Luxury Train Journeys in Europe

Imagine the golden age of glorious train travel and the chances are you conjure images of some of the iconic luxury train journeys in Europe. Sure, the rest of the world does good train, but Europe is home to arguably the most famous of all.

As part of our drive not to, well, drive, or fly, we are passionate promoters of train travel in all its forms, and especially Luxury Train Journeys in Europe because from the UK these mean you can enjoy an entirely flight-free holiday. Our team of expert Europe consultants can help you tailor-make an ideal train itinerary, and while you are away our clued-up local Concierges are on hand to oil the cogs in the destinations you visit, there to arrange last minute changes of plan or activities in situ.

So which are the best luxury train journeys in Europe? The obvious candidate for the crown is the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the iconic midnight blue liveried train with Art Deco interiors that ambles though the Alps on its classic route from London to Venice. Alternatively, choose to travel from Paris to Istanbul (with a sneaky Eurostar train thrown in for the London leg), or on the new Paris to Berlin route. Whichever you choose, spoiling comfort is a given, and there are now Grand Suites for added luxury.

Elsewhere, the Golden Eagle Danube Express takes in many of Central Europe's classic destinations, from Budapest to Bratislava, Vienna, Krakow and Prague on an extremely comfortable train with a famously salubrious Bar Lounge Car.

In Spain, you can sample another of the most luxury train journeys in Europe - Al Andalus. This belle epoque gem of a train offers week-long round-trip itineraries of the highlights of Andalucia, leaving and returning back to Seville and taking in such beautiful destinations as Jerez, Cadiz, Ronda, Granada and Cordoba.

We're running out of space, but one more route deserves to be included in the finest luxury train journeys in Europe, namely the Bernina Express. The elegant train features carriages with panoramic windows to allow passengers to appreciate the full glory of the Alpine scenery as the train runs from Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy. The journey only takes four hours, but it's utterly sublime.

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Harriet and Kate L are our 'Luxury Train Journeys in Europe' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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Luxury Train Journeys Europe listing image: copyright Belmond Venice Simplon Orient Express