Childhood vacations meant taking train trips with our families. A simple and convenient way to get from one place to another, the train rides gave us a great time while watching the scenery from the window throughout. Even with the sounds of various vendors and chai wallahs ringing in our ears at each station, we found the train rides quite comfortable and relaxing. But there are some trains around the world that go beyond that hassle and offer huge luxurious services, as well as breathtaking views.
It is often said that the journey is better than the destination and the following luxury train journeys literally prove it.
The train has forever changed the face of luxury travel since its debut on October 4, 1883. It was pioneered by Belgian engineer Georges Nagelmackers after he discovered railways with the world’s first sleeping cars in the United States . The train’s name was also used by popular mystery writer Agatha Christie in her novel Murder on the Orient Express. The masterpiece was designed in an Art Deco style and for the first time Paris was connected to Istanbul via Milan and Venice. On May 20, 1977, the iconic train made its final journey.
palace on wheels
Palace on Wheels takes them on a royal and luxurious journey through the lands of Rajasthan and Agra. It allows one to experience the cultural nuances of these historic cities while being pampered by the services of the staff. These include spacious luxury cabins with ensuite bathrooms, your own butler, two restaurants, a lounge bar as well as a spa.
Rovos Rail takes you through some of the most diverse and spectacular sightings on the African continent. The train established in 1989 enjoys an international reputation for its world-class travel experience. Journeys in the train’s old, wooden-paneled carriages can last anywhere from 2 to 15 days. The train offers passengers quality cuisine with a selection of some of the best South African wines. The Africa Exploration Journey takes you through places like Victoria Falls, Etosha National Park and various other sites famous for the continent’s iconic wildlife.
Golden Eagle-Express Trans-Siberian
The more than a century-old Golden Eagle-Trans Siberian Express connects Moscow to Vladivostok in Russia via three routes – east, west and via Bam and Yakutsk. On the way, one can meet the historic city of Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Passengers can also take Russian lessons en route or even dance to a live pianist.
The Ghan takes passengers on a four-day journey through Australia’s Red Center from Darwin to Adelaide. Operating since 1924, the train has also been timely updated to meet modern travel needs. Stops on the train journey include Alice Springs, the opal mining town of Coober Pedy and offer passengers daily opportunities for excursions to places like Uluru.
The Rocky Mountaineer
With four memorable rail routes and two levels of world-class service, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you through the majestic landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. One can enjoy the beauty of the highest mountain peaks, mesmerizing landscapes of red sandstone and green forests along the journey. Destinations that will present themselves along the way include Banff or Lake Louise, Jasper, Glenwood Springs, among others.
This Peruvian adventure ride passes through one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, in the lost city of the Incas. Passengers are transported through the Sacred Valley of Peru, to and from the base of Machu Picchu. The antique train has the Pullman style carriages from the 1920s.
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