These days we tend to see the train as a way for getting from A to B, but there are some glorious railway trips that will take you on an experience redolent of the days when this really was the way to travel in style. There’s something romantic about a luxurious train carriage, being looked after by waiters in the dining car, and having your bed turned down by a porter while the most magnificent scenery is all viewed through the huge windows. These railways journeys don’t come cheap, but you are guaranteed the most sumptuous refurbished or brand new carriages and top-notch service as you traverse some of the most-favored routes from yesteryear. Here are some iconic railway trips I’d love to take.
1. The Simplon-Orient Express
No matter the competition, the Orient Express will always stand out as the most iconic and romantic of railway trips and indeed has been immortalized in the movies. Today’s journey follows the same route from Paris to Istanbul but shorter trips are available connecting London to Paris to Venice to Prague to Budapest and Bucharest – some of the most fantabulous cities in Europe. The coaches are vintage, and although these days are pulled by electric locomotives rather than steam engines, it’s the interiors that matter and the sites you see outside.