Do you love slow travel? Preferring to take the scenic route to your destination and being able to admire incredible landscapes directly from your window? Well if you answered yes, you've come to the write post. Today we want to show you the top ten most beautiful trains in the world! Get ready to be amazed and inspired for your next train-ride excursion.
1. Orient Express
A ride on the Orient Express is an adventure of a lifetime! You can cross Europe in the unusual interiors of a train designed originally in 1883. Every detail was taken into consideration on the train. Even some of the train cars from the 1920s and 1930s were used to make it! You can choose routes with restored 100-year-old carriages between the following cities: Paris, London, Budapest, Venice, Prague, Bucharest, Vienna all the way to Istanbul! You can choose the Twin, Cabin Suite and Grand Suite compartments, and while driving, guests are assigned a private steward who takes care of their comfort. The train is equipped with a Bar Car, where you can relax with exquisite drinks - it is recommended to try the drink "Guilty 12", based on the famous book "Murder in the Orient Express". Check it out for yourself!
2. Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru
It is the first luxury train in South America, launched in 2017. The route stretches from Cusco to Puno on Lake Titicaca. You can also extend this trip and continue driving through the night to Arequipa. The whole route is really picturesque, and the train travels in places at an altitude of 4,800 meters over the Altiplano plateau to reach Lake Titicaca. On the way, you will also pass the Sumbay caves and the Colca Canyon, where you can spot condors. The train itself is not large —only accommodating 48 passengers on board at a time. Check out this extremely stylishly decorated train with fabrics and accessories from Peruvian manufactories.
3. Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
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There are many ways to enjoy the amazing views of the Canadian Rockies, but by far, viewing them from the transparent train is one of the most exciting. A comfortable ride, a relatively short ride time, an on-board bar and breathtaking scenery all around you. The train passes through the mountains, forests and wild nature, and passengers can comfortably watch it all from their seat. In addition to transparent wagons, the train has an additional viewing platform outside! Check it out for yourself and book a ride as soon as you're in Canada next!
4. Blue Train, South Africa
"A window to the heart of Africa". The blue train travels between Pretoria and Cape Town. One of the greatest attractions of traveling on this train is the ride through Kruger Park, where you feel like you're on a safari, watching wild animals. If you want, you can also get off here and stay overnight in one of the hotels in this area. The Blue Train itself is a luxury 5 star hotel on wheels. You can choose to travel north or south. The first train offers 37 cabins for 74 guests, the second — 29 cabins for 58 guests. Also in the rear of the train from its last wagon you can perfectly observe how the landscape changes outside.Each car also has monitors that show what is happening at the front of the train.
5. The Jacobite (Hogwarts Express), Scotland
You can ride this train like your favorite characters from the Harry Potter books (the Hogwarts Express)! The whole journey takes place in a beautiful Scottish landscape: starting near the highest mountain in Great Britain, Ben Nevis, the train visits Great Britain's westernmost main station, Arisaig, then it flows close to Britain's deepest freshwater lake, Loch Morar, and the UK's shortest river, the Morar River, finally reaching the deepest sea lake in Europe, Loch Nevis! The train stops on the route to Mallaig in the village of Glenfinnan. Behind Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. You can get off in Arisaig at the guard's request. From here, on a clear summer day, you can see the "Little Islands" of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye.The train continues past Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films "Highlander" and "Local Hero".
6. Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland
The operator that manages this train also includes the Orient Express, so expect real luxuries will also be here. There are several routes to choose from and they allude to the history of rail transport in Ireland. The 2-day Taste of Ireland tour travels from Dublin to Belfast, Belfast to Waterford and back to Dublin, while Legends and Loughs travels on the Dublin-Cork-Killarney-Galway-Westport route and back for four nights. As of 2016, there is a six-day itinerary linking the two previously mentioned. One of the considerable attractions is the appearance of the train itself, inspired by the style of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Dublin, and elements referring to the folklore and tradition of old Ireland. Passengers can sit in one of the five sleeping cars, two restaurant cars and the observation car, which resembles a traditional Dublin lounge. All you need to do is order a whiskey, sit comfortably in your armchair and go on a blissful journey. You can learn more about the journey on this train from the company's website Belmond .
7. Tren alas Nubes (Train to the clouds), Argentina
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The Cloud Train is one of the best ways to see the amazing landscapes of Salta and the surrounding area in northern Argentina from high altitude. The greatest advantage of this region is the amazing rock formations. The region is known for its rolling hills with unusual textures and colors. The attraction was called a train to the clouds for a reason, because on the way, you cross the areas located at 8,000 feet above sea level. By train you can admire the area from above and you have plenty of time to do it, because the train speed is only 70 mph. You can choose to take a full day trip which also includes many stops, or take the three-hour journey from San Antonio de los Cobres to the end point at Viaducto La Polvorilla and back. More about this trip and booking tickets can be found on the website here.
8. The Presidential, Portugal
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The Presidential Train has hosted kings, presidents, heads of state and popes for over a century. Built in 1890, it served the court of King D. Luis I as the Portuguese royal train, carrying dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Paul VI. Renamed at the turn of the 20th century, the presidential train proudly carried Portugal's heads of state until it officially retired in 1970. The presidential train consisted of five luxury carriages: the Hall of the Head of State, the House of Ministers, the Communication and Security car, the dining room and the journalists' car. There was also a wagon that was used to store goods, luggage and mail. The train was restored in 2010. The furniture and charm that made it iconic remain intact and since then have been on display at the National Railway Museum as the most emblematic element of our railway history. However, the presidential train, saved from the past, has returned to the right track and now offers travelers a great experience. Choose from a one-, two- or three-day trip along the picturesque Douro Valley with plenty of great cuisine from Michelin-starred chefs, as well as local wine and port.
9. Golden Eagle Trans - Siberian Express
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Golden Eagle Trans will take you through 9 time zones on a journey that you will not forget for the rest of your life! The luxury train was commissioned in 2017 and it travels not only in Russia, but also in Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan and more. There are various tours to choose from, some of them lasting up to two weeks and exceeding eight time zones, incl. the famous route Moscow - Vladivostok, the route of the Silk Road from Moscow to Beijing or Almat or a trip by rail in winter! However, you do not have to worry about frost, as the cars have heated floors. There are 21 carriages waiting for travelers, including 12 sleeping cars, and the train is divided into two classes — gold and silver. Depending on the dates and length of the route, prices start from $ 1,500 per trip. If you are interested, please visit Golden Eagle Trans website.
10. Maharajas Express, India
The Maharajas Express debuted in 2010 as a reconstruction of the exquisite carriages used to transport ruling Maharaja from a bygone era. The train, carrying only 88 passengers, travels from Delhi and Mumbai, and the journeys last between three and seven nights. The routes lead to the most interesting places in India: Agra (where you will see Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Udaipur and Ranthambore (where Bengal tigers live in the wild), colorful Rajasthan and Varanasi, where you can see the royal heritage and the essence of spiritualism. This luxury train has four types of cabins to choose from, and each lounge is named after the legendary Maharaja gems like Heera (diamond), Virgo (emerald), Moti (pearl), Manik (ruby), and Neelam (blue sapphire). If you are interested in traveling by this train, please visit the railway website.