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Around the World by Rail

Trip Overview

Set out on the ultimate bucket list adventure and discover some of the world’s most celebrated treasures—all in one extraordinary 56-day train journey. This epic holiday spans four continents, 20+ iconic cities, and five national parks. Taking off in London and stopping in, among other fascinating, far-off places, Rome, Venice, Moscow, Ulan Bator, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, Los Angeles, and New York City. The opportunities you’ll have to explore diverse trains and routes, landscapes, cultures, cuisine, architectural marvels, and landmarks and attractions are unparalleled. Take a train journey around the globe and discover experiences beyond the tourist sites. No circumnavigation skills required. During this globe-trotting, flagship adventure, you’ll do more and see more than you ever imagined possible, with experiences you’d never get on your own. What’s the most epic trip you’ve ever taken? It will probably be this one.

Highlights

  • Amazing alpine scenery by train from Switzerland into Italy 
  • The living museum that is Rome 
  • Magical Venice and its historic canals 
  • Imperial Vienna 
  • Prague’s UNESCO heritage Old Town 
  • Cool Copenhagen 
  • Maritime Stockholm  
  • Regal St Petersburg with its beautiful bridges 
  • Red Square and the Domes of St Basils Cathedral in Moscow 
  • Crossing from Europe into Asia and through Siberia 
  • Enjoy a night in the wilderness staying in a traditional yurt on the open plains of Mongolia 
  • The ancient city of Ulan Bator 
  • Visit the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tomb, and the Summer Palace in Beijing 
  • Feast your eyes on the spectacular Terracotta warriors and ancient city walls of Xi’an 
  • Soak up the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong 
  • Travel from the Indian Ocean through deserts, forests, and the Blue Mountains from Perth to Sydney 
  • Movie stars’ homes tour in Los Angeles 
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours of Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City 
  • Sightseeing tours of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park 
  • Chicago CityPASS® including: 
    • Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry) 
    • SkyDeck Chicago (Fast Pass) 
    • The Field Museum (VIP Entry) 
    • Museum of Science and Industry (VIP Entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry) 
    • Adler Planetarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass) 
  • New York City CityPASS® including: 
    • Empire State Building Experience 
    • American Museum of Natural History 
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum 
    • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Sightseeing Cruise 
    • 9/11 Memorial and Museum OR Intrepid Air and Space Museum 

Package also includes

  • Small group walking tour of Imperial Rome including a Forum and Colosseum tour 
  • Small group walking tour of Doges Palace and the Basilica in Venice 
  • Hop-on, hop-off bus tickets in Vienna, Prague, Copenhagen, and St Petersburg
  • Overnight ferry between Stockholm and Helsinki
  • Overnight in a traditional yurt and tour of a national park in Mongolia 
  • Private car transfers in Moscow, Ulan Bator and Beijing 
  • Small group tour of Moscow and Ulan Bator 
  • Full day tour with visits to the Great Wall, Ming Tomb and Summer Palace 
  • Full day tour with visits to the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an 
  • Sydney Explorer Pass 
  • One-way Amtrak® in roomette accommodations from Los Angeles to Williams; Grand Junction to Chicago; Chicago to New York City on the Southwest Chief®, California Zephyr®, and the Lake Shore Limited®
  • One-way in First Class accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Transfers from Grand Canyon to Springdale; Springdale to Grand Junction 
  • 42 nights’ hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard ferry; 5 nights’ onboard overnight train; 3 nights onboard the Indian Pacific; 3 nights’ onboard Amtrak
  • 51 meals included (40 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 4 dinners) 

Itinerary

The Itinerary:

 

DAY 1 YOUR AROUND THE WORLD JOURNEY BEGINS IN LONDON 
To begin your epic around the world adventure, take Eurostar from London to Paris then board a train from Paris to Geneva. Admire the city’s cosmopolitan feel and the stunning backdrop of the Alps and the Jura mountains. (Overnight in Geneva)

DAY 2 GENEVA TO ROME 
Catch an early scenic train to Milan then change trains to Rome to explore the best of the city’s culture and history. (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 3 ROME  
Experience the Colosseum, where warriors once battled for supremacy. This walking tour is perfect for first-time visitors, but also provides plenty of excitement for those already familiar with the Eternal City. (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 4 ROME TO VENICE 
Board a high-speed train directly from Rome to Venice. Waterside Venice’s reputation no doubt precedes it, and many say there is nowhere on earth that matches the beauty and tranquillity of its splendid canals. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 5 VENICE  
Soak up the Venice’s vibrant atmosphere and crowd-pleasing attractions during a small group tour of Doges Palace and the Basilica. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 6 VENICE TO VIENNA 
Travel by direct train from Venice to the Imperial city of Vienna. Delve into the city’s beautiful museums, palaces, grand monuments, and stunning gardens. Its rich musical heritage allows you to tread in the footsteps of Mozart, Haydn and Strauss. (Overnight in Vienna) B

DAY 7 VIENNA 
Use your hop-on, hop-off tickets to do some essential sightseeing. See Heldenplatz, Hoher Markt, Volksgarten, Hofburg Imperial Palace, and so much more. (Overnight in Vienna) B

DAY 8 VIENNA TO PRAGUE 
After taking a direct train from Vienna to Prague, admire its cobblestone streets and Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades and gleaming spires. (Overnight in Prague) B 

DAY 9 PRAGUE 
Use your hop-on, hop-off tour to delve into the city’s iconic sights. See Prague Castle, The National Museum, the Charles Bridge, and plenty of other exciting points of interest at your own pace. (Overnight in Prague) B 

DAY 10 PRAGUE TO HAMBURG 
Leave Prague behind for Hamburg via direct train. Known as Germany’s “gateway to the world,” it’s a city every traveller to Europe should visit at least once. (Overnight in Hamburg) B

DAY 11 HAMBURG TO COPENHAGEN 
Journey to Denmark’s capital via direct train and ferry. The train travels on the ferry and on arrival in Denmark disembarks toward Copenhagen. (Overnight in Copenhagen) B

DAY 12 COPENHAGEN  
Explore the Danish capital’s museums, gardens, churches, and beautiful waterfront with your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Parliament building, Holmen Church, the Little Mermaid, and The Black Diamond. (Overnight in Copenhagen) B

DAY 13 COPENHAGEN TO STOCKHOLM 
Take in the Swedish countryside during your train ride from Copenhagen to Stockholm. Along the way you’ll pass dense forests, lakes, and traditional red cottages. (Overnight in Stockholm) B

DAY 14 OVERNIGHT FERRY FROM STOCKHOLM TO HELSINKI  
Travel overnight by ferry between the capital cities of Sweden and Finland; Stockholm and Helsinki. It’s a much more pleasant experience than flying. There are plenty of amenities to keep you busy while onboard. (Overnight onboard the ferry) B

DAY 15 HELSINKI TO ST PETERSBURG 
The ferry will arrive into Helsinki in the morning. Upon arrival, catch a direct afternoon to St Petersburg. A treasure trove of art and culture, this city will charm you in ways you never imagined. (Overnight in St Petersburg) B

DAY 16 ST PETERSBURG  
Get on your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to get to know Russia’s imperial capital. Visit St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Anichkov Bridge, Summer Gardens, and more. In your free time, cruise along the historic canal or spend time browsing the permanent collections at The Hermitage. (Overnight in St Petersburg) B

DAY 17 ST PETERSBURG TO MOSCOW 
Board a high-speed direct train to Moscow, the heart of Russia. On arrival, a private car will transfer you to your hotel. Once settled, step out and get a feel for the city. (Overnight in Moscow) B

DAY 18 MOSCOW 
Enjoy a small group walking tour in the morning, where you’ll discover historical sights, grand architecture, and cultural landmarks. Then take a car tour in the afternoon. See the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior, New Maidens Convent, Sparrow Hills, New Arbat, and many other famous attractions. (Overnight in Moscow) B

DAY 19 DEPART MOSCOW  
Spend the day continuing to explore Moscow at your leisure then take a private transfer from your hotel to the Yaroslavsky Station for your evening train departure. (Overnight onboard train) B

DAYS 20-23 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD TRAIN
Throughout this impressive train journey, you’ll traverse breath-taking landscapes, including the Ural Mountains. Further east, the train travels through bustling cities, dense forests, and small villages. (Overnight onboard train) B

DAY 24 ULAN BATOR TO TERELJ NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival in Ulan Bator, transfer from the train station with your guide to hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. From there, you’ll travel to Terelj National Park and enjoy spending the night in wilderness in a traditional yurt. (Overnight in Terelj National Park) B, L, D

DAY 25 TERELJ NATIONAL PARK TO ULAN BATOR 
Continue enjoying Terelj National Park, then board an evening transfer back to Ulan Bator. En route, visit the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue. Spend the evening at your leisure. (Overnight in Ulan Bator) B, L

DAY 26 ULAN BATOR 
Embark on a full-day tour of Mongolia’s capital city by car. (Overnight in Ulan Bator) B

DAY 27 ULAN BATOR 
Spend your last day in Ulan Bator exploring popular sights more in depth. Visit the Gandan Monastery, Zanabazar Fine Art Museum, Genghis Khan Skhbaatar Square, or brose the Naran Tuul Market. (Overnight in Ulan Bator) B

DAY 28 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD TRAIN 
Transfer to the station after breakfast for your overnight train to Beijing. (Overnight onboard the train) B

DAY 29 BEIJING 
On arrival in the sprawling capital of Beijing, take your private transfer to your hotel. The city is packed with amazing cuisine, cultural attractions, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Imperial delights. (Overnight in Beijing) B

DAY 30 BEIJING  
Your full day tour includes visits to the Great Wall, Ming Tomb, and the Summer Palace. (Overnight in Beijing) B, L

 DAY 31 BEIJING TO XI’AN  
Catch a direct train from Beijing to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. This modern city was once home to emperors, poets, merchants, and warriors. Do some exploring on your own by visiting the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, the Muslim Quarter, museums and pagodas. (Overnight in Xi’an) B

DAY 32 XI’AN 
Marvel at the Terra-Cotta Warriors and horses on your full day, small group tour. With an expert historian as your guide, you’ll learn all about the history of the artefacts. Get up close to Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum, visit the Banpo ruins, and enjoy a Chinese lunch. (Overnight in Xi’an) B, L

DAY 33 XI’AN TO BEIJING 
Return to Beijing via direct train and continue discovering the city. Why not visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square? Walk among the structures at the Temple of Heaven Park, cruise along Kumming Lake, or make a stop at Olympic Park. (Overnight in Beijing) B

DAY 34 BEIJING TO HONG KONG 
Board a direct train from Beijing to Hong Kong. You’ll be awed by the city’s futuristic skyscrapers set against Kowloon Bay. Although it is Asia’s most bustling, cosmopolitan city, you can also find moments of serenity. Incense-adorned Taoist temples, graceful tai-chi practitioners, and quaint tea halls line the city streets. (Overnight in Hong Kong) B

DAY 35 HONG KONG  
Hong Kong is a fascinating place to explore and you’ll quickly discover that during your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Visit Golden Bauhinia Square, Man Mo Temple, Queens Road, Victoria Park, St John’s Cathedral, and so much more! (Overnight in Hong Kong) B

DAY 36 FLIGHT FROM HONG KONG TO PERTH 
Travel to the airport for your direct flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia. This big, blue sky city is home to beautiful beaches and a relaxed vibe. Located along the Indian Ocean, it is the perfect place to begin your transcontinental train journey. (Overnight in Perth) B

DAY 37 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD INDIAN PACIFIC 
Board the Indian Pacific train in the morning for an unforgettable experience traveling between Perth and Sydney. This is the southern hemisphere’s longest rail journey—a three-night, time-zone-hurdling, ocean-to-ocean adventure. In the evening, the train will pull into the desert town of Kalgoorlie, where you’ll enjoy an excursion. (Overnight onboard the Indian Pacific) B, L, D

DAY 38 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD INDIAN PACIFIC 
Take a morning excursion to Nullarbor, which stretches between The Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and the gold fields of the west. In the afternoon, explore Cook during another excursion. Continue taking in the ever-changing landscapes from your window. (Overnight onboard the Indian Pacific) B, L, D

 DAY 39 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD INDIAN PACIFIC 
Arrive in Adelaide in the morning and enjoy exploring for a few hours. Back on the train, relax as you travel to Broken Hill, located in the outback of New South Wales. In the evening, you’ll get the opportunity to discover Broken Hill, which is one of Australia’s rare National Heritage destinations. (Overnight onboard the Indian Pacific) B, L, D

DAY 40 SYDNEY 
Discover the breath-taking Blue Mountains on a morning adventure before re-boarding the train for your afternoon arrival in Sydney. The Blue Mountains are home to dramatic cliffs, dense eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and small villages. Once in Sydney, explore this iconic city on your own. (Overnight in Sydney) B

DAY 41 SYDNEY 
Use your sightseeing pass to experience your choice of the city’s most popular attractions. Simply present your pass at your preferred attractions for admission. Choose from Madame Tussauds Sydney, The Sydney Opera House, the Taronga Zoo, and so much more. (Overnight in Sydney) B

DAY 42 FLIGHT FROM SYDNEY TO LOS ANGELES 
Catch your direct flight from Sydney to Los Angeles! When you arrive, travel to your hotel and get some much-needed rest. (Overnight in Los Angeles) B

DAY 43 LOS ANGELES 
Take a tour of famous movie stars’ homes and iconic places in Los Angeles. Visit the homes of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Quentin Tarantino, and more. See Hollywood Blvd., the Walk of Fame, Mullholland Drive, and Rodeo Drive. During your hop-on, hop off sightseeing tour, explore Los Angeles at your own pace. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 44 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK 
Travel to Union Station and board the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to Williams, Arizona. Along the way, you’ll catch glimpses of the fabled American West from the Observation Car. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 45 GRAND CANYON 
Today, the train arrives in Williams, known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon.” Enjoy an included breakfast at the Grand Depot Café and browse the gift shop before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway to the awe-inspiring South Rim. Then, enjoy your sightseeing tour of the majestic Grand Canyon. 
(Overnight in Grand Canyon) B

DAY 46 ZION NATIONAL PARK AND LAKE POWELL 
Get ready for an exciting day that includes tours of Lake Powell and Zion National Park! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Grand Canyon and travel along the picturesque shores of Lake Powell. In Zion, you will experience one of Utah’s most breath-taking landscapes. (Overnight in Springdale)

DAY 47 BRYCE CANYON AND CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARKS 
You’ll be picked up in Springdale and transferred to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks en route to Grand Junction. Highlights will most certainly be the distinctive hoodoos, bristlecone pine trees (the oldest trees in the world), and views from Sunrise, Sunset, and Inspiration Points. In Capitol Reef, explore the mesmerizing cliffs, hidden arches, massive sandstone domes, and deep canyons. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 48 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK 
Travel to the station to board Amtrak’s California Zephyr to Chicago. Along the way, you’ll discover why it’s called one of the most beautiful train holidays in all of North America. Journey through diverse landscapes and soak up the onboard experiences that make traveling by train so incredible. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 49 CHICAGO 
Welcome to Chicago! Use your included CityPASS to visit the city’s most popular attractions, such as SkyDeck Chicago, The Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. Why not try some deep-dish pizza since you’re in the Windy City? (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 50 CHICAGO 
Continue using your CityPASS to see any sights you didn’t get a chance to experience yesterday and take advantage of your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 51 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK 
Board Amtrak’s Lakeshore Limited to New York City. This route travels through Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Highlights include: Lake Michigan, the Mohawk River, and the Erie Canal. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 52 NEW YORK CITY 
Ready to experience the Big Apple? Spend the evening getting to know the city or relaxing at your hotel (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 53 NEW YORK CITY 
Today you will enjoy the best of what New York City has to offer with an included CityPASS and hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Tonight, reflect on what an epic train holiday you had exploring the world on this ultimate bucket list adventure. (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 54 OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO UK 
Check out of your hotel and take your included transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (Overnight flight)

DAY 55 YOUR AROUND THE WORLD JOURNEY ENDS IN THE UK

LEGEND FOR MEALS: B – BREAKFAST, BR – BRUNCH, L – LUNCH, D –DINNER

As you know, everything we do is tailor made for individual customers so we could book just part of the above if particular parts of the itinerary appeal to customers – all very flexible.

 

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