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.
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.
Eastern & Oriental Express: Singapore to Bangkok
9 days from £3,920 pp incl. flights
From pianist-accompanied drinks to a curated series of guided excursions, this is one of the finest experiences by rail.
The Ghan, Bamurru Plains & Barossa Valley
15 days from £6,200 pp incl. flights
Alongside the wilderness and fine-dining pleasures of one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, this curated itinerary will bring you between a luxury Top-End safari and the fine wines of Southern Australia.
Northern Spain by luxury train: El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo
10 days from £5,880 pp incl. flightsSave up to £275 pp – ends 31 August
Travel the length of Spain’s northern coast in utter luxury, enjoying wine-paired dining, nights in some of the world’s largest train suites and tours that range from spa visits to walks though quiet fishing villages.