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Asia: Rail Travel Ideas


  • Travelling through the desert landscapes of the Silk Road

Rail travel in Asia is easy, efficient, and often very logical. For countries like Japan and Taiwan, intercity travel can be way faster than flying. For overall information, please visit Japan Rail (for Rail Passes, Trains, etc.). Below are some ideas to consider. Let us help you make the right choices.

Rail Travel Ideas

  • Japan Art & Gardens: Kyoto, Naoshima, Okayama & More

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover modern art, Japanese traditions, and manicured gardens on this unique tour across Japan. Journey by rail across the country from Kyoto to Tokyo, stay on the contemporary art island of Naoshima, try on a kimono, meet a maiko, and admire some of the world’s most celebrated artworks.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Japan See Trip Details
  • China Rail Discovery: Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou & Shanghai

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Travel independently on China's famous high-speed rail network between Beijing and Shanghai, stopping in Nanjing and Suzhou en route for the ultimate eastern China experience. Enjoy the personal attention of your local guide in each city as you discover the sights, history, and flavours of each distinct region.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,430
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    China See Trip Details
  • Hike, Bike & Cruise Northern Vietnam: Ninh Binh, Halong Bay & Sapa

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: An unforgettable active adventure awaits you in Northern Vietnam as you traverse the capital of Hanoi, enjoy cycling through the scenic wonderland of Ninh Binh, take in awe-inspiring Halong Bay on a traditional junk cruise and explore the region of Sapa, famous for its ethnic villages, vibrant markets and friendly locals.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,582
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Vietnam See Trip Details
  • Japan Rail Discovery: 7 Days from Tokyo

    MODERATE | RAIL: Take advantage of a 7-day Japan Rail Pass to explore the highlights of the Japanese island of Honshu. Experience futuristic Tokyo and visit the famous shrines of Nikko before connecting to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nara to visit historic temples, medieval castles, and landmarks from World War II.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,095
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Go as you Please, Rail Travel Ideas
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Japan Hike, Bike & Hot Springs

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience Japan’s bountiful nature on this active vacation. Connecting across the nation from Tokyo to Kyoto, you’ll explore Hakone National Park, cycle to tea fields and rice paddies, hike Mt. Fuji, and stroll the Nakasendo Trail. Along the way, rejuvenate in onsen and visit some of the country’s most famous temples and gardens.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,348
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Bangkok to Singapore Signature with Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: An unforgettable journey between Bangkok and Singapore on the renowned Eastern and Oriental Express. Travel through the Thai and Malaysian countryside while enjoying special on-board services. Stay in deluxe hotels and enjoy private guided tours in Bangkok and Singapore.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas
    Thailand See Trip Details
  • Ultimate Japan: Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen & More

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Explore the highlights of Japan on this incredible rail journey which seamlessly combines a mix of deluxe hotel stays, traditional ryokan stays and privately guided day tours to unfold the wonders of this incredible country. You'll even have an opportunity to wear a kimono and participate in a tea ceremony!
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,385
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Signature Amritsar: The Golden Temple

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This exceptionally beautiful temple in the state of Punjab is surrounded by a large impressive lake and cannot fail to impress with its photogenic appeal and its setting. Seeing is believing!
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 447
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    India See Trip Details
  • Japan for Foodies: Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama & More

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Enjoy a deep-dive into Japanese cuisine, learning how it’s made, where it’s sold, and how best to enjoy it. On your journey, you’ll head on foodie tours in Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, and Osaka and enjoy delicacies from sushi to soba and wagyu, while also exploring famous temples and monuments.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,000
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Ancient Silk Road: Xian to Urumqi

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Journey along the ancient Silk Road on this trip to Western China. Starting in Xian, you’ll travel west to far-flung parts of China, cross the Gobi Desert, see ancient treasures, and get to experience the traditions and daily lives of the Uyghur people and other Chinese minority groups.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,936
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    China See Trip Details
  • Japan Rail Discovery: 21 Days from Tokyo

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: This epic rail journey across Japan takes you to several of the country’s most popular cities and landmarks. Starting and ending in Tokyo, you’ll visit Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, with the comfort and convenience of having your travel and accommodations pre-arranged, letting you explore at your own pace.
    Duration:
    21 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Go as you Please, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Experience Sapa

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Travel by train to the former French “hill station” and resort located in the mountains of Northern Vietnam where scenic vistas and colourful hilltribes complete the picture.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 783
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Vietnam See Trip Details
  • Tsars Gold Trans Siberian Railway: From Beijing to Moscow

    DELUXE | RAIL: Travel the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad through Russia, Mongolia and China in comfort. Dramatic changes in landscape and culture abound as you traverse both Europe and Asia on this exclusive train. It's time to check one off the bucket list.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas
    China See Trip Details
  • Japan Rail Discovery: 14 Days from Tokyo

    MODERATE | RAIL: Take advantage of a two-week Japan Rail Pass to explore Japan’s main island. Starting in Tokyo, you’ll journey to Takayama, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, with day trips to Nikko, Nara, and Osaka along the way. Enjoy the comfort of having travel and accommodations pre-booked, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,059
    Trip Type:
    Go as you Please, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Tsars Gold Trans-Siberian Railway: From Moscow to Beijing

    DELUXE | RAIL: Travel the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad through Russia, Mongolia and China in comfort. Dramatic changes in landscape and culture abound as you traverse both Europe and Asia on this exclusive train. It's time to check one off the bucket list.
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas
    Russia See Trip Details
  • Southern Taiwan by Rail

    FIRST CLASS | ESCORTED COACH & RAIL TOUR: Travel south on Taiwan's modern high speed rail system and explore the vibrant city of Kaohsiung, the dramatic coastline of southern Taiwan, and the fascinating historic city of Tainan.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 579
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Rail Travel Ideas
    Taiwan See Trip Details
  • The Legendary Silk Road Railway: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Follow the legendary Silk Road back in time across three countries, weaving your way along ancient trade routes aboard a private train. Explore seven stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, and experience the colours, sounds, and spirit of medieval market cities.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,048
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas, Small Group Touring
    Turkmenistan See Trip Details
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