Most folks who travel frequently find using rail rather a boring and tiresome experience. In fact, most would rather catch the train only to and from work. The mere thought of doing roughly six hours or more on the rail is dreadful!
But, for that enthusiast who prefers the train, the thought of going for an epic train travel adventure releases a flood of endorphins, as such a journey means traveling through numerous cultures, landscapes and territories.
In this article we shall delve into some of the top epic train journeys to transverse the globe…
1. The Trans-Asian Express
The main aim of this journey is to relax and sooth you so forget that dinner suite at home. The train makes its way across Istanbul all the way to Tehran while you admire the gorgeous Turkish and Iranian scenery.
The train leaves the city of Istanbul on Wednesdays at 11 p.m. and arrives at the final destination in Iran taking an average seventy hours of adventure and excitement. For those boarding from Iran to Turkey, it leaves at 6.30 p.m. on Thursdays.
Along the way you are set to venture through the mystic Lake Van where you get the opportunity to take break aboard a ferry. To enjoy all these you need to pay EUR 40 inclusive of meals and taxes.
2. The Trans-Siberian Express
This one of the longest journey you may take by train as this colossal route will take you all the way from Russia to China. Currently it’s the longest railway on earth. On average, the entire journey takes roughly ten hours covering a distance of over 8,000 Kilometers of steel track.
The journey crosses over some of the most breath taking scenery in the Siberian territory engulfed with such majestic and inspiring landscapes. For those film enthusiasts you may be able to identify some of the sights which featured in some top-rated films.
3. The Southern Spirit
The best way to make your way through Australia is via the Ghan which is designed to deliver that magical experience of the mythical “heart of Oz”. The adventure goes from Adelaide to Darwin (or vice versa).
Boasting of both Gold and Platinum cabins, you are sure to be spoiled while on the rails, being guaranteed of class, luxury and comfort regardless of the class you settle on. Unlike most rail journeys which seem like a point to point affair, the Southern spirit is guaranteed to leave you with great memories to last you several lifetimes.
4. Pride of Africa
Contrary to the stereotyping known by most people, Africa has so many good things to offer. Being one of the last frontiers not crowded by sky scrapers and tarmac it is home to the Big 5 and the Maasai Mara.
The Pride of Africa snakes through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. Enjoy the untamed wilderness while admiring the Victoria Falls.
5. The Canadian
For those who simply enjoy a blend of civilization and nature, this six hour trip will definitely leave you yearning for more. With the Canadian you need not worry that work will pile up in case you take a short break as with on-board Wi-Fi, you can have a virtual office on the go.
Enjoy the rocky landscape coupled with superlative and unmatched luxury. This is one epic journey you are guaranteed to always remember.