TWELVE AMAZING train JOURNEYS
JOURNEY around the world, with itineraries that range from a few hours to many days.
The Belgrade–Bar Railway
Country: Serbia and Montenegro
Duration of trip: 10 hours
Takes passengers over 435 bridges and through 254 tunnels, from Serbia’s capital to the shores of the Adriatic in Montenegro.
The California Zephyr
Duration of trip: 51 hours
There’s no better way to see the heartland of America than on the California Zephyr, a railway that climbs the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada before descending to the Pacific Coast.
VIA Rail Canada The
Duration of trip: 86 hours
Passengers of The Canadian spend four days watching golden prairie fields, rugged lake country, and picturesque towns pass by their dome cars from Toronto to Vancouver.
Palace on Wheels
Duration of trip: 7 nights, 8 days
Palace on Wheels is a luxury resort aboard a train — complete with a spa — that takes riders past India’s temples, forts, and the Taj Mahal on a seven-night passage.
The Glacier Express
Duration of trip: 7.5 hours
The Glacier Express connects two major mountain resorts in the Swiss Alps, giving riders a whirlwind tour of Switzerland’s snowy peaks, mountain meadows and storybook villages.
The Train to the Clouds
Duration of trip: 15 hours
The Train to the Clouds follows zig-zag tracks across the rugged Andes on its way from Salta, Argentina, to the Chilean border. It’s one of the highest train rides in the world.
The Shongololo Express
Country: Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Duration of trip: 12–15 days
Africa’s best affordable railway, the Shongololo Express includes pit stops in wildlife reserves and craft markets across Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
Duration of trip: 14 days
The Trans-Siberian Railway offers a 14-day excursion through Russia that passes by endless grasslands and Lake Baikal, the deepest lake on Earth.
Duration of trip: 54 hours
The Ghan takes riders through the fiery red centre of Australia, offering access to the dramatic scenery and indigenous sites that are off-limits by other modes of transport.
The Orient Express
Country: Multiple, including the UK and Italy
Duration of trip: 2 days
The century-old Orient Express transports riders to the golden age of rail travel, with its four-course dinners and black-tie glamour. It runs from London to Venice in two days.
Country: New Zealand
Duration of trip: 5 hours
In New Zealand, the TranzAlpine lets riders take in the epic vistas and awe-inspiring plains between Christchurch and Greymouth. It covers 139 miles in just under five hours.
The Belmond Grand Hibernian
Duration of trip: Varies
The Belmond Grand Hibernian brings a “shimmering world of indulgence” to the Irish countryside. Its cushy observation cars offer pristine views from Dublin to Cork or Belfast.
Gill @ NotJustTravel says
India’s Palace on Wheels and Rajasthan from £5695 per person based on 2 people sharing departing on 14th October from London Heathrow. Experience the lifestyle of the Maharajahs as you visit walled cities, marvel at the astonishing Taj Mahal and enjoy tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park. Price includes 15 nights (6 nights on Palace on Wheels and 7 night hotel accommodation),