To truly take the scenic route, book passage on these trains that are as beautiful as the scenery they pass through. Be sure the check out the full list here:
  1. Seven Stars in Kyushu
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    Japan’s ultra-luxe rail line traverses the dramatic mountainous island of Kyushu, stopping at the rustic town of Yufuin, a destination famous for its hot springs. Photo Courtesy: Kyushu Railway Co.
  2. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
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    With its luxe woven Indian textiles and abundance of gold, the sleeper suite on the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is decidedly more like a small room of a palace than a train compartment. Photo Courtesy: The Luxury Trains
  3. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
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    The original Orient Express took its first trip in 1883, departing Paris for Istanbul. Today’s iteration, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express continues to represent the height of luxury European travel but travels a different route, leaving London for Venice via France, Switzerland, and the Austrian Alps. Photo Courtesy: Belmond
  4. Al Andalus
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    Several of the coaches used for the Al Andalus were originally built in the 1920s and welcomed British monarchs traveling from Calais, France, to the Riviera. The interiors have a mix of period details, like the metalwork and lighting, and Belle Epoque–inspired flourishes. Photo Courtesy: Renfe
  5. Eastern and Oriental Express
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    The interior design scheme of Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express combines Southeast Asian touches with colonial embellishments. Chinese and Thai lacquer abounds, while the observation car is covered with teak paneling. The Presidential Suite, pictured here, features inlaid wood, antique brass fittings, and campaign-style furniture to accommodate the room’s small dimensions. Photo Courtesy: Belmond