Vietnam Train Experiences

Travel through some of the most breath taking scenery in south-east Asia, exploring different railways, including the spectacular Muong Hoa Mountain railway.

Currently PTG are inviting interest in this destination from it’s regular travelers and new travelers alike.

Once the frontline between the opposing cultures of free-enterprise and doctrinaire state control, Vietnam is very much now up-and-coming. We ride the main arterial railway from the Ho Che Minh to Hanoi using day-time trains.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Vietnam



Saudi Arabia Train Experiences

Arid desertscapes and green oases together with the country’s rich cultural heritage make Saudia Arabi an irrisistable destination for the intrepid traveller.

Currently PTG are inviting interest in this destination from it’s regular travellers and new travellers alike.

Saudi Arabia has an incredible mix of advanced, high-tech cityscapes and traditional arabic ways of life. The currently proposed tour would take in arid desertscapes and green oases together with the country’s rich cultural heritage from the incredible Nabatean Tombs at Madain Saleh, mudbrick architecture at Ha’il, to the fortifications of Tarout Island Dammam.


Bhutan

Bhutan has long been overlooked due to its popular neighbours, but PTG highlights the Himalayan Kingdom.

Bhutan did not allow tourists until the 1970’s and continues to cap the number of annual tourists, making a visit to this Himalayan paradise a truly special experience. The lucky people that get to visit are welcomed with friendly locals and magical monasteries, the most popular being Tiger’s Nest nestled in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. In this predominantly Buddhist nation, visitors will be taken back in time and overwhelmed with ultimate peace.

On the way to Bhutan, stops in Kolkata and Darjeeling are essential. In Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal State, tourists will be filled with gratitude at The Mother House, where Mother Teresa lived and served and is now buried. Beyond that, you can tour a railway museum featuring 150-year-old steam locomotives, carriages and saloon cars. In Darjeeling, the highlight is a 19th century steam train on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway set against the backdrop of Mt Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain.


Ecuador

The complete restoration of Ecuador’s major railways takes train tours to lengths like never before.

Ecuador has the most biodiversity per square kilometre of any nation, and PTG will show you all of it on the newly accessible railways. Train riders will see the lush green peaks of the Andes Mountains and experience the zigzagging ride up the Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. This impressive engineering takes you on one of the world’s most adventurous train rides. During the Andes tour, you will pass by some of the world’s most famous volcanoes, including the world’s highest active volcano, Cotopaxi.

Once off the train, visitors can tour the capital city of Quito, the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage city nestled high in the mountains. The colonial centre boasts an impressive blend of European and Moorish architecture in the 16th century churches and plazas and is filled with vibrant nightlife.


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Mexico

Beyond the beautiful beaches and tasty tequila, Mexico is home to an abundance of culture and rail sites to excite historians and rail fans alike.

There is more to Mexico than just white sands and clear Caribbean waters. From the poignant pre-Hispanic artefacts of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations to the colonial architecture and dramatic landscapes of the temperate zone, there is much to explore in Mexico. The World Heritage sites of Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan immerse visitors in pre-Columbian civilization and a horse-drawn car to a hacienda offers a new way to experience a railway journey.

PTG Tours takes you on a two-day journey on the spectacular Copper Canyon Railway to see some of the best views of the country’s mountain scenery. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to sample Mexican tequila on the Jose Cuervo Express train. No trip to Mexico would be complete without at least dipping your toes into the warm sand at one of the iconic coastal resorts, so the journey ends in Playa del Carmen.

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Mexico



Jordan

The historic city of Petra and the lively capital of Amman provide an amazing Middle Eastern cultural tour.

History is easy to find throughout Jordan, but the jewel in the crown of Jordan’s antiquities is Petra, the magnificent rock-hewn “Red Rose City”. Built during the 5th and 6th centuries BCE, Petra was once the capital of Nabataean Arabs. It is strewn with temples, monuments and tombs with intricate carvings, some of which are still buried beneath the sands. Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked on either side by high cliffs. Al-Khazneh (the Treasury) is the most famous structure, and other must-sees include an ancient theatre and the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery which is accessible by a flight of 800 rock-cut steps.

Beyond Petra, Jordan hosts other historical sites such as the Amman Citadel and the Roman Ruins of Jerash. You will leave a tour of Jordan with a deeper appreciation for Middle Eastern culture and history with some stunning photos to document the experience.

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Israel

Israel is undoubtedly a religious epicentre, but it is also undeniably beautiful with alternating scenes of sea, desert, ancient relics and nature reserves.

Israel is home to many juxtapositions. From the holy city of Jerusalem to the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv, from hiking in the mountainous Golan Heights to floating in the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth – Israel delivers more than you may have expected. So come to explore its ancient sites, experience its diverse cultures, and truly relax when you lounge on one of its many beaches.

With PTG, visitors will get to travel on both standard rail lines and a private charter train on freight lines, meaning you will go to places that cannot be reached by commuter trains. Join us on this unique tour to explore the diversity of Israel in its food, people and geography; it will be an unforgettable train journey.

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USA

This colossal country may run from the east to the west coast, but in-between you’ll find an incredible selection of memorable vistas, varying cultures, delicious cuisine, beautiful buildings and iconic sights.

In America, they like to do and make everything big – from the buildings to the cars to the food portions: bigger is better. And given the sheer size and scope of the country, it’s easy to see why this view prevails. With 50 states to visit, as well as the capital Washington, D.C., this country appeals to those who yearn for exploration. On the one hand, there’s bustling Downtown New York; on the other, there’s the 3,500 square miles of scenic Yellowstone National Park. Then there’s the hot and humid summer nights of Florida or the wildlife wonderland that’s Alaska.

These are just some of the contrasting experiences that can be discovered in America. While it’s impossible to see everything that this truly wondrous country offers in just one sitting, PTG Tours runs two escorted and comprehensive rail tours. As the railroads helped shape modern America during the Frontier era, it’s only fitting that we journey along them on the ‘Trains & Treasures of the Western States’ tour that sees us take in six states across 15 days. The ‘Rail & Natural Wonders of Alaska’ tour allows travellers the opportunity to see the spectacular state in all its glory.


Sri Lanka

The assortment of astonishing delights offered by this tropical island seem endless with wildlife such as leopard and elephants, beautifully unspoiled beaches and incredibly scenic rail trips.

The country plays host to a climate that is equally as warm and pleasant as its hospitable locals. But what many travellers revel in from their Sri Lankan experience is the abundance of remarkable wonders. Whether it’s the country’s various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the stunning nature reserves or the picturesque excursions through the island’s lush landscapes with occasional sightings of wild elephants, there are many memories to be taken away from this mesmerising country.

Join PTG as we explore the ‘Wonders of Sri Lanka by Rail’ – an unforgettable adventure, and the absolute best way to see the full breadth and depth of Sri Lanka. With public rail travel being incredibly crowded, we journey via private train, taking in the highlights of this extraordinary island, which include spice and botanic gardens, wildlife reserves, a former British colonial village, sacred temples, vibrant markets and much more.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Sri Lanka



India

India is renowned for being a remarkably colourful and vibrant destination, and there’s no shortage of things to see and do – whether it’s your first or 30th visit.

There are countless types of treasures to be discovered given the distinctive and captivating cities that make up the country. With India separated from much of Asia due to the Himalayas, India’s fascinating cultures developed with less outside interaction. But during the colonial era, cultures intertwined to create a relationship that brought India to the rest of the world, and the rest of the world to India. One such region that opened itself up to the world was North India.

This heavily populated and pulsating setting features some of India’s most famed locations – such as New Delhi, the wondrous Taj Mahal and the entry point into the Himalayas. It is here that PTG welcomes you to join us on ‘The Colours and Culture of North India’ tour. We explore these mentioned highlights, the beautiful scenery and more as we take in the major architectural sights, the various cultures and the multi-faceted religious beliefs of the residents. We journey on the incredible railways (including the UNESCO- listed narrow gauge railway) and through areas that were directly shaped by British colonialism.