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    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

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    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

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    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Rocky Mountaineer Train, Canada

Rail Journeys

Travel on a luxury train across Australia, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Central Asia or Europe and see the world from a unique perspective. You don’t have to be a train-spotter to enjoy one of our rail journeys. You just need to embrace the notion, that the journey is as much a part of the experience as the destination itself.

Travelling by train has its own distinct pace and rhythm. Most of our rail journeys celebrate the notion of slow travel, giving travellers time to relax while the country you are travelling through unhurriedly reveals itself on the other side of the train window.

There is something inescapably nostalgic about train-travel. It conjures up memories of a bygone age when people dressed for dinner and travellers were in less of a rush. Our rail journeys give a nod to some of this nostalgia but drop the pretence of formality and elitism. They celebrate the romance and history of train travel while providing the modern traveller with luxury amenities and an idiosyncratic means of transport.

Golden Eagle Train, Bar Carriage in winter, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are renowned for operating some of the world’s most pioneering rail journeys over the last 29 years. Voyages include rail journeys through Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Mongolia, China, Central Asia and India, on board a selection of the world’s leading luxury private trains.

Journey on the Golden Eagle for the voyage of a lifetime by rail.

Golden Eagle train journeys

Shinkansen bullet train passing by Mount Fuji, Yoshiwara, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan
Bullet train passing Mount Fuji, Japan

Slow travel by luxury train

Combine the capital city of Tokyo with the natural beauty and volcanic landscapes of Hokkaido. A Shinkansen bullet train links Tokyo and Hakodate on the island making a holiday here incredibly easy. The itinerary is put together to include stops along the way where you will take guided excursions to gain a greater insight into the places you are seeing.

This is a great trip for a second visit to Japan or for anyone seeking wilderness landscapes, wildlife, great food and rich culture.

Japan train journeys

Need inspiration
Browse our train itinerary suggestions.

From Peru to New Zealand, Japan and India, these suggested holidays include some of the world’s most iconic train journeys. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.


Fast or slow, what kind of train experience suits you?

Bullet Train, Japan

Bullet Train

Travel on the world famous Shinkansen bullet train reaching speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Golden Eagle Railway, Lake Baikal, Russia

The Golden Eagle train

Travel across Russia’s wonderfully unexplored interior on the Golden Eagle train.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Train of the clouds, La Polvorilla viaduct, Argentina

Board the “Train to the Clouds”

Board the Tren de las Nubes for an exhilarating journey that clambers through tunnels and over floating tracks to reach a 4,475-metre-high destination.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Shangri La Express Train, Golden Eagle Silk Road Journey, China

Silk Route by Train

Journey the Silk Route by luxury train crossing five countries, from Russia, through Central Asia to China; a magical way to see this ancient trading route.

Suggested Holiday Idea

TranzAlpine train

TranzAlpine Train Journey

Board the TranzAlpine train for a spectacular journey between Greymouth and Christchurch, passing through epic scenery.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Station View, Eastern & Oriental Express, Bangkok, Thailand

Eastern & Oriental Express

Board the iconic E&O train to journey between Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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The train was out of this world - the staff were friendly and helpful and the food excellent.

Trans Siberian - Golden Eagle Train

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

The Trans Siberian Railway, Lake Baikal, Russia
A Tale of Two Trains
Paul Craven
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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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