Rail holidays 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.
The railroads of Asia reflect the continent's diversity. Be they iconic, quaint, or plain exciting, a train trip on your journey will be one of its highlights. To be taken back to an era of grand train travel, ride the colonial-style Victoria Express from Hanoi to the spectacular mountainous area of Sapa. What better way to arrive in the mysterious land of Mongolia than by the legendary Trans-Mongolian Express? Leave the bustle of Beijing behind and watch as the scenes from your window change from urban jungle to open plateaus. On a Japan Small Group Tour, criss-cross the country at 200mph on its famously efficient system, marvelling at the cutting-edge technology of the Shinkansen bullet train while views of Mount Fuji fly by.
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10 days from £2875* 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 £4395* 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 £2785* 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 £276* pp | START Hanoi
Travelling 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 £441* pp | START Hanoi
With its beautiful mountain setting and colourful hilltribes, Sapa is unlike anywhere else in Vietnam. Travelling 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 £280* 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.