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5 Unforgettable Luxury Rail Journeys

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Embark on a World of Luxury and Adventure


When it comes to exploring the world in style, few experiences can rival the sheer opulence and adventure of luxury rail travel. Whether you're seeking the rugged wilderness of Canada, the timeless elegance of Europe, or the exotic beauty of South Africa, these five iconic rail journeys offer an unparalleled fusion of luxury and exploration.


 

Cabin inside the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

1. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Imagine a journey that transports you to a bygone era, where romance, elegance, and intrigue reign supreme. This is not just a rail journey, it's a voyage back in time to the Golden Age of rail travel. Step aboard meticulously restored 1920s and 1930s carriages and be immersed in an atmosphere of timeless sophistication.


Highlights:

  • Exquisite Restoration: The Orient Express carriages have been lovingly restored to their former glory, with intricate detailing and vintage charm at every turn.

  • Gourmet Delights: Savour gourmet cuisine crafted by renowned chefs, with menus inspired by the regions you traverse, complemented by a curated selection of fine wines.

  • Iconic Destinations: Traverse iconic European cities such as Paris, Venice, and Istanbul, with opportunities for guided tours and exploration.

  • Elegant Bar Car: Unwind in the elegant bar car, where you can enjoy classic cocktails, live music, and engage in conversations with fellow travellers.

  • Sumptuous Sleepers: Retreat to your sleeper cabin, complete with plush bedding, en-suite facilities, and the attentive service of a personal steward.

  • Luxury Tip: Upgrade to a Grand Suite for pure indulgence and grandeur.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Cabin

View of Venice



 

Inside Excellence class on Glacier Express

2. Glacier Express - Excellence Class Luxury Rail Journey

This trainis a testament to the stunning beauty of the Swiss Alps. This legendary train journey takes you through breathtaking landscapes of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and charming alpine villages, all while cocooned in the lap of luxury. Excellence Class sets standards that are as high as the mountain peaks

along the legendary route.


Highlights:

  • Unparalleled Scenery: Enjoy panoramic windows that frame the Alps' uninterrupted beauty and a private bar to savour Swiss wines as you glide through the landscape.

  • Gourmet Dining: Sample gourmet cuisine prepared by onboard chefs, complimentary five-course lunch with accompanying wine as you glide through the majestic Swiss Alps.

  • Personalized Service: Excellence Class ensures your every need is met, thanks to personalized concierge service and luxurious cabins.

  • Iconic Route: Connecting Zermatt, nestled peacefully in the shadow of the Matterhorn, and resort-town-extraordinaire St Moritz, the train rolls at a remarkable 24 miles per hour, giving you ample time to soak up the views from the panoramic windows.


View of the rockey's on the Glacier Express

 

One of the train cars on teh Belmond Roayl Scotsman

3. Belmond Royal Scotsman

From the moment you board, relax

into comfort, luxury and the timeless

Scottish landscapes as you travel. This luxurious train journey is an exploration of rugged landscapes, historic castles, and world-renowned whisky distilleries, all while basking in the warmth of Scottish hospitality. With impeccable service and elegant accommodations, visiting Scotland has never been so luxurious.


Highlights:

  • Individually Designed Cabins: Enjoy lavishly appointed cabins, each with its own unique design, offering a private retreat throughout your journey.

  • Scottish Gastronomy: Delight in gourmet dining featuring the finest Scottish cuisine, paired with an extensive selection of single malt whiskies. Meals are served in dining cars with mahogany panels, whilst the train travels through awe-inspiring valleys and peaks

  • Exclusive Excursions: Immerse yourself in Scotland's culture with exclusive excursions to iconic sites such as castles, distilleries, and natural wonders, guided by knowledgeable experts.

  • Open-Air Veranda: Relax in the observation car with its open-air veranda, offering unobstructed views of Scotland's stunning scenery.

Dining car on the Belmond Royal Scotsman

 

Servering wine on the Rocky Mountaineer

4. Rocky Mountaineer

For those seeking the grandeur of North America's wilderness, The Rocky Mountaineer offers a spectacular journey through the untamed beauty of Canada. This luxury train ride takes you through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, showcasing rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and untamed wildlife.


Highlights:

  • Scenic Beauty: Marvel at the raw beauty of the Canadian Rockies through large picture windows and glass-domed carriages.

  • Fine Dining: Enjoy delectable regional cuisine created by talented chefs, highlighting the flavors of the Canadian West.

  • Unique Routes: Choose from multiple routes that traverse iconic destinations like Banff, Jasper, and Vancouver, each offering its own set of natural wonders.

  • Luxury Tip: Upgrade to Gold Leaf for premium service, including double-decker carriages offering better views, a more extensive menu, as well as open-air viewing platform for a more “out-there” experience.


View of the Rocky's from the Rocky's Mountaineer

Dinning on the Rocky Mountaineer

 

Dining car on The Blue Train

5. The Blue Train - South Africa

Journey to the southern tip of Africa aboard The Blue Train, where luxury and adventure await amid the captivating landscapes of South Africa. This iconic train offers travelers a chance to explore the diverse beauty of the country while indulging in world-class comfort.


Highlights:

  • Elegant Interiors: Step into lavish interiors with plush seating, exquisite decor, and spacious suites that offer the ultimate in luxury.

  • Gourmet Dining: Cherish a culinary journey inspired by South Africa's diverse flavors, expertly prepared by onboard chefs.

  • Scenic Wonders: Pass through awe-inspiring landscapes, from the arid beauty of the Karoo to the lush vineyards of the Western Cape.

  • Personal Service: Experience the warm hospitality of the staff, who attend to your every need and ensure a seamless journey.

Observation car on The Blue Train

 

Can you envision yourself on any one of these journeys? From sitting in the observation car, absorbing the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies, to dining in the wood panelled dining car of the Belmond Scotsmand, we're here to make it happen for you! calling out to travelers Are your ready to craft enduring memories. Take the plunge into these one-of-a-kind journey and allow the rails to transport you to a realm of opulence and discovery. Your adventure begins now!


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