Luxury touring company Journeys of Distinction has picked its favorite rail journeys from around the world — here, a pictoral look at some of the best.
Eastern and Oriental Express, Southeast Asia
The luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express winds through the lush landscapes of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and on into Laos.
Maharaja’s Express, India
Claimed to be the finest train journey in Asia, the Maharaja’s Express features a lounge offering panoramic views, deluxe comfortable carriages, state-of-the-art suspension, two restaurants, lavishly decorated cabins with individual temperature controls, butler service, large LCD TV’s, DVD players, direct-dial phones and wifi internet.
Rovos Rail, South Africa
The world’s most spacious and luxurious train carries a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 suites from Durban to Pretoria.
The Ghan Express, Australia
The Ghan Express (named after the Afghan explorers of Australia) route takes travelers from Adelaide to Darwin in 48 hours.
The Palace on Wheels, India
Each cabin on the Palace on Wheels is served by a personal Khidmatgar (assistant) as it winds its way from New Delhi through Rajasthan.
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
The Rocky Mountaineer offers s comfortable journey “through the clouds” of Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, Yellowhead Pass and the journey along the North Thompson River, the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the gushing waters of Hells Gate in the Fraser Canyon.