There is no better way to view the world than a romantic ride by train. The gentle rocking will soothe you as you continue on your adventure. Here are some of the most luxurious train rides around the world.
The Orient Express’s earliest passengers were courtesans, murderers, spies and arms dealers. This, of course, has changed over the years to become passengers with various backgrounds and nationalities. Lifelong friendships are created on luxurious train rides like this.
The atmosphere on the Orient Express will bring you back to British Colonial life in the 1920s with its art-deco elegance, exceptional personal service, extravagant carriages and mouth-watering cuisine. The carriages, themselves, date back to 1920 and 1930. Meals in the dining car are usually one of the highlights of the ride for the passengers.
The Orient Express now has two trains in its service. In the beginning, the route went from London to Venice. Today, the train also travels along routes to Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Progue, Bucharest, Paris, Florence and Rome.
With state of the art amenities, The Golden Eagle takes you on a journey to discover remote lands and stunning locations. When you are not in on of the three catagories of cabins, you will enjoy the view as you travel between the capital of Moscow to Vladivostok on the Eastern coast, with stops in Vlaan Baatar (the Mongolian capital.) Enjoy travelling across the Ural Mountains.
The Golden Eagle is well-known for its uniformed attendants, who are available at all times to assist you with your needs. There are many complimentary services so you can enjoy your stay. There is a evening turn down service, supplied toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea, dressing tables and in-cabin dining if wanted.
This is truly a luxury hotel on wheels.
Climb Every Mountain
The Royal Canadian Rockies Experience is a luxury train vacation. The trip takes you through some of the most rugged and most spectacular land along the Canadian Pacific Railway lines.
You will see the infamous Banff, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Pass, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and many other well-known natural beauties of the area.
You will enjoy the luxurious private state rooms, dedicated staff and five-star dining during the journey, and get a good nights rest as the train stops overnight. On the final day of your experience, you can take a helicopter flight over the Rocky Mountains themselves. An extraordinary sight to end your trip with.
Pride of Africa
Rovos Rail is known for its romantic experiences. Perhaps this is from the dress code, as it’s smart casual for the daytime and for evenings men wear jacket and tie, while women wear cocktail or evening dresses. It could also be how it harks back so romantically to the golden period of travel. It really does feel like the atmosphere of a bygone era.
The train connects Durban with Tanzania, Nambia and Victoria Falls. It’s famous for the quality of service and sight-seeing opportunities. There are regular stops along the way so passenger can explore all parts of Africa. Passengers enjoy their trips in historic, updated carriages, including the very last one which a viewing car with panoramic windows.
If you love trains, and the thought of travelling on one spurs your imagination, there are experiences where you can travel by rail and experience Africa. You and a guest can try the five night train ride, where you can travel from Pretoria to Victoria Falls.
You will visit Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, go through Hwange National Park, eat five-star locally sourced cuisine and enjoy Africa while on river cruises, photo safaris or whitewater rafting. You and your guest can also enjoy a South African experience while travelling from Durban to Victoria Falls, where you will enjoy an 11-night trip with a private suite. You will be able to enjoy two nights at the Fairmount Zimbali Resort.
Experience a Back to Nature visit at Spionkop Lodge, the 11,00 acre nature reserve. Yet another experience awaits, if your thirst for train adventure has not yet been sated. If you would like to take a guest through the heart of Africa, you can experience a 15-day expedition from Carpe Town to Dar-es-Salam. Discover sub-Saharan Africa while enjoying five-star cuisine and a private suite aboard the train. You will also have overnight stays at Madikwe Game Reserve and Victoria Falls Hotel.
There has always been something romantic, thrilling and timeless about trains. Get aboard and let the adventure begin with these luxurious train rides.
Tom’s travel writings are a testament to his insatiable curiosity and love for the road less traveled. Eschewing the typical tourist spots, Tom has built a reputation for uncovering hidden gems known only to locals.
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