The Transcantábrico crew know that exploring and eating is tiring work. So the train stops each night to ensure that passengers' sleep is not disturbed by the rumbling of the train along the rails.
Known as the Pride of Africa, this train journeys across South Africa and through Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania, pulling behind it magnificent restored 19th century carriages. On the journey from Pretoria to Cape Town you will see the Serengeti, Victoria Falls, and much more, though what’s inside is just as impressive as what’s outside. The train’s Royal Suites, 16 square metres of wood-panelled opulence, complete with personal lounge and ensuite bathroom, wouldn’t be out of place in the Great Gatsby. Keep an eye on the savannah as you enjoy your game meat meal in the Victoria restaurant, otherwise you might miss the free roaming leopards, rhinos and elephants.
One of the longest train runs in the world crosses Australia from Adelaide to Darwin. It follows the route first taken by Scotsman John McDouall Stuart, one of the Australian continent’s most celebrated explorers. In all, the journey covers 2,978 kilometres in three nights and four days from south to north, crossing the Simpson and Victoria deserts, the Macdonnell Ranges, Alice Springs, and the small town of Coober Pedy, where most residents live in underground homes. The Ghan Platinum service offers a luxurious holiday with spacious rooms and breakfast service in your private cabin.
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El servicio GoldLeaf del Rocky Mountainer eleva la experiencia y ofrece un servicio de lujo en el tren durante el día y alojamiento por la noche en los mejores hoteles de la ruta. También se puede combinar el viaje con un crucero hacia regiones como Alaska.
This train, named after the United States explorer Hiram Bingham III, takes you to Aguas Caliente station, the nearest stop to Machu Picchu. Passengers enjoy the sights of the Peruvian Andes from 1920s Pullman- styled carriages. There are many ways to make use of the train journey: enjoy a brunch in the dining car, learn from the barman how to mix a pisco sour cocktail, enjoy live Peruvian music in the bar, or simply drink in the scenery in the open air observation car.
The Rocky Mountaineer train crosses Canada’s famous Rocky Mountains. Its route, through the legendary spiral tunnels dynamited out of the rock at Kicking Horse Pass, takes you to places inaccessible to cars. Try the fine wines from Okanagan Valley, but don’t let them distract you from the scenery, where it’s common to see brown bears and golden eagles. The train follows the routes of the Canadian National Railways and connects Vancouver with Jasper, Banff and Calgary. In all, it has six routes, some circular excursions starting and ending in Vancouver, and others that also just set out from the city.
Passengers travel along the Cantabrian coast of Spain on board original 1923 carriages, combining history with breathtaking views. The stopping-off points along the way serve as the perfect opportunity to get familiar with the typical dishes of the area, considered to be among Europe’s best for the quality of the chefs and of the foods. The journey takes passengers on a gastronomic whirlwind through Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, offering Asturian fabada, Cantabrian mountain stew, seafood, baked fish, and deserts such as frixuelos cakes and Mondoñedo cake.