Long-distance train travel is a great way to see the natural beauty of a country.
Naturally, taking a train doesn’t have to break the bank. But for anyone interested in splurging on comfort for trips that can last a week or more, there are several ways to ride in style.
Scroll down to see the most luxurious train options out there:
The Belmond Andea Explorer offers sweeping views of the Peruvian Andes with stops in Cusco, Puno, and Arequipa. The train is South America's very first luxury sleeper train and comes with a library car and piano bar car.
The price of a one-night itinerary in a double room is $US480, according to Travel + Leisure. More specific pricing information is available upon request.
The Rovos Rail has been selling tickets for nearly three decades and offers a variety of trips to places like Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and Durban. Guests can enjoy Champagne and lobster tail in the luxury train, which offers Royal Suites that come with a tub and shower.
The price of a room starts at $US1,475 per person.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the most iconic luxury trains in the world. It features Art Deco interiors, plush fabric, crystal glassware, and a champagne bar.
It's best known for its classic route from London to Venice, with a stop in Paris. But you can also opt for a journey from Paris to Istanbul or from Istanbul to Venice. Tickets start at roughly $US2,500 per person.
East Japan Railway unveiled its new luxury train, the Train Suite Shiki-shima, in early May. It comes with large windows offering sweeping views of the scenery, large sofas, and 17 rooms. Tickets per person range between 320,000 yen ($US2,914) and 950,000 yen ($US8,651), according to South China Morning Post.
Demand is high, so those interested in taking a trip must apply.
Passengers can take the Trans-Siberian Railway all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok with multiple stops on the way. Customers will get to see Kazan, the modern Soviet city of Novosibirsk, and Irkutsk, often called the 'Paris of Siberia.'
Prices start at $US16,995 per person and the trip includes 12 nights on board with two nights of hotel accommodations.
The Indian Pacific offers rides from Sydney to Perth or Sydney to Adelaide -- a roughly 3,000-mile journey with sweeping views of the Australian landscape. Passengers can opt for luxury cabins with giant windows, full-sized beds, and walk-in showers.
A ticket from Sydney to Perth start at $US2,400 per person.
The Rocky Mountaineer offers 65 different vacation packages that provide sweeping views of the Canadian Rockies with stops in Seattle and Vancouver. The train is known for its dome-style cars that provide more sight lines for seeing your surroundings. Prices start at $US2,500.
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