The Best Train Tours around the World


For travel lovers the New Year brings with it itchy feet and a craving for new sights, new places, and new experiences. If your wanderlust is aroused, but you’re not sure where to plan your next excursion, consider taking a train tour to some new and exciting destination. Whether you’re looking for rugged scenery, exotic landscapes, or just a luxurious, relaxing travel experience, one of these tours is bound to satisfy.

Venice-Simplon Orient ExpressFamous from Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, passengers on the Orient Express will be delighted to discover that not much has changed since Christie enshrined the famous train in the posh glamor of the art deco era. The train’s decor hearkens back to the 1930s and 40s, and guests often dress accordingly, even wearing evening clothes to dinner. If film noir, art deco, and nostalgia excite you, then the Venice-Simplon Orient Express will not disappoint.

White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad

For those who desire a more rugged wilderness train tour, this Alaskan railway is the perfect choice. Dramatic views of mountains, glaciers, and historic gold rush routes are only a few of the options available for those traveling on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.

The Incline Railway

Looking for a slice of Americana, an exciting ride, and a great view? The Incline Railway on Lookout Mountain, which borders Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, will delight and excite. One of the steepest trains in the world, the Incline climbs the mountain at a 72.7% grade, nearly straight up. After riding the train, tour adorable, historic St. Elmo; take in some Civil War history; or visit Ruby Falls or Rock City. Pride of Africa

With Edwardian decor, modern comfort and convenience, and breathtaking scenery, the Pride of Africa train tour offers exotic luxury. The accommodations and food are well known for their excellence, and amazing scenery rolls by as the train makes its way through the heart of Africa. You can choose to visit Capetown or the marvelous Victoria Falls or take one of the train’s safari tours for a more exotic view of the African wilderness.

Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway makes its boast as the longest train line in the world. The winding railway makes its way across seven time zones, through Russia, Mongolia, China, and even part of North Korea. The wide variety of possible route combinations makes this train a excellent choice for travelers looking for a true cultural experience in a different country. It’s little wonder that The Telegraph’s Adrian Bridge called it “the greatest train journey in the world.”

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