Luxury train travels, a new way to spend your holidays Image credit: Belmond

 

Imagine a livered steward pouring you a glass of champagne as you recline in a velvet armchair and watch the Great British countryside shoot by.

No, we’re not describing a daydream of the golden era of train travel, but a reality that can be experienced by you, even in this modern age of soulless and hectic travel.

Luxury train journeys are fast becoming a desirable mode of transport for those wishing to make their journeys as magical as the destination. Step aboard these magnificent locomotives and you’re suddenly transported to a world of timeless glamour, elegant surroundings and utter indulgence.

Why Travel by Luxury Train?

A most unique and opulent way of transport, luxury train journeys are like travelling high-end restaurants or 5-star hotels. Expect champagne receptions, fine dining, lavish cabins and sumptuous surroundings – a far cry from the tatty trains we’ve become used to in modern times.

Extravagant furnishings, delicious cuisine and excellent service against the backdrop of an ever-changing cinematic landscape make for the voyage of a lifetime.

From sampling a scrumptious afternoon tea whilst hurtling through the Great British countryside to reclining on a lavish bed and watching sparkling Alpine lakes whizz by, we take a look at the most epic luxury train journeys in the UK and Europe below:

The Best Luxury Train Journeys in the UK

Cambridge & Ely aboard the Belmond British Pullman

Start your historical city break as you mean to go on by hopping aboard the vintage Belmond British Pullman luxury train.
Sip a refreshing Bellini in the extravagant surroundings of the old-fashioned train carriage where the art deco décor will dazzle you just as much as the stunning scenery from outside your window.

Luxury train journeys in the UK Cambridge & Ely aboard the Belmond British Pullman. Image credit: Belmond

After a gastronomic three-course brunch served by liveried stewards, you arrive in Cambridge around midday.

Guides will take you on a captivating walking tour of the old city, then head over to Ely to take in the magnificent Norman castle.

What better way to rest your weary feet and quench your thirst after a day’s sightseeing than returning to an opulent train carriage? For the return trip, you are welcomed back on board with a champagne reception, followed by a mouth-watering five-course dinner accompanied by fine wine. Bliss.

London to Cambridge with fine dining silver service and more, from £441.00 per passenger, Belmond.

Your On-board Companion:

This old-school leather rucksack is made for exploring the historical university town of Cambridge.

Crafted by prestigious leather goods brand, Jekyll & Hide, the Berlin additionally complements the vintage finery of the Belmond British Pullman train with its expert craftsmanship and premium leather construction.

Longleat Mansion Excursion aboard the Belmond British Pullman

Relive the glamour of 1920s train travel by taking the Belmond British Pullman train to Bath’s magnificent Longleat House and Safari Park.

As the vintage train winds through the breath-taking Wiltshire countryside you are served a delicious brunch on a table set with fine linen and bespoke china.

Luxury train travels in the UK Longleat Mansion Excursion aboard the Belmond British Pullman. Image credit: Belmond

Fuelled up with fine food and coffee, you’re ready to take on a day exploring the famous Longleat House, maze, parkland and legendary safari park.

When you’re all walked out, rest in the knowledge that the most sumptuous return train ride awaits. As you reflect on your magical day you are served a four-course dinner, which includes a British seasonal table d’hote menu, including a Great British cheeseboard, biscuits, chutneys and half a bottle of wine each.

Why can’t all train journeys be like this?

London to Bath, with transfers to Longleat, including fine dining silver service and more, £420 per passenger, Belmont.

Your On-board Companion:

With its beautiful caramel shade and covetable looks, this buttery soft, chic leather backpack is made for luxury train journeys.

Practical as well as pretty, the Mayfair Luxe will stylishly carry all your essentials whilst you travel on vintage trains and explore stately mansions.

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party

A trip that arrives in the same place it departs? Sounds like nonsense to us.But of course, all train journeys are illogical in Wonderland.

The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party, aboard the beautiful Northern Belle Train, may not take you to a destination, but with magnificent carriages, roaming musicians and scrumptious cakes, you’ll never want to leave.

Mad Hatters Tea Party on a train The Mad Hatters Tea Party Aboard the Northern Belle. Image credit: Northern Belle

Live out Alice’s adventures by taking a seat in the curious carriages, decorated to a standard that would impress even the Red Queen.

As the historical train meanders through Britain’s wondrous countryside, afternoon tea is served and is sure to delight with its purple sandwiches, table magicians and countless other surprises – you’ll just have to wait and see.

One of the most fantastical luxury train journeys one can experience, when this magical train journey comes to an end you’ll be asking yourself – did that really happen or was it just a dream?

The Mad Hatters Tea Party - departs from Leeds or Doncaster station, £205.00 per passenger, Northern Belle.

Your On-board Companion:

Channel the Red Queen with this bright and bold handbag.

In a statement chilli shade, all eyes will certainly be on you, whilst the vibrant shade perfectly matches the fun and playfulness of this weird and wonderful train ride.

The Best Luxury Train Journeys in Europe

A Taste of Italy aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Explore Italy and its surrounding countries in exquisite style by travelling aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

This magnificent train will elegantly transport you through the scenic coastal line of southern Italy, the captivating Slavonic countryside and across the Hungarian border to Budapest.

Lunch and culture stops are scheduled in the beautiful Barivecchia, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, the mountainous San Marino microstate, and Slovenia’s ancient city of Ljubljana.

A Taste of Italy aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Image credit: Golden Eagle

Rest in comfort and sleep soundly in its luxurious sleeping cabins as the Golden Eagle soars through some of Europe’s most beautiful countries.

A first class bar lounge and elegant restaurant carriages refuel and refresh you as you travel between destinations, whilst cabin staff cater to your every whim. Why book separate hotels and train journeys when you can be whisked away without a care in the world?

A taste of Italy aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, from £2995 per person for 4 nights, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Your On-board Companion:

What better bag to hop aboard a luxury train and explore Italy with than this retro-inspired cabin case by Bric’s.

Emulating the Italian brand’s flair for understated elegance, the beautifully distressed, olive-hued Life case is essential for nostalgic travellers.

Grand Alpine Express

Experience majestic mountains and glistening lakes on one of the most scenic luxury train journeys in Europe.

The prestigious Grand Alpine Express transports you through the stunning Alpine region of Central Europe in the utmost style thanks to its elegant sleeping quarters, harpist musicians, first-class dining and sophisticated surroundings.

From Budapest through Vienna to Venice, the Grand Alpine Express zips along some of the most scenic railway lines in Europe.

Sip champagne aboard the chicest of cabins as you enjoy breath-taking views of the Austrian Tyrol, Swiss Alps, Lake Como and Lake Garda. Stops at Austria’s snow-capped Semmering Pass, Switzerland’s Zurich, the Italian port of Trieste and Slovenia’s historical city of Ljubljana are additional highlights.

The Grand Alpine Express, £7139 per person for 11 nights, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Your On-board Companion:

The striking sapphire shade and shimmering shell of the Cosmolite complement the blue Alpine skies and crystal clear lakes beautifully.

Its rippling design oozes decadence, making it a suitably splendid suitcase for luxury train journeys in Europe.

Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the Golden Eagle

One of the most epic luxury train journeys Europe has to offer, the Trans-Siberian Railway is the voyage of a lifetime.

The world’s longest rail journey, this extravagant excursion takes 14 nights to crawl through the remote beauty of Siberia, across the border of Europe and Asia to finally reach its destination in Mongolia.

Stopovers include a day tour of Moscow, Irkutsk - the ‘Paris of Siberia’, Lake Baikal - the world’s largest freshwater lake, and Ulan Bator - the capital of Mongolia.

Luxury train through Siberia Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the Golden Eagle. Image credit: Cox & Kings

What better way to experience the stark Siberian landscape than from the comfort of an opulent private train?

The Golden Eagle is your luxurious vehicle for this fabulous journey and offers well-appointed en-suite cabins, fine dining and elegant surroundings.

Relax in the velvet-clad bar lounge and gaze out at the ever-changing scenery, or why not take part in Russian language, history and culture classes? When your stomach is rumbling, bountiful breakfasts and Russian gastronomic dinners await in the impeccably designed restaurant carriage.

The Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the Golden Eagle, from £12,895 per person for 14 nights, Cox and Kings

Your On-board Companion:

Take on the icy Siberian landscape with this bright white Salsa Air suitcase by Rimowa.

Crafted from a feather-light polycarbonate material, the Salsa Air is virtually hassle-free. Made by the uber-prestigious German luggage brand, Rimowa, this chic white case is essential for luxury train journeys in Europe.

 

The ultimate indulgence, travelling by a vintage-style train ensures your trip is thrilling from start to finish. If you’re looking for more luxurious on-board companions, be sure to browse our selection of premium day bags, chic cabin cases and sophisticated suitcases.