The development of steam trains in 1804 heralded the era of mass transportation and enabled people to discover the globe. In 1830, the first public steam railway opened in England and in 1841, Thomas Cook organised the first rail excursion.
This classic 1920s heritage train links the world heritage sites of Cusco and Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Highlands. Travel to Machu Picchu and back in one day in luxurious surroundings and explore this ancient site. Enjoy the famous cuisine of Peru, its wines and attention-grabbing Pisco while being serenaded by musicians in the Bar Car.
The Royal Scotsman
Take a Highland fling on this ‘palace on wheels’ and appreciate the elegant era of rail travel. Admire the scenic Scottish Highlands and visit historic castles. Sleep in marquetry-line cabins with ensuites, savour all-inclusive haute cuisine meals and premium beverages or indulge in the Bamford Spa.
In a mountainous, land-locked land with numerus iconic railways, the Glacier Express from the resort towns of St. Moritz and Zermatt stands out for being the world’s slowest express train. This is intentional so passengers can enjoy the alpine scenery of snow-capped mountains, rushing waterways, engineering marvels and the finest Swiss food and beverages.
The Royal Livingstone Express
Take a five-hour excursion on a steam train departing Livingstone and crossing the mighty Zambezi River and the impressive Victoria Falls and Bridge on the border with Zimbabwe. Enjoy the stately surrounds of the restored heritage train while sampling exquisite wine and food.
Eastern and Oriental Express
Discover the fabled tropics on this classic rail journey to and from Bangkok and Singapore. Spend two nights in luxurious heritage surroundings enjoying private cabins with ensuite, the finest food and wine and ever-changing scenery from the open observation car.
Tranz Alpine Rail
Experience New Zealand’s enchanting scenery on this five-hour journey to and from Christchurch and Greymouth on the South Island. Cross the glacial-fed Canterbury Plains and Waimakariri River, up into the Southern Alps and Arthurs Pass, through the Otira Tunnel and then down through beech forests on the West Coast.
Spend two nights on the train that reunited North and South Vietnam or,
hop on and off to explore coastal attractions on its 1,726km-long journey. Trains
have a restaurant car and some have
four-berth sleepers to make the journey more comfortable. Don’t miss the especially scenic section from Danang to Hué.
This epic rail journey covers 5,000km to and from Perth and Sydney linking West Australia to the east coast. A rite of passage for rail fanatics, four-day, all-inclusive journeys include off-train excursions and deluxe cabin accommodation. Experience the magical Aussie Outback and the longest straight stretch of railway in the world at 478km.