Travelling by train is one of the most relaxing and laidback ways to travel, where you can sit back and enjoy the scenic beauty around.
Across the globe, there are some beautiful destinations which are also home to one of the best train rides. These train rides vary from being for a few hours to even more than one week.
Here are some of the best train vacations and tours around the world:
1. Glacier Express (Switzerland)
To: St. Moritz
The Glacier Express is without a doubt, the best known train of Switzerland.
The majestic Alps of Switzerland, against the perfect blue sky and the lush valleys make the train ride on Glacier Express a scenic treat. This train passes through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges, during its 7-8 hour ride. During the ride, the train takes on an ascent towards the Oberalp Pass, at 6,670 feet, which is the highest point of this line, followed by a steep descent towards Disentis.
2. Hiram Bingham Orient Express (Peru)
To: Machu Picchu
This is a vintage Pullman style train adorned with rich and fine tableware. One of the most luxurious train rides, Hiram Bingham Orient Express is a full-day round trip, connecting Cusco and Machu Picchu, in Peru. During the journey you will witness the scenic beauty through Urubamba River Valley, along with a brunch and a four course dinner.
The train passes through the misty mountains of the Urubamba River, agricultural terraces, and colourful villages. When the train summits near the crest of the Machu Piccchu, it is at more than 7500 feet above sea level. Taking the possibility of altitude sickness in consideration, Coca tea and oxygen are made available.
3. Rocky Mountaineer (Canada)
The Rocky Mountaineer is the world’s largest private owned luxury tourist train company.
This is a 2 day rail journey from Banff to Vancouver. On this train ride, you can indulge in cooked-to-order meals, and no-limit snacks and cocktails served by the hosts on the train. The stunning beauty of the glacial lakes and rivers, green forests, black lava canyons and cliffs, and even some wildlife, including a grizzly bear or a bighorn sheep, that pass through on this train ride makes this journey an absolute pleasure.
To get the best of the views, the seats in front of the first Gold Leaf car are the way to go, which is a glass-domed section on the top floor of the train.
4. The Ghan (Australia)
The Ghan is a 26-coach long train which travels through incomparable scenic beauty of Australia, along with camels and kangaroos.
This is a 3 days 2 nights journey covering 1,845 miles, which lets you experience the vastness of the Australian Outback. The train halts at Alice Springs and Katherine for 4 hours, during which you can stretch your legs and explore the surrounding areas.
The Platinum class is 3 times more expensive than the Gold class, but worth booking if it fits your budget. The seats in Platinum class come with private cabin and en suite bathrooms.