For those of us who love to travel, there is so much scenery and breathtaking views to experience across the world. When going from A to B, hopping aboard a train and embarking on a rail journey of a lifetime will allow you to take in lofty mountains, snowy landscapes and views you never thought were possible. To make your next vacation one you’ll never forget, here are some of the greatest rail journeys everyone should explore.
If you consider yourself an adventure-seeker, taking a trip to Russia and jumping on the Trans-Siberian Railway is a must. This railway is regarded as the longest on the planet, connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East. As you jump on board, you will travel past Russia, China, North Korea, and Mongolia. What’s more, you will encounter out-of-this-world sights like Lake Baikal and the Gobi Desert while you’re on board!
Jacobite Steam Train
Harry Potter is a franchise that millions of us hold dear to our hearts. If you love all things magic and wizardry, you’ll be amazed to know that the Jacobite Steam Train travels across the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (a location featured in four of the franchise’s films). Even if you’re not big on Harry Potter, this train journey will create everlasting memories. Beginning at Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain), the train will see you travel through Arisaig, before culminating at Loch Nevis. Throughout your journey, prepare to take in gorgeous scenery that is seriously camera-worthy.
The Rocky Mountaineer
Canada is home to some of the most glorious rail journeys known to man, including the Rocky Mountaineer. As you hit the tracks, you will encounter jagged mountains and mirror alpine lakes that shimmer when the sun shines. There are numerous routes you can take that will take you across western Canada and provide jaw-dropping sights like no other. With so much time onboard, you can keep yourself entertained by bringing a tablet and playing games on www.rubyfortune.com/ca/ or watching blockbuster films.
The Maharajas’ Express
The Maharajas’ Express has won a string of awards, including the planet’s leading luxury train. This means you can be certain you’ll be comfortable and relaxed throughout your scenic route. The Maharajas’ Express can be found in India, running on 5 circuits that take you to over 12 destinations. Journey times span between four and nine days, so if you’re after a much-needed pamper and want to feast your eyes on mesmerising sites, a trip on the Maharajas’ Express is a must.
The Blue Train
For travel junkies who want to take a visit to Africa, rather than getting in a safari vehicle to see the sights, why not step on board The Blue Train? Connecting Cape Town and Pretoria, you will witness diverse landscapes like no other. As you maneuver through this route, you will take in scenic forests and gorgeous rivers, and pass through Kimberley (the largest city and capital of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province).
Any of the railway expeditions above promise to provide sublime sceneries, plenty of photo opportunities, and stories that you will share with loved ones for many years to come. Wherever you’re heading to in the world, you can be sure there is an epic railway journey close by to hop on and enjoy.
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