5 of the world’s best luxury rail journeys
Explore some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and destinations in the unique style of luxury rail. Across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and South America, these hotels on wheels will give you a fresh perspective on well-loved destinations.
The three-day Great Southern journey showcases the Grampians and Australia’s capital of Canberra on its route from Adelaide to Brisbane, where beachside dining is sure to be a highlight. On the return four-day itinerary, travellers will explore the vineyards of New South Wales’ Hunter Region and see the Twelve Apostles along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
Across the ditch in New Zealand, the five-hour Coastal Pacific is back in the Great Train Journeys portfolio after a two-year suspension due to earthquake damage. The daily service runs in the warmer months between Christchurch and Picton via Kaikoura, where travellers can then easily connect to the TranzAlpine in Christchurch and the Northern Explorer via the Interislander service. The rugged Kaikōura Coastline, Canterbury Plains, marine wildlife and the South Island’s bush-clad mountains provide a memorable backdrop for this indulgent journey.
Tren Crucero travels between the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quito and Guayaquil. Spanning four days and nights, highlights of the journey include traversing the wild Pacific Coast, the hair-raising (but thoroughly scenic) Devil’s Nose Pass and marvelling at the Avenue of the Volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes. Departures are Tuesday from Quito and Saturdays from Guayaquil.
The Ultimate Great Train Tour of Switzerland has been curated for truly discerning tastes. Starting and ending in the art and culture capital of Basel, where travellers can easily connect to river cruises, the 12-night itinerary includes hotel accommodation and breakfast and offers departures daily until October 2019. Tour highlights include the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Gotthard Panoramic Express, GoldenPass Line and an excursion to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe.
ULTIMATE GREAT TRAIN TOUR OF SWITZERLAND
Travellers looking for an unconventional day out from London should look no further than the Belmond British Pullman. A series of themed day journeys perfectly complements any London-based itinerary, and serves as an ideal introduction to the operator’s extensive collection of great train journeys. With options such as The Golden Age of Travel, Murder Mystery, Historic Bath and Valentine’s Day Lunch, no two experiences will be the same.
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