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

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Highlights of Italy

Brendan · Traveled May 2024
Intrepid's Europe Explorer was incredible! Packed with stunning cities, big and small, and the perfect mix of guided adventures and free time. Our amazing leaders made the experience unforgettable. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to see Europe in one epic trip!
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Barcelona to Paris

Jennifer · Traveled May 2024
A wonderful overview of the region; I would highly recommend this trip for anyone interested in visiting Spain and France.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Japan Express

Joseph · Traveled May 2024
Trip was good .They delivered all that was promised . Joe
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Japan Express

Isaac · Traveled May 2024
My tour guide was awesome. Made our time in a Japan stress free and full of excitement. I especially loved the Nara tour feeding the deers and all the local cuisines. Would be happy to have him as a guide in the future
Review submitted 30 May 2024

Japan Express

Mary · Traveled May 2024
Intrepid Japan Express tour packed a lot into the Tokyo section of the trip. Nikko slowed the pace considerably. Kyoto was definitely free wheeling. Be prepared for a last minute changes to start and finishing points to the tour, so leave pre and post tour accommodation, if any, with options to change as needed. If you need definite and leisurely meal times, this tour is not for you. If you want to experience different accommodation, not necessarily 100% comfortable or convenient, but different. Then you are good to go. Great country to visit.
Review submitted 29 May 2024

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