Train Travel News: 7 Rail Journeys by Private Train and 6 Ways to Save

Train Travel News: 7 Rail Journeys by Private Train and 6 Ways to Save

Recently we told you about our two new Small Group Tours, handcrafted in honor of our 30th anniversaryInsider’s Russia and Iran Unveiled.

This week we’re focusing on our seven new rail journeys by private train, and some special savings offers that might convince you to step aboard. Train travel is a magical way to see the world – effortless, efficient and delightful.

And we’ve teamed up with Golden Eagle and the Orient Silk Road Express to bring you special savings offers for each of these new rail journeys by private train.

Cheers from the Dining Car on aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian ExpressPhoto credit: Helge Pedersen

Cheers from the dining car aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

7 New Rail Journeys by Private Train
A stop in Novosibirsk along on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

A stop in Novosibirsk along the Trans-Siberian Railway
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

2 Siberian Journeys

The Trans-Siberian is having a birthday too – its 100th year rolling entirely through Russian territory. To celebrate the centennial – and our 30th year traveling to Russia and its neighbors – we’ve added two special one-time departures along Siberian routes on the legendary Trans-Siberian line.

Save $1,000 per personAnd we’ve teamed up with the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express to bring you a $1,000 per person special savings offer for those who book travel before January 31, 2016 on either of these rail journeys by private train, traveling in Gold Class or Silver Class (more info):

The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM) RouteFrom Moscow to Vladivostok via the BAM

Save $1,000 on this departure: June 5-19, 2016
Price: From $16,995 (per person, twin share)

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. (more info)

The Trans-Siberian Railway – Siberia Discovery RouteFrom Moscow to Vladivostok within Siberia

Save $1,000 on this departure: July 26-August 9, 2016
Price: From $16,995 (per person, twin share)

From the capital of Moscow past the Urals into Asia and through Siberia’s dynamic cities, villages and wilderness to the Pacific Ocean, the Trans-Siberian Railway rolls across a third of the globe. This epic journey across the world’s largest country explores parts of Siberia that rail travelers don’t usually experience. (more info)

New smiles and old styles in Turkmenistan

New smiles and old styles in Turkmenistan

3 Silk Road Sojourns

You can’t have too many rail journeys to the fascinating countries of Central Asia and Iran. The distances are vast across this region, and a private train is a convenient way to skip the uninhabited deserts and home in on the highlights.

Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train (Eastbound / Westbound)Between Ashgabat and Almaty Aboard the Orient Silk Road Express

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.

Save $500 on these spring 2016 departures:
     • From Almaty to Ashgabat: March 31-April 13, 2016
     • From Ashgabat to Almaty: April 12-25, 2016
Price: From $5,795 (per person, twin share)

Save $500 per person on Essence of the Silk Road (more info).


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train (Eastbound / Westbound)Between Moscow and Tehran via Central Asia Aboard the Luxury Golden Eagle Express

This five-country rail adventure begins in Russia’s capital, Moscow, then traces a northern branch of the Silk Road into Uzbekistan and on to the complex and beautiful country of Iran. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva before rolling into Iran to discover its fabled treasures and rich archaeological sites.

Save $1,000 on these departures:
     • Tehran to Moscow: April 10-27, 2016 • December 5-22, 2016
     • Moscow to Tehran: November 10-27, 2016
Price: From $20,995 (per person, twin share)

Save $1,000 per person on Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route (more info).


Iran & the ‘Stans by Private Train (Eastbound / Westbound)Between Tehran and Tashkent Aboard the Luxury Golden Eagle Express 

This unusual rail journey by private train stretches from Iran, through Turkmenistan, and finally into Uzbekistan. Begin in Iran’s dynamic capital, Tehran, and explore the ruins of Persepolis, romantic Shiraz, glorious Isfahan, Zoroastrian Yazd, and sacred Mashad. In Turkmenistan, discover ancient Merv, the marble monuments of the capital, and the astonishing burning Darvaza gas crater. Admire the glowing Silk Road oases of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand, and end in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

Save $1,000 on these departures:
     • Tehran to Tashkent: April 10-24, 2016 • December 5-19, 2016
     • Tashkent to Tehran: November 13-27, 2016
Price: From $17,495 (per person, twin share)

Save $1,000 per person on Iran & the ‘Stans (more info).

Old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

Old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

2 Balkan and Europe Samplers

The beautiful Balkans and venerable Venice are in store for you on these two rail journeys aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express: Budapest-Venice and Venice-Istanbul.

Celebrate our 30th Anniversary and save $1,000 per person on either of our two new Balkan rail journeys (more info):

Budapest to Venice by Private TrainA Balkan Rail Odyssey

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 eight countries – Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy – stopping at ancient and modern cities along the way and discovering four UNESCO Sites. (more info)

Save $1,000 on these departures: June 1-12, 2016 • July 4-15, 2016
Price: From $9,995 (per person, twin share) 

Save $1,000 per person on Budapest to Venice by Private Train (more info)

Venice to Istanbul by Private TrainA Rail Expedition through the Balkans & Beyond

In a classy introduction to southern Europe, this nine-country adventure by deluxe private train travels through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Explore five UNESCO Sites along the way, including Stari Most, the old Ottoman Bridge rebuilt from the ground up in war-ravaged Mostar, and Thessaloniki, Greece, with its early Roman monuments and Byzantine reminders. (more info)

Save $1,000 on this departure: June 9-20, 2016
Price: From $9,995 (per person, twin share) 

Save $1,000 per person on Venice to Istanbul by Private Train (more info)

Rolling along the rails.

Rolling along the rails

6 ways to save on your 2016 rail journey by private train

In case you missed their mention above, make tracks to take advantage of these special offers:

  1. Trans-Siberian 100th anniversary: Save $1,000 per person when you book either of our new Trans-Siberian Railway rail journeys – Siberian Discovery and BAM Routes – before January 31, 2016. (more info)

  2. Travel the Silk Route on a select rail journey by private train departure and save up to $1,000 per person. (more info

  3. The Balkans by Rail: Celebrate our 30th & save $1,000 per person on either of our two new Balkan rail journeys. (more info

  4. Early Booking Savings: Save $100 per person when you book a scheduled 2016 small group tour or rail journey by private train by December 31, 2015. (more info)

  5. Booking multiple trips with MIR? Book two scheduled group tours and save $200 per person, per tour. (more info)

  6. Traveling solo on a rail journey by private train aboard the Golden Eagle?
    • Prepared to share aboard a deluxe Golden Eagle train tour? Save the cost of the single supplement on select departures. (more info)
    • Save 50% off the single supplement on select Trans-Siberian rail journey depatures aboard the Golden Eagle. (more info)

Give us a call at 800-424-7289 or email us to talk with one of our experts about your rail travel dreams. With so many new rail journeys available, and so many fabulous special savings offers, one of them is sure to fit your style, schedule and budget.

(Top photo: Trans-Siberian Railway rounding the bend. Photo credit: Helge Pedersen)

PUBLISHED: November 3, 2015

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