There’s nothing more evocative of the indulgences of yesteryear than a luxury rail journey. It’s the chance to watch landscapes drift by from a private cabin, sip cocktails in an elegant bar car or dine on multi-course fineries in a mahogany restaurant carriage. These are holidays designed for exploring the world at a slower pace.
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.