Central European Classics by Private Train

Central European Classics by Private Train

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, as you glide in style from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations have flowered and faded, and on to sophisticated Prague, the “Hundred-Spired City.” On the way, watch green and friendly Slovakia unspool outside your window, and stop in the capital, Bratislava, to admire imposing Bratislava Castle. Visit beautiful Krakow, whose medieval Market Square is Europe’s largest. End in historic Prague for a two-night stay in a five star hotel. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next.Read More


Essential Central Europe

Essential Central Europe

Hidden from view for much of the 20th century, the hip and historic countries of Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary boast gorgeous countryside, handsome churches and city centers, warm people, and some two dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On this 8-day overland journey, relish in the medieval masterpieces, baroque architecture, sophisticated museums, and up-to-the-minute cultural life of three extraordinary European capitals — Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. Read More


New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train

New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel as you glide in style on a circular route from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations have flowered and faded, and on to a date with a brilliant New Year’s celebration in magnificent Vienna, Austria. Continue through the hip Czech Republic and green and friendly Slovakia, stopping in the medieval city of Kosice, declared a European Capital of Culture in 2013, and ultimately arriving back where you started, in beautiful Budapest. Encounter four countries and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next. 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 Iran

Essential Iran

Visit a trio of Iran’s finest cities to discover Persian treasures and modern Islamic daily life. See spirited Tehran, the country’s marketplace, romantic Shiraz with its miles of roses, and beautiful Isfahan, its arched bridges glowing in the evening light. This overland journey gives you a chance to learn about the history of this ancient land, to meet its modern inhabitants and to gain understanding of their culture.Read More


Essential Poland

Essential Poland

Modern Poland is one of Europe’s most exciting countries, brimming with lively urban centers, beautiful countryside, saw-toothed mountains, cultural treasures and deep beliefs. Survey Poland’s capital, animated Warsaw and the former royal city of Krakow with its medieval town square and underground pubs. On this focused tour, visit four Polish UNESCO sites in six days ­– Warsaw’s Old Town, Krakow’s Historic Center, the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Read More


Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

Traverse a little-known region that has changed hands from its earliest history. Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova are three of the least frequented and least familiar countries in Europe. Time slowed drastically here after the devastation of WWII, but these beautiful countries are emerging from the shadows. Visit an artist in Kiev, share a meal with a Chisinau family, and take a day trip to the Transdniester region, a narrow strip of Moldovan land where separatists have declared a disputed independence.Read More


Ancient Persia – Modern Iran

Ancient Persia – Modern Iran

Persia, the extraordinary land that is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, has been known in the west as Iran since 1935, and is a modern country of more than 80 million people. On this 18-day journey, experience 11 wonderful UNESCO Sites, explore fabulous bazaars, admire splendid architecture, discover formidable archaeological sites and converse with the welcoming Iranian people.Read More