If you have been feeling flight shame about your last holiday, we have found seven fantastic train journeys that will give you full train bragging rights, as well as a new way to explore the world.
Make your next skiing holiday eco-friendly by taking the Alpen Express to the Austrian Alps. Departing from London or Amsterdam direct to the snow, this fantastic train journey offers spectacular views along the way. With luxury private cabins and spacious guest lounges, this train is more comfortable than any plane. Not to mention the fabulous bar carriage open late into the evening so you can join your friends for a drink along the way.
The Rocky Mountaineer train offers three unique rail routes from Vancouver through the Rocky Mountains. Travel in luxury while feasting your eyes on the changing vista out the window. You will be passing dramatic canyons, massive waterfalls, pristine lakes and stunning mountains as you meander gently across the land. The service includes breakfast and lunch, spacious seating and hosts who will share stories and history of the Rocky Mountains. This train ride also offers plenty of Instagram-able photos opportunities through the large glass-dome windows providing unobstructed views. #trainbragging
If you are looking for the ultimate in luxury train travel, you cannot go past the Orient Express. This classic train journey now travels from London to Paris or Venice. Travel in style in the original sleeping cars of the 1920s and 30s Orient Express. This iconic train also offers three dining cars and an elegant bar car where you can enjoy champagne while listening to the resident pianist playing on a baby grand piano. A trip on the Orient Express is not just travelling: it is a grand voyage into another world of luxury.
The Caledonian Sleeper is one of the most civilised ways to travel between London and the Scottish highlands. Relax onboard in sumptuous private cabins or head to the Club car to dine with friends before reclining in the large guest lounges. With no airport queues or concerns about excess baggage, this is the way to travel.
A journey on the Palace on Wheels is an exploration of the wonder of India. Travelling over eight days this train completes a circuit from New Delhi across Jaipur, Jodhpur, Agra and Bhrartpur, before arriving back in New Delhi. With all the luxury of a royal palace, this journey promises you will experience India like a King!
This luxury railway journey to the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is a bespoke train safari into another world. Travel in style through the Hwange National Park spotting diverse wild animals out the windows. This three-day journey through the heart of Africa allows you to combine magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of leisure travel.
Travel through the heart of Australia on the famous Ghan Train. This journey starts on one coast in Darwin, travelling through the middle of the country to arrive on the southern coast in Adelaide. This three-day journey is a unique way to experience Australia. Witness the changing landscape of this rugged, beautiful and spectacular country as you journey through the red centre of the Australian outback. And, have plenty of fantastic photos for your train bragging posts.
By taking the train, we can experience more of the beauty of this world at a slower pace and a closer range. We really need to thank the flight shamers for reminding us of the joy of taking a train. For it is a whole new world of travel we may otherwise have missed. We are ready to jump aboard the Train Bragging trend.
It’s not getting from A to B. It’s not the beginning or the destination that counts. It’s the ride in between…David Baldacci