4 of the best... Classic train journeys
A journey by rail is one of the most romantic ways to travel, offering glimpses into rural life and scenic views that no other mode of transport can compete with. Cox & Kings offers a huge variety of classic train journeys around the world, and here we present four of the best railway journeys.
The Danube Express is a British-Hungarian venture which launched in 2008, and offers exotic journeys through stunning scenery to some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Billed as a hotel on wheels, the train offers superb levels of comfort in a fairly informal atmosphere. The spacious cabins each contain an en suite bathroom. The Transylvanian is a journey from Istanbul to Budapest (or vice versa), which takes in the ancient architecture and stunning scenery of Transylvania and rural Bulgaria. The Polish Explorer travels between Budapest and Warsaw, taking in the beautiful cities of Bratislava, Krakow and Gdansk. The Bosphorus to the Baltic travels from Istanbul, through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Poland, finishing up in Gdansk on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
The Eastern & Oriental Express
Run by Orient Express Trains, the Eastern & Oriental Express harks back to the golden age of travel, with its elegant teak wood panelling and art deco furnishings in fine silk, brass and dark woods. The train offers fine dining, a piano bar and an observation car. Travelling from Bangkok to Singapore (or vice versa), the 3-night journey takes in the River Kwai and Penang in Northern Malaysia.
The Blue Train
Africa’s most luxurious train runs between Cape Town and Pretoria. The Blue Train offers elegant lounges with large windows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. The interior of the train is decorated with South African works of art, and whilst lunches are informal dinners are more formal affairs. The suites include a writing desk and the availability of your own personal butler.
Whilst not as luxurious as some of the other trains on this list, the Andean Explorer makes up for it in terms of scenery on a spectacular route through mountains, valleys and clouds, which ends on the shores of the beautiful Lake Titicaca as it travels from Cusco to Puno. The ten-hour journey includes a gourmet lunch and tea in the afternoon, with local entertainment adding to the informal fun.