Travelling by rail can be a leisurely and pleasant experience, with plenty of room to walk around and enjoy the scenery, without the discomfort of traffic or maps.
Whether travelling through Europe, South-East Asia, Africa, India or beyond, there’s sure to be a luxury train journey to suit you and the world’s leading luxury travel business Abercrombie and Kent(A&K) has released their top 10 rail journeys across the globe:
Russia’s Golden Eagle- 15-day Trans-Siberian Express
Russia’s only fully en suite private train. This journey travels more than 10,000km across Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok and offers incredible landscapes and a fascinating and varied historical perspective.
Northern Belle goes to the Tattoo- 3-day Edinburgh Military Tattoo package
Military enthusiasts will love this package.Board the 1930 luxurious Northern Belle and travel in individually designed carriages fashioned by marquetry experts, muralists and mosaic artists.
Eastern & Oriental Express- 3-day Classic Journey from Singapore to Bangkok
This train travels on different journeys through the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos.Enjoy the delicious east meets west cuisine in the stylish colonial comfort with plenty of opportunities to explore the scenery on guided excursions.
The Royal Scotsman- 3-day Highland Journey
This Journey is limited to 36 guests and is a nostalgic reminder of the Edwardian age of romance. There are interesting visits and activities included with spectacular scenery of misty moors, lochs and highland castles to enjoy.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express- 2-day London to Venice Journey
This legendary rail journey has been labelled as possibly the most iconic journey of all and is best known for its London, Paris and Venice route. The train also visits Rome, Innsbruck, Prague, Istanbul, Budapest and Dresden. All meals on board are served with the finest French silverware and crystal.
Rovos Rail- 3-day Pretoria to Cape Town Journey
Enjoy a rail holiday and an African safari on board Rovos Rail. The two rebuilt classical trains each carry 72 passengers and offer traditional furnishings and period decor.
The Ghan- 7-day The Overland Adventure
There is so much to discover right here at home, so why not travel around Australia? Travel from Adelaide to Darwin and see the outback at its most dramatic.
Rail in Peru- 9-day Hiram Bingham Service
The indulgent Hiram Bingham luxury service operates between Machu Picchu and Cusco with meals, refreshments and entertainment offered on board with convenient travel times.
Toy Train Darjeeling- 8-day Himalayan Sojourn
Travel into the foothills of the Himalayas to the cool climate summer resort of Darjeeling, founded by the British. The narrow guage toy train chuffs its way past Tibetan prayer flags and local homes and the tea plantations of Darjeeling.
Shinkansen Japan- 10-day bullet train from Hakone to Kyoto
Japan’s high speed bullet train can operate at speeds up to 320 km per hour so you can get to your destination swiftly, comfortably and on time. The network consists of multiple lines, among which the route from Tokyo to Osaka is the oldest and most popular.
The A&K itineraries range from $1420 per person for the Northern Belle to $15,495 per person for Russia’s Golden Eagle.