Travelling by train is an experience in itself. It’s relaxing, you can see beautiful parts of the countries you travel through and it can also be a great way to meet people. While it’s mostly an ideal way to get from place to place, there can be some minor hiccups with the system, if not planned properly.
Companies like Railbookers are professionals and can take the stress out of planning your journey. They offer an ever-expanding portfolio of holidays to inspiring, sought-after destinations across Europe, the USA, Canada and beyond.
I too enjoy my destinations, but I never regret the time spent watching the scenery with my feet up, spending time together with my family, catching up with my reading or even getting some work done on the laptop, when travelling by train.
So here are some of my recommended journeys.
The Blue Train: Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa
The legend of the “Blue Train”, had been running between Johannesburg and Cape Town as early as 1923, taking passengers from Johannesburg to the ships departing from Cape Town to England. After a break in service in World War II, the route was taken up again and an extraordinary travel experience was created with various tours of the Blue Train going from Johannesburg and Pretoria to Cape Town and vice versa.
Nowadays, you can experience luxury and style while the beautiful countryside of South Africa passes by your train window from the comfort of the lounge car.
Venice Simplon-Orient Express
Known as the most storied carriages in the world, Europe's luxury locomotive!
This train experience allows you to immerse yourself in the most famous luxury train carriages in the world, as you are transported across Europe and back to the golden age of travel. You’re transported back to the 1920’s, where true luxury was found on the rails.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is truly remarkable and any journey aboard will evoke memories to be cherished for years to come.
Belmond Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman offers elegant luxury train travel across Scotland.
It’s ranked, as one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the Belmond Royal Scotsman is up there with the very finest. Both leisurely and luxurious, riding the Royal Scotsman offers Bamford spa car so passengers can have a massages or treatments on the move. This journey is highly memorable, with exclusive access to traditional distilleries and private tours of country houses & gardens.
Journeys aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman depart and return to Edinburgh and range between three to seven nights, in which time you will be sure to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure as you explore the Scottish Highlands in the perfect form of transport.
Eastern and Oriental Express
Known as the luxury train travel aboard!
The Eastern and Oriental Express gives you the opportunity to explore the exotic East, a fabled journey that takes you through Asia and back in time to a period of pure elegance. It will give you the chance to immerse yourself into a world of classic glamour.
As you look to the window, the picturesque scenery meanders past. Lush jungle, ancient temples and quaint villages are just some of the sights you’ll see during your voyage throughout Asia. In this part of the world it almost seems surreal; views such as these flowing past as you are aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express lavished in pure luxury.
The Flam Railway, Norway
It’s not the longest train journey in the world, but it is truly spectacular.
The train from Flåm on Norway’s Aurlandsfjord fjord travels 850 metres above sea level to the mountain station of Myrdal on its 20 kilometre journey. Along the way you pass gaping gorges, cascading waterfalls and small farms and villages that the railway was built to connect. There is only one short stop along the way where you can alight and experience the splash of the Kjosfossen waterfall on your face.
Most visitors to this part of Norway take the journey on the Flåmsbana railway and with good reason. It’s one of the best ways to experience the fjords and spectacular natural environment.
Belmond Andrean Explorer
The Andean Explorer offers luxury train travel across Peru!
It gives you the chance to rekindle the romance of the rails aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer. As you carve a path through Peru’s natural wonders, you’ll come across ancient kingdoms and take in the region’s spectacular highlights en route as you travel from Cusco to Arequipa.
From the capital of the Inca Empire, you’ll sweep through the lofty Andean plains taking in the vibrant landscapes including Lake Titicana and the Colca Canyon before you arrive at the white city, otherwise known as Arequipa.
Overall, train travel is fun and easy, but be sure to do a bit of pre-planning and enjoy the ride!