The Most Romantic Train Journeys
celebration of rail travel's amorous appeal, we've rounded up of the world's most romantic train .
1. The Ghan Adelaide to Darwin Australia
Getting from Adelaide to Darwin takes four days, but when the method of transport is this luxurious, you ll probably find yourself wishing it took significantly longer. The larger cabins have double beds and en suite bathrooms, and passengers can have dinner under the stars during a stop off at the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs where you can spend the evenings watching the dramatic sunsets from the luxurious confines of your cabins. Are we there yet? Hopefully not.
2. White Pass Summit White Pass Summit Excursion Yukon Canada
Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railway has been designated an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Snuggle up to your loved in the vintage carriages as the train whooshes past waterfalls and through tunnels, before reaching its final destination: White Pass, 873 metres above sea level.
3. The West Highland Line Glasgow to Fort William Scotland
It doesn t get more romantic than the Scottish highlands, and this breathtaking rail journey takes in all the best bits. Readers of Wanderlust recently voted it the world s best rail journey, and it s not hard to see why. Highlights include the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which appeared in the Harry Potter movies, Dumbarton Castle and the snow capped peaks of the Arrochar Alps.
4. Belmond Hiram Bingham Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Peru
Do the Inca trail the easy way. This train is decorated in the style of 1920s Pullman carriages: the interior comprises vast expanses of polished wood and gleaming brass, and the large bar is the perfect place to enjoy a Pisco Sour with the object of your affections. The observation car is the ideal place to take in the scenery, and the fare includes entry to Machu Picchu and afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
5. Jungfraubahnen Wilderswil to Schynige Platte Switzerland
This nostalgic journey along a Swiss cog railway is a great way to take in Switzerland s best bits. The seven kilometre route is one which has been traversed for 120 years, and en route to the high altitude Schynige Platte, you ll be treated to unbeatable views of the Eiger, Msnch and Jungfrau. At the top, take a romantic stroll through the crisp mountain air, or hike to the ridge for amazing views over Lake Brienz.
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