There is much to be said for a certain degree of comfort when it comes to choosing a holiday when you’re over 50. So, why not consider a rail holiday? Travelling by train, you can not only journey in comfort and style to a number of exciting destinations in one trip, you will also have the added bonus of watching all manner of scenery pass by, right outside your window. Just imagine watching the rolling Alpine landscapes of Italy, indulging in silver-service dining as you chug through India, or racing through endless red deserts in Australia with the gently swaying motion of the train encouraging you to relax.
Still undecided? Great travel writer Paul Theroux once said: “I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it.” So why not take a leaf out of his book and choose one of these top rail holidays for the over 50s…
1.The Eastern and Oriental Express
Although the Orient Express might be an opulent history lesson in 1920s grandeur, this does not necessarily translate to comfort with its authentic lack of showers and en suite facilities. Although the name might have a similar ring, the Eastern and Oriental Express takes a different approach, offering modern day luxury without scrimping on the charm of the traditional luxury railway. Running from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station, this 19-coach sleeping car chugs passengers through beautiful Malaysia to Singapore – enjoy the sights and sounds of the Orient with a cocktail in hand as you experience a journey that stays true to its colonial heritage. Book through Belmond who offer a range of iconic rail holidays, just in case you develop an addiction.
2.The Rocky Mountaineer
If stunning scenery is what you’re looking for, the short-but-sweet two-day journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer, with its incredible views of the Rocky Mountains and Vancouver, could be just what the doctor ordered. Choose from one of four different routes through the Rockies to witness an impressive moving backdrop of glacier-fed lakes, verdant green forests, glittering rivers and fascinating wildlife rushing by the window. In fact, why not go the whole hog and book one of the infamous Gold Leaf tickets so you can ride and dine in a traditional Dome Car. Keep your eyes peeled – bears are frequently spotted on this trip.
3.The Palace on Wheels
Who can resist a name like that? The Palace on Wheels is renowned for being the most pleasurable way to discover exotic Rajasthan whilst avoiding the heat, the crowds and the overwhelming hustle and bustle, which can be quite overwhelming for visitors new to India’s charms. The seven-night trip begins in colourful Delhi and takes in some of India’s best-loved highlights such as the majestic Taj Mahal, all whilst you are waited on hand and foot by your own personal steward. You’ll feel like a maharaja before the holiday is up.
4.The Harz Railway
The Harz Railway has the world’s largest fleet of steam-powered locomotives and winding your way through the story-book villages scattered throughout the magical Harz Mountains of Germany is an experience you’ll never forget. Book a seven-day escorted and you can enjoy epic landscapes by day and four-star hotel accommodation by night.
One for the intrepid explorer, The Ghan takes its passengers on an epic journey right into the heart of Australia. The Ghan Expedition is a three-night and four-day trip from vibrant Darwin with its galleries, museums and waterside dining spots, all the way through the red desert centre of the country to emerge in cosmopolitan Adelaide on the southern coast. All food is included in the fare as well as numerous stops at places of cultural and natural interest such as the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy and the famous outback town of Alice Springs.
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