Rail vacations in Asia
Enjoy Asia through the romance of rail. Where flights offer convenience, travel by rail delivers breathtaking views, cultural immersion and ample time to really experience the country through which you are traveling.
We’ve a number of Small Group Tours that have dedicated sections of train travel. In Japan travel from Tokyo to Kyoto stopping at all the major sights on the world famous Shinkansen train (bullet train) as it races through this ancient country’s ever changing scenery. On our Trans-Mongolian Adventure you will depart Beijing and traverse northern China along this iconic train-line before crossing the border and continuing the train journey across Mongolia’s sweeping plains to Ulaan Baatar.
If you prefer your vacation to be private, we have a selection of exciting tailor-made rail experiences to choose from.
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10 days from US$4360* pp
Experience the many faces of Japan, from dazzling streets in Tokyo to antique teahouses in Kyoto. Speed through the countryside on the bullet train and stay in a traditional inn near Mount Fuji. Delight in a tea ceremony and walk the absorbing streets of Takayama. Discover thriving geisha culture and take a touching trip to Hiroshima. Leave with a heartfelt understanding of this mysterious land.
15 days from US$6665* pp
Discover Japan’s contrasts, from its sleek, modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Wander Tokyo’s dazzling streets and hurtle along on the bullet train. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya and then step back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama. Stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone and see the thriving Geisha culture in Kyoto. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain untouched, while technology races into the future.
16 days from US$4225* pp
Mongolia is a wild and rugged land with grassy plains and alpine mountains. Few tourists travel to Mongolia, and even fewer spend Naadam festival away from the Ulaan Baatar crowds. Start in Beijing before a two-day trip on the legendary Trans-Mongolian Railway. Meet nomadic families, swim in alpine lakes, and ride rare camels through endless dunes.
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3 days from US$385* pp | START Hanoi
Traveling inland from Hanoi, experience the daily life of the hilltribes living in the stunning region of Mai Chau with a traditional home-stay experience. At Ninh Binh, cruise the tranquil waters through caves and past pagodas. The beautiful landscapes of these rural areas are just a short drive from bustling Hanoi, yet seem a world away.
4 days from US$615* pp | START Hanoi
With its beautiful mountain setting and colorful hilltribes, Sapa is unlike anywhere else in Vietnam. Traveling on the refurbished Victoria train takes you back in time to an era of grand train travel, with its old-world design touches. Staying in the Victoria Sapa Resort, experience this stunning mountain retreat in style.
4 days from US$391* pp | START Hanoi
With its tranquil mountain air, Sapa is worlds away from the busy streets of Hanoi, and yet is easily reached by an overnight train journey. View the sweeping vistas across rice paddies stepped down the mountains and gain an insight into the unique culture and lifestyles of some of the ethnic minorities living at these high altitudes.