When we talk about luxury traveling, most people think of big private jets. But there is another, rather luxurious and comfortable way of traveling, namely in first-class trains. There are quiet a few actually, and we’ve put together a small list for you to check out. Who knows if you won’t get inspired and make new travel arrangements for your next trip.
Let’s talk a look at what the world of luxury travel in First-Class Trains has to offer.
Serving a 994-mile (1,600-kilometre) route between Pretoria and Cape Town, the classically styled Blue Train follows a 27-hour itinerary that includes short excursions en route. Dinner is an elegant affair, with guests clad in formal wear as they dine on dishes that might feature ostrich, Knysna oysters or Cape cultivars.
East Japan Railway Co has released plans for the launch of a new luxury train in 2017, shown above. The 10-carriage train will accommodate just 34 passengers, and will feature futuristic flourishes aplenty. In advance of its debut, we look at other luxury train journeys currently available to book around the world.
The most luxurious train currently serving Japan is Kyushu Seven Stars. Travelling through some of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes, its cabins are decorated with aromatic hinoki cypress wood, bamboo blinds and Japanese paper screens.
European cuisine is in the restaurant cars, with chefs selecting fresh produce – such as lobsters from Brittany or saltmarsh lamb from Mont St Michel – en route.
The only fully en-suite train in Russia and central Asia, the Golden Eagle offers hotel-level of comfort and traverses routes through Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other regions that remain largely undiscovered by Western tourists.
Also operated by Belmond, the company behind the Venice Simplin-Orient-Express, the Royal Scotsman is the UK’s only luxury sleeper train. Carrying 36 guests, it cruises Scotland’s highlands, lowlands and coastlines on two- or four-night journeys.
Although the company’s trains differ, all are refined and classically styled. Complemented by South African wines, meals are taken in Victorian-style dining cars, wood-panelled suites include period features and, to maintain the tranquil atmosphere, mobile phone and computer usage is restricted in common areas.
Written by José Santiago