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


Venice to Istanbul by Private Train

Venice to Istanbul by Private Train

Board a deluxe private train that sweeps through nine countries and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an 11-day journey across southern Europe. Roll through capital cities, seaside towns, wooded hills, and little villages on this star-studded survey of highlights from countries clustered near the sunny Adriatic. Read More


Legendary Turkey & Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Legendary Turkey & Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Take in the highlights of Iran and Turkey, next-door neighbors in what used to be called the Near East. In ancient times, the Iran-based first Persian Empire encompassed what is now Turkey; later the Ottoman Empire, based in Turkey, claimed parts of Iran. After admiring the classic sites of Tehran, board the comfortable westbound private train, stopping to explore incredible archaeological sites, modern museums, soaring mosques and mausoleums, gracious public spaces and cooling Persian gardens that represent the ancient and the modern worlds living side by side in this rarely-visited country. Cross into Turkey, discovering the monumental stone heads of Nemrut Dağ and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Explore an amazing 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Read More


Legendary Turkey & Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Legendary Turkey & Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Explore Turkey and Iran, next-door neighbors in what used to be called the Near East. Board the east-bound private train in inspiring Istanbul, stopping to survey the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the monumental stone heads of Nemrut Dağ before crossing into Iran. Why end might the incredible architecture, labyrinthine bazaars, soaring mosques, gracious public spaces, outstanding archaeological sites and cooling Persian gardens that represent the ancient and the modern worlds living side by side in in these historic lands. Read More


Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire

Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire

The rugged sunburnt Anatolian Plateau of Eastern Turkey and the steep-sided green valleys of Georgia are brilliantly paired on this unusual back-road exploration. Begin among the folded hills of out-of-the-way Anatolia, rich with the traces of early civilizations, and continue along the balmy Black Sea Coast to the unfamiliar little country of Georgia, where guests are welcomed at tables laden with some of the finest food and wine on earth. Read More


Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Westbound

This exciting five-country rail adventure begins in Iran's dynamic capital, Tehran. Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, the first European private train to be permitted in Iran, and head to Mashad and Kerman, with a stop at Mahan's UNESCO-listed Prince Garden. Next is Shiraz, the gateway to one of the most important sites of the ancient world, Persepolis. Visit glorious Isfahan and Zanjan before crossing into eastern Turkey to admire the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia. Read More


Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Gliding through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey before entering Iran (the first European private train to be permitted here), this five-country adventure begins in sophisticated Budapest and investigates the Dracula legend in Transylvanian Brasov, wanders the Bulgarian fortress town of Veliko Tarnovo, and explores modern Istanbul, ruler of the Bosphorus. Read More


Ancient Kingdoms of North East Turkey & Georgia

Ancient Kingdoms of North East Turkey & Georgia

Discover the meeting places of the ancient world in eastern Turkey and Georgia, on this back-road exploration of out-of-the-way towns and villages. Begin in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, and follow traces of the old Silk Road east through arid valleys and rocky hills redolent of empires and kingdoms – Hittite, Seljuk, Byzantine, Roman, Armenian, Ottoman, Iberian and Georgian. Why end might five breathtaking UNESCO Sites, including the exuberant 13th century Great Mosque and Hospital Complex of Divrigi, and the mountain redoubts of Georgia’s remote Svaneti region. Read More