Written By

Hayley Powell

Planes might be the fastest way to get to your holiday destination, but they aren’t the most scenic. Are far as travel goes, it’s hard to beat the spacious, window-side experience of a pleasant train journey, and some railways offer a beautiful landscape that becomes part of your holiday. Here’s a look at four world-famous train journey's that will truly show you the natural beauty of these countries.

The Rocky Mountaineers First Passage to the West - Canada

Picture majestic forest all around you, tunnels going straight through mountains and your train travelling over stone bridges. This is The Rocky Mountaineers First Passage to the West, and it's one of the best train journeys in the world. Known to be the most scenic journey in Canada, which take you from the coastal city of Vancouver to the beautiful countryside of Banff. During this journey, passengers will be treated Fraser Canyon’s Hell’s Gate, the Thompson River and endless wild forests which gives you the full beauty of Canada.

Rovos Rail’s Namibia Safari - South Africa

Not only is this one of the best train journeys in the world, but spanning at 2000 miles, it’s also one of the longest. The Rovos Rail’s Namibia Safari takes passengers on a through Kimberly, a diamond rush town with the famous ‘Big Hole’ one of the worlds largest hand-dug holes. The journey also gives you a variety of thick forests and deserts, and while it starts in Pretoria, the trip takes you through multiple towns and cities all with a variety of history to learn about. When you come to the end of this extraordinary train journey, you’ll be in the preserved German Hansa town which is along the Namibia coast.

Belmond Hiram Bingham - Peru

This train journey is known for its romantic scenery and exciting destination. The Belmond Hiram Bingham is a luxury train that everyone should experience, it starts in the ancient city of Cusco and finishes at Machu Picchu the Incan Citadel located high in the Andes Mountains. But the destination isn't the only thing to look forward to, this is one of the best trains journeys as it traverses the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the winding Urubamba River and the village of Ollantaytambo.

The Golden Eagle Danube Express - Europe

This isn’t just one of the best train journeys, it’s a 14-day holiday experience. The Golden Eagle Danube Express’s route takes you on a 2000-mile trip from Istanbul and then travels through eight amazing countries which include, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Poland. The most notable place this train visits is Bran Castle in Transylvania, which is also known as Dracula’s Castle.

Treat yourself to an unusual travelling experience with your next holiday and pick one of the best train journeys you’ll ever go on.     

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