Rail tours

Discover the joy of slower travel

Forget busy airports, traffic jams and lack of legroom: rail travel is your ticket to slow down and enjoy the ride. Travelling by train isn't merely a means of getting from A to B – you'll share carriages with the locals and soak up the scenery before stepping off the platform into the heart of the action. Whether you want to embark on an iconic rail journey like the Reunification Express in Vietnam or zip through Japan on a super-speedy Shinkansen, climb aboard for a slower-paced, lower-carbon adventure.

Our rail trips

Why choose us

Leave lighter tracks

Whether you’re a die-hard rail nerd or a novice train traveller, get on board because trains are the future of travel. Trains generally produce less carbon emissions than airplanes and fuel-powered cars, and by joining a rail trip, not only will you be taking a more scenic route, you'll be skipping those tedious airport commutes and security queues.

Travel slower, see more

You might be able to fly between cities or countries, but are you really seeing them when you’re thousands of feet in the air? In a world that feels like it’s always going at full steam, rail travel invites you to settle in, turn to the window and appreciate the destination you’re in rather than rushing through it.

Ride with the locals

Most trains we take are a mode of transport for local people. Whether it’s an overnight train from Delhi to Varanasi or a misty morning ride through the Scottish Highlands, rail travel doubles as an immersive cultural experience. With a local leader to help bridge language barriers, there'll be plenty of opportunities to interact with your fellow passengers.

Rail highlights

High speed bullet train called Shinkansen in a station in Japan
Shinkansen

Up there with onsens, sushi and sumo wrestling, the shinkansen (bullet train) is a must-do activity in Japan. The shinkansen was the world's first high-speed rail and is renowned for its comfort and punctuality – the average delay time is less than one minute per year. Despite reaching up to 320 kilometres per hour, riding the shinkansen is a totally Zen experience, with orderly carriages and polite passenger etiquette. Japanese railway meals, or ‘ekiben’, also put soggy train sandwiches to shame.

See Japan by rail
Blue red and white Reunification Express passing over viaduct in Vietnam countryside
Reunification Express

Spanning 1726 kilometres between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the Reunification Express is an iconic railway line that symbolises the reunification of North and South Vietnam after the war. Weaving through sleepy fishing villages, rice paddies, mountains and cities, this hop-on-hop-off journey showcases the diverse beauty of Vietnam and is a great way to glimpse into daily life.

Ride the Reunification Express
Yellow striped dark green Lhasa Express train with Kunlun Yuzhufeng mountains in background
Lhasa Express

Are you ready to board the world’s highest railway? Hitting an altitude of 5027 metres in the pristine peaks of the Tibetan Plateau, the Lhasa Express is about as scenic as rail journeys get. With never-ending views of snow-capped mountains, glistening lakes and vast highlands speckled with yaks, you won’t be able to peel your eyes away from the window. 

Ride the Lhasa Express in China
Bright red Jungfrau rail train going through Jungfrau mountain range in Switzerland
European Rail Network

With over 270,000 km of railway tracks, Europe has no shortage of train travel adventures. Whether you fancy rumbling along the world’s oldest railway system in Britain, savouring the lush Swiss countryside on the Gotthard Panorama Express, or uncovering the history and mystique of the iconic train route between Paris to Istanbul, there’s so much to see on an overland odyssey across the continent.

Travel from Paris to Rome by rail

Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 1863 reviews submitted.
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Northern Italy Family Holiday

Jude · Traveled June 2024
Very fun trip where you travel through the famous cities of Italy and learn about the history and food would definitely recommend and it is an amazing workout and I got a nice tan!😃
Review submitted 28 Jun 2024

Berlin to Budapest

Allison · Traveled June 2024
Very enjoyable and informative trip! I really appreciated traveling with intrepid as I feel Eastern Europe would be difficult to navigate on my own. The countries are not as catered to international tourists as other places I have travelled to. Highly recommend this trip if you want to feel immersed in the culture and enjoy the history of Eastern Europe!
Review submitted 27 Jun 2024

China Highlights

Elizabeth · Traveled June 2024
An excellent tour of the highlights of China for first time visitors. The accommodations and optional restaurants and activities were carefully selected by Intrepid. The sunset hour at the Great Wall was unbelievably lovely with more time to explore the next morning. The best Wall experience imaginable!
Review submitted 27 Jun 2024

China Highlights

Adrian · Traveled June 2024
This was the first time booking a group tour vacation and the first time visiting China. Thanks to our amazing group leader Peter and the awesome people who made up this group it quickly became one of the most memorable vacations of my life!
Review submitted 25 Jun 2024

China Highlights

Hayley · Traveled June 2024
This trip was incredible. It was jam packed and very full on but that's what you want in a short holiday . A chance to see as much as you can . I only advise everyone not to pack any large aerosols such as deodorant , even in checked in luggage as these will be confiscated at the train stations in china as it is like an airport . Even smaller aerosols sometimes get taken away so try and pack roll ones / creams . I even had a shower gel confiscated because it looked like an aerosol even though it was not . The whole trip was amazing and words can not describe how incredible the great wall of china is , it was absolutely breathtaking . Anyone thinking of booking this trip with intrepid should not hesitate . Peter our tour guide went out of his way to teach us various Chinese words and enhance our knowledge in everywhere we went . He often gave us a stream of jokes to go with it .
Review submitted 24 Jun 2024

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