It is said that a big part of any experience is the getting there. Flying for the first time is an unforgettable experience, and making the most of the journey means that your holiday is great from start to finish. Another way to make a trip memorable is to ditch the car and travel by train. Some of the great rail journeys in the world make for the best holidays, and whether you use them purely as transportation, or as an integral part of your holiday it will be an experience that stays with you forever.
One of the most famous long haul train journeys is made by the Golden Eagle across the Trans-Siberian railway line that goes between Moscow and Vladivostok. The journey takes 13 days and used to be the only means of transport across Russia. Now the train is the method of choice for many tourists wanting to make this journey and enjoy the scenery along the way. The train stops in several locations en route, so you can soak up some of the culture, landscape and history on this age-old line.
The Rocky Mountaineer makes sightseeing in Western Canada easy, as it only runs in daylight hours, so you can see everything from the comfort of your cabin. There are two different routes, one longer than the other, that take you on an adventure through snow peaked mountains, phenomenal lakes, lush green forests and river canyons. There are natural sights unlike anywhere else in the world here, all topped off with the infamous Canadian hospitality.
Eastern and Oriental Express
This is the sister train to the famous Orient Express. It travels from Singapore to Bangkok through Malaysia, stopping in Penang where you can experience Malaysian culture at its best. On this journey you will travel through the palm plantations of Singapore, Malaysian towns and their beautiful architecture, southern Thailand’s jungle, and the small villages and temples before Bangkok. The train also stops at the famous River Kwai, and you can find out all about its history on a guided tour of the area. It takes 3 days to travel from Singapore to Bangkok, or four days to do the journey in the opposite direction.
Taking one of the great rail adventures is nothing like travelling by train in the UK. There are luxury options, and your every need is taken care of aboard the carriages. Travel in real style whilst experiencing parts of the world you would usually fly over, oblivious to what is beneath, by incorporating a great train adventure on your next holiday.