Train lovers – a special category of travelers. When traveling by train, especially over long distances, they find their romance. Especially if such a journey passes through the exciting route in a luxurious setting, with stops along the way and overnight stays in luxurious hotels and exclusive excursions.EDAC cruises by rail.
So what are these VIP-train, and how much it costs them a ride?
“Bulletin ATOR” made the list of the most luxurious trains of the season, based on: a review of travel, train performance, their novelty and length of the route, a set of services, the number of objects that can be visited during the trip, and most importantly – the cost of the trip.
BELMOND NORTHERN BELLE (United Kingdom, London – CHESTER)
Coming into this train, if you are transported into the past century. Belmond Northern Belle reflects the style popular in the 1930s in England Belle trains and the famous Pullman carriages of the train Venice Simplon-Orient Express.
The peculiarity of this route – in the luxury of leisurely lunches, traditional afternoon teas and magnificent kinds of a train window. As part of the trip tourists visit the Royal Crescent in Bath, Canterbury Bridge, museums and art galleries in Edinburgh, as well as historic York.
This year a new route that train travel was made: a four-day trip from London to Chester through the Lake District will cost between $ 1937
BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER (Peru)
This first night train “luxury” class in South America, made his first trip in May this year, was able to really expand the boundaries of the concept of “luxury”. The wagon design reflects traditional Peruvian motives, and you can admire the scenery from the panoramic windows of the car with an open top. The train can accommodate only 68 passengers.
By the way, the largest train compartment has a comfortable double bed and leather chairs where you can relax. Train menu developed hotel chef Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco. It is noteworthy that it will change every season.
The two-day journey from Cuzco to Arequipa will cost “only” $ 1388, the maximum price per ticket of “high level” – $ 4200.
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER (CANADA)
This luxury train in its route connects the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.
Class passengers “Gold leaf” travel in a two-level car with a transparent roof. On the upper level offers breathtaking views of the lake, mountains and pine forests, past which the route passes. On the ground floor of the train gourmets will appreciate the local cuisine from the past practice of international chefs. In the menu – local produce, such as beef, Alberta, as well as Pacific salmon, combined with the best wines.
A curious detail: the passengers do not spend the night on the train. Every night, they were taken to a hotel for the night, and by day journey continues.
Rocky Mountaineer runs on five railway routes, including stopping points – Vancouver, Banff and Lake Louise, Calgary, Jasper and Whistler.
Minimum price starts from $ 1200 for a two-day journey and comes to $ 9000 for a 13-day trip to deluxe. You can also include in the program a cruise.
EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS (THAILAND / SINGAPORE)
Route, full of charm, romance and adventure. Way this luxury train between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand goes through the city, Pestryaev trade stalls, past golden temples and tiny provincial stations.
All coupe air conditioning and have private bathrooms. They used cherry wood trim and solid elm species and are present in the decoration of marquetry and mosaic filigree. The train provides non-stop service available on call.
Particular attention should be paid to the kitchen: the French chef has created their own dishes for Eastern & Oriental Express, has received rave reviews around the world for combining Eastern and Western culinary traditions.
In the season-2017 route promises to introduce a number of innovations: the dress code is black tie dinners to change to a more relaxed “tropical elegance”, and passengers in a musical accompaniment format will be entertained by DJ Mr. Singapore Has.
The three-day trip will cost an average amount of $ 2170 .
ROVOS RAIL (SOUTH AFRICA)
Travel Express Rovos Rail – the equivalent of privilege and luxury. Travel with taste even for the Lost locations South Africa (though they hardly ever left) – is an art, so two weeks on the train will take you a few centuries ago. The train consists of vintage cars, assembled in 1911 in Europe for the royal family. Fine cars interiors recreate the atmosphere of an old-time rail travel, while the coupe equipped in accordance with modern ideas about comfort. And if pullman-mini coupe (7 sq m) has only toilet and shower room, the Royal Suite (16 sqm) in addition to the shower is also luxurious bath.
“Chip” train – panoramic train ( «The observation car»). It is located in the rear of the train, and is equipped with a special glazed rear wall, through which you can fully enjoy the magnificent landscapes of Africa without leaving the car.
In 1989, after the restoration of Rovos Rail made his first trip. On one trip the train is ready to take away up to 72 passengers. Routes lasting from 48 hours to 28 days, including areas such as Cape Town, Durban, Dar es Salaam, Victoria Falls, Namibia, the African golf collage connecting Pretoria, the Kruger Park, Durban and Keyptaunt, Golf Safari.
Rovos Rail can be booked for private events, and safari hunting.
Ticket price depends on the length of the route and class coupe – from $ 1,365 to $ 10,000
INDIAN PACIFIC (AUSTRALIA)
This transcontinental train in its route connects the western and eastern coast of Australia. An epic three-day journey begins in Sydney and ending in Perth (or vice versa), the path passing through the Blue Mountains and the great plain Nullarbor.
By train has three privilege levels: for example, passengers platinum level can rely on the free shuttle service from home to the train station and back on a personal car to a distance of 50 km. In addition, these guests have exclusive access to the restaurant car Platinum Club, which ordered the entrance to other passengers.
The fare ranges from $ 2125 to $ 3375 .
“IMPERIAL RUSSIAN” (RUSSIA, Moscow – Vladivostok)
What could be more fun than to cross almost the whole of Eurasia on a gorgeous train “Imperial Russia”?
Unique tour has been designed for the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, so the train is not just beautiful – it is stylized as the era of the Russian Empire of the XIX century. Brocade chairs with carved wooden headboards, red carpets and decoration of rooms create an air of glamor and elegance nenarochito.
During a visit to the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway travelers waiting saturated excursions in the cities on the route (Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and others), a picnic on the shore of the deepest lake Baikal world, fine dining in the dining car and car-bar, live music, and see off the road, “Imperial Russia” will be a luxurious band.
With this year’s “Imperial Russia” should be already on three routes from Moscow – Vladivostok, Ulan Bator and Beijing.
The average cost of travel – from 5070 euros ($ 6160) .
VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT EXPRESS (EUROPE)
The most famous class “luxury” train in the world, in principle, does not need an introduction. The first trip of the revived “Orient Express” from London to Venice took place on May 25, 1982: its passengers then began royals and celebrities.
Nowadays vintage cars in the art deco style of the 1920s and 1930s, completely restored and demonstrate its original grandeur and elegance of a bygone era.
In addition to London and Venice, in the destinations also include Verona, Berlin and Istanbul (once a year). Train tickets, including stay at Belmond Cipriani, cost from $ 6500 .
In November this year, the itinerary will combine with a visit to the Viennese Ball.
BELMOND ROYAL SCOTSMAN (SCOTLAND)
Luxury train designed for 40 passengers and should be one of the many routes.
The sleeper has 14 double rooms, two double and four single compartment State Cabins, each of which is decorated with inlay. All coupes come with a private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, hot water, toiletries and fresh towels.
Since April this year in the Royal Scotsman appeared in the world’s first specialized SPA-wagon – The Bamford Haybarn Spa, which includes two treatment rooms. Passengers will offer several types of massages, manicures and pedicures, as well as The Bamford Bespoke Facial – 55-minute procedure, aimed at restoring, rejuvenation and renewal of the skin.
The five-day journey through the classical route “Edinburgh – Keith – Kyle of Lochalsh – Boat of Garten – Edinburgh” will cost between $ 6600 .
MAHARAJAS EXPRESS (INDIA)
Opened in 2010, the route runs between Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Mumbai and Lucknow.
The train with 88 passengers consists of 23 luxury cars. There is a SPA-center, fitness center, business center, Wi-Fi and air conditioning. In two restaurant cars prepare dishes from all around the world, including Indian, Chinese and original cuisine of Mewar.
The train is especially proud of its presidential suite, which consists of a large living room, master coupe with a double bed and a coupe with two single beds. Toilet cabin is equipped with a bathroom, and during the tour of the city of an itinerary, guests can take advantage of services of a personal guide and luxury car.
Three days in the car class “lux” cost $ 7700 , and a presidential suite will cost $ 25,800 per person. The train runs from May to September.
In addition to his tours of the “Golden Triangle” of India (Agra, Delhi, Jaipur) train this year is also sent to the south to the picturesque landscape of Goa and Kerala.
TWILIGHT EXPRESS MIZUKAZE (JAPAN)
This is the new “luxury train” in the world. The first trip of the newest train is scheduled for June 17. There will be five routes proposed a one-way train for two days. During the trip, tourists can enjoy the picturesque district of Kyoto, Matsue, Izumo and Miyajima. It can also be seen the Sea of Japan and Mt. Daisen. On each route provided a sightseeing stop in the day.
Tourists are offered a choice of single or double compartment. Also, the train has a luxury coupe with a private balcony, dining room, bedroom and bathroom.
One of the key features of the Twilight Express Mizukaze – menu, which developed some of the most renowned Japanese Chef Yoshihiro Murata and Hajime Yoneda.
You can buy tickets exclusively in Japan. However, they are almost all sold out.
Travel Prices start from $ 2,400 and go up to $ 11,000 .
Trans-Siberian “Golden Eagle” (RUSSIA)
The route of this luxury train – the famous Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. 9258 km, eight time zones and 15 days of travel – is not only one of the most luxurious destinations in the world, but also one of the longest. It should be noted that the length of the route is associated with a visit to the key places and cities on the route: Ekaterinburg, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk and others
For lovers of travel with royal comfort in a train compartment there are two imperial: a comfortable bed, a shower, a dressing table and a seating area. Power is organized in two dining cars.
In addition to the route from Moscow to Vladivostok, the train also travels to Beijing for a period of 21 days.
In 2017, the train is celebrating its 10th anniversary / On this occasion will be held in July, “the Presidential Tour” from Moscow to Vladivostok with a festive gala dinner.
The cost of travel will start from 14,995 euros ($ 16,800) .
Source – Aquatek-filips.livejournal.com