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Planning a Vacation? These Top Luxury Trains are the best Way to Explore the World

While you seek an exclusive luxury experience, these best luxury trains will take you to a whole new level. All important details are listed here, such as luxury trains, facilities, fares and more!

1. Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru

Belmond Andean Explorer

Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s luxury train that offers a perfect getaway. The train travels along one of the highest train routes in the world, crossing through breathtaking cities like Cusco, Puno to Arequipa.

Belmond Andean Explorer Facilities

The train has 35 cabins, en suite bathroom, wardrobes, air conditioning, medical assistance and 24/7 call buttons. The train’s open deck offers its passengers the majestic La Raya mountain range rising into view. The menu is as colorful as the scenery, with seasonal dishes prepared using fresh local ingredients. There is also a spa car for a reviving Andean ritual and soothing massage.

Price of Belmond Andean Explorer

The Cusco-Puno-Arequipa journey takes 3 days and 2 nights, from $39 depending on the itinerary.

What to See During the Journey

Passengers get to explore the ancient etchings of the Sumbay Caves among the relics of the lost Incan empire. You can even extend your visit to Colca Canyon. It’s a must for spotting the region’s native flora and fauna. 

2. Maharajas' Express, India

Maharaja Express has been ranked as the most luxurious train in India. The train commences its journey every Saturday for a whopping 6 nights and 7 days. Every trip begins or ends either in Delhi or Mumbai.

Itineraries of Maharajas' Express

1. 6 Nights / 7 Days The Heritage of India

  • Destination Covered : Mumbai - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi

2. 6 Nights / 7 Days The Indian Panorama

  • Destination Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Orchha and Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

3. 6 Nights / 7 Days The Indian Splendour

  • Destination Covered : Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Mumbai

4. 3 Nights / 4 Days Treasures of India

  • Destination Covered : Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Delhi

Maharajas Express Facilities

Maharaja Express has 23 carriages offering accommodation, bar, dining area and parlor. Not forgetting the five-star hotel facilities and amenities including Wi-Fi, twin beds, centralized AC, conference room, Indian and continental dishes.

Price of Maharaja Express

The Maharaja Express Ticket fare ranges depending on the suite selected. There is the Deluxe cabin, Junior suite cabins, Suite cabins and Presidential suite cabin, offering starting price ranges of $2,910, $ 3,850, $4,460, $4,950, $7,600, $12,600 for Adult and single supplement respectively.

What to See During the Journey

The four journeys offered by this train are memorable starting with erotic Khajuraho temples, the World wonder of Taj Mahal, wildlife sites of Ranthambore, boat riding in Varanasi and Jaipur’s Elephant ride. 

3. Rovos Rail, South Africa

rovos rail

Rovos Rail provides a blend of an earthly African safari and traditional luxury. The train provides the richness of South Africa, with routes through Pretoria and Cape Town.

Rovos Rail Facilities

The train has three different suites from Royal, Deluxe to Pullman suites. The luxurious suites are air-conditioned with en-suite facilities, decorated in beautiful wood panelling and period Edwardian features. Every suite has a minibar filled with beverages of the passengers' choice and 24-hour room service. Amenity bags are provided and replenished upon request.

Price of Rovos Rail

Prices from Cape Town to Pretoria range from R45,000, R33,750, R22,350 per person using Royal, Deluxe and Pullman suite respectively at the lowest.

What to See During the Journey

The 3 days and 2 nights safari allows you to experience the splendour of KwaZulu-Natal. Have a beautiful view of the Big Five, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and unusual African ceramics. 

You also get to view 40-metre waterfalls with magnificent ravine bush, home to several rare bird species.

4. Deccan Odyssey, India

Deccan Odyssey is a luxurious train offering 6 fascinating journeys that cover the exotic and enchanting landscape of India.

The choice of Deccan Odyssey routes are largely based in and around Maharashtra also includes highlights of Rajasthan and discover the amazing sites of Hampi, Bijapur, Pattadakal and Hyderabad. Each journey is 7 nights and 8 days in duration.

Go through the itinerary to uncover your ideal rail journey.

1. 7 Nights / 8 Days Indian Odyssey

  • Destination Covered : Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Vadodara - Ellora Caves- Mumbai

2. 7 Nights / 8 Days Maharashtra Splendor

  • Destination Covered : Mumbai - Nashik - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Kolhapur - Goa - Ratnagiri - Mumbai

3. 7 Nights / 8 Days Maharashtra Wild Trail

  • Destination Covered : Mumbai - Ellora Caves - Aurangabad - Pench - Tadoba - Ajanta - Nashik - Mumbai

4. 7 Nights / 8 Days Jewels of the Deccan

  • Destination Covered : Mumbai - Bijapur - Aihole and Pattadakal - Hampi - Hyderabad - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Mumbai

5. 7 Nights / 8 Days Hidden Treasures of Gujarat

  • Destination Covered : Mumbai - Vadodara - Palitana - Sasan Gir - Somnath- Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera - Patan - Nashik - Mumbai

6. 7 Nights / 8 Days Indian Sojourn

  • Destination Covered : Mumbai - Vadodara - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Agra - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur - Delhi

Deccan Odyssey Facilities

The Deccan Odyssey comprises of 21 royal coaches, with four presidential suites. Each suite is complete with a bedroom and extensive private living areas. The train’s passenger cars have four spacious cabins that are well furnished, with wall-to-wall carpeting, wardrobe, safe and en suite bathroom. You can choose from a king-sized bed or twin beds.

Also enjoy a fine dining experience, have some drinks at the bar and go to the Spa, where you can pamper your soul with a rejuvenating body massage.

Price of Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey train fare ranges differ depending on the cabin of choice. Deluxe cabin, single and double occupancy costs $6734 and $9,660 respectively. The Presidential Suite, single and double occupancy both costs $14,584.

What to See During the Journey

Passengers get to see world heritage sites, forts, palaces and landscapes. Whilst travelling in comfort and style enjoy an array of cultural delights crafted exclusively for you.

5. Belmond royal Scotsman, Scotland

Belmond royal Scotsman

Explore Scotland’s castles and lochs on a slow moving train. Belmond Royal Scotsman ranks among the world’s most luxurious trains, with mahogany-clad cars and Edwardian elegance at the comforts of a country house.

Belmond Royal Scotsman Facilities

The train has detailed marquetry to the handwritten names of guests above each door, suites are an ode to the golden age of travel, with the Observation Car acting as the train’s social hub. It’s all plush lounge chairs, conviviality and complimentary drinks.

Onboard, passengers retreat to airy, wood-clad Bamford Haybarn Spa car. Unwind with botanically inspired holistic treatments as the drama of the Scottish landscape unfolds outside.

Price of Belmond Royal Scotsman

Prices begin from £2,350 per person for the 2-night Highland, £3,440 for the 3-night Western, or £4,330 for the 4-night Highland Classic, based on two people sharing.

What To See During The Journey

The train runs from April to October, offering a 2-night Highland tour, a 3-night Western tour or a 4-night Highland Classic tour. Belmond Royal Scotsman tours start in Edinburgh and beautifully showcase the history, culture & scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

6. Palace On Wheels, India

Palace on Wheels train journey gives a whole new dimension of India’s marvelous scenery. This train is known for an 8 day transverse route of Rajasthan and Agra. The journey is full of exuberance, luxury and a taste of royalty.

Palace On Wheels Facilities

Palace on Wheels offers 39 Deluxe Cabins and 2 Super Deluxe Cabins and can accommodate a total of 82 passengers. As a passenger, you get to enjoy the spacious cabins, well equipped with basic amenities, a personal butler, two restaurants and a chilling spa spot and lounge bar.

Price of Palace on Wheels

Palace on Wheels Train ticket fare ranges depending on the cabin and occupancy. Deluxe cabin on single and double occupancy costs Rs 61,200 and Rs 37,400 respectively. Similarly, the super Deluxe cabin on single and double occupancy costs Rs 100, 980 and Rs 50,490 respectively.

7. The Golden Chariot, India

Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot train is the only luxury train operating in South India. The train offers an adventure in comfort romance on board with undeniable heritage and cultural destinations for its passengers. The train operates on a single six nights 7 days journey with sites such as temples, palaces, relaxed beaches wildlife sanctuary and backwaters to view.

Golden Chariot Facilities

Facilities in the train include 9 saloons, 4 Deluxe cabins each with twin beds and queen sized beds. All cabins have air-conditioners with LCD TVs and bathroom equipped with toiletries. There are two restaurants on the train, Nala and Ruchi.

The Golden Chariot Train's facilities also include a Madira Lounge Bar and business coaches, designed to provide corporate services to guests travelling on this luxury train.

Price of Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot Ticket fare ranges, with single occupancy per night going for INR 87247 and INR 523480 for 6 nights. Double occupancy goes for INR 49855 per person per night and INR 299130 for 6 nights.

What to See During the Journey

The train offers tours to main states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala with union territories of Goa and and Pondicherry. Golden Chariot introduces tourists to sundry landscapes with old traditions and irresistible hospitality.

8. The Presidential Train, Portugal

The Presidential train is Portugal’s most iconic luxury train and reserves heritage celebrated as the nostalgia of traveling by rail. The Presidential train follows a path through the Douro Valley, where Douro and Port wines are made from the grapes on picturesque slopes.

Presidential Train Facilities

The train’s cabins showcase lavish furnishing, with further exploration of the wine region with a private driver, cabin seating in the dining car, gourmet meals in Porto’s top restaurants, and overnight stays in two of the region’s most luxurious hotels.

Price of the Presidential Train

Tickets for this journey costs €500 ($560) or more, to enjoy the extras offered at the Presidential train. 4 days and 3 nights package will cost €1399.

What to See During the Journey

The train travels to Vesuvio winery, where guests disembark to tour the vineyards and taste the wines produced on the estate. On the return trip, live entertainment provides an upbeat atmosphere for tea, coffee and spirits.

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