5 Luxurious Train Trips
Posted on May 29th, by admin in Lifestyle.
Are you looking for a travel experience that offers more luxury along the way than typical airlines? If you enjoy a slower pace of travel accompanied by a great deal of elegance, try one of these international train trips.
The Pride of Africa
Rates begin at $1,500 USD
Rovos Rail claims the title “The most luxurious train in the world” for its Pride of Africa locomotive. Accommodations on board are certainly high-end: the train features a non-smoking lounge car, two non-smoking dining cars, a smoking lounge and observation car, and guest sleeper cars. The train can carry a capacity of 72 passengers in comfort and ease. Guest sleepers come in several sizes, the smallest of which are Pullman suites with two comfortable couches that convert to beds at the end of the day. The largest guest rooms on board are the Royal Suites, which offer a king size bed, a private lounge area, and a full bathroom with shower and bath. All guest rooms feature en suite bathroom facilities, Edwardian style decor, and polished wood wall paneling. Choose from several routes for your African journey – Rovos Rail offers a 48-hour trip from Pretoria to Cape Town, a 3-day safari between Pretoria and Durban, a 9-day golf safari, and more.
The Royal Scotsman
Rates begin at $3,700 USD
Climb on board the Royal Scotsman, a smaller train with room for only 36 guests but luxury enough to go around. Available journeys range from two nights to a week in length, and take travelers through the scenic highlands of Scotland. Each guest aboard the Royal Scotsman enjoys a private cabin with twin, double, or single beds and a private bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet. Each cabin features individually-controlled heating, a ceiling fan, and a service call button to summon a member of the train’s attentive staff. The train comes to a halt each evening so passengers can be assured a quiet night’s rest – and so they will not miss any of the gorgeous Scottish scenery. Dining aboard the Royal Scotsman takes place in one of two dining cars on board, which offer formal and informal style dinners on alternate evenings throughout the train journey. Seasonal offerings include local seafood, roast lamb, grouse, and venison. A hearty Scottish breakfast of kippers, scones, and porridge gets each day off to a proper start.
The Orient Express
Rates begin at $3,000 USD
Orient Express is the stuff of legends, including Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery. But the real Orient Express is at least as luxurious and far less dangerous than the novelized version, and offers a number of options for points of embarkation and arrival. The length of a journey ranges from one to seven nights, with the longest scheduled trip taking passengers from Venice to Krakow to Dresden and finally to London. On board, passengers can expect vintage-style luxury and exquisite cuisine. Each sleeping cabin has been restored to its historic elegance, and two options are available: double cabins, which feature a single cabin room with convertible Pullman-style sofa bed, or cabin suites, which offer more spacious accommodations. Meticulously maintained toilet facilities are located in each car, and cabin stewards convert the guest rooms from sofas to beds each evening while passengers are enjoying a meal in the dining car.
Rates begin at $15,000 USD
The Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle Express offers a longer journey of 12-15 days, taking passengers from St. Petersburg, Russia to Mongolia or China. The Golden Eagle train has several cabin options for your journey, ranging from modest silver class cabins to the 120-square-foot Imperial Suites, complete with king-size bed, seating area, dressing area, and television with DVD player. Guests who stay in one of the Imperial Suites also enjoy butler service, heated flooring in their en suite bathroom, and two large windows through which to view the passing scenery.
The Danube Express
Rates begin at $4,500 USD
The Danube Express also offers several options for length of journey, with the longest route stretching from Prague to Istanbul, a 10-day trip. Aboard the Express, passengers will find private sleeping cabins with en suite shower, toilet, and sink. The train’s staff endeavors to provide for passengers’ every need, and guests will appreciate the elegant decor, reminiscent of history yet replete with modern convenience. Brass fittings, an openable window, and comfortable daytime seating adorn each deluxe sleeping cabin. Dining options on board include a selection of central European specialties served in a comfortable atmosphere.