Amazing Train Routes
Published: April 2009
By Tanvi Chheda
While airlines are cutting back on everything from bottled water to blankets, trains are stepping up their service. Here are several new routes on which you’ll actually want to slow down and savor the journey.
The Golden Eagle The Routes Three options along parts of the Trans-Siberian railroad: a 13-day trip from Moscow to the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar; a 15-day, 5,800-mile trip from Moscow to Vladivostok, on Russia’s Pacific coast; or a 21-day ride from Moscow to Beijing, which follows the Silk Road. What to Expect In the highest-end Gold Class, passengers have their own private showers with heated floors. All cabins have plasma TV’s and DVD players. Meals incorporate Russian dishes like borscht and beluga caviar. The Details 44-161/928-9410; gwtravel.co.uk; from $10,995 per person for a 60-square-foot Silver Class cabin; $13,595 for a 77-square-foot Gold Class cabin; both include all meals.
Grand Luxe Limited The Routes Known for weeklong excursions in the United States, Grand Luxe has recently teamed up with Amtrak to create shorter U.S. itineraries: Chicago to Los Angeles (three days); Chicago to San Francisco (three days); and Washington, D.C., to Miami (two days). What to Expect You’ll make like Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot: dinners with chilled champagne and fresh-off-the-boat Alaskan halibut. The Details 800/320-4206; grandluxerail.com; from $789 per person for a 49-square-foot vintage Pullman cabin; $1,199 for a 67-square-foot Grand Suite; both include all meals; through January 6.