If you've never been on a luxury train journey through some of the world's most spectacular locations you are seriously missing out, as luxury rail travel has staged a comeback in recent years becoming yet again a popular travel trend. In terms of luxury we're not talking about a simple distinction between first and second class, we mean luxury in its highest most opulent form. That is, a train which is the equivalent of a five star hotel on wheels. Believe it or not there are quite a few luxury trains out there to choose from! Here are our ten favorite ones.
Venice Simplon Orient Express
The charming Venice Simplon Orient Express offers an elegant luxury train journey which combines modern sophistication with vintage glamour. It has various routes all travelling to Europe's most romantic destinations including the cities of Paris, Venice and Vienna. With an art-deco interior and vintage style to the cabins, you will feel as though you've stepped back in time to the lavish decadence of the train's glory days in the 1920's.
Belmond Royal Scotsman
The Belmond Royal Scotsman invites you on a grand Scottish adventure through the very heart of Scotland's Highlands. From the moment you step on this luxury train you will feel warmly welcomed by the traditional tartan interior and indulgent atmosphere, ready to soak up some authentic Scottish heritage. An additional comfort includes the train's Bamford Haybarn Spa, offering absolute peace and relaxation as you drift past the equally tranquil landscapes of crystal clear lochs, heather-clad hills and pine forest glens.
Twilight Express Mizukaze
We can confirm that Japan's Twilight Express Mizukaze is as exotic, sophisticated and luxurious as it sounds. This recently launched train (summer of 2017), allows you to discover the beauty of some of Japan's most appealing sights, such as Mt. Diasen, from the opulent comfort of your modern cabin, which of course has been designed by leading architects. As one of 30 select passengers on the Twilight Express Mizukaze route, you will no doubt feel like royalty as you relax and unwind amidst the elegant environment.
El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo
The name is self-explanatory; a train of great luxury travelling from San Sebastian in the east to Santiago de Compostela in the west. This 5 star Spanish rail cruise features original deluxe 1923 Pullman coaches, adding a touch of nostalgia and vintage elegance to this magnificent experience. Travelers will benefit from a variety of luxury services and amenities including traditional regional cuisine, tasteful live music performances and a panoramic carriage, enabling you to view the stunning and diverse landscapes of Northern Spain.
The Rocky Mountaineer luxury train's official motto is 'all aboard amazing, beauty, beyond words' - and believe us when we say it doesn't disappoint. This unique railway experience allows you to access an incredible part of the world which is often inaccessible to other means of transport. Not often can you be exposed to such close up, unprecedented and awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies and their surrounding wilderness. Additionally, many of the Rocky Mountaineer destinations provide tour adventures and experiences such as whale watching and gondola rides, not only extravagant but entertaining to the max!