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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.