In a world where everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere fast train travel is often thought of as a crowded, time-consuming way to get to a destination. But the best way to see any country is via the railway. SeriouslyTravel has put together a list of the most amazing lavish train vacations. Enjoy taking a virtual luxury train travel at its best.
The Rovos Rail Experience
South Africa is home to the only privately owned railway station and the Rovos Rail Company operates its luxury train expeditions from this Capital park Station in Pretoria. There are two trains that the Rovos Rail Company restored to their classic opulence with each train accommodating 72 passengers. Each suite is spacious with contemporary conveniences. The Royal Suites offer space that consists of half a carriage with décor and comfort being its main focus. Top chefs ensure that each meal rivals any restaurant in the world. Each meal is served on fine china, silver service, and white linen. Guests are expected to dress accordingly and why not, these accommodations are fit for a king.
Belmond Royal Scotsman carries each traveler to the heart of the Highlands where travel through sceneries of grand pine trees lavishly blanketing mountains reflects in glass top lakes. With a private cabin and an observation carriage featuring open-decks travelers wonder at Scotland’s glorious countryside. The Royal Scotsman caters to just 36 guests at a time giving each one a sense of personal attention and utmost privacy. With 14 twin, two double and four single State Cabins there is something for every need and budget. Each cabin has en suite bathrooms with the best-quality toiletries and clean linens refreshed each day. All rooms are designed with the utmost care ensuring passengers a luxurious stay. Dining is the highpoint of each day with lavish meals served by experienced staff attuned to guests’ every need.
Imagine listening to the click clack of the railroad while gliding through lush forests and plush lowlands on the way to Machu Picchu. The Hiram Bingham guarantees each traveler an enchanted journey not soon forgotten. The train was named after the voyager who rediscovered the Inca citadel and has two cars for dining, a combination bar and observation car and a kitchen car. It can accommodate 84 people and is exquisitely decorated with deep shining woods, brass fixtures, and lush upholstery. True to its original 1920s style each guest can indulge in Peruvian delicacies, wines, and sumptuous deserts. This luxury train is perfect for an authentic Peruvian experience.
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
I don’t know many people who think of Siberia as anything other than a frozen tundra. But Siberia holds a secret; it has one of the most beautiful countrysides in the world. There’s no better way to see it than aboard the Golden Eagle Luxury Train. On these unique trains guests experience rich culture, unequaled customer service, and cinematic landscapes while enjoying the best in spacious cabins finely decorated in traditional Russian décor. These trains are equaled only to a 5 star hotel. Chefs lovingly prepare traditional European dishes as well as Western and Eastern delicacies. This is a once in a lifetime trip that must be experienced to believed.
Train travel is coming back and there is no other way to experience it that on a luxury train with an experienced staff who can cater to your every need. The all-inclusive option to travel is fast becoming the trendy way to see the countryside on any continent. Have any of you been on one of these magnificent trips? Would you like to go? Share your experience with us!