1). The Trans Siberian Railway
2). The Orient Express
But there are so many other amazing journeys to choose from, so read on to discover the top 5 luxury train journeys provided by Holiday Lettings from TripAdvisor.
There’s nothing quite like seeing a country from the window of a train as it winds its way through the landscape. And the big advantage of taking the train is that the route often takes you through countryside that’s inaccessible to other transport.
Holiday Lettings takes you on a journey along 5 of the world’s greatest train rides.
How long: The 1,600km journey takes a sedate 27 hours, giving passengers time to take in the scenery as it passes slowly by.
Journey highlights: You’ll see the contrasting South African landscapes rolling grasslands, the barren Great Karoo, spectacular mountain ranges and picturesque vineyards on the way and also stop at Kimberley, famous for its diamond rush and colonial Matjiesfontein. On board, there’s high tea to look forward to before you dress for dinner.
Cost: From R14,060 per person, one way.
Find out more: www.bluetrain.co.za
How long: The 2,880km trip on this Palace on Wheels takes 7 days.
Journey highlights: The sheer luxury of the train, the food and attention alone make this a ride to remember. On the exterior, high points include the Rajasthan wilderness, the Ranthambore National Park and of course, the Taj Mahal at the end.
Cost: From US$625 per person, per night.
Find out more: www.royalrajasthanonwheels.com
How long: On the Classic Journey (the most popular traveller choice), the 9-carriage train takes 5 days to wind its way around the Scottish Highlands. Other trips take between 2 and 7 days.
Journey highlights: From the bagpiper who plays you onto the train to the evening entertainment in the classic Observation Car, this is a regal experience. It takes in some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery on the way, including the route from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh with its views to the Isle of Skye.
Cost: From about £4,000 per person per trip.
Find out more: www.belmond.com
How long: The train takes 3 days to travel the nearly 3,000km separating the two extremes of Australia.
Journey highlights: You’ll see the great Australian outback in all its colours along the way. Sunrise and sunsets are particularly stunning. The train stops at Alice Springs to see the emblematic Uluru and Katherine with its dramatic gorge. Dine on kangaroo fillets in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car.
Cost: From AUD$1,569 per person, one way.
Find out more: www.greatsouthernrail.com.au
How long: The double-decker superliner trains take just over 52 hours to complete the nearly 4,000km separating the two cities.
Journey highlights: From these train windows you get a taste of the great American scenery, from the Mid-West to the Pacific via the Rockies, Utah desert and Glenwood Canyon. Head for the Sightseer Lounge/Cafée for the best views from the panoramic windows.
Cost: From US$139 per person, one way.
Find out more: www.amtrak.com