Are you looking for a different type of travel for your next vacation?
Why not change your habits and experience a special kind of trip – a train ride.
When traveling to a new country, a popular choice is to head to the main cities, and you can lose a lot of time going from one city to another, without necessarily having the opportunity to see the landscapes that are sometimes breathtaking. A train ride will offer you the opportunity to observe landscapes that you may never have seen before. Sitting on the train, you can enjoy a good lunch or a drink whilst taking full advantage of the scenery available to you, allowing you to properly relax.
Depending on the type of travel, stops in cities are planned to give you time to discover the cities, after witnessing the surrounding landscape.
Train rides are becoming more popular and you will find a large number of luxury train rides available all over the world. I can assure you that a trip like this will certainly remain in your memory for a long time as a wonderful experience.
Bellow you will find a list of the top train rides around the world:
Venice Simplon Orient-Express
The Orient Express is certainly the most famous railway journey in the world.
Today, Orient Express offers many types of train ride around the world.
The Venice Simplon Orient Express is one of them and connects several European cities through a series of routes, such as Venice to Paris via Budapest.
Save up, book a ticket and you’ll discover the famous and luxurious Orient Express train.
This train ride in Scotland is also run by the Orient Express company. You have to know that this train ride is the most expensive of the world. At the cost of a journey lasting only 4 days in the Royal Scotsman, you can afford a train ride of at least 15 days on other journeys such as the Trans-Siberian.
This train allows only 36 passengers for a relaxing and intimate vacation in luxury.
Trans-Siberian is one of the most famous train in the world, connecting Moscow to Vladivostok, passing through East European countries and traversing Siberia. It’s the longest railway of the world (9,200 km) and also one of the most famous. To conceptualize the size of the railway, below you can see a picture from outer space. The Trans-Siberian offers the opportunity to discover the Siberia with your own eyes and to see many different kinds of landscapes of East Europe.
The Glacier Express is quite dissimilar to those previously listed, as it’s a ride lasting only 8 to 9 hours, connecting two cities in the Swiss Alps, St Moritz and Zermatt.
This train, called ‘Express’, is in fact the slowest express train of the world! However, it will offer you stunning perspectives of the magnificent and magical landscapes of the Swiss mountains.
The Shangri-La Express – formerly known as the China Orient Express – is the most modern and luxurious train in China. Offering travelers the unique opportunity to discover the vast landscape of China and the famous Tibetan plateau, this railway system connects Hong Kong or Beijing to Lhasa in Tibet.
A journey from Hong Kong to Lhasa last 17 days.
Royal Canadian Pacific
Royal Canadian Pacific will offer you a ride lasting between 5 and 7 days, traveling through the magnificent Canadian mountains. You can enjoy total comfort in this elegant vintage train, passing through spectacular – and sometimes inaccessible – scenery.
Rovos Rail is a private railway offering travelers the chance to discover South Africa. This train is now recognized as one of the world’s top trains and is mainly called “the Pride of Africa”. It links some of the most famous cities and spectacular scenery in Africa. Different trips are available, connecting South Africa’s Pretoria to Capetown. Some cities in other African countries, such as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Maputo in Mozambique, are also connected by various routes.
Palace on Wheels
The Palace on wheels, originally built to promote tourism in Rajasthan, is the perfect choice to discover the ‘King’s Land’. Step aboard the Palace on Wheels and you will have what the name promises; a standard of luxury akin to that of an Indian Palace. The journey of 8 days starts from New Delhi and goes to many cities in Rajasthan, such as Jaipur and Agra.
PeruRail is a wonderful experience that will bring you to the famous Machu Picchu via Lake Titicaca.
The Flam Railway will allow you to discover the magnificent landscapes of Norway.