5 unforgettable rail experiences to try in 2019
An unforgettable experience is guaranteed with Rail Europe’s exclusive selection of Great Train Journeys from around the globe.
Belmond Grand Hibernian
Ireland’s first and only luxury train will expose you to evergreen scenery, dramatic coastlines and quaint cities and towns. As the only non-heritage train in the Belmond portfolio, the Grand Hibernian invites you to enjoy a modern and sophisticated setting.
Traversing the longest rail journey in the world between Moscow and Vladivostok is a lavish experience on board the Golden Eagle. An onboard pianist and Russian language classes will keep you entertained while you journey past the Ural Mountains.
This Indian train is old-world luxury, reminiscent of the 18th-century Peshwa rulers, but with modern-day conveniences. With six journeys to choose from, expect a magnificent voyage where you will see ancient forts and palaces and experience the rich culture.
A train formerly belonging to the British royal family built in the late 1920s, this ‘Palace on Wheels’ takes passengers through Andalusia in southern Spain. Stunning scenery and fantastic off-train excursions aside, each destination is welcomed and farewelled with a delicious meal and fine wines.
The ‘Pride of Africa’ has been hailed as the most luxurious train in the world. Operating for 29 years and with itineraries that go from two nights to two weeks, it’s just a matter of deciding how much of Africa you’d like to experience by train. Stylish, but not stuffy, the suites and cabins add a vintage feel to the experience.
This article originally appeared in volume 31 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.
LEAD IMAGE: BELMOND GRAND HIBERNIAN © RICHARD JAMES TAYLOR
SLIDER IMAGES: TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS; DECCAN ODYSSEY © KEDAR MALEGAONKAR/DIOXIDE PHOTOGRAPHY; AL ANDALUS © J ALONSO; ROVOS RAIL