On a luxury rail holiday expect a relaxed voyage from start to finish, as rolling hills and stunning landscapes flow past your window. The beauty and romance of rail holidays has cemented its popularity as one of the best ways to travel around Europe and beyond.
Crowds, long delays, and traffic do not apply when travelling by rail. But exploring the world by train has a ton of other benefits too.
Here are just a few of the reasons why luxury rail holidays are perfect if you’re seeking a hassle-free luxury travel experience.
Luxury Rail Has Become Even More Luxurious
The Belmond Andean Explorer
It may be difficult to imagine, but Belmond raised the bar even higher this year. Since 1982 the legendary Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express, famous for its European rail journeys, has epitomised all that is luxurious and glamorous in the world of luxury train travel.
With routes from London to Venice, Paris to Istanbul, and Paris to Berlin, the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express is the best way to travel around Europe by train.
Luxury Rail Holidays Are Hassle Free
When travelling by car, plane or ferry we often find ourselves rushing to arrive to a location at a certain time, or rushing to make the next connection. The stress of having to arrive hours before departure, packing for every eventuality, planning multiple routes and the relentless fear of delays can really taint a holiday.
But when travelling by luxury rail, such concerns fall by the waist side. It’s a hassle free experience from beginning to end. You can forget about super early arrivals as you often only need to board a few minutes before departure. Long queues and lengthy time consuming check-in procedures rarely apply too, with most journeys’ only requiring personal ID and a ticket.
Once on board you can also rest assured that you won’t be caught up in traffic – perhaps one of the best perks of travelling by train!
When exploring a continent or country by train you don’t have to worry about how you’ll get from country to country or city to city either. We all know how frustrating it is to book a flight, and try to find a connection at a reasonable time, or your preferred day. But on a luxury train journey this is all pre-arranged well in advance, so you don’t have to worry about a single thing.
At Rich Vein Travel, not only can we find you your dream train holiday, and tailor it around your needs, but we can also help you plan and book any transfers or connections. Meaning your effortlessly easy journey just became even easier.
Luxury Rail Journeys Can Be Intimate or Social
The beauty of luxurious carriages, steeped in history, charm and character makes them the perfect place to spend an anniversary, birthday, or special occasion. You may even choose to use a luxury train at the beginning or end of your honeymoon as a gateway to Europe and beyond.
With elegant finishes, decadent furnishings, and fine dining, a Belmond rail journey in particular sets the tone for a romantic intimate evening. Aboard the train, you’ll be able to relax with your partner, chatting, dining or enjoying a glass of fizz. Passing through Europe’s rolling hills, and picturesque landscapes you’ll enjoy the beauty of nature together and live in the moment.
When travelling by train you can enjoy each other’s company without distraction. And with your own private luxurious cabin to retire to in the evening you can spend even more quality time together as a couple.
With Rail You Can Venture Further than Ever Before
If South Africa doesn’t take your fancy, maybe Japan will? The futuristic champagne-gold Train Suite Shiki-shima, operated by East Japan Railway, has a five-star lounge, dining and observatory cars. There’s round-the-clock butler service, bespoke furnishings, piano recitals and exquisite cuisine prepared under the guidance of Japan’s first Michelin-star chef, Katsuhiro Nakamura.
Artisan touches are everywhere, from intricate, hand-cut glassware to energy-saving contemporary chandeliers and the metal “branches” in the forest-inspired lounge.
Add a Touch of Luxury to Every Train Journey
Luxury rail holidays are hassle free and incredibly luxurious. As a result, we always recommend them to our clients looking for a luxury escape. But unfortunately, for most, they’re not an everyday experience.
However, there are lots of ways to add a touch of luxury to each and every train journey. When travelling around Switzerland, upgrade your Swiss Travel Pass from 2nd class to 1st class. 1st class coaches offer a greater level of convenience such as more spacious seats, more legroom and power outlets. Additionally, travellers in 1st class benefit from quiet and business zones. As the 1st class seating area is usually located on the upper deck you benefit from better views too!
We also recommend upgrading to first class on the world-famous Glacier Express, to fully enjoy your experience on Switzerland’s most scenic train from Zermatt to St Moritz.
If you’re due to make a midweek business trip why not consider Eurostar? With high speed trains from London to Paris, Marseille, and Brussels to name a few, on a Eurostar train all you need is a Eurostar ticket and ID. Faster than flying, door to door, and with seamless city centre to city centre travel, there’s no need to worry about shuttle buses to the city centre or baggage reclaim. Unlike the journey’s made by short-haul flights travelling similar journey’s, 90-95% of Eurostar trains arrive on time or within 15 minutes. This means that there’s also a far greater chance of you arriving to your destination well in advance.
When travelling for business on Eurostar we highly recommend opting for Business Premier. As a business premier traveller, you are able to use the Business Premier gate which closes 10 minutes before departure saving you precious time. You’ll have access to exclusive lounges for free Wi-Fi and refreshments. And for an added touch of luxury, Business Premier Travellers can also expect a delicious three-course on board meal designed by renowned chef Raymond Blanc.