For the chance to see some local colour and explore a destination intimately and leisurely, take the train through Asia; watch the landscape roll past outside and witness all life take place on the platforms and stations that you pass through, unless you're hurtling along on Japan's Bullet Train, when all will be a blur.
To see a large chunk of South East Asia, board the Eastern & Oriental Express in Bangkok and travel through Thailand and Malaysia to arrive in Singapore. The four-day journey allows you to explore these destinations in slow style, whilst enjoying exceptional levels of comfort.
India can be enjoyed on board the Maharajas' Express, which travels from Delhi to a variety of destinations over four to eight days. Itineraries include three pan-Indian Journeys and two Golden Triangle tours and take in places including Agra to see the Taj Mahal, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner and Udaipur amongst others.
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Between the Great-Wall icons of Beijing and Shanghai, you’ll travel by first class on hi-speed trains among the lesser-visited jewels of rural China, taking in mist-clad mountains and ancient villages with private tours and transfers throughout.
Travel first class on China's hi-speed trains and let private transfers and tours showcase China’s highlights and lesser-known gems, from secret temples and gardens to megacity Shanghai, Beijing’s Great-Wall icons and Xian’s Terracotta Army.
This spectacular itinerary will see you explore southern India, a myriad of glittering relics and shrines, rolling hills fringed by sandy beaches and vibrant cities like Mumbai and colonial Kochi with a journey on the Deccan Odyssey, one of the world's most opulent trains.
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This curated rail journey brings you on bullet-train sprints between Japan’s rich past, taking in ancient castle towns and tea ceremonies in Kyoto. You’ll also enjoy private, tailor-made tours everywhere from Tokyo to Hiroshima as you stay in luxury hotels and traditional ryokan inns.
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Travel across India in style aboard the Maharajas' Express, a train experience as opulent and luxurious as the palaces that inspired it. Visit Agra's Taj Mahal, take a tiger safari in Ranthambore and explore the glittering palaces of royal Rajasthan before sweeping south to Mumbai.
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Sweep through misted jungles, explore on expert-led excursions and indulge with restaurant-car fine dining – this is Southeast Asia’s finest rail journey.