One of the best ways to pull in your journey through the historic sites, picturesque villages, and mind blowing beauty of some of the most majestic spots on the planet is to catch a trip on board the world’s most remarkable trains. What’s more interesting about rail journey is that it is quite inexpensive and mostly comes with an array of astounding amenities and free benefits. Here is a list of trains that whizzes you along the extraordinary rail routes across America, Europe, Asia, and beyond in the most sumptuous way.
The Grand Canyon (GCRY)
Operating on a 130-mile scenic rail route between William and Grand Canyon National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Arizona, this heritage journey will for sure leave you awestruck, with the magnificent vistas that dot along the itinerary. From unique passenger cars and vintage coach class cars dating back to 1920-1950s to its amazing collection of diesel locomotives built by Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation and American Locomotive Company, GCRY is timeless and throws ample light on the varied segments of US’ history.
Napa Valley Wine Train
Full of charm and delights– Napa Valley is the American embodiment of opulence and grandeur. One of the most recommended ways to experience Napa at its best is to take a rail journey onboard the Napa Valley Wine Train that encapsulates great dining, romance, and unmatched sightseeing experience of California’s wine country.
Possibly the greatest of attractions of Russian vacation is Trans-Siberian Railway journey that goes along a path stretching for more than 9,200 kilometers between Moscow and Vladivostok. Armed with a long list of amenities including air conditioning, power showers, under floor heating, and state of the art entertainment system, this 10-plus night epic voyage provides panoramic views and halts at five mind blowing locations. A barbeque lunch at Lake Baikal is also included.
Glacier Express Train
It connects railway stations of two major Alpine resorts: St. Moritz and Zermatt. Covering just 290 kilometers in about eight hours, Glacier Express is the Europe’s slowest moving express. Nevertheless, it enables you to get a lively Swiss taste while appreciating the enchanting mountain scenery with verdant meadows, snow-capped peaks, and striking glaciers. Lunch, along with white Swiss white wine, is served aboard.
Palace on Wheels
See some of the India’s most celebrated royal centers, as you travel through the countryside of Delhi and Rajasthan by the luxurious Palace on Wheels and experience the splendor of its history-drenched areas, including Fatehpur Sikhri, Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Ranthambhore National Park. Another of the highlights of the trip is a sunset camel safari on the mesmerizing dunes of the Thar Desert.
A great way to discover the hidden jewels of Australia in class and elegance, Indian Pacific – as the name suggests – takes you along the breathtaking coastline between the Indian and the Pacific oceans. Traveling from Perth to Sydney, the rail route covers almost the entire of Australia’s southern region that bursts with heritage sites, historic towns, and magical vistas of the Blue Mountains, among others.
With Rocky Mountaineer’s five unique rail routes, explore the pristine wilderness of Vancouver, Whistler, and UNESCO certified Canadian Rockies, which is immersed in history and known for its towering peaks, stupefying mountainous landscape, and national parks. It also operates new Coastal Passage route connecting Seattle to the Canadian Rockies.
Opened in mid-1850s, the Semmering Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is truly an engineering marvel amidst the spectacular Semmering Pass with complicated terrains. Credited as the first of its kind in the world, this mountain railway runs between Lower Austria and Styria thus creating a marvelous sight, as it makes its way through arched stone bridges, countless number of tunnels and loops that fit impeccably into the wild, scenic mountain setting. It takes about 40 kilometers to get over the pass at approximately 3,000 ft above the sea level.
Eastern and Oriental Express
The Eastern and Oriental Express offers one of the Asia’s most luxurious rail journeys, as you savor a delightful ride and watch mesmerizing landscape of Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore pass you by. Fully air-conditioned with five-star comforts, the train features lavish accommodation and superb dining choices, apart from an open-air observation deck and saloon car replete with a boutique and library.
Pride of Africa
Operated by Rovos Rail, Pride of Africa is the world’s most luxurious train. Its itinerary covers some of the most scenic landscapes of South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.