Headseast Ltd is a UK based, independent, family owned tour operator. We operate several tour websites in addition to The Luxury Train Travel Company including "The Latin America Travel Company" "The Trans-Siberian Travel Company" and “The China Travel Company”.

Our specialist travel consultants bring you many years of experience in organising high quality tours with a particular focus on rail travel - a form of transport we have a passion for.

Learn more about us and what we can do for you in this section by scrolling down.



Founder, Chris Stanley, caught the travel bug whilst training to be a chartered surveyor in the early 1990s. After several years of travelling through much of Africa and Asia he found himself in Hong Kong running out of money and in one of life’s quirks of fate found a job with a local travel company who promptly relocated him to Beijing where he would spend the next 11 years dealing with the Trans-Siberian - Russia, Mongolia and China.
Returning to the UK days after the Beijing Olympics of 2008, he decided to set up a travel company specialised in China and the Trans-Siberian just as the financial crisis got into full swing! Seemingly against the odds this venture quickly grew and continues to offer more and more travel options across Russia, Mongolia and throughout China through The Trans-Siberian Travel Company and the sister operation, The China Travel Company.

Over the years the focus increasingly veered to the higher end luxury trains that run across Russia, Central Asia and China. One suspects that as you get older the desire for greater comfort grows! Hence it seemed a good idea to move the development of the business towards luxury trains and why just stick to the ones that operate across Asia - hence the birth of The Luxury Train Travel Company.

Along came Covid which caused 2 years of disruption to many facets of life including travel. However, it also provided time to take stock and further develop the business and expand our worldwide offerings. As at least some of thr world returns to something approaching normality we are delighted to offer you our collection of truly special train journeys - and so our journey continues as well.
Chris - The Luxury Train Travel Company Founder


As a family run company we go to greater lengths to ensure you have the best  experience.


We give open and impartial advice and it is important to us that you book the right trip for you.


Your trip is financially protected through our ABTA membership, IPP cover and ATOL bonding.


We will not cut corners and take the time to make sure your tour is suited to your requirements.



Financial protection and peace of mind
Luxury train Travel can be expensive and it is essential to know that all monies paid to any tour operator you use are safe, secure and fully refundable in the event that operator should cease trading.

In accordance with “The UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992” all clients booking with Headseast Ltd – trading as “The Luxury Train Travel Company” – are fully protected for both the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements in the unlikely event of our insolvency.

If the trip you are booking with includes flights they must, by UK law, be protected by the ATOL scheme operated by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10287.

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

If your holiday does NOT include any flights booked by us all money you pay us for your trip is still fully insured by the industry specialists at International Passenger Protection (IPP). As with the ATOL scheme, in the unlikely event of our insolvency you would receive a full refund on monies paid to us.

We are also proud members of ABTA – The Association of British Travel Agents – and provide the high professional standards, value and quality that ABTA members adhere to. ABTA also monitors us to make sure all holidays we sell are financially protected. Our ABTA membership number is Y1699 – please click here to verify this number.

Gail & Cathy

"I can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the pre planning you helped us with. Thanks again for all you did for us."


"We are back and throughly enjoyed all the arrangements you made on our behalf .Thanks for making our dreams come true."

Pauline & Brenda

"Thank you so much for organising our trip of a lifetime. Brenda and I loved every moment. Very best wishes to you."
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We hold ATOL license 10287 so booking with us gives you 100% financial protection. We are also members of the Association of British Travel Agents. ABTA has strict membership requirements and we are required to adhere to the associations high standards. Our ABTA number is Y1699.
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