Top 5 Train Journeys
01: Orient Express, Europe
Nothing says glamour like the Orient Express, the world’s most iconic train. With opulent interiors, fine dining and service fit for royalty, there’s an air of razzmatazz from the moment guests are welcomed aboard.
After being shown to their cabin by the stewards in their blue and gold livery and white gloves, passengers can settle in to one of the original sleeping cars of the 1920s and 30s that once hosted a plethora of famous faces. There are three dining cars – Etoile du Nord, Cote d’Azur and L’Oriental – and the elegant bar car is replete with baby grand piano and a boutique.
The Venice Simplon-Orient Express offers an experience that promises to take you
not just across Europe, but to transport you to another world entirely. With its
French-polished cherry wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique fixtures, the train promises to take guests right back to the Golden Age of travel on a grand voyage that should feature on everyone’s bucket list.
02: Golden Eagle, Trans-Siberian Express
The Golden Eagle offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel by private train through an outstanding area of untouched natural beauty from Moscow across Russia and Central Asia, including all former Soviet Republics, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Aboard the luxury carriages, passengers can expect well-appointed en-suite cabins, fine dining and elegant surroundings. First-class service is included as standard, with a personal cabin attendant service to tend to your every need.
03: The Blue Train, South Africa
The two-night journey on the Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town has been described as ‘the window to the soul of South Africa’. One of the world’s most luxurious trains, it travels through diverse and spectacular scenery including Kimberley, home to the country’s first discovered diamond and Kruger National Park, home to the Big 5. Guests can indulge in attentive service, comfortable accommodation, excellent fine-dining and exquisite wines.
04: Eastern & Oriental Express, South East Asia
A sublime reminder of when train travel was all about standards and elegance, the Eastern and Oriental Express is all of your Agatha Christie fantasies come true. Tailor-make your journey with The Chronicles: four journeys that explore deep into Asia and touch upon such magical places as Thailand’s remote Isan plains, Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands, mysterious Laos, the colonial splendour of Kuala Lumpur, and the evocative Bridge over the River Kwai.
05: Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
Amidst a land of stupendous beauty, The Rocky Mountaineer allows you to absorb the full experience of Canada’s breathtaking scenery, glass in hand. For this train is big on creature comforts with gourmet dining, a highly personal service and the very best of modern sophistication. Enjoy 2-12 day journeys and gaze at the passing glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountain ranges and ferocious rivers. For the best view book the bi-level coach with oversized glass-dome windows and outdoor viewing platform.