We are increasingly enjoying travelling by train when we are on holiday with some exceptional experiences available around the globe.
Here are some great train rides from the Chameleon Worldwide group:
Train Journeys and not an anorak in sight
Oriental Desert Express (Morocco): 8 days £1649
This unusual, off-the-beaten-track trip includes not one but two Moroccan train experiences. The first is a trip from Fez to Nador but the star of the show is the Oriental Desert Express. The train is privately chartered to enable the group to stop wherever they want, perhaps to say hello to nomadic Berbers. The journey which goes from Oujda by the Med to the Sahara Desert takes about 10 hours and meals are eaten on board in the restaurant car. Other highlights of the holiday include exploring Fez, discovering the oasis town of Figuig, meeting the nomadic people of the Oriental Plateau and experiencing life on a Moroccan Olive Farm. The holiday departs on 9 October (the only 2015 departure) and costs from £1649 pp. (two sharing) which includes flights, all land transportation, 7-nights’ accommodation, most meals and a tour leader.
Connoisseur’s Peru: 14 days from £5150
On day nine of the two-week Connoisseurs Peru itinerary, you will board the luxurious Orient Express Hiram Bingham train to travel to Machu Picchu. The train is boarded at Ollantaytambo before climbing all the way to the fabled Inca city. A night is spent at Aguas Calientes before re-boarding the train to travel to Poroy station, just outside Cusco enjoying a superb meal en-route. Other highlights include the capital city of Lima, the Sacred Valley and spending a night in the Amazon rainforest. The holiday costs from £5150 pp. which includes Premium Economy international flights, 12 nights’ accommodation in good quality hotels, some meals and all transportation.
Lares Inca Trail in Peru– 10 days from £1899
Walks Worldwide has a trekking trip to Peru called Lares Inca Trail which includes a ride on the famous Vistadome train, comprised of 1965 vintage German Ferrostaal refurbished railcars with large side and overhead windows, allowing views of the mountainous terrain en-route. The train goes from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. Other highlights of the trip which takes place on quiet trails that do not require a permit include hiking trails in the rarely visited Lares Valley, taking you over high mountain passes, past upland lakes, rushing waterfalls and through remote Andean villages. The holiday costs from £1899 pp. (two sharing) which includes flights, all transportation, 7-nights’ accommodation, most meals, camping equipment, guides and porters.