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For more information on rail travel through Asia and the Indian Subcontinent as well as bookings on the tours below, contact our expert rail consultants on 1300 733323

Rail tours throughout Asia & the Indian Subcontinent

JAVA ADVENTURE BY RAIL - with Bob Daniel - April 2019

 30th March 2019 from Jakarta, across Java to Bali - Java is the richest, most densely populated of Indonesia's countless islands. Its diverse landscape ranges from towering volcanoes to dense forest, manicured rice paddies and teeming cities. Our train adventure explores this 1000km long island starting in Jakarta and travelling through Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo and Surabuya to Jember in the east where we take a short ferry ride to Bali. This tour is an undiscovered gem and great value. There is option to extend your stay for a few days at a beautiful resort in Bali. Contact Guidepost Tours for details. (RA)

VIETNAM BY TRAIN - 10 days

  This independent tour will operate with a minimum of 2 passengers on any day.  Begin with touring in Saigon, Danang, Hoi An and then travel by train from Hue to Hanoi.  Journey north parallel to Highway 1 past Dong Ha, Dong Hoi, Ha Tinh, Vinh, Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh and Hanam. The tour will continue on to Sapa in the far norh. An optional sightseeing and a boat trip on Halong Bay can be included.  For more information contact Guidepost Tours.  (GPT-ICS)

 

WONDERS OF SRI LANKA GRAND RAIL TOUR

 16 days, 2 to 17 February - Sri Lanka is a beautiful tropical island that has it all: endless beaches, World Heritage, wildlife, beautiful scenery and above all, a wonderful broad-gauge railway system still very much as originally built. We cover much of this system, partly on service trains and partly with our own private train through some amazing scenery, especially in the tea-growing areas of the island. We also take in some of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and nature reserves, all in the coolest and driest months of the year. Throughout this tour, we will have a local guide and crew, and our own private coach to take our luggage from hotel to hotel. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours, (PTG)

SRI LANKA ON THE VICEROY SPECIAL with Scott McGregor

  Sri Lanka on the Viceroy Special. The British built broad gauge railway network branching out into all the main regions of the island contain some of the most scenic and dramatic sections of railway to be found anywhere in the world. Riding the rails in Sri lanka is like stepping back in time, so much of the original colonial era survives and the chance to explore the stunning country and its wondous railways in a stately private train is a golden opportunity rarely offered. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours.(Gpt-RAdv)

HIDDEN TAIWAN BY RAIL with NORTH BORNEO & SOUTH KOREA OPTIONS - March

 North Borneo: 5 Days, 10 - 14 March. Taiwan: 13 Days, 13 - 26 March. South Korea: 6 days, 26 - 31 March - Taiwan is largely mountainous with the railways circling the perimeter of the island. The tracks on the west coast are duplicated by a parallel high speed rail line operating at 300km/hour. The conventional rail system is also very modern and functional, but with four fascinating non-electrified branch lines heading inland. We will travel the main lines, the charming branches and also two  former sugar mill railways now given over to tourist operation. Overall, we plan the use of 5 steam locomotives together with a period railcar. The highlight will be the incredible Alishan branch, with its triple spiral on a line which passes from bamboo, through tea plantations to the fir forest. We also include an option for an extension in South Korea, where we take a train to the Demilitarised Zone where we can see North Korea and take a mine train under the DMZ to see where the North once attempted to tunnel into the South. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours (PTG)

COLOURS & CULTURES OF NORTH INDIA - Classic Rail Tour

 16 days, 2 to 18 November - Starting and ending in Delhi we visit the hill station of Shimla, the city of Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier, Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, the bustling holy city of Haridwar on the  banks of the River Ganges, the New Age ashram town of Rishikesh, and Agra, whose pride and joy is the Taj Mahal. A rail highlight is the World Heritage Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge railway on which will have two journeys. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours. (PTG)

COLOURS & CULTURES OF SOUTHERN INDIA - Classic Rail Tour

 15 days, 17 November to 1 December - The southern states of India differ so much from the northern states that it feels like a totally different country. The landscape is greener; temples and architecture are unique and influenced by a history that has encompassed different faiths. The state of Kerala has a Christian history, and Cochin retains the flavour of its Jewish past. South Indian cuisine can be hot, but is often tempered using coconut milk. Characterised by specialities such as the ‘dosa’, a lentil and rice pancake with a delicious vegetable stuffing, served with different sauces, South Indian  eating is a very special experience. Coffee is common here replacing the ubiquitous ‘chai’ of North India. Contact Guidepost Tours for more information and reservations. (PTG)

WONDERS OF THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE BY TRAIN - 12 days

 5-STAR INDIAN RAIL TOUR. The kaleidoscopic sights of this colourful country take your breath away. Our Indian rail tour takes in the Red and Amber Forts, historic temples, beautiful palaces and ornate gardens, as we visit Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its white marble icon, the Taj Mahal. Contact Guidepost Rail Journeys (TVM-GRJ)

INDIA'S PALACE ON WHEELS - 14 day rail tour

 AN ADVENTURE ON ONE OF INDIA'S FAMOUS HOTEL TRAINS. Magnificent palaces and forts are waiting to be discovered on this Indian rail adventure aboard the Palace on Wheels train. Experience the lifestyle of the Maharajahs as we visit walled cities, marvel at the astonishing Taj Mahal and enjoy tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours (TVM-GRJ)

INDIA'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE & TIGER SAFARI BY TRAIN - 11 days

 INDIA'S MOST EXCITING SIGHTS BY TRAIN. This amazing adventure through historic India takes us to some of the glorious country's most exciting sights. On our fascinating journey we discover thriving cities, spectacular forts, and have a chance to see a tiger in the wild, culminating with a night in a 200-year-old palace. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours. (TVM-GRJ)

GRAND TOUR OF INDIA & NEPAL - 18 days by train

 THE MAJESTY OF INDIA AND NEPAL BY TRAIN. Explore the highlights of India and Nepal on this grand tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful ceremonies, a game drive, and experience breathtaking views of the Himalaya from Pokhara on this adventurous tour. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for more information and reservations. (TVM-GRJ)

THE INDIAN MAHARAJA'S TOUR ON THE DECCAN ODYSSEY with Luxury Trains of India.

This 8-day luxury “The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey” tour takes in exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and North India. The Deccan Odyssey’s sheer luxury reflects the ways of Indian Royalty - “Maharaja”. The plush interiors, sumptuous cuisine and culturally rich sightseeing destinations make this journey truly memorable. This tour operates in both directions between Mumbai to Delhi visiting Aurangabad, Udaipur, Sawai Modhopur, Jaipur and Agra. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for details and our best prices. (Guideoist-LTI)

DARJEERLING & THE LAST HIMALAYAN KINGDOM

 VIBRANT INDIA AND MYSTERIOUS BHUTAN.    On this incredible adventure packed with ancient traditions and treasures, we explore colourful Calcutta, before travelling in to the Himalayan foothills and reaching Darjeeling by the world-famous Himalayan Railway. Our tour continues to Bhutan - the sole surviving Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystique, and steeped in history. (GRJ)

THE PALACE ON WHEELS - 8 day tour

 Weekly September to April - The Palace On Wheels is rated as one of the top ten luxury train journeys in the world. It offers you an amazing trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in just seven days. Also discover the royal history of Taj Mahal in Agra. The journey to the hinterland of the desert starts every Wednesday evening at 1800 hrs from Delhi and ends on the following Wednesday early in the morning at 0730 hrs. Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for reservations and the best prices from Australia. (Gpt-SOI)

MAHARAJA EXPRESS - THE GEMS OF INDIA TOUR

Regular tours September to April - A 4-day rail tour travelling to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur then returning to Delhi, The Gems of India Tour highlights include the Ranthambore National Park; Jaipur, The Pink City; and The Taj Mahal, the Seventh Wonder of the World. Various Maharajas’ Express tours start on every Saturday and Sunday. Contact our office for best prices further dates. (GPT-SOI)

MAHARAJA EXPRESS - THE TREASURES OF INDIA TOUR

Regular departures September to April - The Treasures of India begins in Delhi and is a 4-day Sunday departure tour that visits the Taj Mahal, Ranthambore National Park, and Amber Fort at Jaipur.  A train that never falls short of promising you a royal experience, the Maharajas' Express features five carriages for Deluxe Cabins, six for Junior Suites, two for Suites and one for grand Presidential Suite. Various Maharajas’ Express tours start on every Saturday and Sunday. Contact our office for further dates. (GPT-SOI) 

MAHARAJA EXPRESS - THE HERITAGE OF INDIA TOUR

Regular departures September to April - The Heritage of India travels to Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Delhi.  A train that never falls short of promising you a royal experience, the Maharajas' Express features five carriages for Deluxe Cabins, six for Junior Suites, two for Suites and one for grand Presidential Suite. Various Maharajas’ Express tours start every Saturday and Sunday. Contact our office for further information.  (GPT-SOI)

MAHARAJA EXPRESS - THE INDIAN SPLENDOUR

Maharajas’ Express Highlights: Ranthambore National Park; Udaipur, the "City of Palaces"; Jaipur, "The Pink City"; The Taj Mahal, the Seventh Wonder of the World; Khajuraho, "City of Temples"; and Varanasi, "The Holy City".  On The Indian Splendour travel to Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Udaipur -Balasinor - Mumbai.  Various Maharajas’ Express tours start on every Saturday and Sunday. Contact our office for further dates. (GPT-SOI)

MAHARAJA EXPRESS - THE INDIAN PANORAMA TOUR

Regular departures September to April - The Indian Panorama tour starts in Delhi and continues on to Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Lucknow finishing back in Delhi.  Maharaja Express highlights include Ranthambore National Park, Udaipur the City of Palaces, Jaipur The Pink City, The Taj Mahal the Seventh Wonder of the World, Khajuraho City of Temples, Varanasi The Holy City.  Various Maharajas’ Express tours start on every Saturday and Sunday. Contact our office for best prices and further dates. (GPT-LTI) 

ROYAL RAJASTHAN ON WHEELS - 8 day tour.

Weekly departures October to April - This tour is extensively planned to take you through the whispering sands of desert, the intriguing sagas of forts and palaces, and the adventurous escapades to the wilds; while you witness the luxuries on the train in a truly royal fashion. This train is newly built and designed in a contemporary royal style. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels tour starts every Sunday. Delhi – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Agra – Delhi.  Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for prices, schedules and reservations. (Gpt-SOI)

THE DECCAN ODYSSEY - HIDDEN TREASURES OF GUJURAT

Selected dates September to March - "The Deccan Odyssey" is one of the LUXURY TRAINS OF INDIA. The train has been benchmarked against the best luxury trains in the world like the Blue Train of South Africa, The Orient Express of Europe and the Eastern and Oriental of South East Asia. Regular journeys operate from Mumbai from Mumbai to Sindhudurg Nagari, Goa, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Tadoba, Ajanta Ellora Caves and Nasik.. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for reservations and our best prices. (Guidepost-SOI)

THE DECCAN ODYSSEY - INDIAN ODYSSEY 8 day tour.

 Regular departures September to April - Delhi – While the Ranthambore National Park will thrill you, the Taj Mahal will soothe your senses. On one hand the streets of Udaipur and Jaipur will fill your sight with hues, and then the rusty rugged landscape of Ellora Caves would pick your collar-backs and slowly land you on the land of history. That is just a glimpse of all that Indian Odyssey holds for you. Enjoy a grand welcome, indulge in world-class comforts aboard the Deccan Odyssey, relish sumptuous food, admire the impeccable royal interiors of the train and more. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for the best prices ex Australia. (GPT-SOI)

THE DECCAN ODYSSEY - INDIAN SOJOURN 8 day tour

 Regular departures September to April - The journey offers you a chance to explore some of the best destinations of northern and western India including Vadodara, Udaipur, Agra, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi and Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore). Some of the highlights of the tour include a rendezvous with the big cats, a visit to the celebrated Taj Mahal, exploring historical architectural gems, a boat ride in the placid waters of Lake Pichola etc. Enjoy a grand welcome, indulge in world-class comforts aboard the Deccan Odyssey, relish sumptuous food, admire the impeccable royal interiors of the train and more. Guidepost Rail Tours offer the best prices from Australia (Guidepost-SOI)

THE DECCAN ODYSSEY - JEWELS OF THE DECCAN 8 day Tour

Regular departures September to April -  Visit the historic monuments at Bijapur, seek blessings at holy shrines of Aihole and Pattadakal, enjoy sightseeing at Badami, have a look at the architectural marvels of Hampi, shop for bangles and ittars in Hyderabad and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Get an insight of India's glorious history and rich culture with this royal journey.  Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for prices from Australia  (GPT-SOI)

THE DECCAN ODYSSEY - MAHARASHTRA SPLENDOUR 8 day Tour

Regular departures September to April -  The itinerary includes visit to the Wine capital of India- Nashik, colorful Kolhapur, India's party capital- Goa, Aurangabad and Jalgaon known for housing UNESCO World Heritage Sites Ajanta & Ellora Caves and the holy city of Ratnagiri. Get ready to travel through the most colorful side of India in a royal passage. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for the best prices on the DEeccan Odyssey. (GPT-SOI)

THE DECCAN ODYSSEY - MAHARASHTRA WILD TRAIL 8 day tour

 Regular departures from September to April - a well-planned itinerary of 8 days that takes you to the neighborhoods of Maharashtra, the charming Western Ghats, the majestic Deccan region and the varied stretch of the central region of India. Some of the highlights of the tour include a visit to the world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves, a visit to the wine capital of India-Nashik, a rendezvous with the wildlife at Pench and Tadoba and more. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for best prices. (GPT-SOI)

THE GOLDEN CHARIOT - SOUTHERN PLENDOUR TOUR

Regular departures September to April - India's first PAN Southern India Journey by luxury train - the Golden Chariot, coversthe whole of South India and touching the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. In Pondiberry you will visit the former French Colony. Visit historical temple cities. Sail on the palm fringed canals to Kochi, the lively port city on the Arabean Sea. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for bookings and information. (Guidepost-SOI)

THE GOLDEN CHARIOT - PRIDE OF THE SOUTH TOUR

Regular departures October to March - The Golden Chariot's journey begins on Monday from Bangalore and traverses through the sandalwood city of Mysore, continuing to Kabini, Hassan, Hampi, Badami, and Goa. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for the information and the best prices..  (Guidepost-SOI)

Great trains of India & Asia

AWARDS FOR THE GREAT TRAINS OF INDIA

Three of India's heritage tourist trains have been listed amid the top 25 iconic trains in the world.

PALACE ON WHEELS

The Palace On Wheels takes you on a splendid and enchanting royal journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas. Though times have changed and the winds have shifted, the Palace On Wheels cruises along in royal style, the kind only the Maharajas of yesteryears could have perpetuated and enjoyed. The exquisite and exclusive Palace On Wheels has luxurious cabins, wall to wall carpeting, a well stocked bar, two dining cars and a very personalized service... in fact, almost everything that could compromise of heaven on earth for seven days! Contact Guidepost Rail for prices and schedules for the Palace on Wheels.

EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS

 Discover the magic of Asia on a unique rail journey through Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos on the Eastern & Oriental Express. There are three journeys that let you experience South-East Asia in greater depth ranging from 3 to 6 nights between February and November. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for schedules and reservations. (RTkts)

EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS

The Eastern & Oriental Express travels year round on scheduled services between Singapore and Bangkok, through Malaysia and on to Northern Thailand and the Laos border.  Details of journeys can be obtained from Guidepost Rail Tours for Australian travellers. (RP)

THE LUXURY TRAINS OF INDIA

 India is a country of amazing contrasts and this is clearly defined by the number of luxurious rail journeys. Where else but in India could you take a journey that includes stunning temples, an elephant polo match and bustling markets. (RTkts)

THE INDIAN MAHARAJA

 The Indian Maharaja is inspired by the luxury trains once used by India's royal families. It promises a completely different travel experience from the usual concept of rail travel.

THE DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY

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ROYAL RAJASTHAN ON WHEELS

This brand new train operates on the same route as Palace on Wheels. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, a royal train rolling across the land of maharajas in western India started its maiden journey in January 2009. The train is landmark in terms of comfort, luxury and service. This new luxury train is a joint venture of the Indian Railways, State Government of Rajasthan and the Ministry of Tourism Government of India. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for journeys on the Royal Rajasthan On Wheels.

PALACE ON WHEELS & MAHARAJA'S EXPRESS

The "PALACE ON WHEELS" takes you on a vibrant journey to the royal land of sand dunes and regal palaces. Visit the majestic expanse where Royal Rajputs lived in style. This luxury train carries with it an ambience that goes perfectly well with the majestic charm and beauty spread so lavishly in Rajasthan. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for details on the luxury trains of India. (RP)

DECCAN ODYSSEY, GOLDEN CHARIOT & ROYAL RAJASTHAN ON WHEELS

See Northern and Western India like never before - to travel aboard the Deccan Odyssey and the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is to experience the finest traditions of rail travel in a train specially built to cater for the demands of today’s most discerning traveller. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for journeys on the Deccan Odyssey and other luxury trains of India.  (RP)

THE DECCAN ODYSSEY - special rail tours with GW Travel

 Travel aboard the Deccan Odyssey to experience the finest traditions of rail travel in India. GW Travel operate special journeys - the Bombay Mail, The Darjeerling Mail, the Madras Mail. GW Travel are represented in Australia by Guidepost Rail Tours.

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THE GOLDEN CHARIOT - BANGALORE INDIA

THE GOLDEN CHARIOT train is named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site, in Southern India. The Golden Chariot travels through timeless Historical Heritage Sites, resplendent Palaces, Wildlife and Golden Beaches departing from Bangalore every Monday. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for more details on the Golden Chariot.

THE REUNIFICATION EXPRESS - Vietnam

Information for travelling by train through Asia

ASIA BY RAIL - KOREA VIETNAM CHINA THAILAND

 Rail travel through Asia is a wondeful way to experience the culture and discover the countries. Guidepost can assist with information and reservations throughout Asia. (RailP-Gpt)

EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS.

The Eastern & Oriental Express is a unique way to experience the "exotic east". In an atmosphere reminiscent of Asia's enchanting colonial past, this journey is an indulgent way to fully qppreciate the beauty of the wonderful region. Contact Guidepost Rail for schedules and reservations. (RailTkts)

NORTH BORNEO RAILWAY - SABAH

In the 1880s, with the emergence of rubber and coffee plantations in Borneo's hinterland, a need of some kind of transportation between towns was triggered, thus the North Borneo Railway was born. Service has currently been suspended until further notice. Please check with Guidepost Tours for up to date information. (sabahtourism)


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