The World's Most Glamorous Train Journeys

03 Oct 2018

Taking us back to an era when travelling by train was a glamorous affair, these classic rail Journeys encourage us to take it easy and enjoy the world outside the window… 

Indian Pacific

FROM: Sydney to Perth


PASSENGER: Adam Vanstone VIBE:Witness the vast scale of the Australian Outback on a Journey from Sydney to Perth – this is a stylish and leisurely way to arrive on the west coast.

MAGIC MOMENTS: Getting off the train at remote Rawlinna for an Outback roast dinner, the sky was so clear you could see the Milky Way. It was the most impressive blanket of stars I’ve ever been lucky enough to stand under. I took myself off on my own (with my glass of wine) just to stare up at it in total wonder.

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW: Wake to rugged red-sand desert and blue skies blurring past at speed.

FOOD & DRINK: Step back in time with wood-panelled corridors and evening drinks in the lounge. Then enjoy a three-course dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, where the regionally inspired menu is served with classic Aussie charm.

The Ghan

FROM: Darwin to Adelaide


PASSENGER: Vicky Savage VIBE: Get acquainted with other travellers over drinks in the Outback Explorer Lounge as you follow in the footsteps of pioneer camel traders.

MAGIC MOMENTS: Hiking the Nitmiluk Gorge to see rock art that’s thousands of years old and listening to mythical stories about how the gorge came to be.

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW: The feeling of remoteness is almost surreal. You’ll see camels, the odd tree and the vast expanse of the rich red Outback. The slow pace of life outside the window allows you to appreciate the world from a different viewpoint.

FOOD & DRINK: The route-inspired menu includes a few surprises like crocodile or buffalo curry (they’re prominent in the Northern Territory). The chefs take time to wander through the carriage, answering any questions about the provenance of the produce.

Eastern & Oriental Express

FROM: Bangkok to Singapore


VIBE:Amazing and surreal; the classic decor transports you to another time and place.

MAGIC MOMENTS: The pianist plays until the last guest goes to bed. He’s been with the train since the start so he’s at the heart of the Eastern & Oriental evening experience.

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW: There’s a wooden open-air observation car at the rear of the train where you can soak in the views of rice paddies, palm trees and rivers. Day trips are included too: you can cycle or trek, taste local produce and visit a market, or even take a cooking class on the river.

FOOD & DRINK: An incredible fusion of French and Asian cuisine, each meal is delicious and beautifully presented. And your steward brings you breakfast and high tea.

Venice Simplon–Orient–Express

FROM: Venice to London


PASSENGER: Javier Casagrande

VIBE: Experience the glamour of the golden age of travel and let the Swiss Alps unfold before the window of your Art Deco cabin, as you dine on a delicious breakfast.

MAGIC MOMENTS: Opulent interiors, unparalleled service and sublime Michelin-quality cuisine. Plus the echoes of mystery that have made this iconic train famous…

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW: The ever-changing landscape is stunning. From the Venetian Lagoon to Alpine peaks and French forests that are studded with fairytale castles, it's breathtaking.

FOOD & DRINK: Crystal glassware and fine porcelain create an elegant ambience that is matched by the freshest local and seasonal produce, all sourced from stops along the train’s route.

Rocky Mountaineer

FROM: Vancouver to Jasper


PASSENGER: Alexandra Cronin

VIBE: Enjoy epic mountains through panoramic windows, glass of wine in hand.

MAGIC MOMENTS: Reaching the mountains on the second day and passing Pyramid Falls on the way to Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW: You don’t sleep onboard, so the carriage roof is like one big window, showing off the scenery! It’s an ever-changing mix of canyons, mountains, rivers, forests, lakes and wildlife. At the back of the train you can step outside to feel the wind in your hair.

FOOD & DRINK: Our cabin hosts entertained us with local legends as they brought drinks to our seats. In GoldLeaf class, lunch and breakfast are served in the dining room, with local produce like sockeye salmon featuring in gourmet dishes.

Rovos Rail

FROM: Cape Town to Pretoria


VIBE: Relaxed and luxurious, with an air of old-world style – perfect for our honeymoon!

MAGIC MOMENTS: Our first dinner in a candlelit carriage was a wonderful experience. The service was brilliant and we felt like royalty.

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW: The scenery is stunning, a real flavour of South Africa’s rich tapestry. You can lie on your bed and look out at the vineyards, mountains and plains of the Karoo, as well as the mining town of Kimberley and modern Johannesburg. And seeing so many flamingos was amazing.

FOOD & DRINK: A tantalising mix of modern European and traditional African dishes, with delicious international and local wines – all served with a smile. The train manager joins passengers for dinner, regaling you with tales from the tracks.

Fancy taking a ride on the rails? Speak to one of our Travel Experts today about the extensive range of train journeys that feature in our tailor-made holiday itineraries.

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