Throughout the decades, trains have been one of the more cultivated ways to travel. The slower rhythm from departure to arrival, the fact that railways are often carved through landscapes that are hard or impossible to access otherwise, offering passengers unique vistas without having to sacrifice their creature comforts, makes train travel one of the best ways to slow down from our fast-paced lives.
Long-distance rail travel might no longer be the necessity it once was, yet the romance remains. Luxury train travel evokes images of a bygone era – of a more romantic age, when the time spent travelling was as anticipated as the destination itself – and offers the opportunity to experience the gracious hospitality of simpler times.
An extraordinary journey awaits you when you embark on a trip on a luxury train. You’ll be able to travel in rail cars from the golden age of travel that have been restored to their former glory. You’ll retire to well-appointed private accommodations in handsomely crafted compartments. You’ll dine in elegant dining cars serving gourmet meals on fine china. You’ll relax in plush lounge cars just perfect for socializing with fellow travelers or enjoying a night cap. And you’ll experience first-class service by attentive onboard staff from beginning to end.
Luxury train travel – Spoilt for choice
No-one who is serious about the fine art of luxury travel would pass up an opportunity to indulge in a journey on at least one of the world’s most renowned luxury trains. There is a surprisingly wide selection of luxury trains to choose from, and there are luxury train journeys to be had on six continents.
See the sights of Europe on the quintessential Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which, with its historic restored 1920s cars, is the world’s most authentic luxury train. Made famous in the Agatha Christie tale, the train still runs on the legendary route from Paris to Istanbul, but there are also many other itineraries available.
Indulge in a very Edwardian experience of varnished woods, polished brass and fine fabrics on Britain’s Royal Scotsman. You’ll feel like royalty when the bagpipers pipe you onboard this ‘intimate train (there are fewer than 40 passengers) to begin your journey from Edinburgh to York and back.
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure aboard the Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Express, which traverses 8 time zones on its almost 10,000km journey from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostock. There is really no better way to see Siberia than on this all-ensuite, opulent cruise ship on rails!
Drink in the sights and sounds of Southern Africa onboard not one but two world-famous luxury trains. Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa offers an exciting luxury rail adventure amidst fabulous old-world elegance and luxury, topped off by stellar dining and on-board service. South Africa’s Blue Train is one of the world’s great luxury trains. It runs once a week in each direction between Pretoria and Cape Town, covering the 1600km in 27 hours. The train is sumptuous in every detail and the service is top notch, with attentive butlers just an in-cabin phone call away.
Australia’s transcontinental Indian Pacific offers a twice-weekly service in both directions between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, across more than 2,704 miles, including Platinum class cabins on select departures. The three-night journey includes 300 miles across the Nullarbor Plain, the longest straight section of track in the world.
The options are endless… The Palace on Wheels in India, the Venice Simplon-Orient Express or the Eastern & Oriental Express which runs from Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore.
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