Top 10 Luxury Train Trips of a Lifetime

Planes offer far-reaching views of the scenic landscapes and ensure that you reach your destination within a short time. Why doesn’t that diminish the appeal of a train ride? The reason is simple – a train trip gives a much more intimate experience of the world around, something a plane can never achieve.

Let’s take a closer look at the luxury train trips that make it to the list of the top.

Venice-Simplon-Orient Express - elegance at its best

Trans-Siberian – the longest train ride of your life

Well, it covers almost 1/3 of the planet with a mind-boggling 6000 miles/9001 kilometers distance! Running from Moscow to Beijing, the Trans Siberian Railways gives travelers the opportunity to experience the hidden gems en route; gaze at the picturesque Lake Baikal, visit the Ural Villages, glimpse the encampment of Genghis Khan, check out the Romanovs’ Winter Palace and see many other interesting sites.

Trans-Siberian - the longest train ride of your life

Venice-Simplon-Orient Express – elegance at its best

Embark on a fascinating journey reminiscent of the Golden Age of Travel of the 20s. Leave behind the modern day world and step into the lavish restored Venice-Simplon-Orient Express that offers a glimpse of the best in Europe. Choose between the snug Cabin Room or the uber luxurious Suite. Have a taste of the best authentic European cuisine and share stories with fellow adventurers over a coffee or cocktail.

Palace on Wheels - a rail ride into the historic charm of India

Palace on Wheels – a rail ride into the historic charm of India

Experience the old world charm of Indian Royalty on board the Palace on Wheels, the train that takes you on a week-long ride into the lap of luxury. Get the royal treatment of yore while you travel from Delhi to Rajasthan. The well-appointed saloons with attached baths, the beautifully decorated dining cars and lounge areas and the well-stocked bar make it a perfect way to enjoy your leisure.

Pride of Africa - a luxurious excursion

Pride of Africa – a luxurious excursion

If five-star luxury features on your must-have list, this is the journey for you. From Cape Town to Cairo, the train takes you through the striking landscapes of African continent on a 28 day trip. The wood-paneled interiors, the décor of the suites and en suites, the sumptuous food and delicate wines, the formal attire for the evenings, the non-availability of televisions personify luxury travel.

Royal Scotsman - an expensive sojourn

Royal Scotsman – an expensive sojourn

Explore the ruined castles or take a stroll through a whiskey distillery, the journey aboard the Royal Scotsman gives you these opportunities and many more. Offering travelers the best way to view the beauties of Scotland and gather experiences to their heart’s content, this trip rekindles the traditional grace and poise of age-old train rides. Take this journey to the magical European nation to discover its diverse facets.

 

Hiram Bingham - a tour through Mayan ruins

Hiram Bingham – a tour through Mayan ruins

Journey through the spectacular valley of the Urubamba River, from Cuzco to Machu Picchu on board the luxurious Hiram Bingham and catch a glimpse of the ever-changing panorama. Indulge in gourmet delicacies and live music while the train travels through the land of the Incas. Or, go to the open-deck observation car and enjoy the views. Spend the night at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge and finish the trip next day.

Alaska Railroad - a stunning vacation

Alaska Railroad – a stunning vacation

Astounding views of the glacial features make this luxury train ride well worth a try. Take a trip through the shore of Turnagain Arm, the Beluga whales feeding grounds, the port of Whittier, the spot to board cruise liners, the Spencer Whistle Stop, the place to begin your journey to the picturesque Spencer Lake and so on. The spectacular views and the comfortable journey make it the ideal way to experience Alaska.

The Ghan - the legend of Australia

The Ghan – the legend of Australia

Running between Adelaide and Darwin, the Ghan gives you the best chance to see the vast and secluded interior of the Australian continent at a relaxing pace and a stylish manner. The dramatic Flinders Ranges, the wide Adelaide Plains, and the fiery outback sunset and other views of the countryside mesmerize while the plush interiors and the practical features of the train ensure comfort.

Blue Train - a beautiful route makes a memorable journey

Blue Train – a beautiful route makes a memorable journey

The trip from Pretoria to Cape Town aboard the Blue Train is remarkable for the views it offers. The scenic landscape you glimpse makes it the best idea to sit beside the window of your car for the entire trip. But wait; there’s much more than this! The opulence you experience inside is quite impressive. Marble tiles, gold fittings, finest linens coupled with best delicacies truly make it a lavish experience for travelers.

 

The Danube Express - luxury at its best

The Danube Express – luxury at its best

Traveling from the ancient city of Istanbul to the magnificent city of Prague on board the Danube Express takes you through some of the breathtaking vistas of Central Europe. Opt for off-board excursions to explore the conventional and the offbeat destinations. And while on board, enjoy the luxuries of this stupendous ride, which comes with your very own personal butler.

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Roxanne Genier

Luxury Brand Management Consultant at Roxy Genier
Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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