Today a person can easily choose the way he likes to travel over long distances. These can be airplanes, trains, cars or steamboats. We will tell you about trains, but not about ordinary ones, but about those who are intended to transport exclusively high-ranking individuals and aristocracy.
These vehicles appear to be real hotels on wheels, all amenities are provided here, and the restaurants offer a delicious menu. Nothing can prevent a traveler from comfortably watching the views passing by the window. There is even a question – such trains are necessary for movement or nevertheless for rest of people?
Pride of Africa.
Pride of Africa is often called the most luxurious train on Earth. From the title it is clear that he crosses the expanses of the Black continent and is his pride. A luxury train makes its inimitable huge suites, whose area reaches 116 square meters. Each such room has not only a full bed, but even a bathroom. In the usual compartment, travelers are offered “just” a shower. The train contains two dining cars, where you can taste a collection of wines, both local and imported. It is also proposed to taste the meat of antelope sprigboks. The last car was converted to an observation deck and a bar. It is especially pleasant to watch the endless expanses of Africa pass smoothly, as flowering gardens are replaced by sun-scorched savannah. The usual route between Cape Town and Pretoria will take only two days, and tickets will cost $ 1,500, but a longer journey between Cape Town and Dar es Salaam will last for 2 weeks and will cost almost $ 9,000.
The Ghan train is notable for the fact that although it is not exotic, it will be possible to cross the whole continent – Australia – in two days. Let it take a little more than two days from Adelaide to Darwin. Along the way, the train will make two long stops, while travelers are invited to explore the sacred places of the Aborigines. Outside the window landscapes with abundant greens are replaced by deserted ones. The cars themselves are in the composition of three classes, so you can always choose the kind that is more affordable. The most comfortable is Platinum Service, right in the compartment there is a shower and a double bed. However, at the request of tourists, you can replace it with two separate ones. The cost of traveling in this compartment is 2700 dollars. If the entire company travels, then it can be given to the whole car “Prince of Wales”, which is almost a hundred years. The truth is it is almost 20 thousand US dollars, but there are still anyway. The local restaurant offers its guests to taste kangaroos on the grill and other delicacies of Australian cuisine.
“Orient Express” closes the leading three. This train became the basis for the novel of Agatha Christie, participants of many books and films. The composition differs from similar counterparts in that there are present cars of the early 20th century. As a result – created a unique atmosphere of the past. However, the coupe in the Art Deco style can not be fully enjoyed due to lacks in comfort. But in the dining car you can taste delicious dishes of Italian and French cuisine, as the chef is from these countries. The express runs only from March to November, two routes are available: Paris – Budapest – Bucharest – Istanbul and London – Paris – Venice. The train has been going since 1883, initially overcoming only the first route in 67 hours. Coupe to Venice will cost $ 6,420, and to Istanbul at 18380 dollars. Suites are naturally more expensive – 9860 and 27740 dollars respectively. But travelers can tell that the same train went to Charles de Gaulle, Elizabeth II, Franz Joseph and Agatha Christie.
The Peruvian Hiram Bingham train can hardly be called a vehicle for traveling. Rather, it is one of the elements of an exciting adventure and excursion.The route of the composition lies between the mountain towns of Machu Picchu and Cusco, once part of the Inca empire. The train is only three and a half hours, but during this time you will have time to enjoy the picturesque mountain slopes on which once the Incas cut down entire terraces for growing their plants, in particular – potatoes. To complement the spirit of this area on the train are the guitarists. With the arrival in Machu Picchu the journey will not end – from here the guests will be taken by bus on a tour, offering to drink tea on the ancient ruins. Back tourists will take the same train, for lunch, shrimp will be served with chili sauce, as well as other local dishes and unusual cocktails. The cost of such an adventure travel is around 600 dollars.
The El Transcantabrico train is also a sightseeing tour. His route coincides with the path of medieval pilgrims that followed from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian or Leon. The trip lasts for 8 days, but this duration is caused by the fact that the train stops at the most remarkable points of the way, so that tourists can walk around with excursions through medieval towns, relax on the beach or answer local restaurants. In the very train, discos take place at night. The train itself only moves when it is necessary to get from one town to another. Thus, it is a kind of mobile hotel, such a land cruise liner. Each compartment has a luxury class and has its own bathroom, but you can additionally book a room with an additional living room. The price of the same ticket, which includes food, wine and excursions is about 3000 dollars.
“Tsar’s Gold” and “Golden Eagle”.
Russia also has luxury trains, one of them, “Tsar’s Gold” links Moscow and Beijing. Another – “Golden Eagle” walks between the capital and Vladivostok. Both trains follow through Ulaanbaatar. If European trains are usually in the afternoon, then these are mostly at night. In the light of the day, tourists are dispersed on excursions. Visiting programs include Lake Baikal, Novosibirsk Theater, yurt in Ulan Bator, where local dishes are offered. The trip lasts about two weeks, it’s no wonder that there is even a doctor on the train. In the car-restaurant you can taste Russian cuisine, you can not do without traditional borsch and dumplings. The train includes only 19 cars, only 12 of which carry 128 lucky ones. The rest of the cars are designed to provide them with maximum comfort. The ticket of the gold class is quite expensive – 22590 euros.
When planning an excursion around Scotland, pay attention to the Royal Scotsman train. Its routes often change, but one thing remains common: the guest can enjoy the country’s magnificent landscapes, visit medieval castles, see Victorian mansions and generally have a great rest. There are 36 seats on the train, so it’s a great luck to get there. At one of the train stops, even fishing is suggested, which is not surprising, because Scotland is a fishing country. Will not do without golf. Even leaving the composition of Edinburgh quite pathetic – the guests are accompanied by the sound of bagpipes, before landing in the car it is offered to taste champagne, and the path itself runs along the red carpet. The train has its own observation platform and car-restaurant, where dishes from salmon, venison and pheasants are offered. The longest seven-day tour will cost the lover of Scotland $ 10,680.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.
Trains with the name “Palace on Wheels” in India are two pieces, but the most famous of them is the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. Here, all the interior decoration is made with a truly oriental luxury, the walls in the compartment are lined with light and pleasant silk, the covers are embroidered with the use of handwork. In general, the decoration resembles the chambers of the Indian rajah.Allocates this train and finding in it your own SPA-salon, which allows you to take care of your appearance and finally relax. There are two dining cars, there are a choice of cuisine from different countries of the world, including the national Indian cuisine. The trip takes place in a circle, in Delhi you can even visit several excursions, although the main emphasis is still on the service in the train itself. Each of the passengers has his own butler, who is ready to fulfill all the wishes of the client 24 hours a day. The whole road takes 8 days, its cost in the standard suite is 4720 dollars, and the super-deluxe coupe will cost 12800 dollars. Express in a colonial style, Southeast Asia.
In Southeast Asia, a colonial-style express runs. The beginning of the route chosen the city of Bangkok, then the train follows in Thailand. Tourists during the trip are invited to even visit the exotic market of one of the Malaysian islands. The total number of excursions will be two, so the main pleasure will have to be received, the face of the neighborhood from the window or from the viewing platform. There is a bar, which will offer a delicious cocktail, as well as a restaurant car, which offers local cuisine. In the evenings live music is played in the cars, and for those who like silence there is even a wagon-library. To travel as much as possible unforgettable, right on the train you can buy a variety of souvenirs. Colonial style also provides for its dress code, so jeans will be out of place where everything breathes old. The longest four-day route will cost $ 2,210.