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


Village Traditions of the South Caucasus

Village Traditions of the South Caucasus

Step deep into the cultures of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, experiencing local life in one of the most hospitable regions of the world. Share stories and warm meals in mountain villages, sample natural wines and fantastic local cuisine, and meet craftspeople who work in clay, stained glass, metal and wood — all of it set to a soundtrack of polyphonic singing that can give you goosebumps, and traditional instruments playing the old, old songs of love and heartbreak. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

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. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

This five-country rail adventure begins in Iran’s cosmopolitan capital, Tehran, where the UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace is on the menu. Discover rich archaeological sites around the country, including incredible Persepolis and the thousand-year-old mud-brick citadel of Rayen. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, then trace a northern branch of the Silk Road through Kazakhstan into Russia, and end in magnificent Moscow. Read More


Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

This grand journey encompasses the intriguing countries of Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Begin in Iran’s dynamic capital, Tehran, and explore romantic Shiraz, the ruins of Persepolis, 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 Kazakhstan’s business center, Almaty. Read More


Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

This grand rail journey by private train stretches from Uzbekistan, through Turkmenistan, and finally into Iran. Begin in Uzbekistan’s modern capital, Tashkent, and continue into the heart of the Silk Road, the rich UNESCO-listed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. In Turkmenistan, discover ancient Merv, the marble monuments of the capital, and the astonishing burning Darvaza gas crater. Enter mysterious Iran, discovering the ancient citadel of Rayen, the luxurious Shazadeh Garden in Mahan, the Fire Temple of Yazd, graceful Isfahan, the ruins of Persepolis, beautiful Shiraz, and at last, the vibrant capital, Tehran. Encounter eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Read More


Iran Unveiled

Iran Unveiled

Pay a visit to modern Iran, getting acquainted with its hospitable people on a compact overview that hits all the highlights of Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan. Browse the unequaled bazaars, meeting and conversing with locals. Admire the treasures of Iran, from the Crown Jewels in Tehran and several UNESCO-listed classical Persian gardens, to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd and the luminous bridges of Isfahan. Along the way, experience six fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 6th century BC ruins of Pasargadae. 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


Heart of Persia by Private Train

Heart of Persia by Private Train

Discover the incredibly rich treasures of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations on this rail journey through Iran. Explore the remains of Susa, a flourishing city in 1100 BC, and the complete system of dams, aqueducts and canals that made the desert bloom in antiquity – and continues to do so today. The people of this arid country have always prized hospitality, beauty, spirit, artful form and efficient function, and their values permeate the heart of Persia. Read More