Many people thoroughly enjoy traveling by train as opposed to air travel or driving for hours upon hours in a cramped automobile. If you have never traveled by train, you really don't know what you are missing. In reality, traveling by train is one of the most relaxing things that you might ever experience. If you manage to be fortunate enough to travel on one of the five trains featured on the list below, your trip will not only be relaxing, but also luxurious. The truth of the matter is that these five trains are among the most luxurious trips that anyone could ever hope to take. If you really want to do something different and treat yourself at the same time, this is the perfect way to do exactly that.
1. The Orient Express
Who hasn't heard of the Orient Express? After all, this was the train that was featured in a very popular book written by Agatha Christie. Even if you've never read book yourself, you have no doubt heard of it. It might surprise you to learn that while the book is fictional, the train is very much real. In fact, you could easily consider this particular train, operated by Belmond, to be the most luxurious of all the trains on this list. Everything about it has a quality of opulence. The train itself travels from London to Venice, making a stop in Paris. The cars have been refurbished from their original 1920s configuration and the train operator purposefully creates a charming 1930s atmosphere for all passengers. Make no mistake about it, there is nothing dated about the Orient Express. Instead, you are surrounded by luxury at every turn. In fact, it almost makes you think back to a time when quality was truly appreciated as opposed to the way things are now.
2. The Eastern & Oriental Express
Make no mistake about it, these are two completely different trains. They don't even operate in the same general vicinity, not by a long shot. However, both of these trains are operated by the same company, Belmond. This particular train travels through Malaysia on its way to Thailand from Singapore. The train itself features a lot of ornate wood and provides a very formal atmosphere. In fact, you can't come to dinner on this train unless you are formally dressed. You might think of it as the Titanic on rails.
3. Maharaja Express
This train travels from Mumbai to Delhi and is well-known, not only across Asia, but in all parts of the world. It is easily one of the most luxurious trips that you could ever take. While it might not be as luxurious as the Orient Express, at least as far as some people are concerned, it is certainly nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it is widely considered to be one of the most luxurious trains in operation throughout the entire world. It is also quite long and travels at a breathtakingly fast speed, ensuring that you aren't wasting any time while you are enjoying your luxurious surroundings.
4. Royal Scotsman
This is another train operated by Belmond. There are a lot of things about this one that make it different from practically every other train that operates in the world. When you first set eyes on it, you are immediately struck by how well-kept and beautiful the train is, not to mention the attention to details that is paid to everything. Much like the Orient Express that provides a 1930s atmosphere, the Royal Scotsman provides you with a vintage 1960s look and feel, as that is how long the train has been operating. Staff go out of their way to make sure the train itself still maintains its original condition without looking worn or tired. In addition, there are always three staff members for each passenger on board, ensuring that you never have to want for anything.
5. Indian Pacific Transcontinental
Last but not least, this train travels across all of Australia. When you first look at it, you might not think that there is really all that much about it that is so luxurious, especially when compared to the other four trains on this list. With that being said, the train provides more than enough luxury, especially for a rugged country like Australia. The biggest thing this particular train has going for it is that it gives you time to simply slow down and enjoy what you are doing in the moment as opposed to jumping from one thing to the next. As previously mentioned, it travels all across Australia and it doesn't go fast. If you are looking for something where you can just unwind, yet see an entire country, this is a great way to do exactly that.
Written by Garrett Parker
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