When you decide to take a trip, there are many choices about the ways to travel. Airplane is a practical solution to reach to the destination quickly but you can’t enjoy the route at all. Same goes for a car, when you are the driver and, when you travel by ship, you’ll enjoy nothing but sea and harbors.
There are some famous quotes like “It’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination” and “Success is a journey, not a destination” that many travelers, like me, know. Personally, I agree with these quotes because I believe that there’s nothing better than enjoying a route. Mountains and waterfalls, lakes and rivers, small and remote villages look like photos from a travel magazine and they are only a few miles away from you. You can almost be a part of these places because, if you open the window, you can smell the atmosphere that surrounds them. Because you’re there! You look at them! But only for a moment!
So, if you are a traveler who isn’t interested in just the destination and you don’t say “No” to the luxury, I think trains are the most ideal option. Here are some amazing train rides which can offer you wonderful routes:
Al Andalus departs from Seville and crosses the picturesque Andalusian Region of southern Spain, stopping at various culinary and cultural destinations.
Several of these trains, that used by Al Andalus, were built in the 1920s and hosted British Monarchs who were traveling from French Channel to Riviera. The interior has a mixture of elements of that period, such as metalworking, lighting and details that inspired by Belle Epoque. Enjoy this route!
Traveling through Highlands of Peru, Andean Explorer dominates all the way from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. The train’s bar surrounded by panoramic windows as well as an open deck with an ideal view of the passengers.
The wooden lining, the bronze details and the sleek geometry of the dining room ceiling reminiscent of the 1920s Pullman Trains, which inspire Andean Explorer’s design. Enjoy this route!
Belmond Royal Scotsman crosses the scenic Highlands and Scottish Lakes.
The polished, mosaic walls give warmth and elegance to Belmond Royal Scotsman bedroom, while historical depictions and carefully selected fabrics add a sense of traditional Scottish style. Enjoy this route!
Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express passes through various Southeast Asia’s places. The windows of the dining room were extended so that passengers enjoy the panoramic view of landscapes.
Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express interior design combines touches of Southeast Asia with colonial ornaments. The Chinese and Thai lacquer is abundant, while the Observation Wagon is covered by teak wood. The Presidential Suite, which is depicted here, features antique furniture in an appropriate style for the dimensions of a small room. Enjoy this route!
The Golden Eagle trans-Siberian travels through Ural Mountains and around Lake Vaikali, which is the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world.
Golden Eagle Bar, which is suitable for a Tsar, is decorated with traditional furniture, crystals from Dyatkovo Factory and ceramics from Imperial Porcelain Factory of St. Petersburg. Enjoy this route!
South Africa’s Rovos Rail owned one of the largest fleets with refurbished trains from late 1960s to early 1970s, and works thoroughly with fine-quality wagons.
Given the space, turning a wagon into a luxury suite isn’t an easy task and requires different architectural tricks.
The wagons abound details of other times, such as the carved columns in dining room that mimic the design of a 1924 train, as restored by the South African Company. Enjoy this route!
The seven-day excursion to Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a luxurious way to see some of India’s most hilly points, known as the King’s Land, from Khajuraho Temples to the Holy City of Varanasi and Taj Mahal.
Royal Rajasthan is decorated with luxurious Indian fabrics and gold decorative elements. The Wheels Suite undoubtedly looks like a small palace room than a train compartment. Enjoy this route!
Seven Stars in Japan is an ultra-serene railway that crosses Kyushu Island’s mountains. It stops to the beautiful city of Yufuin, which is a famed destination for its thermal springs.
In the suites of the Seven Stars passengers, has been calculated every detail: the walls are decorated with Kumiko railings, made by local craftsmen of Okawa, and the sinks were created by Sakaida Kakiemon XIV, who was a famous potter.
The dining room wagon is wood-fed: from the parquet floor to the vaulted roof, it certainly competes the epic view of the Japanese countryside. Enjoy this route!
The original Orient Express made his first trip in 1883, departing from Paris to Istanbul. Its current version, Venice Simplon – Orient Express, continues to represent European luxury trips but on a different route, leaving London for Venice via France, Switzerland and the Austrian Alps.
The highly refurbished Art Deco wagons carry the impressive craftsmanship of the era by using stunning exotic wood lining and outstanding machining elements. René Prou, a french artist, designed the six sleeping wagons, each of which is made by Art Deco Design.
The dining room reminds of the Golden Age of European voyage in 1920s and early 1930s, with elaborate crockery, porcelain and chandeliers. René Lalique designed the Tulip lights on the walls of the entire train as well as a series of paintings. Enjoy this route!
I left it for the end because it’s probably the best! See, if you have read J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books, this Steam Train would be probably the first one that would come to your mind! Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, and arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis.