Great Rail Journeys – Around the World In 53 Days

This luxury trip, launched by Great Rail Journeys tour operator, features a 23,000 mile journey across the USA, China, Russia and Europe aboard some of the world’s most iconic trains. Privileged guests can also expect none other than four and five-star accommodation, as well as the private services of a tour manager throughout. In return, this once in a life time experience will cost them a staggering £21,995 per person!

The Around the World in 53 Days journey will start from London followed by a flight to New York. A trip across the USA will then ensue with stop-offs in Washington DC, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other major destinations on the extravagant itinerary feature Xian and Beijing, in addition to Moscow, Prague, Venice, Vienna and Paris, amongst others, where they will be free to explore at their leisure.

City of Venice

A series of off-site excursions are also scheduled thus, guests will be able to enjoy a cruise on Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, as well as a visit to some of the world’s most beautiful sites such as the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the Great Wall of China, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and the great steppes of the Gobi desert, amongst others.

The great Wall of China

The highlight of this luxury world tour is however, the chance to travel to, and from, these beautiful cities aboard some of the world’s most luxurious trains. Particularly worth mentioning are the following:

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Train enthusiasts can enjoy first-class service with the award-winning Royal Gorge Route Railway, including a gourmet lunch accompanied by unrivalled views of the stunning Colorado Royal Gorge in beautifully restored 1950 carriages.

Royal Gorge Route Railway

Royal Gorge Route Railway

Durango & Silverton Railroad

The historic Durango & Silverton Railroad was founded in 1879 and began operation between Durango and Silverton in 1882. Guests will be treated to a spectacular journey through canyons and the San Juan National Forest in some of the oldest passenger cars in existence pulled by vintage steam locomotives.

Durango & Silverton Railroad

Grand Canyon Railroad

Featuring beautifully restored vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives, the Grand Canyon Railway will transport fortunate travellers to the majestic Grand Canyon. They offer six classes of service with the most luxurious comprising the Luxury Dome Glass and the Luxury Parlour Class where first-class service, as well as the best views of the stunning scenery can be enjoyed.

Grand Canyon Railway

Tsar’s Gold Private Train

The Tsar’s Gold Private Train follows the route of the iconic Trans-Iberian express. The neatly decorated, spacious and comfortable compartments, combined with the luxury menu and attentive dining service, guarantee a pleasant journey.

Tsar???s Gold Private Train

Venice-Simplon Orient Express

The Venice Simplon Orient Express, popularly known as the Orient Express, features beautifully restored 1920s vintage carriages. They comprise the epitome of luxury with decadent interiors, pristinely-dressed attendants and gourmet cuisine.

 Venice-Simplon Orient Express

Finally, if all the aforementioned wasn’t enough, Great Rail Journeys offer interested guests the chance to create their own tailor-made Around the World in 53 Days tour. All they request is that you specify where you would like to go, what you would like to do, and how much you would like to spend, then their Tailormade Specialists will do the rest.

Maria Allen

Maria Allen is a Translation Project Manager by day and blogger enthusiast in her free time. She loves to write and express her creativity, the reason for which she launched covering mainly luxury themes but also financial news and extravagance that everyone can afford.