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3 train journeys we should all go on at least once in our lives

By Amy Saunders | November 9, 2021 | Travel Leisure

After the almost 2 years we’ve been dealing with the Covid19 pandemic and the storms surrounding it, it’s only fitting that your next holiday should be a time to discover something magical.

Making plans to explore the world and re-discover the magic or experience something brand new is important.

This year, instead of packing up and travelling to a popular destination or settling for the average holiday on the beach, consider going on one of these luxury train journeys.

Thailand and Russia are open to South African tourists who have been fully vaccinated and provide a Covid19 negative test along with their travel documents. For some journeys you may need to book way in advance, but no worries, the trip will be well worth the wait.

Take a look at three of the best luxury railway getaways below.

The Rovos Rail

Affectionately referred to as the most luxurious train in the world, the Rovos Rail journey is something every African traveller should experience.

The train boasts the most gorgeous five star deluxe and royal suites and an old Victorian atmosphere dining area serving delightful culinary offerings and the finest selection of South African wines. Consider doing a combined journey of the rails available destinations or select one of the Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria and Victoria Falls trips.

The Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express

From Bangkok to Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, the Eastern & Oriental Express is one of the most magical and scenic train journeys in the world.

The train’s lavishly decked carriages decorated with only the best cherrywood panelling, Thai silks and Malaysian embroidery create the perfect setting to enjoy discovering green Eastern jungles, ancient temples and local villages.

The Arctic Explorer

Every year the Arctic Explorer sets its course to seek out the magical Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

The explorer travels through the magnificent cities of St. Petersburg, Moscow and even the Norwegian Arctic Circle during Christmas, The New Year and February. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience to add to your bucket list.