Luxury rail journeys
There’s nothing more evocative of the indulgences of yesteryear than a luxury rail journey, holidays for exploring the world at a slower pace. It’s the chance to watch the Alps drift by from your private cabin, sip cocktails in the bar car and dine on multi-course fineries in the mahogany restaurant carriage.
Of course, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express remains the icon, with its sister train – the Eastern & Oriental – bringing its success to the Far East. But, there’s plenty of further options available, all tried and tested by our rail experts. Below, you’ll find everything from Japanese bullet trains and transcontinental Australian delights to the granddaddy of rail journeys – the luxurious Golden Eagle, of Trans-Siberian fame. This is the ultimate collection.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice
4 days from £3,615 pp incl. flights
Between indulgent fine dining, champagne receptions and private city tours, this elegant journey pairs the ultimate in luxury rail travel with a palace stay in the heart of ancient Venice.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London
4 days from £3,310 pp incl. flights
A counterpoint to the classic London-Venice route, this journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express starts among the exquisite architecture of Italy's floating city before crossing the Alps in style en route to London.
Highlights of the Canadian Rockies on Rocky Mountaineer
8 days from £2,620 pp incl. flights
Begin with Vancouver’s coastal charms before you board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer to head through the majestic Rockies to Calgary, enjoying included gourmet dining and drinks throughout. Expert-led tours of Banff and Yoho National Park, and a thrilling helicopter ride are included.
Maharajas' Express Rail Journey
10 days from £6,390 pp incl. flights
Experience the opulence of one of India's most luxurious rail journeys as you spot tigers in Ranthambore, sip champagne overlooking the Taj Mahal and travel through the heart of royal Rajasthan aboard the Maharajas' Express.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Geneva to Venice
6 days from £4,400 pp incl. flights
Take the world's most elegant train on a journey to savour, travelling in unmatched style through the pristine heart of alpine Europe between Geneva and Venice.