The Rocky Mountaineer
The Gold Leaf Service on this Canadian excursion has earned a lot of bragging right in the luxury train travel world. Most notably are the breathtaking panoramic views from your seat thanks to a glass-dome bi-level coach that brings the outside in along with gourmet meals. There are four routes to take: A favorite is the Coastal Package, which provides unparalleled Pacific Ocean views from Seattle to Vancouver before traveling through the Canadian Rockies. One to 14-night packages are available. Before you go, find out the secrets your train conductor won’t tell you.
The Belmond Andean Explorer
Billed as South America’s first luxury sleeper train, but also one of the most adventurous following the highest rail lines in the world, Peru’s Belmond Andean Explorer deserves a spot on your bucket list. You can take a one- or two-night journey to experience the region’s highlights from Cusco to Arequipa, with phenomenal views of Inca ruins. Each of the 24 cabins is decorated with handwoven fabrics and alpaca-style textures. Also, on a practical note, each cabin has its own bathroom, shower, and built-in oxygen tanks and masks should the altitude start to get to you. There’s even an onboard spa! If this sounds a bit too expensive for your budget, these 11 bucket-list destinations won’t break the bank.