Eleanor Hardy

Eleanor Hardy

The Society of International Railway Travelers (2372)
Louisville, KY United States

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Rovos Rail, Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, Deccan Odyssey, Belmond Royal Scotsman & Andean Explorer -- these are just some of the luxury trains I have personally inspected — most of them many times over! My husband, IRT Founder Owen Hardy and I and our IRT team have traveled literally millions of miles on luxury trains and to 100s of cities to get firsthand experience for our guests. My expertise also includes adventure — safaris and expedition cruising — as well as luxury hotels and experiences. We are expert at arranging private train groups for special events and milestone celebrations. Everything we do elevates your travel experience -- VIP planeside arrival/departure service, the best guides, the best ideas to elevate and expand your travel experience.

My most recent achievement is being named by Travel & Leisure magazine to its prestigious A-List of the World's Top Travel Advisors. (2022, 2023 & 2024) Condé Nast Traveler has named me World's Top Travel Specialist for luxury rail travel for both 2020 - 2024, Many thanks to our guests and our travel partners for nominating me.

Our focus is personal, amazingly detailed service based on direct experience and great relationships with our Virtuoso partners. Our company is family-owned and family-operated and has been since 1983.

Nothing is more wonderful than a luxury rail journey. Safaris, cruises, fab hotel stays, unique experiences, dining reservations: These are the "icing on the cake" we use to custom-design your journeys to take them from wonderful to spectacular. I am the senior concierge manager -- designing these trips with my team. But did you know I am one of the top 1% of Virtuoso advisors in the world trained to help you manage one of your most important assets -- your leisure time? This is a sensational new service we are offering -- to help you set up a portfolio of journeys for the next 3-5 years, much like managing your financial portfolio. It's called Wanderlist.

The unusual, the fun, the adventurous is what makes me want to share all this travel excitement. This is why my job as co-owner of The Society of International Railway Travelers and luxury travel advisor is a blast.

P.S.: We have won 25+ Magellan Awards for our publications, web site, blog and our weekly emails. Check out our site at Facebook is @irtsociety Electronic version of our award-winning IRT Society's Best-Loved Railway Journeys

Destination Specialties

  • France
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • Turkey
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • Botswana
  • Russia
  • Peru
  • Chile
  • South Africa


  • Rail
  • Safari
  • Adventure
  • Independent Tours


  • English


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