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Have you considered a luxury train ride for your next vacation? No? Here’s why you should…

Allow me to set the stage, or platform, as it were. You’re sipping what might be the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had in a dainty China cup. Across from you sits your favorite person in all the world; for me, it is my Ultimate Concierge, but it could be your best girlfriend. The table before you is layered with an assortment of delectable pastries, lush fruit, and fresh flowers. A glint of the early morning sun dances over the polished silver, and the flowers’ delicate fragrance mingles with the pleasantly bitter coffee. 

Heaven on earth, right? I haven’t even gotten to the best part. Outside of your window is an ever-changing view that only you will ever see. Only you will have that perspective of those rolling, verdant hills with that morning’s stunning sunrise spilling out gold over the landscape. You pass valleys, mountains, rivers, and lakes. You carve your way through cities that are hundreds of years old. Each with incredible architecture, bustling crowds, and unique perspectives. 

To top it off, you experience rich cultures and new foods. And you do so while swaying to the gentle lull of a train’s rhythm.

Are you ready to take that trip? I know I am. Here are 5 luxury train rides that should not be missed.

The Presidential Portugal luxury train

The Presidential – Portugal 

The name says it all. This train has hosted kings, presidents, popes, and heads of state – Presidential indeed! This historic train, which ran for 80 years before retirement, was immaculately restored in 2010. All of the grace and prestige were maintained, and this luxury train will truly make you feel as though you’ve stepped back into time. And a glamorous time, at that. 

The Presidential voyage begins at the São Bento Station. You’ll enjoy the incredible scenery of the Douro Valley, savoring gourmet food and Port and wine tastings along the way.

Andean Explorer luxury train

Andean Explorer – Peru

Take in the breathtaking Andes aboard the Andean Explorer as you travel along one of the highest train routes. This design is stylish –  featuring contemporary furnishings with vibrant, artisanal accents. Elegant without being stuffy. This luxury train also features a spa car so you can pamper yourself like the Queen Bee that you are. 

Want a preview of the experience? Watch this video!

luxury train Capetown

Rovos Rail – Capetown

This luxury train carves a path through South Africa, and you will see it all. From the Highveld grasslands to the Great Karoo’s desolate barrenness and on to the imposing mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape.

The remodeled coaches of Rovos Rail offer every modern amenity while holding on to the bespoke charm of days gone by.

Oriental Express luxury Train

Venice Simplon – Orient Express

This stunning luxury train is nothing short of a meticulously maintained time capsule. Experience incomparable food, drinks, and straight-up luxury with an Art Deco twist. This train is famous for a reason (far beyond the eponymous book by Agatha Christie!).

Board the Oriental Express in the city of Venice and step into history.

The Ghan luxury train

The Ghan Expedition – Australia

Ever wanted to see Australia? Then this luxury train is for you. This route bisects the continent, starting in the north in Darwin and ending at the southern coast in Adelaide. You’ll explore some of the most breathtaking and remote sites that Australia has to offer.

A luxury train is a delightful way to explore Australia.  

This roundup of the best luxury train rides has been so fun to research! Traveling is a way to fill up your soul, meet new people, and learn about yourself. I highly recommend it and hope you’ll tell me all about it.

Wouldn’t you love to go on a luxury train ride? Or have you? I’d love to hear about your journey! Join the conversation in the comments below.

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