For sheer romance, there is nothing better than travelling by train, unhurried views of ever-changing landscapes and life at an enjoyable pace. The selection of magnificent rail journeys throughout the world is huge, the biggest problem will be choosing which ones tempts you the most.
Train trips vary from those that are self contained, where you sleep on the train through to train journeys that simply provide the transport during the day and nights are spent at local hotels. Essentially most train journeys are designed so that you can make the most of the scenery around you.
Some favourite journeys include:
The Trans Mongolian and Siberian are world renowned train journeys and Peter Dunne is the expert on these journeys. Much planning is needed however as you require multiple visas for these journeys.
Australia has the legendary Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin through the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia and the ‘Indian Pacific Railway’ goes from Sydney to Perth.
The Rocky Mountaineer in Canada is one of the top 10 rail journeys in the world with four different routes to tempt you.
In Africa you have the world’s most luxurious train – Rovos Rail with its beautiful sleeper coaches, a great way to get from Victoria Falls to Pretoria and the gorgeous Blue Train. Definitely the way to capture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era. You also have the Shongololo Express which has a fleet of Mercedes Benz touring vehicles on board, so you sleep on the train at night and explore Africa during the day.
Moorish Spain to Marrakesh is a great 9 day trip that takes in the highlights of Southern Spain and Morocco. You stay in hotels each evening.