Romantic Railway Trips

Experience the journey as well as the destination on one of the world's great train journeys – perfect for couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you relax in glamorous wood-panelled carriages, savour sumptuous cuisine and allow yourself to be pampered with personal service on the world's most luxurious and romantic train journeys.

The Orient Express, Europe

Climb aboard the Orient Express train (officially known as the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express or VSOE) for a luxurious train journey across Europe.

Relax in glamorous carriages with sumptuous cuisine and personal service in the style of a bygone era from Paris to Istanbul, with overnight stops in Budapest and Bucharest. Or try the London-Paris-Venice route, instead.

Connecting evocative European cities on romantic overnight trips, the VSOE is such an accurate re-creation of the original Orient Express that its sleeper cars have no air-conditioning or double beds.

Relive the glamorous 1920s atmosphere as a personal steward provides a dedicated personal service, and savour the caviar, oysters and foie gras served by Italian waiters in the three dining cars.

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Royal Canadian Pacific, Canada

Step aboard the historic Royal Canadian Pacific train and journey into a bygone era, where luxury rail travel meets the untamed wilderness of the Canadian Rockies.

Built between 1916 and 1931 the Royal Canadian Pacific's unique carriages have been elegantly restored in a classic style that allows you to fully relax in ultimate comfort as you journey from Calgary to Banff and Lake Louise, then across the Continental Divide to Golden, Fort Steele, Summit Lake, Fort McLeod, Eltham and Obotoks.

Each car maintains the ambience of the classic era of luxury rail travel while providing guests with the latest in modern conveniences. Enjoy personalised service from friendly attendants and savour culinary delights prepared by talented chefs and served in an elegant dining car, amid one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world.

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Palace on Wheels, India

Relive the pomp and pageantry of Indian royalty in an eight-day luxurious train ride across India. Discover the desert forts and sumptuous lakeside palaces of historic Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal at Agra on the Palace on Wheels.

This fabulous rail journey takes you from Delhi to Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur, also taking in the Taj Mahal at Agra and the tiger sanctuary at Ranthambore National Park.

Decorated with beautiful paintings, comfortable furniture and wall-to-wall carpeting, the cream coloured Palace on Wheels creates a palace-like atmosphere. Each of the 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe coaches is named after former Rajput states and match the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past.

Each coach features a lounge, mini pantry and a 24 hour personal service from friendly attendants, or khidmatgar. The train only travels at night, allowing plenty of time during the day to explore the sights.

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The Pride of Africa

Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era aboard the wood-panelled coaches of The Pride of Africa on a relaxing 14-day (6100km) rail journey into the heart of Africa.

The rail journey takes you from Cape Town in South Africa to Zimbabwe in Zambia and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, including stops at Kimberley, Pretoria, the Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls.

With plush Edwardian interiors, the Pride of Africa features a classic 1920s-style observation car, teak pillar-lined dining cars and three grades of sleeping car as well as 24-hour room service and fine cuisine served in five-star luxury.

The train – which is hauled by steam, diesel or electric locomotives at various stages of the journey – carries a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites.

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The Hiram Bingham, Peru

Take the Hiram Bingham train and forget hiking the Inca Trail; instead, enjoy sumptuous service and gourmet food as you travel in style along tracks that take you through lush fields and past colourful villages in the Sacred Valley to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

The route to Machu Picchu takes you from Cusco to Aguas Calientes by train, then by bus to Machu Picchu.

With its distinctive blue and gold carriages and elegant interior upholstery, the Hiram Bingham offers a warm and inviting atmosphere and reflects the luxury of the 1920s Pullman era.

Named after the American explorer who discovered the Lost City in 1911, the train consists of two dining cars, an observation bar car and a kitchen car. It can carry up to 84 passengers on the luxury day return trip to Machu Picchu.

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The Indian Pacific, Australia

Join an epic coast-to-coast luxury rail adventure across 4352km of Australia from Sydney to Perth (and vice versa) aboard the Indian Pacific – one of the longest scenic train journeys on earth.

Australia’s spectacular topography is best enjoyed on this luxurious four-day train ride, which take you through a range of diverse landscapes: from the wooded panoramas of the Blue Mountains to the harsh outback mining landscape of Broken Hill, the dramatic jagged ridges of South Australia's Flinders Ranges and the vast emptiness of the Nullarbor Plain.

Enjoy personal service, stylish restaurant dining with gourmet cuisine and a luxurious lounge in which to converse and relax with follow travellers or to watch the stunning landscape flash past.

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Latest update: Romantic Railway Trips: 23 April, 2022