About us

Lernidee Trains & Cruises organises extraordinary trips to fascinating locations.
Our more than 100 different train journeys, ship cruises and discovery tours are aimed at
people who love to discover new places or experience classic destinations from wholly
new perspectives.
Lernidee’s success story started back in 1986 when the company’s founder Hans
Engberding organised a Russian language course on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The
course soon became a hit and earned Lernidee its prestigious reputation. Lernidee’s
philosophy is based on combining travel and getting to know new places with fascinating
experiences and cultural and historical insights. We provide:

  • Opportunities to discover routes and destinations off the beaten track
  • Journeys organised by an experienced tour operator with an eye for detail
  • Authentic experiences and encounters
  • Personalised attention, planning and supervision

We draw on the creativity, experience and know-how of the 50 staff members of our
team to develop unique tours we are implementing in cooperation with reliable partners.
Lernidee founder and owner Hans Engberding travels around the world in a constant
quest for inspiring and fresh ideas for new tours. Year after year he joins several of our
tours inspecting their quality and getting to know the likes and dislikes of our guests.

Why travel us?

Most of our well-elaborated journeys are characterised by a set of special features you will find uniquely with us:

  • Choice of numerous different dates and possibilities to combine with your favorite pre- and post-tours
  • We comply with all individual special requests possible: Access to forbidden zones and extra opening hours
  • Sophisticated on-board programmes and comprehensive excursion and sight-seeing packages
  • Professional threefold tour guide system: knowledgeable and dedicated tour director, a competent group guide as well as several local guides, all equipped with expert knowledge of the regions
  • Alternating overnights in your train compartment/ship cabin and in deluxe or first class hotels
  • Profound insights into the cultures of unknown countries
  • Numerous exciting excursions included with every journey
  • Luggage service where available
  • All transfers at your travel destinations
  • Doctor on board of our private trains
  • Many/all meals included, as well as menus with culinary specialties
  • Entertaining lectures on local culture, history and everyday life
  • Detailed travel documents, travel guides and personal log book
  • Extras of your personal choice