All aboard, for the most luxurious train trips in Europe.
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The four-day Polish Express, with the Danube Express, begins in Budapest as passengers first gather at a reception in the Royal waiting room of the city’s Nyugati station. Leaving Hungary’s capital the train follows the immortal river towards Bratislava, 124 miles northeast.
Windows filled with views of old castles and vineyards set in the excitement for arrival into the capital of Slovakia by early afternoon. Tour Old Town and its ancient castle located high above the city.
As the train speeds into the Moravian night a delight of locally produced ingredients create an unforgettable dinner accompanied by fine Hungarian wines.
Spend the next three days discovering the wealth of Poland’s historic and cultural attractions in Krakow and Wieliczka, Malbork, Gdańsk and Warsaw.
Long the gold standard of opulent train travel upon the Venice Simplon-Orient Express has inspired many including fictional murder mystery authors.
The train itself heralds the glamorous age of the 1920s and 30s when Art Deco design complete with inlaid woods, lush fabrics and exquisite details like fresh flowers and period brass lamps.
One can never be too overdressed for a journey aboard the Orient Express, so pack tuxedos and tiaras and head for the bar car before dinner. Live music resounds from a baby grand piano as delicate crystal clinks with toasts of guests as they revel in the atmosphere that invites images of characters conceived by mystery writer Agatha Christie.
If you relish a murder mystery periodic one-day tours, complete with champagne luncheons depart from London’s Victoria Station.
Signature journeys depart from London and Paris, Venice, and Istanbul with stops in Dresden, Bucharest, and Prague. Two thousand and thirteen calls for the addition of Copenhagen and Stockholm to the itinerary lists.
If you are in Switzerland in July and August with an affinity for chocolate and trains and only one day to play find the Swiss Chocolate Train. Board either a vintage Pullman carriage in the grand “Belle Époque” style or the modern car with oversized windows in Montreaux along the Swiss Riviera. Renowned for cheese the town of Gruyeres is the next stop. A stop at a cheese-making factory fuels the energy for the next stop at Gruyeres Castle. Reaching Broc, the final stop is the Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory – a chocoholic’s dream.
The Trans-Siberian Express is a 15-day journey for those who love vast open spaces. You cross seven times zones and two continents aboard the private Golden Eagle train. All nights sleep on the train with the exception of staying at hotels on the first and last nights, which are Moscow and Vladivostok or vice a versa.
Upgrades to the train’s facilities include the Imperial Suite with its king-sized bed and a private butler.
Along the close to 6,000-mile trip highlights include the world’s largest alpine lake – Baikal, the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar and sights of rugged Siberian wood architecture.
Tracking your fun on any of these train vacations will be easy and satisfying.
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