5 of the world’s best luxury trains

Posted on 18 April 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Although it has existed for many years, the glamour of luxury and high-end train travel has not faded. In different parts of the world, one can experience unbelievably luxurious and once-in-a-lifetime train rides.  Adding some of these to your bucket list is an idea worth strongly considering.

Here are just five of the world’s best luxury trains:

Venice Simplon Orient Express

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The Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) boasts a timeless elegance and travels from London to Venice. From time to time, the luxury train also connects to some of Europe’s most important destinations including Istanbul and Rome.

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Most of the train’s carriages date back to the 1920’s and thus carry a classical feel and authenticity. Passengers are spoilt to bespoke amenities, lavish suited and world-class service.

Maharajas’ Express

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If you seek to experience the epitome of luxury, a Maharajas’ Express train ride is worth considering. It offers a tantalizing glimpse of India and has four distinct itineraries which spread across central and northwest India.

As a passenger, you can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. There are also two fine dining restaurants, a beautiful lounge and a private bar. An experience on the Maharajas’ Express offers the opportunity to explore the heritage and culture of India.

Belmond Royal Scotsman

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The Belmond Royal Scotsman is a mesmerizing and gorgeous train that simply oozes luxury. It takes passengers on an unforgettable journey where some of Scotland’s most important landmarks are explored. You can expect five-star luxury, world-class cuisine and thrilling excursions. For some spoils and pampering, the luxury train also has a spa on board.

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Rovos Rail

Established in 1989, Rovos Rail prides itself as one of the world’s most luxurious trains. It offers a travel experience which is nothing short of bespoke and world-class. Passengers can enjoy train safaris through the heart of Africa as they experience a beautiful blend of magnificent scenery and glamour.

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The beautifully built wood-panelled trains link to some of the continent’s greatest destinations including Cape Town, Durban and Victoria Falls. The suites are spacious, comfortable and luxurious. Moreover, five course formal dinners can be enjoyed in a Victorian era atmosphere and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines.

Eastern and Oriental Express

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The luxurious Eastern and Oriental Express passes through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. It offers passengers a unique travel experience and the chance to enjoy beautiful landscapes while admiring the cultural history of Southeast Asia. On the train, you can expect all things luxurious,  fine cuisine prepared by extraordinary chefs, as well as impressive service.

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