Traveling by train can be a daily necessity for some, while others book train trips in order to see the world in a unique, relaxed way. If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford an extravagant voyage, there are many upscale train expeditions that feature remarkable views, incredible food, and stunning decor. These are seven luxurious train trips to take when you strike it rich.
1. The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer has a few different routes to choose from, but the Banff to Vancouver trip is extremely popular, amongst Canadians as well as people from all around the world. Take in mountains, canyons, rivers, and wildlife, all from the comfort of the train. The Gold Leaf Service includes private viewing cars, gourmet meals, and complimentary alcoholic drinks.
2. The Royal Scotsman
There are many amazing trips offered by Belmond’s Royal Scotsman that last between two to seven days, leaving from Edinburgh. The four-night journey to the Scottish Highlands features visits to distilleries and castles across the country. The Royal Scotsman is the only luxury sleeper train in the United Kingdom and hosts a maximum of 36 guests, making it an individual experience.
3. The Seven Stars in Kyushu
The Seven Stars in Kyushu is the most luxurious train experience in Japan. The seven carriages boast 14 suites and can hold up to 30 people. The two-day trip sticks around Fukuoka, while the four-day option brings you through southern Japan. The views and the inside of the train itself are breathtaking. The decor features rosewood and maple walls, walnut flooring, shoji paper window coverings, and glass doors with etched flowers and birds.
4. The Maharajas’ Express
The Maharajas’ Express in India is a week-long voyage from Delhi to Mumbai. On the trip, you’ll visit Jodhpur, the Taj Mahal, the Ajanta Caves, and the Amer Fort. It’s an expedition emphasizing the biggest attractions in India and educating travelers on the rich cultural history of the country. The opulent and beautiful decor was inspired by the golden days of Raj.
5. The Rovos Rail
Immerse yourself in the scenery and wildlife of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Tanzania with Rovos Rail. All of the carriages come with their own private lounge and a full bathroom that has both a Victorian bath and a separate shower. The landscapes you’ll see from the windows of the train are incredible, and with a speed of 60 kilometers or lower, you can always get the perfect shot of your surroundings.
6. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journey from London to Venice is an expedition that only lasts one night, yet you’ll still get to experience so much of Europe’s best scenic spots. The train’s menu is delicious, utilizing fresh ingredients bought at stops along the way, including lobsters from Brittany, tomatoes from Provence, and lamb from Mont St Michel. If you love delicious food and great scenery, you’ll love this voyage.
7. The Trans-Siberian Express
Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Trans-Siberian Express is a 15-day trip from Moscow to Vladivostok. Stops include Lake Baikal, Ulaanbaatar, and Yekaterinburg. The popular tour brings you along the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Everything is taken care of for you, with things to do and places to see every day.