Flight-free travel: Inside Turkey's party train that's all about the journey, not the destination

There is a buzzing atmosphere on board the Turistik Doğu Ekspresi (The Touristic Eastern Express) which crosses Turkey through snowy, Anatolian landscapes.

It has become Turkey’s most coveted and lively train journey with multiple stops in the most beautiful parts in the east of the country. 

The train departs from the country’s capital, Ankara and travels over 1,300 kilometres to Kars, a historic city in the northeast on the border with Armenia and Georgia.

For those in more of a hurry there’s an alternative train which takes around 20 hours. But travelling on the 32 hour Turistik Doğu Ekspresi is all about enjoying the journey.

Long-distance rail travel in Turkey

This train was designed

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