Nowadays, most people who want to travel somewhere want to get there as soon as possible without spending a lot of money – that is why they choose to board a plane. But there are however people for whom the journey matters as much as the destination. Those are the people who prefer trains as a means of transportation. Truth be told, it’s an amazing way to see some of the world’s most breathtaking sites. If you are one of those people, here are 7 of the best train trips you could take, courtesy of wired.com:
- The Rocky Mountaineer: it made its first run in 1990 and it is now the world’s largest privately owned luxury tourist train company. You will see some of the most beautiful sites in the world, as the Mountaineer travels through the Canadian Rockies. You will pay $3,059 for 7 days and 6 nights in this magnificent train.
- The Glacier Express: this rail was opened in 1920 and it offers you seven hours of traveling through snow-capped gorges, lush valleys, 91 tunnels, and across 291 bridges. Pay $320 and explore the Swiss Alps in style!
- Hiram Bingham Orient Express: it is one of the most renowned luxury rail experiences in the world and it offers you a trip to Machu Picchu, as you enjoy a dining car, an observation/bar car, and a kitchen car which provides you with brunch service and a four-course dinner. You will pay $795 for a day on this train.
- The Royal Scotsman: this train will lead you through some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes, while treating you with world-class cuisine rich with Scottish specialties. You will visit castles and play golf, for the price of $7,113.60 for 5 days and 4 nights.
- Talyllyn Railway: this train is steam operated and it was originally built in 1865. You can enjoy a 7 miles long trip with your family in this “rural byway where the pace of life is gentle, the average speed of the train is still less than nine miles per hour, and passengers can have an unhurried journey along the beautiful and unspoilt Fathew Valley.” A hop on, hop off ticket costs $24 for half a day.
- Tsar’s Gold Train Trans-Siberian Railway: You will sightsee 5,600 miles of Asia, including Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Gobi Desert, Siberia’s Lake Baikal, two kremlins, and Mongolian nomad settlements. You will pay $760 for 15 days (one way).
- Rovos Rail: this train offers you stellar dining and on-board service while riding through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Tanzania. Oh, and you will need formal attire – jacket and tie for the gentlemen and cocktail/evening dresses or suits for the ladies. The price is $4,500 for 15 days (one way).