There will always be something nostalgic and romantic about the golden age of travel. Train journeys allow you to relax and watch the world go by. They can be a way of getting from A to B in a more relaxing fashion than the automobile. The very method of transport is a more than simply travelling, it is a holiday in itself. Hero and Leander present a run down of some of the world’s most luxurious and romantic train journeys.
The Andean Explorer
Step inside South America’s only luxury sleeper train and explore the stunning Peruvian landscape outside your windows. You can choose from one or two night journeys from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and the UNESCO World Heritage of Arequipa. Cruise along at high altitude with up to 48 fellow passengers and take advantage of the on board Piano Bar Car or the Observation Car to watch the world go by. As you’re in South America, enjoy with a Pisco Sour. There are two dining carriages, Llama and Muna where you can sample fine ingredients in surely one of Peru’s most unique settings. South America’s landscape will almost certainly leave you spell bound after a trip on The Andean Explorer.
The beauty of Ireland will be your vista on the Belmond Grand Hibernian as the trainline hugs stunning coats and countryside. With room for 40 guests in sophisticated, luxurious cabins that draw on inspiration from Dublin’s classic Georgian architecture. The result is a journey that is distinctly Irish, celebrating the country’s heritage and landscape. Travellers can choose from two, four or six night journeys departing from the capital city of Dublin. Along the route you’ll be able to experience ancient castles and architecture, the wildlife of Ireland and of course sample one of the country’s most famous export, whisky.
The Blue Train
Have you ever dreamed of a South African adventure? Then sit back and enjoy the glamour of traversing this landscape on The Blue Train. A train with significant heritage throughout the 20th century has become a luxury destination of today. Enjoy the 27 hour trip between Pretoria and Cape Town through some of the continent’s most diverse sceneries. The company is soon to add a new route to explore the Kruger National Park.
The Shongolo Express
This train based at Rovos Rail’s station in Pretoria began its service in 1995, and now transports 72 guests for 12 -15 days exploring areas of Africa that include South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Enjoy dining whilst travelling in the appointed restaurant cars with a wide selection of South African wine. After dinner why not explore the open air whilst on the move, in the observation car that benefits from an open balcony at the rear of the train.
The Orient Express
Perhaps the world’s most famous train of all time, a setting for novels and films alike an a work of art in its styling. The Venice Simplon – Orient Express encapsulates luxury travel and timeless romance. Roll through the countries of Europe on to the romantic city of Venice for surely a once in a lifetime experience and experiencing the golden age of travel. The restaurant car Côte d’Azur features wonderful Lalique glass panels from which to sit amongst and dine on cuisine by Executive Chef Christian Bodiguel or enjoy the Bar car or Champagne Bar with a cocktail.