As the saying goes, “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” While you may roll your eyes upon hearing this overused quote for the gazillionth time at yet another motivational speech, there are truly no better words to describe luxury train travel.
Rushing to get to the next city in the shortest possible time? Book a flight. Yearning to appreciate breathtaking panoramic views while traversing through vast countrysides and gentle winding cliffs with captivating views of the ocean, all while enjoying service comparable to those in six-star hotels around the world? Embark on a luxurious train journey.
If you thought making a journey by train is an old-fashioned and unglamorous way to travel, we’re here to change your mind. Although luxury train travel was popularised in Europe in the 1980s when private companies began restoring antique rail cars, a new breed of luxury trains has emerged over the past few years — combining unparalleled hospitality with exotic destinations that would be difficult to reach by plane.
From Belmond’s iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to the more extravagant version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Express, the Golden Eagle, check out these 5 upscale train journeys you may want to blow your retirement funds on.
(Main image: Belmond)