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India, China & Far East

Tour Asia with Great Rail Journeys, the UK's number one rail holiday company, and discover the treasures of the Far East, from Japan to China and Nepal.

India, China & The Far East

Explore Asia by Train

Encompassing landscapes as diverse as the snowy wastelands of Siberia and the humid rainforests of Borneo, Asia is endlessly contrasting, fascinating and beautiful. Whichever region of this great continent you choose to explore, a rail holiday in Asia with Great Rail Journeys promises an unforgettable experience.

Discover Cambodia's ancient Buddhist temples, visit Xi'an in China and marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, and be dazzled by Hong Kong's futuristic neon-lit, skyline. Immerse yourself in Japan's exquisite culture and cuisine, see the Taj Mahal in India, or behold the tranquil beauty of the Mongolian steppes and Gobi Desert.

Our selection of unique train holidays in Asia are designed to ensure that you enjoy the very best of the spectacular historic, cultural and natural wonders that this compelling and exotic continent has to offer.

There are 23 tours matching India, China & The Far East

Grand Tour of China

A dizzying mix of ancient cultures, tumultuous history, breathtaking natural beauty and dynamic urban landscapes, China is a feast for all the senses. Magnificent Beijing, the legendary Terracotta Warriors, captivating pandas and a cruise through the Three Gorges combine to offer an unforgettable experience.

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16 days from £3,545 pp

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India's Golden Triangle

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.

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11 days from £1,995 pp

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Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong Delta

Explore the fascinating intertwined countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, from the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh and the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat, to the spectacular natural beauty and unmistakable outline of Halong Bay and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.

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16 days from £3,055 pp

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India's Palace on Wheels

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.

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13 days from £4,945 pp

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Discovering Japan

Ancient ceremonies meet 21st century technology in this astonishing country of contrasts. This fascinating tour goes a long way to interpret the mystery of Japan as we cross the country on high-speed bullet trains. Join us for 13 days as we explore the 'Land of the Rising Sun' by rail.

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12 days from £3,995 pp

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The Ganges & the Himalaya

Explore authentic rural life in the villages along the Lower Ganges on this spectacular all inclusive tour. Discover the bustle of Indian cities with tours of Delhi and Kolkata, taste Darjeeling tea in the Himalayas, and visit the iconic Taj Mahal, in addition to a stunning 7-night cruise along the 'reborn' Hooghly River on board the luxurious ABN Rajmahal.

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2018MarOct

15 days from £3,745 pp

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Experience Asia with Great Rail Journeys

Each of our Asia rail holidays features a comprehensive and enjoyable itinerary and, as all flights, accommodation, rail travel and a selection of meals and excursions are included in the price, represents excellent value for money.

Our accommodation is chosen upon the basis of its location, comfort, high standards of service and value. Often we will opt for locally-run independent hotels that offer our guests a friendly and informal atmosphere and a more personal service.

What's Included?
A unique programme of excursions and activities underpins each of our rail tours of Asia. Every item on our itinerary has been carefully selected to highlight a particularly noteworthy and enjoyable historic, cultural or natural aspect of a destination. Such experiences range from a cruise along Vietnam's breath-taking and UNESCO-listed Halong Bay to a guided tour of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Guests on our Asia train holidays have the services of one of our experienced and friendly Tour Managers at their disposal. The Tour Manager will be familiar with the destinations and points of interest en route, can answer any questions that may arise and can help with tips and advice relating to local culture in Asia.

They may also make recommendations as to the best places to dine and for additional sights, attractions and activities that may be of interest to you when deciding how to spend some of the ample free time included in your rail tour of Asia's itinerary. 

In many cases, local guides may also be on hand to provide 'insider' facts and insights into a particular destination, adding colour and a fresh perspective to the experience.

Great Rail Journeys has been the UK's leading provider of quality escorted rail tours for more than three decades and when you book your Asia train holiday with us you're assured peace of mind as we're we are members of ATOL, AITO, and ABTA and all flights are protected by the CAA.

Our Asia Trains
Asia is blessed with some of the most remarkable and iconic railways in the world, each testimony to man's towering achievements in the fields of railway engineering and transport.  The trains that grace these railways are often as distinctive and memorable as the railways themselves.

Asia Traveller's Guide

Whilst many people naturally associate Russia with Europe, the Siberian region of the world's largest country, along with Mongolia, account for almost all of Northern Asia's land mass. Here, unspoilt and sparsely-populated terrain varies from impressive mountain ranges and frozen tundra to temperate forests, desert and open grasslands that stretch to the horizon. This diverse and remarkable scenery is punctuated by Northern Asia's characterful towns and cities such as Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Ulaanbaatar. Each of these compelling destinations has its own history, culture and attractions making them both rewarding and enjoyable to explore.

In contrast to the northern regions of the continent, South East Asia's climate is tropical and humid. Here, rural landscapes of breath-taking beauty include verdant rainforests, stepped rice-paddies and vast tea plantations. Ancient monasteries and exquisite temples dot remote hillsides, whilst thrilling cities such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Saigon spectacularly combine their historic and cultural heritages with thoroughly modern attractions and facilities. Renowned for the friendliness and hospitality of its people, its exquisite cuisine and a seemingly endless fund of wonderful sights and experiences, a journey through South East Asia guarantees a feast for the senses and happy memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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