Luxury rail journeys
There’s nothing more evocative of the indulgences of yesteryear than a luxury rail journey. 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 £3,505 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
7 days from £2,985 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 £6,480 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 £3,990 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 £6,050 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.
Rocky Mountaineer: Rockies & Vancouver Island Circle
11 days from £4,305 pp incl. flights
This once-in-a-lifetime trip takes in some of Canada’s most striking landscapes on its most iconic journey: Rocky Mountaineer. Traverse over rushing canyons, mountain passes and waterfalls otherwise unreachable, enjoying all-inclusive Michelin-starred dining and luxury hotel stays throughout.