Travel Like a Local: 4 Ways to Discover the Dances of Uzbekistan

Travel Like a Local: 4 Ways to Discover the Dances of Uzbekistan

The complex Silk Road rhythms, melodies, and musical instruments of Uzbekistan are utterly fascinating. It is enchanting to watch dancers clothed in richly detailed hand-woven and hand-tailored costumes twirling and swaying in smooth, well practiced moves handed down from generation to generation. Our travelers agree, saying it makes for a richer travel experience and deeper connection with local people. Find out about travel opportunities to connect with local people at dance performances in interesting locales, such as the tiled courtyard of a madrassah or right next to your dinner table alongside locals. Read More



The Heart of Persia by Private Train: 30th Anniversary Savings & Enhanced Itinerary

The Heart of Persia by Private Train: 30th Anniversary Savings & Enhanced Itinerary

Enter the Heart of Persia on an enhanced rail journey by luxury private train in 2016 – just in time for our 30th anniversary! Now with an additional two full days of touring, the new Heart of Persia itinerary includes extra time in Tehran to explore the capital, as well as an exciting day trip along the Trans-Iranian railway and an optional overnight to the UNESCO-listed cities of Susa and Shushtar. Combined with our 30th anniversary savings offer, this private train journey becomes an even better deal: Sign up for the Heart of Persia rail journey by private train before January 31, 2016 and save $1,000 per person (more info). Act fast, because there's only one chance to travel along this extraordinary route in 2016: November 24-December 7, 2016. Read More


Travel to Iran: 3 Ways to Explore Ancient Persia by Land or Train

Travel to Iran: 3 Ways to Explore Ancient Persia by Land or Train

Ancient Persia, now called Iran, has been in existence for over 2,500 years. Arts, architecture, spiritual beliefs and culture have poured back and forth across political borders here, and history can be read clearly in UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Cyrus the Great’s ceremonial capital, Persepolis, and Isfahan’s sumptuous Imam Square. There are endless wonderful sites and experiences in Iran, and three ways to travel through this enigmatic country: Read More


New for 2015: Explore All of Iran by Private Train

New for 2015: Explore All of Iran by Private Train

Once the seat of the mighty Persian Empire, today’s Iran is a complex place of blazing beauty with its shapely domes, mosaic-clad minarets and arched madrassahs set against a brilliant blue sky. With a culture that prizes hospitality above all, the people of Iran pride themselves on being friendly and warm to travelers, wherever they are from. Explore the highlights of Iran on the newest offering in our collection of luxury rail journeys by private train: Heart of Persia by Private Train. Read More