Top 10 Train Journey’s
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10) Norway: The Bergen Rail Oslo to Stavanger
This train runs from May to September. In late June/early July you’ll experience the midnight sun. This rail journey runs between three and five days, depending on how many overnights you wish to do. Some of the highlights include the biggest cities in Norway, plus majestic Lysefjord and wild Norwegian coastline. You’ll also get to look down over the fjords from the Pulpit Rock, a shelf towering 604 metres above the glassy waters.
9) Vietnam: The Reunification Express
Travel to Vietnam and journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on one of the most fascinating train journeys on earth – aboard the Reunification Express. Out of service for most of the 20th century due to war, the re-establishment of the rail link in 1975 symbolized unity between the Vietnamese people. This trip through Vietnam is far more than just an ordinary rail journey. Chugging along, there are plenty of stops to explore: Vietnam’s stately capital Hanoi, the natural wonder of Halong Bay, majestic Hue, charming Hoi An, the beaches and islands of Nha Trang and dynamic Ho Chi Minh City. Experience the scenic, historical, cultural and culinary highlights on this trip through Vietnam. ‘All aboard’ for a ride you’ll never forget
Mexico, starting in the mountains of Chihuahua and finishing on the Sinaloa coast. In the rainy season, from June to October, you’ll get lush vegetation and blooming cacti, although mid-summer temperatures can reach 44°c. The train winds its way down through 656km of the spectacularly beautiful Copper Canyon (which is deeper than the Grand Canyon), over 37 precarious-looking bridges and through 86 tunnels. The local indigenous peoples, the Tarahumara, sell their crafts and foods along the railway route.
Around the Scottish Highlands or all the way around Great Britain. Warmer weather and up to 20 hours of daylight in June make it the perfect time to watch ospreys soaring over mirror-like lochs, or come in October for fall colours and the rather vocal stag rutting season. Trips into the Highlands can be as short as two days or as long as five. Seven days will get you all the way around Great Britain in the most stylish mode possible.
For many, a trip to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience. The Belmond Hiram Bingham assures a magical journey, never to be forgotten. May—you’ll miss both the rainy season and the crowds that come in the high season, which runs from June to September.On the journey to the lost city, the train runs through Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The beautiful valley, known as ‘Vilcamayo’ to the Incas, stretches out from the Inca citadels of Pisac to Ollantaytambo along the Urubamba River or ‘Sacred River’.
India, a circuit through the Rajasthan region, from Delhi. Best time to enjoy this supreme rail journey is October—the weather is cool enough to be bearable and you’ll see the most wildlife from the train. You’ll be treated like royalty as you tour the majestic states and houses of this region. The train is decked out in indulgent Indian style, with décor and even an onboard spa.
Home to sumo wrestling, sake, geishas, karaoke and traditional onsens, Japan is an extraordinary land. Here you can expect a frenetic pace one day and a tranquil experience the next. Take in the neon nightlife of Tokyo, relax in the gardens of Nikko and discover thousands of years of culture and history in Hakone and Kyoto. From world-class sushi to legendary samurai, this enigmatic nation is a traveler’s delight. Get back to basics and see the best of Japan without busting your budget using the famous Shinkansen.
This rail journey enables participants to visit six countries. The route is carefully crafted to deliver stunning experiences every day. The train travels leisurely between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, allowing numerous calls at destinations in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana where guests can enjoy the great variety of landscapes, shorelines, cultures and lifestyles that these nations have to offer.
The golden age of travel may have been in the Roaring Twenties, but the art of journeying in style is still alive and well today. That sense of wonder can still be felt on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, where travel is about relishing the experience. Savour the beautiful surroundings. Connect with fascinating people from all walks of life, like-minded adventurers united in their shared joy of travel.
For lovers of travel and lovers of railways alike here is an incredible passing panorama across a vast and dramatic landscape. Travelling across the breadth of China, Mongolia and Russia on board the Trans-Siberian or Mongolian railways is a must. For sheer distance, intrigue and, on completion, the tremendous sense of real personal satisfaction, no other train journey comes anywhere near.