By Kelly Felstead, 3 years ago, 3 minute read.
Sit back and relax as majestic landscapes unfold before your eyes on a rail journey of a lifetime. Here’s six of the best trips you can take by train – which one takes your fancy for your next holiday?
1 Eastern & Oriental – Bangkok to Singapore
Winding through some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic landscapes of south-east Asia, the shining green and gold carriages of the famed Eastern & Oriental Express take in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Mountains, forests, fascinating towns and golden temples create a rich tapestry of life along the way. Offering a taste of classic glamour, you will travel between ancient wonders and cosmopolitan cities of the alluring Far East.
2 Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops, Lake Louise and Banff
Follow in Michael Portillo’s footsteps and take a leisurely journey though the stunning Canadian Rockies. Lush green fields, towering snow-capped mountains and river canyons all await you in this picturesque wilderness. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot some bears by the lineside.
3 Venice Simplon – Orient Express
Simply the most luxurious and glamorous experience on earth! Step on board these historic carriages for a timeless and elegant journey where you can rekindle the romance and opulence of a bygone age. Whether you choose the classic route from London to Venice or embark on a day trip to Paris, this is definitely one train ride you will not want to get off.`
4 The Blue Train – Pretoria to Cape Town
Pamper yourself while savouring the fabulous sights of South Africa on this 994-mile adventure. You will be rocked to sleep like a king while the train glides opulently between each city. Over the 31-hour journey, you can hop off en route to explore Kimberley Open Mine Museum on a tour, before jumping back on board as the train makes its way southward to Cape Town.
5 Glacier Express – St Moritz to Zermatt
A panoramic experience through the dramatic Swiss Alps – its natural spectacles and highlights will leave you breathless. Ride past chocolate-box Alpine villages offering views of the magnificent Matterhorn – one of the highest summits in Europe. Along the way, observe the Rhine Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of Switzerland.
6 The Ghan – Darwin to Adelaide
The ultimate adventure through the heart of Australia will transport you to the tropics of the Top End to the ancient Red Centre. Immerse yourself in the area’s intriguing history and awe-inspiring vistas that embody the Australian Outback. Prepare for a true Outback sunrise or sunset – there’s no train window view like it!