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The world’s largest continent is filled with surprising cities and countries that are brimming with tradition and culture. In Asia, there are ancient temples, beautiful tea fields and unique landscapes that include mountains, vast rugged expanses and even stunning coastlines. Discover Asia’s hidden treasures by rail with one of these exciting rail tours from Holidays By Rail.
This train tour brings the centuries-old history of China to life in so many memorable ways. Visit major sites along the historic Silk Road, ride through sand dunes on camelback and experience the immense majesty of the Great Wall of China. Visits to museums, bazaars, temples, monasteries and palaces further illustrate the beauty of the country. Another true highlight of this journey is the ride aboard the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, a daylight-only train along the “Roof of the World” to Lhasa. Natural beauty, spirituality and history collide on this 12-day tour.
Seventeen days and two extraordinary countries are highlighted on this grand tour through Asia. Begin in China, where sites such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the ancient Terracotta Warriors, a panda reserve and a Buddhist temple tell the stories of the country. Continue to Shanghai, where you experience the modern side of China. Travelling to Japan, enjoy a look at Toda-ji Temple, the world’s largest wooden structure; UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle; Tokyo; Hong Kong; Repulse Bay Beach and the floating fishing village of Aberdeen Beach.
Take on the beautiful cities of China and Japan by land and sea as you explore by train, boat, ferry and foot. Over the course of 16 days, enjoy the contrasts of historic sites and modern cities through visits to landmarks such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Terracotta Warriors, ancient religious centres, the sacred island of Miyajima, Nijo Castle and the geisha district of Gion. And these are just the sites we see - the cities are just as incredible and include places like Beijing, Shanghai, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Get in touch with the beauty and spirituality of India and Nepal on this 19-day rail tour. Visit temples and holy shrines and participate in a traditional ceremony, all within the first three days. Visit the Taj Mahal and watch India awaken with a sunrise boat tour of the Ganges River. Delhi and Kathmandu are on the itinerary before taking a wild turn with a visit to Chitwan National Park, where Asia’s most impressive wildlife roam freely. The tour concludes as you are immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal.
India, Bhutan and all of the natural glory in between lie ahead on this 16-day adventure through Asia’s hidden treasures. In addition to seeing memorable locales, such as Mother Teresa’s house, Tiger Hill, the highest mountain peak in the country and a Darjeeling tea plantation in India, you also enjoy rides aboard not one, but two iconic railways: the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and the Toy Train. Crossing the border into Bhutan, the beauty of nature is ever-apparent, with its abundance of protected lands, fresh mountain air and lush mountain scenery. The adventures here take you to several monasteries, as well as to museums and culturally historic sites, such as Dalhousie Square, which has ties to this historic British East India Company’s trading post.
A tour filled with the coastal beauty of Asia, this 18-day tour takes you through Vietnam and Cambodia. Visit cities, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap, and find yourself surrounded by beauty and culture in the Marble Mountains, the Cai Rang floating market and Angkor Wat temple. The tour begins with a cruise along Halong Bay and offers even more views from the water along the “Perfume River.” Touring the Chu Chi Tunnels is an experience to remember, as is touring the Mekong Delta by boat and visiting the world’s largest floating market. Beaches, temples, religious sites and fabulous culture all await your exploration.
In addition to these diverse tour offerings, Holidays By Rail offers a great number of other holidays that allow you to experience Asia’s hidden treasures by rail. Contact a rail expert to find the tour that best fulfils your travel dreams.