Days 1-18: UK to St. Petersburg: Trans-Siberian railway
Depart the UK from your chosen airport, arriving into St. Petersburg, Russia.
This ‘Classic Big’ itinerary
takes you from St. Petersburg to Moscow and across the length of Russia, through Mongolia and onto Beijing along the famous Trans-siberian railway network. Stopping along the way you will visit Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume. Here, you can try your hand at whole range of activities, from dog-sledding to snowmobiling and trekking. You’ll also spend time at a traditional Siberian village where a sauna visit and overnight stay in a Mongolian ‘ger’ will give you an inside glimpse into local life. Half of your nights will be spent aboard the sleeper train as you cross one of the most isolated and remote parts of the world. This iconic journey really is a once in a lifetime experience!
Days 18-26: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh: Reunification rail journey
Next, you’ll journey from north to south on this week-long rail journey across the length of Vietnam, often referred to as the Reunification Express. Enjoy the culinary delights of Hanoi before heading south on the overnight train to captivating Hoi An, home to local night markets and lantern filled streets. Joining the railway once again you will end in the capital of Ho Chi Minh, offering a chance to learn more about Vietnam’s recent history with visits to the Vietnam War Museum and the Cu Chi tunnels, a labyrinth of underground passages used during the conflict.
Days 26-34: Eastern & Oriental Express: Bangkok to Singapore
After your trip to Vietnam, you’ll travel from Thailand to Singapore on the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. You’ll begin with a few days to explore Bangkok before joining the train and heading south to Singapore. On the way, you can relax in your luxury private cabin and enjoy elegant dining on board as you pass through western Thailand and northern Malaysia. You’ll also experience off-train excursions, such as a cruise down the River Kwai and a visit to the War Museum before finally arriving in Singapore, where we have given you two nights to experience the city.
Days 34-40: Japan’s capitals
Explore Japan with this week-long adventure travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto by high-speed bullet train. Wander around some of Tokyo’s oldest temples and sample ‘matcha’ tea at a traditional Japanese tea house before travelling by train at speeds of up to 330km per hour to the former imperial capital of Kyoto. Here, you can experience a local cooking class and learn to make local dishes like rolled sushi, miso soup & Japanese salads.
Days 41-47: Sydney stopover with Indian Pacific train to Perth
From Tokyo, you’ll fly over to Australia. We’ve included 3 nights in Sydney with this Sydney stopover package that also includes daily breakfast, transfers and an IVenture Pass, giving you access to a host of activities in the city at discounted prices. You’ll have two full days to explore, so why not head down to Sydney Harbour and see the big sights, including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge?
Next, you’ll cross the width of Australia on the legendary Indian Pacific. The Indian Pacific train journeys along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world, from Sydney in the east all the way to Perth on the west coast. On the way, you’ll travel through the majestic Blue Mountains, as well as lush vineyards, gold rush towns and finally across the vast Nullabor Plain.
Days 47-54: Darwin stopover with Ghan train to Adelaide
Its time now to head to the Northern Territory and the city of Darwin, located right at the top of Australia. Experience both the city and the outback on this 5 day trip including excursions to Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks, located within driving distance of the city. Explore cascading waterfalls, towering termite mounds, Aboriginal culture and indigenous wildlife before heading back to the city to relax on the waterfront and dine at one of the many restaurants on offer.
From Darwin, you’ll take the famous Ghan train through the centre of Australia to Adelaide, in South Australia. It is, without doubt, one of the world’s great train journeys. Travel in style aboard this luxury train, offering enjoying delicious local cuisine in and off-train excursions to the Red Centre of Australia. Witness the true Australian outback from the comfort of your seat as you take advantage of the delicious selection of Australian wine on offer.
Days 54-62: Scenic New Zealand by rail
Welcome to New Zealand! This trip explores South Island, starting and finishing in Christchurch. With a combination of self-drive and scenic rail you will explore the spectacular natural scenery this region is renowned for. Your trip includes a ride on the iconic TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, showcasing some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand. From Greymouth, you will explore the South Island by car, from the blue ice of the west coast glaciers to the captivating lakes of Queenstown.
Days 62-68: Los Angeles Stopover with Palm Springs & San Diego
America is the next stop on your trip, with a week in sunny California. Our 7-day self-drive itinerary begins in LA, before heading inland to the town of Palm Springs. You’ll then explore the desert landscapes of nearby Joshua Tree National Park before heading to the beaches of San Diego, the perfect spot to relax before moving north to Canada.
If you would like to extend your trip why not take a look at our iconic Californian road trip to San Francisco?
Days 68-74: Calgary to Vancouver: Majestic rail & drive
In Canada we’ve included our week-long Majestic rail and drive package from Calgary to Vancouver by car and rail. First, you’ll spend two nights in the alpine town of Banff, with plenty of hiking opportunities nearby and local hot springs for some post-hike relaxation. Next up is the spectacular Lake Louise, the ‘Jewel of the Rockies’, where you can hike the ‘Plain of Six Glaciers Trail’ with dramatic views from its peak. You’ll also get out on the Athabasca glacier in Jasper with our ice explorer tour before boarding the famous ‘Rocky Mountaineer’ train back to Vancouver. With a stop in Kamloops, exploring this scenic region will be a highlight of your trip!