Venice Simplon Orient Express
In the 1920s and ’30s, the Orient Express played a significant role in trans-European travel (and, you know, a murder mystery or two). Today, each car has been painstakingly restored to its former glory—from the oversized art deco wing chairs to the intricately carved wooden panels. Just be forewarned: Per historical accuracy, there are no bathrooms en suite.
This self-described “world’s slowest express train” offers a gorgeous high-altitude trek through Switzerland’s alpine wonders. The major selling point is the panoramic glass ceiling, which lets travelers see frozen lakes, snowcapped forests and ice-blue glaciers from just about every angle. Read: Pack your sunglasses.
Haven’t you always wanted to hunker down in all-tartan train car, nursing an aged whiskey and gliding past Scottish castles, lochs and glens? The Royal Scotsman has the aristocratic charm of a five-star country hotel but winds its way through the Highlands with the untamed fervor of William Wallace. There’s even an on-board kilt maker.