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Top 5 Luxury Trains

Forget the Jet Set

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Luxury Trains

The Best Railways in the World

With airliners shipping passengers across continents in mere hours, Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk working on a "Hyperloop" that would transport travelers faster than the speed of sound, and moguls like Richard Branson even exploring the possibilities of commercial space flight, the passenger train is no longer the quickest way from Point A to Point B. However, there's still something to be said about the romance of rail travel — about crossing the countryside with other like-minded travelers in search of adventure and the opportunity to swap stories in the dining car. On GAYOT's list of the Top 5 Luxury Trains, we've chosen exciting excursions on as many continents as possible, from dramatic treks across the Australian Outback to elegant tours through the great cities of Europe.




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Located in world-renowned wine regions from Napa to Bordeaux to South Africa, these historic roads offer both great wine and beautiful scenery.
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