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


Land of the Midnight Sun by Private Train

Land of the Midnight Sun by Private Train

Join a band of adventurous travelers during the “White Nights” of summer on a luxury rail journey celebrating the Midnight Sun. Beginning in magnificent Moscow, take advantage of the long, sun-filled days as the train heads north beyond the Arctic Circle. The journey culminates in sumptuous St. Petersburg, where fashionable boulevards and serene canals glisten in the oblique rays of the Midnight Sun. Read More


Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights

Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights

Join a band of rail voyagers venturing far above the Arctic Circle on a winter hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights, in the warmth and comfort of a private train. Head north from beautiful St. Petersburg to the frosty twilight of the polar region. Rolling through the taiga until the trees thin and lose their stature, the train crosses the Arctic Circle. Chase the Northern Lights through the tundra, visit a hotel made of packed snow, and ride a dogsled behind a team of huskies. Read More


Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran

Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran

The countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran are woven together like the burnished threads of a fine Persian carpet. From earliest recorded history, these lands have exchanged rulers, architecture, art and religion. Explore the dazzling bazaars and extravagant desert architecture along the byways of the old Silk Road between Tashkent and Tehran.Read More


Essential Central Asia

Essential Central Asia

Explore the markets, mosques, minarets and teahouses of oasis towns on the fringes of the Kyzyl Kum and Kara Kum deserts. Here spiritual beliefs were the greatest commodities to flow along trade routes, and civilizations blossomed amidst austere natural beauty. Read More