One of the best ways to travel and see the world’s sights is by train. Here are some of the most spectacular trains and train journeys around the world, from classic journeys such as going from London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to travelling from north to south across Australia and making your way from Bangkok to Singapore in style.
The Ghan, Australia
The legendary Ghan, named after the 19th-century Afghan pioneers who explored the outback, traverses the entire vast length of Australia from north to south, between Darwin and Adelaide, covering nearly 3,000km on a 3-day/2-night journey. Travel through vast rust-red plains of wild horses and kangaroos, stopping off in Alice Springs, Katherine, where you can cruise on the gorge, and the unique underground town of Coober Pedy. Onboard, enjoy luxurious accommodation and gourmet cuisine.
Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru
The luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer takes you on one of the highest and most scenic train journeys in the world. Glide from Cusco to Lake Titicaca or Arequipa, past ancient kingdoms and natural wonders such as the Colca Canyon and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, and keep an eye out for llamas and alpacas. Breathe in the fresh air from the observation deck before gathering in the lounge car for a drink in the evening.
The Maharajas’ Express, India
Experience India in style onboard the Maharajas’ Express, whose lavish interiors, several restaurant and lounge cars and attentive butlers make it fit for a king. Travel to bucket-list destinations such as Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai on an unforgettable trip with ever-changing views – and visit the tigers in Ranthambore National Park along the way. Back onboard, take in traditional music and dance performances.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, London to Venice
The iconic Belmond-owned Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is an unforgettable way to travel to the beautiful city of Venice. Step aboard in London – you’ll even be serenaded by a band on the platform as you depart – and spend a memorable night in a comfortable cabin (pick one of the opulent Grand Suites for a special occasion). Amidst interiors of plush fabrics, polished woods and sparkling crystal, treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea, and be entertained by a pianist over a cocktail.
Bullet train, Japan
Japan’s bullet train has become an icon of sleek design and impressive speed, and as well as getting you from A to B in super-quick style, it is a contrast to the idyllic, serene landscapes it travels through. Zip from Tokyo to the traditional ryokans and hot springs of Hakone and the peaceful and beautiful shrines of Kyoto, where you can slow down and relax to a more serene pace of life.
The Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express, Asia
The Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express exudes old-world elegance and offers a luxurious and effortless way to explore some of Asia’s big hitters. Go from Bangkok to Singapore, seeing the Cameron Highlands, Penang and Kuala Lumpur en route, stopping off for a cruise on the famous River Kwai. Watch the scenery pass by from the observation car, where you can linger over a drink as night falls.
The Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
Take the Rocky Mountaineer through the incomparable landscapes of the Rockies on a memorable holiday in Canada. Wind your way between the mountains, rivers, lakes and postcard-perfect snow-capped alpine scenery, as well as wildlife such as bears and moose. The Gold Leaf experience offers prime viewing opportunities, with a deluxe bi-level glass-dome carriage as well as delicious a la carte meals.
Thomas Ryves is Marketing Director at Exsus Travel. Exsus Travel specialises in creating the very best luxury tailor-made holidays, honeymoons and family adventures in over 80 destinations worldwide.