The nature of rail travel means that you can discover a lot in a relatively short space of time.
The nature of rail travel means that you can discover a lot in a relatively short space of time. Our tours take that to the next level, truly getting you to the heart of the country you're visiting. Our Destination Specialists work hard to create exciting itineraries that leave no stone unturned, making sure you experience the real highlights of your destination - be they world-famous tourist sights or something slightly off the beaten track. On our holidays, you can discover the life-altering, iconic monuments that we spend our lives daydreaming about, alongside your own, personal hidden gems.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is perhaps the most famous ancient border in the world, an endless stretch of architectural wonder that is simply breathtaking to witness. The iconic wall stretched across 5,500 miles of desert, mountains, grassy plains and plateaus, and a walk along the wall's fortifications provides views for miles across this stunning countryside, and into, what would have been for the Han Chinese, the very edge of civilisation.
Constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal's towering domes and gleaming white marble frontage almost need no introduction. Perfectly framed by its beautifully landscaped gardens, the structure is a truly breathtaking sight, with an equally captivating history that is steeped in romance.
The Peterhof Palace is actually a series of palaces and gardens in Petergof, St Petersburg. The site was built by Peter the Great, who wanted to construct a summer residence to rival the opulence of Louis XIV's Versailles. As such, the opulent palace is sometimes referred to as a 'Russian Versailles' and features a number of magnificent, verdant gardens and intricate buildings in a range of impressive styles from all over the world.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights really have to be seen to be believed. Once you catch sight of the kaleidoscopic colours exploding into the dark sky, the hours of waiting and the biting cold fade into insignificance as you lose yourself in what is perhaps the world's most beautiful natural phenomenon. The stunning sight is caused by collisions between electrically charged particles entering the earth's atmosphere from the sun, resulting in an experience quite unlike any other.
Lose yourself in one of Japan's most iconic landscapes with a trip to spectacular Mount Fuji, which rises dramatically from the breathtaking surroundings of Hakone National Park, overlooking the immense Lake Ashi. Considered one of Japan's three sacred mountains, the mighty snow-covered peak has been a pilgrimage site for centuries and is Japans largest mountain at 12,389 feet tall.
No visit to Moscow would be complete without a visit to the Kremlin, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage site that is perhaps the most famous landmark in all of Russia. The imposing fortified complex sits in the heaty of the city and contains the Grand Kremlin Palace alongside a number of other palaces and cathedrals, all surrounded by the distinctive Kremlin wall and towers.