TCDD Train at Tatvan

Private train tours

Private train tours are not very common in Turkey, but there’s an increasing demand in last years.

International train tours

Jewels of Persia : Organized by Golden Eagle Luxury Trains. Route is Hungary-Romania-Bulgaria-Turkey-Iran. Click for details.

1001 Nights : Organized by Lernidee. Journey starts at Istanbul, Turkey and ends at Esfahan, Iran. Click for details.

Domestic train tours

These tours are mainly organized by rail fans. These tours are generally focused on routes where passenger train services are not available. Steam loco is also used in some tours.

One recent tour was a Greece-Bulgaria-Turkey tour organized by PTG Tours in September 2014. Click for details. Click for Phil’s photos from the tour.

Another one is a Steam Charter Train starting from Yesilhisar/Kayseri and discovering Taurus Line Ramp in the section Hacikiri (Warda Viadukt)–Pozanti-Ciftehan-Ulukisla. See below video from the tour prepared by Gabriel.

Raytur, a subsidiary of TCDD Foundation, organizes train tours as well. The latest tour is to Thesseloniki. Click for details.

Cover photo: Jeff Hawken