Only an avid traveler can understand the beauty and romance of train rides.
No mode of travel could be as romantic as a train ride and imagine travelling the old-fashioned way while surrounded with all the luxury and admiring some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes!
Having said that, the train journey’s could be as expensive as it could get, given the experiences they offer.
Let’s find out some of the costliest train rides from around the world.
1. Venice Simplon Orient Express, Europe
Counted among the most expensive train rides in the world, the Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) is considered one of the best ways to explore major European destinations. The train offers a 6 day/5 night tour package between Paris-Istanbul and Istanbul-Venice. The train features 17 super stylish carriages, Cabin Suites and Double Cabins.
2. Rovos Rail Pride Of Africa, South Africa
This luxury train gives the travellers a tour of Cape Town to Cairo. The train operates between Pretoria and Cape Town on a weekly basis and carries only 72 passengers. It is one of the most expensive train rides in the world offering accommodation in Royal Suites, Deluxe Suites, and Pullman Suites categories. All suites are replete with world-class amenities, spacious beds and beautiful bathrooms.
3. Maharajas’ Express Luxury Train, India
As you step inside the train, you’ll be transported to the era of kings and queens. Every corner of this train exudes old-world charm and royalty. It is a kind of royal mansion on wheels! Maharajas’ Express is the top luxury train in India, offering a lifetime travel experience.
4. Royal Scotsman, the UK
Run by Orient-Express Hotels, Royal Scotsman takes 8 days/7 nights to travel across Britain. The seats are limited on this luxury train and only 36 guests are allowed at a time on the train. Therefore, prior booking is recommended. This gorgeous Scottish train features 14 twin cabins and each one is furnished with beds, superior toiletries and contemporary amenities.
5. Palace on Wheels, India
Another luxury train ride experience to have in India is the Palace on Wheels. The train looks like some royal art gallery from the bygone era. The train features magnificent bathrooms and sleeping facilities, and the food served inside is simply incredible! There’s no doubt you’ll get to taste the cuisine made for the kings.
6. Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, Russia
The incredible Golden Eagle was inaugurated in 2007. Since then, the train has been offering travellers the experience of a lifetime! The opulent train offers accommodation in Gold Class, Silver Class and Imperial suite categories. Each room is decorated with a royal touch and features fancy furniture. The train takes 15 days/14 nights to cover gorgeous routes between Moscow and Vladivostok in Russia.
7. Eastern & Oriental Express, Asia
The luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express operates in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Laos. The journey takes travellers to some of the most spectacular destinations in Singapore. One of the prime features of the train is its huge observation windows, which offer unobstructed views of the landscape while traveling. The train has two restaurant cars where some of the most delicious foods you would’ve tasted are served to the guests.
8. Danube Express, Europe
The Danube Express runs in Europe and is among the most luxurious private trains in the world. The facilities offered on the train are equivalent to any 5-star hotel in the world. Guests on the train get to explore some of the most exotic places in Europe while enjoying all the luxury amenities, right from restaurants and lounges to classic royal sleeping cars.
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