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Luxurious Train Journeys Around the World

Travel by train along some of the world’s most iconic rail journeys for incomparable romance and adventure. These are the great train journeys of the world.

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1. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the most famous set of carriages in the world. The train epitomises the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel.

2. Golden Eagle: Moscow to Vladivostok

The Golden Eagle is a one-of-a-kind luxury train – a glamorous throwback to the golden age of steam engines on the Trans-Siberian railway route. It is designed for travelers who desire over-the-top comfort and superior service as they explore the vastness of Eurasia.

3. Blue Train: Pretoria to Cape Town

The Blue Train travels between Pretoria and Cape Town. A 27-hour journey of 1,600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.

4. The Ghan: Adelaide to Darwin

The Ghan is an Australian passenger train service between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin on the Adelaide–Darwin railway. Operated by Great Southern Rail, it takes 54 hours to travel the 2,979 kilometres (1,851 mi) with a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs.  This incredible rail adventure will take you through the heart of Australia and traces the footsteps of explorers, pioneers, jackaroos and royalty.

5. Rovos Rail: Southern and eastern Africa

Established in 1989, the Rovos Rail company has a well-deserved reputation as a provider of the finest luxury train journeys in the Southern Hemisphere. The Rovos Rail experience is the finest way to travel Southern and East Africa.

6. The Rocky Mountaineer: Banff to Vancouver

The Rocky Mountaineer travels through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and by Craigellachie. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West.  The train follows the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia’s largest salmon run, pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls. The highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

7. Belmond Royal Scotsman: Scottish Highlands

The Belmond Royal Scotsman is a Scottish overnight luxury train, started in 1985. This luxurious train made out of mahogany-clad cars marry Edwardian elegance with the comforts of a country house.  Ten intricately designed carriages, including the sublime Bamford Spa, form a palace on wheels.

8. The Canadian: Toronto to Vancouver

The Canadian is train-travel at its best. Experience the country from first class with your personal concierge and refined comfort that lives up to its name.

9. Maharajas’ Express: Delhi to Mumbai

Welcome aboard the Maharajas’ Express, it was awarded the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” at the World Travel Awards for five consecutive years from 2012 to 2016. The Maharajas’ Express has redefined the luxury travel experience.  It offers the opportunity to explore destinations and provides a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of India.

10. The Transcantabrico Gran Lujo: San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela

Boarding El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo is like going back in time to the 1920s.   The El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo is an authentic five-star hotel on rails, with amenities and comforts that will meet the most demanding traveller’s expectations.  A train that evokes the nostalgia and charm of early 20th century’s grand express trains, inspired by memorable works of literature and films, blending in the 21st century’s most modern comforts.  Gastronomy, landscape, culture, glamour, entertainment and relaxation come together to make this journey a unique and unforgettable experience.

11. Seven Stars: Kyushu, Japan

The name of the train is derived from the seven prefectures of Kyushu and the fact that the train is made up of seven cars.  Guests are welcome aboard the elegant Train which boasts an exquisite blend of traditions – Japanese and Western, the new and the old – through the varied use of wood and fabrics throughout the interior. The Lounge Car offers a bar counter along with sofas and swivel chairs where passengers can relax and enjoy live piano performances. T

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