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If you’re a nature lover like myself, train travel can offer some of the most scenic and adventurous experiences out there. Here are some magical train journeys to add to your bucket list:
1. Bernina Express
The most picturesque journey in the world, starting from St Moritz in eastern Switzerland to Tirano in Northern Italy. The journey is 4 hours and passes through beautiful natural landscapes, waterfalls and glaciers.
Duration: 4 hours Ticket prices: starting $60
2. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
One of the most luxurious experiences in the world, the Orient Express runs from London to Venice. It offers incredible carriages, first-class service and delicious freshly cooked meals. You get to enjoy alpine landscapes during the day and a piano bar in the evening.
Duration: 24 hours Ticket prices: starting $2,800
3. Palace on Wheels
One of the best ways to see some amazing sights in India is by relaxing in your luxury train carriage on a 7 night journey out of Delhi. The Palace on Wheels offers modern decor, private showers along with a private butler. The journey covers: New Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra.
Duration: 7 nights, 8 days Ticket prices: starting $3,500
4. The Trans-Siberian
The journey takes you from one continent to another and crosses 8 time zones from Moscow in Russia to Beijing in China. You can choose between the public train or the luxurious Golden Eagle train which includes private suites and fine dining. The journey will take you to Siberia, Mongolia, the Great Wall of China, and the Gobi Desert.
Duration: 15 days Ticket prices: from $760 (one way)
5. The Train to the Clouds
The highest train journey in the world will take you from Salta in Argentina to the Chilean border. Passengers get to enjoy breathtaking Andean landscapes, colorful rock formations along with an endless view of cactus fields. They even have oxygen on board to prevent altitude sickness.
Duration: 7 hours Ticket prices: $150 (return)
6. Belgrade to Bar (Serbia and Montenegro)
Imagine riding a 10 hour train through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Balkans. Trains leave Belgrade daily and head towards the Adriatic coast to Bar in Montenegro with spectacular views of green landscapes and rivers. You can cut your trip short by hopping off in Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro.
Duration: 10 hours Ticket Prices: $27 (one way)