5 Most Luxurious Train Rides Offering Drinks And Striking Views Across The World

All aboard, the journey of your lifetime rolling through breathtaking landscapes, sipping exquisite drinks!


“Journey is better than the destination itself,” the popular saying is true for many travel connoisseurs especially for those who like train rides. There’s a lot that train rides offer including luxury of sipping and savouring while gazing stunning views through the crystal glass windows. These rides combine the romance of train travel with high-end amenities and access to and top-notch beverages. Even better, as most of these train travel cover several days, guests are treated to a generous array of sumptuous meals alongside some outrageously glorious views. 


Whether it’s wandering in the Scottish Highlands aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman, indulging in a whiskey tasting while the scenery unfolds outside your window. Or, journey through the vineyards of Napa Valley on the Napa Valley Wine Train, savouring local wines paired with delicious meals. Once you’ve experienced such a ride, there’s no going back to ordinary rides with the same old neck pillows! So, join us as we take you through five spectacular boozy train rides in different countries across the globe.


Napa Valley Wine Train, California

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Hop on a surreal journey across the most beautiful wine valley Napa in a classic locomotive steam engine Napa Valley Wine Train for an unforgettable experience. With exquisitely restored Pullman carts, the historic train offers a wide range of wine-tasting journeys, some completely on board and others with stops at partner wineries along the route, between downtown Napa and St. Helena. On the Napa Valley Wine Train, guests can enjoy a curated journey of gourmet delights paired with world-famous Napa wines either during a daytime ride passing through iconic vineyards or on a romantic twilight dinner. Highlights of the ride include the Grgich Hills Estate Tasting which combines a gourmet onboard meal — with dishes like grilled beef tenderloin and smoked salmon and on spot tastings at Grgich Hills Estate and Tasting On The Rails, a seven-course journey through the wines of Chandon, Charles Krug, Belle Gos among others.


Le Grand Tour, France

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Clink Champagne glasses in the golden hour as you witness a stunning sunset in a convivial atmosphere on Le Grand Tour rolling through the great wine regions of France. This sumptuous Belle Époque masterpiece will transport you on a voyage full of surprises and fresh feelings. The six-day journey is to sip vintage Burgundy in Beaune and taste oysters fresh from the sea with local white Bordeaux in Arcachon. Guests can wander through the medieval village of Saint Emilion once the train halts at one of the city’s tasting rooms. Created by Michelin three-star chef Alexandre Couillon, the train’s multi-course lunches and dinners are as extravagant as the wines.


The Carolina shine, North Carolina

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Shine and dine on The Carolina Shine, an all-adult first class train while rolling through the Great Smoky Mountains. On the journey, get a front-row view of Fontana Lake, the historic Fontana Trestle, the Nantahala forest and stunning foliage while sipping the smoothest, triple-distilled moonshine in different flavours in the Carolinas. On the way, guests can also enjoy Moonshine infused cocktails like Copper Cola or Moonshiner’s Mimosa or learn about the tradition of making moonshine and its unique bootlegging history in the Appalachians. To satisfy your appetite, try Carolina’s delicacies featuring Cajun seasoned pulled pork BBQ, cheesy shrimp and grits, and ham hash brown casserole.


Jose Cuervo Express, Mexico


Set on a Mexican journey to the magical town of Tequila on Jose Cuervo Express for an adventure of a lifetime. The Cuervo Express with its ultra-plush seating offers a spectacular view of the emerald green landscape from its large windows. On board the train, guests can taste an exclusive line of cocktails and enjoy their Premium tequila Reserva de la Familia. While traversing through the agave landscape to Tequila, guests can savour authentic Mexican snacks and can visit the scenic towns and oldest distillery in Latin America.


Belmond Royal Scotsman, Scotland 

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Delve into a land of soaring peaks and deep valleys, and looming castles on the world’s most elegant train, the Belmond Royal Scotsman. The train offers a variety of itineraries across the country including a four-night journey through the Scottish Highlands that includes a formal four-course lunch, a cask whisky tasting, and private visits of local distilleries. Guests can also try their hands at clay pigeon shooting and plunge into mystical lochs for an exhilarating wild swim all from the comfort of this luxe train. As you’ll pass through Scotland’s natural landscapes, enjoy Scottish whisky and leave the rest of the world at the depot!

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