For sheer romance, there is nothing better than travelling by train, unhurried views of ever-changing landscapes and life at an enjoyable pace. The selection of magnificent rail journeys throughout the world is huge, the biggest problem will be choosing which ones tempts you the most.
Train trips vary from those that are self contained, where you sleep on the train through to train journeys that simply provide the transport during the day and nights are spent at local hotels. Essentially most train journeys are designed so that you can make the most of the scenery around you.
Some favourite journeys include:
The Trans Mongolian and Siberian are famous train journeys – do see our pages on these journeys. Also in this area you have the new Vodkatrain – a great journey from Beijing to St Petersburg.
Australia has the legendary Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin through the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia and the ‘Indian Pacific Railway’ goes from Sydney to Perth. The beautiful Orient Express has a wonderful train trip from Cairns to Sydney – you get to enjoy the beauty of the rainforest.
The Rocky Mountaineer in Canada is one of the most beautiful train journeys, and a must visit.
In Africa you have the fabulous the world’s most luxurious train - Rovos Rail with its beautiful sleeper coaches. Definitely the way to capture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era. You also have the Shongololo Express which has a fleet of Mercedes Benz touring vehicles on board, so you sleep on the train at night and explore Africa during the day.
Moorish Spain to Marrakesh is a great 9 day trip that takes in the highlights of Southern Spain and Morocco. You stay in hotels each evening.