Golden Eagle

Asia,Europe
Luxury

No question about it: there is no better way to see Siberia. The Golden Eagle was launched in 2007 to much fanfare in Moscow. The UK operators of this train have made a huge push to up the ante with the Imperial Suites, as well as Gold and Silver Class accommodations, all with en-suite bathroom. The train also has two dining cars and a lounge car. It plies the famous Trans-Siberian route between Moscow and Vladivostok, as well as special tours of the Silk Road, Russia’s Arctic, Iran and the Caspian region.

Five Imperial Suites are available on all Golden Eagle departures. This type of compartment, the most spacious at 120 square feet, has been a huge success for luxury travelers. It offers a fixed king-sized bed, a dedicated dressing table, and lounge area. All passengers will enjoy the upgraded service, presence of a quality control manager and improved food and beverage service throughout the Golden Eagle.

Latest News: Click here for owner and IRT President Eleanor Hardy’s blog on the fantastic Imperial Suites aboard the Golden Eagle.

 

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE)

Europe
Luxury

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE), with its restored, 1920s vintage cars, is the world’s most authentic luxury train. Made famous in the Agatha Christie story, the train still runs on the legendary route between Paris and Istanbul. Many other itineraries are also available, featuring European gems such as Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Paris.

NEW for 2018: For the first time ever, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has added fully en-suite cabins. IRT luxury travel advisor Rachel Hardy was the only agent from the Western Hemisphere to be invited to the grand unveiling of the Grand Suites in March 2018. Read Rachel’s article on the Grand Suites on the IRT blog, Track 25!

Golden Eagle Danube Express

Europe
Luxury

The Golden Eagle Danube Express has a capacity of 64 passengers and comprises seven sleeping cars, a lounge car and two dining cars. Four of the sleeping cars contain Deluxe cabins, while three new sleeping cars contain Superior Deluxe accommodations.

The Superior Deluxe and Deluxe cabins are spacious and offer some of the best sleeping accommodations in mainland Europe.

Well-planned itineraries on the Golden Eagle Danube Express take in highlights of Eastern and Western Europe, such as Budapest, Prague and Sarajevo.

Tours on the Golden Eagle Danube Express are fully inclusive (food, drinks, gratuities, touring, transfers), making it a truly worry-free adventure.

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Europe
Luxury

Belmond Royal Scotsman is a standout train and one of our favorites in the world.

A small venue—just 40 passengers—it’s great for those who wish for a more intimate, luxury setting with gourmet, five-star dining, wine-pairing, superior service and thrilling excursions.

All the train’s cars, save the 1928-era diner, are of 1960s vintage equipment, but they have been recast into an Edwardian confection of varnished woods, polished brass and fine fabrics.

Simply put, it is one of our favorite hotel trains.

Latest News: Click here to see our video of Society President Eleanor Hardy’s May, 2012 trip on the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo

Europe
Luxury

El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo was inaugurated in 2011 and includes all en-suite Preferente Suites, which are each half a train car. These cabins are about 129 square feet. This can make a huge difference to travelers requiring more space and private lounge area.

The Preferente Suites have a double bed, long sofa, flat-screen DVD, computer for your private use (wifi when in stations) and lots of storage in closets, under the bed, and under the sofa. El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo takes only 28 passengers, and thereby offers a much more intimate travel experience. Alternatively, these cabins can accommodate three persons.

Latest News: Click here for our blog about the El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo Santiago to San Sebastián journey.

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Europe
Luxury

The company that brings you the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the Belmond Royal Scotsman has built another of its “Grand Hotels’ on wheels: the Belmond Grand Hibernian.

The Society of International Railway Travelers® was honored to charter Ireland’s first luxury train for its inaugural journey, in August 2016. It was Ireland’s first luxury overnight rail experience.

IRT inspected the Belmond Grand Hibernian again in April 2019. Rachel Hardy, IRT’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing, traveled on the Belmond Grand Hibernian as part of the annual Bravissimo party thrown by the train’s operator, Belmond. Read more about Rachel’s experience here on Track25, the IRT blog.

The train tours the magnificent open countryside, dramatic coastal scenery and fascinating cities of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Al-Andalus

Europe
Luxury

Southern Spain’s opulent, broad-gauge Al-Andalus returned to the rails May, 2012, with its 1920s-era cars newly renovated. Many of the carriages were used by the British Royal Family in their journeys from Calais to the Cote d’Azur. The Al-Andalus includes bar, lounge and two dining cars, as well as all-en suite cabins. The train combines stellar service, exquisite Art Deco styling and excellent cuisine for a unique tour of Andalusia.  Maximum occupancy is 64 passengers. Please see IRT’s review of Al-Andalus in our Track 25 blog from spring, 2012.

 

Bernina Express

Europe
Luxury

The spectacular Bernina line was completed in 1910 and is run by Rhaetian Railways. Beginning in Chur, St. Moritz or Davos, it passes the glaciers of Piz Bernina, making this the highest railway crossing in all of the Alps. It travels over 38 miles, climbing grades of up to 7%––without rack and pinion––to more than 7,391 feet at the Bernina Pass summit, and drops down to just 1,408 feet at Tirano, Italy.

Belmond British Pullman

Europe
Luxury

The British Pullman is a luxury, vintage day train that completes the British leg of Orient-Express journeys between Paris and London. Passengers from the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express debark in Calais, France, and board a special bus for the short “piggyback” train ride through the Eurotunnel to Folkestone. There, they board the British Pullman for the ride to London’s Victoria station. What’s not to love about this experience? Fabulous food, lovely scenery and riding on such a gorgeous and historic train.