Great Rail Journeys of the World

Great Rail Journeys of the World

Discover the romance of rail travel with iconic journeys from around the world.
Traversing great continents by rail is an undeniably romantic way to see the world. From the first appearance of steam trains in the early 1800s as a means of industrial transport, to the opulence and charm of long distance journeys in sheer comfort during the Golden Age of Steam, rail has revolutionised the way we travel. Rekindle the romance of train travel on one of these six great rail journeys.

1. Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Get ready to be transported to a world like no other, of magnificent coastal
mountains, deep rocky canyons, aqua glacial lakes, lush green forests and
surreal desert landscapes on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. Enjoy
unparalleled panoramic views of Canada’s endless beauty right from your seat through bi-level glass-dome coaches, whilst dining on world-class cuisine. Feel the rush of the fresh mountain air as you step onto the outdoor viewing platform, camera in hand.

Excitement peaks as you travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels on the
historic “First Passage to the West,” route from Banff to Vancouver. Look up as the mighty Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies rises right in front of your eyes on “The Journey through the Clouds”.
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

2. The Ghan, Australia

Journey through the beating heart of Australia’s Red Centre from Adelaide
to Darwin on board the famous Ghan. Named after the Afghan cameleers who helped explore and build infrastructure in the outback, The Ghan is regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. Admire Australia’s outback, full of vast open spaces and dusty desert, whilst passing the old gold mining towns of Tennant Creek and Pine Creek. Enjoy all inclusive drinks in the Outback Explorer Lounge, dine on regionally-inspired dishes, paired with a selection of fine local wines in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and enjoy a good night’s sleep in your elegant private cabin. 
The Ghan, Australia

3. The Blue Train, South Africa

Take a step back in time on board South Africa’s iconic Blue Train. Travelling
1,600 kilometres between Cape Town and Pretoria, surround yourself with elegant old-world luxury and charm on one of the world’s most luxurious train journeys. Travel through some of South Africa’s most diverse and spectacular scenery and admire magnificent Table Mountain from the lavish observation car. Dress to impress as you sit down to a sumptuous four-course silver-service dinner, which is sure to become a highlight of your journey. Fall asleep in your opulent cabin, with a private butler always on hand to attend to your every need. 
Blue Train, South Africa

4. Glacier Express, Switzerland

There’s nothing more breathtaking than journeying through the spectacular Swiss Alps on board the magnificent Glacier Express. Travelling from the alpine village of Zermatt all the way to the glamorous resort town of St. Moritz, this is a journey of surprises around every corner and through every spiral tunnel. Be greeted by beautiful lodges, gorgeous glacial rivers, pretty alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains. And that’s before you arrive
at the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the journey, passing 2,033 metres above the Rhine Gorge, known as the “Grand Canyon of Switzerland”. Admire picture postcard scenes through the large windows which will become ever lasting memories.
Glacier Express, Switzerland

5. Shinkansen Bullet Train, Japan

When it comes to efficiency, nowhere does it better than Japan. Experience
the thrill of riding a high speed train in the comfort of business class on board the infamous Shinkansen bullet train. Reaching speeds of 320 kilometres per hour, this is the fastest and most picturesque way to discover the iconic sights of Japan. Travel by bullet train between Tokyo and Fukuoka to uncover Kyoto’s charm, temples and Gion geisha district, Himeji’s best preserved traditional castle and Hiroshima with its museum and Peace Park.
Bullet Train, Japan

6. The Flam Railway, Norway

If thundering waterfalls, deep gorges, bubbling brooks and snow-covered
mountain peaks get your heart racing, then a ride on Norway’s Flåm railway
is a must. One of the world’s most beautiful rail journeys, it is also Europe’s
steepest. Begin your journey from the high mountain station of Myrdal before
zigzagging your way down to Flåm, passing through 20 twisting tunnels, and
witness the spectacular scenery along the way. From breathtaking fjords to majestic mountain landscapes, this is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Norway’s captivating beauty.
Flam Railway, Norway

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