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Discover enchanting Tibet and China

A new rail journey is on offer in 2017 aboard the Golden Eagle Private Train.

From *US$9995.00 per person, twin share, Heritage Class and from *US$12995.00 per person, twin share, Diamond class.

This explores Tibet before traversing across the wilderness of China. Highlights include three nights in Lhasa staying at the St Regis Lhasa Resort which faces the Potala Palace, once the residence of the Dalai Lama, the Great Wall of China, a camel ride through the sand dunes of Dunhuang, and the Old City of Kashgar with its Silk Road history and Sunday bazaar.

The 12-day journey, Tibet and China by rail travels from Lhasa to Urumqi and departs 6 October, 2017.

All Journeys 2017 are

  • Inclusive of airfares, ex New Zealand
  • Maximum 18 passengers 
  • Guaranteed Departures.

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  • Earlybird discounts
  • Welcome back discounts.

The newest itinerary to be added to the 2017 collection of private rail journeys is the Tibet and China Rail Discovery; combining spectacular Chinese destinations with one of the world’s least known places, Tibet and its mystical capital Lhasa.  We have put together a comprehensive guide of the destinations visited on this fascinating journey and some of the most incredible and visually stunning attractions to see along the way.

Known as the ‘Roof of the World’ due to its breath-taking average height of 13,200ft (4,060m) above sea level, Tibet is home to more Himalayan peaks than anywhere else. Mount Everest lies on its border with Nepal and provides a stunning and scenic backdrop to the journey.

The route originates in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, located in a small basin surrounded by mountains. Lhasa translates as ‘place of the gods’ and sitting at an altitude of around 11,975ft (3,650m) it is one of the highest cities in the world. The city also has over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history.

Next up is Golmud, the second largest city in the Qinghai Province. Its economy relies heavily on industries involving Salt Lake chemicals, due to the city’s close proximity to Chaerhan Salt Lake, comprising of nine different salt lakes.

Tibet was virtually inaccessible by land until the construction of the Golmud to Lhasa railway, more than 600 miles (965kms) of which is at an altitude of over 13,000ft (4,000m) and much of this magnificent line runs over permafrost. With the summit, the Tangula Pass, at 16,640ft (5,072m) it is also the world’s highest railway.

On to the city of Xining, a historic and multi-ethnic region, home to an incredible 37 different nationalities. Located on the eastern edge of Qinghai Province, Xining’s history can be traced back 2,100 years to antiquity.

Onwards to Jiayuguan, known as the ‘mouth of China’ due to its position at the end of the Great Wall, where it once guarded the western boundary of Ming Dynasty. The Jiayuguan Pass is one of the largest and most intact passes of the Great Wall. It was an important military fortress and a vital traffic fort along the Silk Road, connecting China, Central Asia and Europe.

On to Kashgar, a city with over 2000 years of history. Located in the westernmost corner of China, Kashgar is actually closer to Tehran and Damascus than to Beijing.

The final destination along this route is Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang in northwest China. A cultural hub at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains, the city is home to multiple ethnicities and is an important stop along the ancient Silk Road. Urumqi provides a fascinating conclusion to a truly magical and enlightening tour.

More on the Golden Eagle Private Train;

Meals are served in the train's spacious restaurant cars, where our dedicated chefs serve a western breakfast followed by a wide range of authentic Chinese specialities at lunch and dinner, using only the finest local ingredients. As well as soft drinks, tea and coffee, meals are accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world. Equally special is the unique ambience of the piano bar car, where our resident pianist will entertain you during the evenings. Staying open until the last person leaves, the bar is the perfect place to get to know your fellow passengers… or simply wile away some time, reading or taking in the scenery while enjoying your favourite drink.


  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin
  • Towels, robes and slippers provided
  • Sleeps two in large double bed (length 2.03m) and with en-suite facilities.
  • Towels and linens changed regularly
  • Cabin Area: 75sqft (7sqm)


  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin
  • Towels, robes and slippers provided
  • Toilet/wash facilities are available at each end of each sleeping carriage
  • Sleeps 2 in twin beds (length 2.03m)
  • Separate shower cubicle
  • Towels and linens changed regularly
  • Cabin Area: 36sqft (3.45sqm)

Imperial Suite and Gold Class passengers will be allocated Diamond Carriages with en-suite. Silver Class passengers will be allocated Diamond and Heritage Carriages with shared toilet and shower facilities.

New Journeys this year are; Madagascar, Ethiopia and Kenya, Tigers, Temples and the Ganges and Burma, Bhutan.

* Terms and Conditions apply and are detailed in World Journeys brochure and incorporate the basis on which bookings are accepted.  Please ask for full details in relation to this journey

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