Traveling can be as much exhausting as it can be fun. Especially if you are air-traveling. Air-travel nowadays is rarely a pleasurable experience, unless you are traveling first class, but that doesn’t beat what you are about to see and experience. If you are not a fan of constant flight delays and baggage limitations, maybe trains are a better option for you. For the beautiful scenery lovers, Japan already established a lot of trains that allow you to experience Japan’s natural beauty. If this is not for you either, here are some of the most comfortable and luxurious trains that will wake up the romantic in you.
Trains are not the slowest means of transportation anymore. Whether you’re planning your next trip or simply need some travel eye candy, let these four opulent trains whisk you away.
1. Belmond creates exceptional experiences
As the first South American luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer is a wonderful experience. Together with hotels and river cruises, they offer travel experiences in 24 countries and some of the world’s most thrilling places to visit. On the two-night journey from Cusco to Arequipa, guests enjoy uninterrupted views of snow-capped mountains and glittering lakes. You can not only enjoy exquisite food, but you can also choose from the train’s wide selection of places where you can enjoy a drink or two. These include a piano bar car, observation car and open-air terrace where you can enjoy a Pisco Sour as the Andes drift by.
2. Rovos trail for an African adventure
If an African safari is on your bucket list, make sure to get on a ride with a luxury train ride from Rovos Rail. Choose journeys to places like Cape Town or Victoria Falls as you take in the gorgeous scenery. You might also see a giraffe or two, while enjoying the train’s lavish accommodation. Enjoy a meal while formally attired in the Victorian dining car that boasts a large selection of South African wines, as well as a nightcap in the starlit observation car. Could you ask for more?
3. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for an unforgettable tour
This is probably the most iconic on the list, compared to the luxuries of the people traveling in the 1920s. Be prepared to embark on a one-night journey between Western European cities or take a longer trip to places like Istanbul or Budapest. You will enjoy the plush fabrics, glittering crystal and nightly live entertainment as you relish in the lap of luxury. Enjoy multi-course meals for brunch and dinner and choose between the traditional bar car and the glamorous Champagne bar. Rates start at £2,129 ($2,720).
4. Train suite Shiki-Shima
Source:EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY
This ultra-modern train highlights Japan’s seasons and diverse landscape, whether you’re on board for one, two or three nights. Their trips are totally different in spring, fall, and winter, so you can take in the surrounding nature at its peak. Each suite takes up an entire train car, and also includes amenities like fireplaces and a mix of traditional and modern design. The lounge car is the place to be spending most of your time. Designed with a forest-inspired wall pattern, it’s the perfect spot to sip on some Japanese whisky. Rates start at 320,000 yen ($2,888).