Essential Romania

Essential Romania

Romania is a country that has everything – fortified medieval towns, gorgeous mountain landscapes, castles complete with vampire legends, fascinating ethnographic museums, and hospitable people – and travelers are just beginning to discover it. From the vibrant capital, Bucharest, roam the green, forested hills and meadows of this little-known country, visiting folktale villages that seem to have stepped out of the Middle Ages, and walking in the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s legendary literary creation, Dracula. 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


Persia & the Silk Road by Private Train

Persia & the Silk Road by Private Train

This remarkable rail journey by private train follows the trail of countless caravan merchants and explorers through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, as well as dazzling Iran. Admire the breathtaking Uzbek oases of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, and visit Turkmenistan's burning Darvaza Gas Crater, called locally the “Door to Hell.” Enter Iran and discover the luxuriant gardens of Shiraz, the gracious Islamic architecture of Isfahan, and one of the most important sites of the ancient world, Persepolis. Why end might nine different UNESCO sites before the journey ends in Iran's exciting capital, Tehran. Read More


Essence of the Silk Road & Beyond by Private Train

Essence of the Silk Road & Beyond by Private Train

Traverse four of the five ‘Stans of Central Asia on this private rail journey along the Silk Road. Begin in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. Continue into Kyrgyzstan to inspect the capital, Bishkek, and take a boat ride on the country’s most beautiful lake, Issyk-Kul. Dip into Khujand in Tajikistan to meet with a local family and hear about their daily lives. Stop in Tamerlane’s UNESCO-listed hometown, Shahrisabz, before visiting three famed Uzbek Silk Road oases – Samarkand, Khiva, and Bukhara – all of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Why end might four UNESCO sites in 16 days, with seven hotel nights and eight nights onboard the comfortable Orient Silk Road Express private train. Read More


China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants

China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants

Retrace the path of ancient traders and adventurers on this comprehensive overland journey across Western China. Why end might the legendary Kashgar Sunday Animal Market, where merchants sell everything from ducks to sheep. Make your way east to visit Turpan’s lush Grape Valley, watered by a 2,000-year-old irrigation system, and Dunhuang’s UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves, frescoed and carved with a thousand images of the Buddha. Ride the high-altitude train from Xining to Tibet, and explore the Tibetan Plateau on a splendid route that embraces the sacred cities of Gyantse and Shigatse, as well as Lhasa, “City of the Sun.”Read More


Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses

Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses

Explore the complex history and fascinating culture of Bulgaria and Romania, two East European countries whose rugged terrain and consequent isolation have helped preserve their heritage. Discover the luminous frescoes of the painted monasteries, breathe in the fragrance of the Valley of the Roses, and spend an afternoon visiting with villagers in a tiny Transylvanian town.Read More


Kaliningrad & The Baltics

Kaliningrad & The Baltics

This overland journey roves the countryside and urban centers of four distinct nations: the three independent Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – and Kaliningrad, an exclave of Russia. Read More


Treasures of Eastern Europe by Private Train

Treasures of Eastern Europe by Private Train

Range across six European countries – Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria and Hungary – on this deluxe 14-day rail journey by private train through the heart of Europe. From romantic Venice, ride the Golden Eagle Danube Express north to Prague, admiring Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. Explore the Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie in Germany, the Baltic Coast in Poland, and wonderful Krakow and Vienna, ending in Budapest for concerts and a cruise on Lake Balaton. Along the way, experience seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read More


Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the heart of Ancient Greece, Athens, where western civilization began, all the way to Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations flowered and faded. Traveling north, discover today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long ago. Throughout this complex region, trace the path of great empires as they ebbed and flowed, and encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails. A southbound route, running from Budapest to Athens, is available as well. Read More


Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations flowered and faded, all the way to the heart of Ancient Greece, glorious Athens, where western civilization began. Traveling south, discover today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long ago. Throughout this complex region, trace the path of great empires as they ebbed and flowed, and encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails. A northbound route, running from Athens to Budapest, is available as well. Read More