• 7 joy rides: great railways of the world (Part 1)

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    It’s often been said that ‘life’s a journey, not a destination.’ These train trips have convinced us it’s both.

    At Titan we’re constantly thrilled by the great railway journeys of the world. Sure, you can fly across Europe in a matter of hours. And yes, there are quicker ways to travel between some of Africa’s great sights and sounds. But as you step on board a train, you can look forward to seeing these wonders in an entirely different way.

    Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    If you’ve ever thought that the age of budget airlines and bargain holidays put an end to elegant, unhurried travel, a trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express might just change your mind. The sumptuous art deco interior is like a film set, with exquisite features like Lalique glass inlays and polished cherry-wood panelling. And as you make your way to your luxurious cabin, it’s easy to imagine yourself as a character in a 1930s romance.

    The service is exceptional, with white-gloved stewards welcoming you inside and uniformed bartenders pouring the champagne. The delicious food is as local and seasonal as possible, with fresh ingredients brought on board along the way, like Brittany lobsters, for instance. And as you wind your way to some of Europe’s most wonderful cities, you’ll see why the ‘golden age’ of travel is still very much in full swing on board the Orient Express.

    view of orient express cabin view of canal view of germany

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    Enjoy the classic Orient Express London-Venice journey then spend three fantastic days exploring La Serenissima. You can also make the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express part of a longer holiday exploring Tuscany. Or even take a less-travelled route to Berlin for a few days of history and sightseeing.

    Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa

    Imagine taking a leisurely soak in a roll top bath as you watch majestic African landscapes slide past. Imagine sinking into a wing-tipped chair as you await the gong that announces that dinner is served. Imagine sipping your morning coffee in a beautiful Victorian dining car as you head towards your next amazing destination. Unforgettable. There are plenty of reasons why Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa is the so-called ‘most luxurious train in the world.’ This is next-level comfort and elegance, recalling a bygone era when travel was always this sophisticated and relaxed.

    rooms on rovos rail view of rovos rail cabin on rovos rail

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    Two nights on board the Pride of Africa is part of our epic 17-day Tracks of Africa tour. As you travel through South Africa, Zambia and Botswana, you’ll be guided through highlights like the beautiful Garden Route, Cape Town and Table Mountain, an exhilarating African safari and the spectacular Victoria Falls, known as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’.

    Rocky Mountaineer

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience a truly humbling wilderness from a truly comfortable seat? To feel the mountain breeze in your hair without climbing any mountains? To dine on the finest local produce as you look out for local wildlife? The Rocky Mountaineer offers a unique way to see some of North America’s most epic landscapes by day before resting your head in some of its finest hotels by night. This fully glass-domed train is one giant viewing platform that snakes its way through Western Canada, taking in everything from the vibrancy of Pacific Coast Vancouver to the unspoilt beauty of the Canadian Rockies.

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    You may want to go all out for the 17-day World’s Most Spectacular Rail Journey. Or perhaps go for the 15-day Canadian Rockies Grand Circle. We offer nine different tours that include journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer, so there’s sure to be an itinerary that takes your fancy.

    rocky mountaineer rainforest to goldrush north america view of north america

    Another train ride?

    To expand your Canadian adventure even further, our Trans Canadian Rail Odyssey features VIA Rail’s The Canadian too. Taking you all the way west from Toronto on the east coast to Jasper in the Rockies, this is another spectacular rail journey across a vast, beautiful landscape.

    Titicaca Train

    So far removed (in every sense of the word) from your average train journey, a trip on Peru’s Titicaca Train is incomparable. Travelling from the Altiplano to the Andean peaks, it’s one of the highest railway routes in the world, reaching altitudes of more than 4,300 metres.

    The classic midnight-blue and cream livery hints at the stylish décor inside, with dark-wood panelling, linen-dressed tables and brass details inspired by the Pullman carriages of the 1920s. And when you want to really immerse yourself, there’s an open deck where you can breathe in that crisp mountain air as the La Raya range slips past.

    view of the titicaca train south america view of machu picchu floating uros island

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    Enjoy a night on board the Titicaca Train as part of our 14-day Footsteps of the Incas tour. Boarding the train at Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, you’ll climb past villages and grasslands to La Raya – the highest point of the journey. Then it’s on towards vibrant Cusco, once capital of the Inca empire. This amazing tour also features a visit to Machu Picchu, Peru’s most famous and arguably most breathtaking sight.

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    Although she loves a lie-in at home, Laura is often up and about before dawn on holiday. She’s watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, Uluru and Angkor Wat, but her favourite was seeing the first light of the New Year sweeping across the yacht-dotted waters of Sydney Harbour.

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