The main rationale of traveling is to pause and admire the experience, to soak in every minute of it. When every aspect of the growing traveling world is already so busy and fast, some of us might like the alternative route – that’s when the revival of luxury trains comes in. Passengers in these old-fashioned carriages indeed fulfill an elegant travel – from promising to pamper – the world’s exotic long-haul train journeys.
Let’s step backwards in time and rediscover the art of elegant traveling – an era or romance and leisure. Here are several luxury trains in operation around the world:
Golden Eagle, Moscow
The Golden Eagle features in-suite bathrooms, air-con and full heat, laundry services, TVs, a residential pianist and an English-speaking doctor. The two-long-haul-week feels more like a luxury cruise as it accommodates passengers in daily excursions and extravagance.
Belmond Royal Scotsman, Scottish Highlands
Belmond Royal Scotsman is the UK’s only luxury sleeper train. Not only that travelers can enjoy a bar stocked with more than 50 kinds of whisky but it also includes visits to distilleries and excursions to see Scottish castles.
Maharajas’ Express, India
Mostly known as “The Orient Express of the Orient”, the Maharajas’ Express immerses travelers in the spirit of the era within royal families and the classic Indian décor attempts to imitate the golden days of the Raj. Maharajas’ Express can accommodate up to 88 guests in its two fine-dining restaurants, bar and lounge.
The Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, Spain
The Transcantabrico is a luxury coach that feels more like a five-star hotel on wheels than a regular train experience. Slowly chugs down along Spain’s Atlantic coast, the seven-day journey offer exceptional catering with select wines, haute cuisine and excursion meals in top-notch restaurants.
Seven Stars, Japan
The Seven Stars in Kyushu features seven carriages that holds just 30 people in 14 suites. This luxurious train’s interiors showcase the best in Japanese craftsmanship such as walls of rosewood and maple, shoji paper screens as window coverings and sliding glass doors.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, London
Romance and adventure go together on the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Imagine traveling to Europe’s most captivating sceneries with freshly caught lobsters to be served during a delicious brunch. Plus, its spectacular Art Deco glamor has an elegant, older but stylish vibe to it.
Blue Train, Pretoria
The Blue Train’s journey crosses South Africa from Kimberley on the way to the south to Matijesfontein on the way to the north. Friendly and helpful staffs surely their passengers feel comfortable with luxurious surroundings. Many butlers on the train are on call 24/7 for a drink, snack or even to iron clothes.
There’s nothing quite like indulging in a nice, relaxing and peaceful travel. Luxury trains promises to take you on an enchanting voyage through fascinating landscapes and best destinations of the region.