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Looking out of the window of the Titicaca Train as it travels across Peru's Altiplano
23 June, 20202 minute read

Reasons why rail journeys are a great way to travel

Travelling by rail doesn’t just have to about getting from A to B. After all, you can fly across Europe in a matter of hours. And yes, there are quicker ways to travel between some of Africa’s great sights and sounds. But as you step on board a train, you can look forward to seeing these wonders in an entirely different way. Our iconic rail journeys transform ‘A to B’ into a real experience – something as unforgettable as the rest of your holiday. We’ve rounded up some of the world’s most exciting rail journeys and wrapped them into our award-winning escorted tours. All you have to do is choose which one to do next - all aboard!

Pinch-me views

Landscapes unfolding before you like a live-action guidebook. Sunrises over mountains and sunsets over the sea, all in a day. The thrill of waking up somewhere completely new. Our scenic rides through the Swiss mountains on traditional cogwheel and rack wail ways and high-speed journeys across Japan and China take you through some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.

Glitz and glamour

When it comes to rail travel, our tried-and-tested favourites are some of the world’s most famous railways. Picture yourself gliding through the Swiss Alps as you take your breakfast in your compartment aboard the glamorous Venice Simplon Orient Express. Or, in Canada, sip champagne as you take in the views of alpine forests and soaring mountains aboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Do as the locals do

Sometimes train travel is a little more grit than glitz. Like in India when you ride the train or in Zambia when you join the locals on the journey. These are the experiences that bring you even closer to the culture of the country, where you can see real life play out before your eyes. They might not always be the smoothest of rides, but that’s all part of the fun.

If this has inspired you to travel by train, we offer several iconic railway journeys

Image of blog author Natalie Carmen

From the coffee-clad highlands of Colombia to getting up-close-and-personal with elephants in Thailand and the exploring the sprawling winelands of South Africa, Natalie is a wannabe-adventurer and finds it hard to pick favourites when it comes to travel destinations. She has a weakness for wildlife and good wine, so her escapades are usually in pursuit of one or the other. As well as writing for The Scenic Route, Natalie also manages our social media channels. Be sure to follow Titan on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news.

Natalie | About the author

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