There is something very romantic about taking a ride on a luxury train. Maybe the attraction of this kind of train travel has to do with the great service, the fine wines and gourmet meals. Or maybe it's simply that you get to watch the scenic countryside pass by with your new partner in life. A train can, of course, take you from Point A to Point B. When you ride on these upscale rails, however, the trip is anything but ordinary. Luxury train travel can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. What better time to take this kind of trip than on your honeymoon?
Here are 12 luxury trains that are perfect for a honeymoon adventure.
The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria
Estimate travel time 30 hours - Rates start at $969.52 per person
A honeymoon in South Africa is an adventure. Not only can you spend time in the spectacular city of Cape Town, but you can also embark on a luxury South African safari. You can add another experience to the list as well: The Blue Train travels between Cape Town and Pretoria. This route makes it the ideal form of transportation between Cape Town and Kruger National Park (or one of the other safari destinations in northern South Africa).
The luxurious Blue Train doesn't just take passengers to Pretoria, it takes them back in time. Once you set foot on board the train, you will be completely taken care of. Each of the suites is equipped with two twins or a full-size bed with luxurious linens. Guests get to enjoy an en suite restroom, and they also have the services of a private butler.
You can start your journey with a full-service brunch accompanied by South African wines. The meal is followed by an excursion to the town of Matjiesfontein where you can enjoy a sherry tasting in a local bar. Once you get back to the train, it's time for high tea followed by a few hours of downtime before dinner. The evening ends with Cuban cigars and whiskey in the opulent Lounge Car. The next day, riders get to enjoy a casual breakfast and some amazing scenery as they arrive in Pretoria.
07:30 Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.
08:30 The Blue Train departs from Cape Town Station
10:30 - 12:30 First sitting for Brunch.
12:30 - 14:30 Second sitting for Brunch.
14:35 - 15:15 The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for a 45 minute off-the-train excursion. Upon arrival at Matjiesfontein, guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar.
15:20 The Blue Train departs Matjiesfontein for Pretoria.
15:30 High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
17:00 Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of the lounges.
18:30 First sitting dinner.
20:30 Second sitting dinner.
Day 2: Morning Brunch before arriving into Pretoria Station around 1:00pm
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The Jose Cuervo Train - Premium Plus Cabin - Guadalajara, México -Tequila- Guadalajara
9 Hours - Rates from $1,900.00 per person
A honeymoon ride on Mexico's Jose Cuervo Train is an experience you will never forget. Couples who want to take a break from the beach can head to Tequila for an authentic tequila tasting experience.
They can choose to ride in one of the most exclusive cabins on the train. Both the Club Bar and Bar Wagon provide the perfect viewing space for watching the fields of agave pass by. Start off the morning with fresh fruit followed by snacks and beverages prepared with tequila. After the first part of the journey, you get to take a tour of the Jose Cuervo distillery and the Reserva de la Familiar cellars. Train passengers then get to spend the afternoon in the classic Mexican town of Tequila before embarking on the return trip to Guadalajara.
09:30 hrs. Passenger register at Guadalajara Station.
10:30 hrs. Board the Jose Cuervo Express®.
11:00 hrs. The Jose Cuervo Express departs for Tequila.
13:00 hrs. Arrival in Tequila.
14:00 hrs. Tour through the Distillery “La Rojeña” of Jose Cuervo.
16:30 hrs. Mexican spectacle.
18:00 hrs. Departure for Guadalajara.
20:00 hrs. Arrival at the Guadalajara train station.
Belmond Royal Scotsman - Classic Journey
5days/4nights - Rates start at $7,113.60 per person
Throw on your kilt and travel to whiskey distilleries and castles and enjoy endless Highland vistas along the way. The Royal Scotsman serves candlelit dinners and provides cozy cabins that keep guests satisfied and dreaming of the adventures that will be taking place the next day.
The Royal Scotsman offers a truly luxurious way of experiencing all that Scotland has to offer. With a variety of unique itineraries to choose from, the Classic Journey lasts for 5 days and 4 nights. It includes castle and distillery tours, gourmet meals, and plenty of chances to appreciate the beauty of the Scottish countryside. The Royal Scotsman can only accommodate 36 passengers, making it a truly intimate travel experience.
Day 1: Edinburgh to Keith
Day 2: Keith - Plockton - Kyle of Lochalsh
Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh - Carrbridge - Boat of Garten
Day 4: Kingussie - Dunkeld - Perth - Dundee
Day 5: Dundee - Edinburgh
Belmond Grand Hibernian - Grand Tour of Ireland
7 days/6 nights - Rates start at $8,648.64 per person
For honeymooners looking to see all that the Emerald Isle has to offer, Belmond Grand Hibernian is the ideal option. The newest member of the Belmond Luxury Train Collection is scheduled to begin service in early 2016.
The Grand Tour of Ireland will take guests around the country while providing them with all of Belmond's luxurious trademarks: world class cuisine and exceptional service. The Grand Hibernian can accommodate up to 40 guests in elegant and private en suite cabins. These accommodations will have a combination of modern luxury and traditional design.
Day 1: Dublin - Cork
Day 2: Cork - Lakes of Killarney -Limerick
Day 3: Limerick - Galway
Day 4: Westport - Connemara National Park
Day 5: Dublin - Belfast
Day 6: Belfast
Day 7: Belfast - Dublin
Rovos Rail | Pride of Africa - Pretoria, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
4 days/3 nights - Rates start at $1,493.40 per person
The Pride of Africa is perfect for Victoria Falls-bound couples looking to make stops in legendary safari destinations like Kruger National Park and to enjoy the trackside scenery of Africa.
The train runs from Pretoria to Victoria Falls. This 4-day, 3-night adventure will take you through the most beautiful landscapes in Southern Africa. The journey starts in Pretoria. The route passes through Northern South Africa. The train then moves into Botswana, where is passes through the Hwange Game Reserve. During this part of the trip, you can often see game right from your private suite window. Finally, the train makes its way to Victoria Falls, which is considered one of the world's natural wonders. Rovos Rails can accommodate up to 72 guests.
Day 1: Pretoria, South Africa - Botswana
Day 2: Botswana - Mpopoma, Zimbabwe
Day 3: Mpopoma, Zimbabwe - Day on Board
Day 4: Arrival to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Venice Simplon Orient Express - Venice - Vienna - London
5 Days/ 4 Nights- Rates start at $4,028.00 per person
Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world, is known for its canal rides, islands and timeless palaces. The famous Italian city is a perfect starting point for a luxury honeymoon train ride through Europe. On board The Venice Simplon Orient Express, the sleeping cars are restored vintage luxurious cars built in 1920's and 30's.
The Venice Simplon Orient Express offers a handful of itineraries. For honeymooners, the 5-day ride from Venice to London via Vienna is our top choice. Experience one of the world's most famous luxury trains by enjoying gourmet cuisine, cozying up in your vintage cabin, and having your every whim catered to by your own private steward. This itinerary includes a great bonus: two nights in the majestic city of Vienna.
Day 1: Depart Venice
Day 2: Venice - Vienna
Day 3: Vienna
Day 4: Depart Vienna
Day 5: Paris - London
The Golden Eagle -Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Arctic Explorer - Quest for the Northern Lights
12 Days/ 11 Nights - Prices start at $11,995 per person
The Golden Eagle Luxury Train Arctic Explorer train offers couples the chance to see the Aurora Borealis in a very unique way. The Golden Eagle starts its journey in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The train then makes its way through Norway to the Arctic Circle. Here the Northern Lights are brighter than anywhere else on earth. This unforgettable journey has stops in St Petersburg, Kirkenes (Norway), Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Vladimir, Suzdal and Moscow. The Golden Eagle offers three categories of luxury suites.
Maharajas' Express - Heritage of India
8 Days/ 7 Nights - Rates from $6,840.00 per person
A honeymoon in India can turn into an off-the-beaten-path adventure. The best way to fully immerse yourself in the country is to take a classic train journey. The Maharajas Express offers 3-night and 7-night itineraries.
The Heritage of India journey features a tour of India that includes all the major must-see destinations: the Taj Mahal, Ajanta Caves, Lake Pichola, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Ranthambore. There are a total of 43 cabins on board: 20 deluxe cabins, 18 junior suites, 4 suites and 1 presidential suite. The Maharajas is the best of the best. It was the winner of the World Luxury Train Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Day 1: Depart Mumbai
Day 2: Ajanta Caves
Day 3: Udaipur
Day 4: Rajasthan - Jodhpur
Day 5: Bikaner
Day 6: Jaipur
Day 7: Ranthambore National Park
Day 8: Agra - Delhi - Taj Mahal
The Ghan - Expedition Journey -Australia (Darwin - Adelaide)
4 Days/3 Nights - Rates start at US $1,764.41 per person
This 4-day journey begins in Darwin and passes through the most remote areas of Australia. This trip travels during a limited travel period between 3 August and 26 October in 2016.Travelling from Darwin to Adelaide, it has stops in Katherine, Alice Springs (including an upgrade option to a scenic flight visit to Uluru/Ayers Rock) and Coober Pedy. Off-track adventures include a cruise on the Katherine River, a helicopter ride over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks, an authentic Outback bush barbecue, and a visit to an underground town. The on-board experience is just as memorable. Passengers on the Ghan get to indulge in multi-course meals, drink fine Australian wine, and relax in luxurious and spacious private cabins.
The Eastern and Oriental Express- Fables of the Peninsula
7 Days / 6 Nights - Rates from $7,900.00 per person
For couples looking to explore Southeast Asia, the Eastern and Oriental Express offers the Fables of the Peninsula journey. This route goes from Singapore to Bangkok, with stops in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
There are four categories of cabins: Pullman Single, Pullman, State and Presidential. All of these choices offer indulgent accommodations, so you can't really go wrong. Enjoy delicious cuisine and cocktails while passing through rural villages and vibrant cities. The Eastern and Oriental Express is a romantic way to move around Southeast Asia.
Day 1: Explore Singapore
Day 2: Depart Singapore
Day 3: Kuala Lumpur - Tapah Road
Day 4: Ipoh - Best of Highlands Tea Plantation
Day 5: island of Penang
Day 6: Baan Huay Yang - Island of Koh Chaan
Day 7: Bangkok
Hiram Bingham - Cuzco to Machu Picchu
1 Day - Rates start at $734.00 per person
A visit to Peru would not be complete without a trip to Machu Picchu. The Hiram Bingham offers a round trip experience from Cuzco to the famous Incan ruins.
Passenger get to enjoy a full-service brunch with Peruvian wines while watching traditional entertainers. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, guests are escorted by a private tour guide. The policy is to have one guide for every 14 Hiram Bingham passengers. On the return trip, guests are served a gourmet dinner. A day spent on the Hiram Bingham may prove to be as memorable as actually seeing the famous Incan ruins.
Napa Valley Train - Day Excursion
3-4 hours - Rates start at $124.00 per person
Napa Valley is full of fantastic wineries and boutique hotels. Napa is a great location for a "mini-moon" or a honeymoon for wine lovers and foodies. While The Napa Valley Train is not a luxury train with overnight accommodations, it is a great day-trip option for couples looking to explore Napa in a unique way. The Napa Valley Train offers a variety of experiences. You can take winery tours, enjoy gourmet lunch or dinner and see some of the best scenery in the Valley (a kind of natural beauty that people never get to experience if they drive).
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