The 5 Most Incredible Luxury Train Trips Around the World
Traveling by train is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful journeys that you must experience at least once in a lifetime. Watching breathtaking landscapes just before your eyes while the train slides on the tracks is simply magical, especially if it’s a luxury train. The luxury trains provide lavish accommodation in private spaces for two passengers or more along with 5-star dining and other onboard amenities.
Here are the top 5 most incredible luxury train trips around the world that you can consider when planning your next tour:
1. Orient Express
The Orient Express is one of the best rails in the world offering luxury and elegant journey to its passengers. The train has been capturing hearts of guests since 1977 when the Belmond’s founder, James B Sherwood bought two classic vintage train carriages at an auction.
The most remarkable journey is Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which is a work of art in itself. The train runs between various cities of Europe, such as Paris, Verona, and Berlin. This Art Deco is famous across the world due to its glamour, charm, and adventure it offers to the passengers throughout their journey. With classic vintage cabins and exquisite dining experience, the Venice Simplon Orient Express provides one of the finest travel journeys to the guests.
Guests can choose the Twin Cabin that comes with a banquette sofa, small table, foot-stall, washbasin cabinet, and a lot more. The Cabin Suite features single beds or a lounge with upper and lower beds. The Grand Suite is the most famous among all with a private bathroom, a double bed and a living area. All the cabins offer toiletries and spa facilities.
The most common route of the Orient-Express is the one that connects Venice and London, and it is covered in a couple of days and one night. The price is around $2700 USD per person, depending on your departure destination.
2. Rovos Rail / The Pride of Africa
The Rovos Rail, also known as the Pride of Africa, is the most luxurious train from those who want to travel from South Africa to Tanzania and other nearby destinations. The journey includes short trips of about 48 hours to the longer ones, of up to 15 days, in which different activities are carried out, such as safaris, excursions (the obligatory stop is the impressive Victoria Falls), visits museums or golf days, among many others.
The train has Victorian style carriages offering a luxury experience to the guests. Not surprisingly, the dress code for the maximum of 72 passengers who can stay overnight in one of its 36 suites is smart casual during the day and, at night, requires a jacket and tie for men and a cocktail dress or suit for the ladies.
Traveling in the Rovos Rail is quite different than other trains. To maintain the spirit of train traveling, there are no television sets or radios on board. The usage of mobile phones, laptops, or any other electric gadget is restricted to the cabins to avoid disturbing other passengers. Among the three suites of the train, the highest of the is the 16-square-meter Royal Suite, which includes a queen-size bed, a private lounge and bar area, air conditioning, and a Victorian bath and shower.
The price per person for the Rovos Rail starts from $12,820 (for Pullman Suites) that includes accommodation, meals, excursions, and many other onboard amenities. Price is higher for other luxury suites.
3. Belmond Andean Explorer
Enjoy the journey of your lifetime offered by the beautiful Andean landscape of Peru aboard a luxury train “Andean Explorer“. Traveling on the Belmond Andean Explorer from Cusco to Puno is a unique yet fulfilling experience, a journey between mountains and clouds, at higher altitudes. Ten hours of travel, starting from Cusco and ending at the majestic Lake Titicaca, the train allows you to keep yourself immersed in the natural beauty of Andean Mountain Range.
This route is considered as the most luxurious and highest in the world. The Andean Explorer was mentioned among the top 25 best train journeys in the world and one of the first two in South America and there is no doubt why. The journey itself is designed in such a way that you’ll never want to get off the train.
During this one or two days of journey (depends on what you choose), you will relax in your comfortable cabin, enjoy delicious gourmet meals, and entertainment. You’ll witness a live show of locals wearing typical Peruvian costumes. Guests have unlimited access to coca tea, chamomile tea, and water. The price of this journey starts from $462 per person for one night that includes all meals, an open bar, and several excursions.
4. Maharajas Express
The Maharajas’ Express or Maharajas Express is one of the most luxurious trains to visit India. The train offers a journey to five states of India, including Maharashtra, Delhi, and the most visited Rajasthan. With a capacity for about 84 travelers, its suites are fully equipped with Wi-Fi, television, king-size beds, private bathrooms, among many other amenities. Additionally, it has two restaurants, a lounge bar, a theme bar equipped with board games, and a gift shop.
Currently, the Maharaja Express offers four journeys; Heritage of India, Treasures of India, Indian Panorama, and Indian Splendor. The most famous journey is Heritage of India that starts from $6,340 per person. During these 6 nights and 7 days of journey, the train takes you through Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, and Delhi.
The major highlight of the tour includes local sightseeing tours and many exciting experiences such as sundowner cocktails amidst the sand dunes, Elephant painting and joyrides, and others.
5. Seven Stars Kyushu
The Japanese Island of Kyushu is visited by nearly 30 million Japanese every year. You can travel to the island through the most famous “Seven Stars“, a luxury train with which you can discover this exotic enclave in a scheduled journey of two or four nights onboard of its well-kept luxury suites. The train offers different types of suites; all are equipped with foldable beds, private showers, and many other amenities. The Deluxe Suites of the Seven Stars are the most special with a lounge and private bathroom. These suites can accommodate up to 3 persons each.
There is a fully-attended bar service inside the train where passengers can sit on the comfortable sofas and enjoy the panoramic views on the way. In the evenings, the passengers get to enjoy the live musical show. For dining, the train offers traditional dishes of Kyushu.
For a price of $5,400 USD per person, you can enjoy the long 4-day trip to the island, have access to the hot springs, and witness majestic volcanoes. Other facilities include ferry sea cruise and an overnight stay at hot springs resort in Kirishima.