While high-speed lines continue to open around the world, it’s the slow trains that are the heart of rail travel. Trains have a rustic, old school charm about them and give you an opportunity to experience and enjoy the journey as much as the destination itself. Come along as we explore seven picturesque train rides across the world that will leave you awestruck!
Italy & Switzerland
This scenic route covering two countries takes you from the snowy Swiss Alps to the tropical palm tree-covered landscape of Tirano, Italy. This is one of the steepest railway tracks in the world and was built without any rack rails or cable cars.
Napa Valley Wine Train
A unique and memorable way to experience Napa Valley’s exquisite scenery and best wines, this fully-operational, antique train provides a relaxing three-hour, thirty-six-mile journey you won’t forget.
Rocky Mountaineer First Passage to the West
This exciting route will take you from the vibrant city of Vancouver, through Kamloops to the glorious sights of Lake Louise. Along the way find yourself on a historic journey that retraces the path of the great 19th century explorers.
Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey, you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
Grand Canyon Railway
Since 1901, the Grand Canyon Railway has enchanted millions of people from around the world. You’ll step back in time on this unforgettable ride with the lovingly restored cars and entertaining crew who bring the Old West to life.
The Jacobite is a steam train that operates over part of the West Highland Line in Scotland. Running a distance of 41 miles between Fort William and Mallaig, the route passes over the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous in the Harry Potter films.
Belmond Hiram Bingham
The onboard experience on this luxury train is just as spectacular as the passing scenery. Named after Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu, the train travels from the high Andes down the Sacred Valley, and alongside the Urubamba River.
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