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Luxury rail journeys

Our verdict:

There’s something so incredibly romantic about boarding a train with your loved one and heading off along scenic tracks to who knows where. After a hectic wedding, the slow pace of a honeymoon by rail could be just the ticket whether it’s the Rocky Mountaineer under the big skies of Canada or The Ghan through Australia’s Outback and wine regions.

Recommended tour operator: The Luxury Holiday Company

The Luxury Holiday Company says

There’s something incredibly romantic about a rail journey when you are being pampered on board one of the world’s most luxurious trains along an iconic route.

  • Classic routes
  • Gourmet dining
  • Unique experiences

Our experts have hand-picked the finest journeys by train, from on-board massages to epic trans-continental adventures.

With panoramic domed windows, the Rocky Mountaineer is arguably the world’s most scenic train trip. Crossing rushing rivers and high mountain passes through the mighty Canadian Rockies, you can expect fine dining and all drinks included. For something even more special, we can add on helicopter flights and luxury hotel stays for the ultimate honeymoon.

In Peru, a hugely popular option for honeymooners, you can make your experience even more special by including a journey on board The Andean Explorer. It links the Machu-Picchu Incan treasures of the Sacred Valley with the colonial charm of Arequipa. Expect designer cabins, sumptuous dining and an on-board spa.

Any honeymoon in Australia should include a journey on board The Ghan. Our expert team has created the perfect two-week itinerary, travelling from historic Adelaide to the beaches of Darwin (or vice versa). Pair the barren beauty of the Outback with fine Australian wines in the Barossa Valley, gaze at the astonishing magic that is Uluru (Ayers Rock) – there’s so much included in this epic honeymoon but we are in no doubt that your time on board The Ghan will be the highlight.

For a cultural immersion, head to Japan where this unique itinerary includes journeys on the bullet-train as you head from Tokyo’s neon to visit Kyoto’s temple treasures, feudal thatched villages and alpine samurai castles. Along the way, you’ll soak in onsen hot springs, indulge in tasting banquets and enjoy private invitations to geisha teahouses.

Sweeping through dense jungles between Singapore and Bangkok, the Eastern & Oriental Express is the Far East’s answer to the Orient Express. Each day you’ll return from cooking classes and river cruises to afternoon teas and the jazz-club ambience of the bar car.

Unashamedly opulent, the Maharajas’ Express is a gilded world of regal suites, butler service and elegant lounges. Travelling through India, you can enjoy tiger safaris, private audiences with royals and champagne sunrises over the Taj Mahal.

The Trans-Siberian Express is the world’s longest railway journey. Travel on board the Golden Eagle for consummate luxury, from private concerts to caviar-and-champagne dining and lake cruises in the Siberian wilderness.

And we couldn’t leave out the Venice Simplon-Orient Express of course, an Art-Deco legend.

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