10 Incredible Train Trips


The Blue Train in South Africa

A train trip could be a great way to see the South African countryside.
A train trip could be a great way to see the South African countryside.

Yet another train ride for Agatha Christie fans, South Africa's Blue Train is the picture of luxury. The setting for Christie's Poirot thriller, "Mystery of the Blue Train," it won awards as the World's Leading Luxury Train in 2003 and 2009.

Running from Cape Town to Pretoria and to Durban, the Blue Train gives tourists a chance to explore South Africa in style. Its suites have televisions for riders to watch movies or watch the journey from the driver's perspective on the "driver's-eye-view camera." Rooms all have private bathrooms with a tub or shower and sub-floor heating.

Common areas are equally posh. The lounge car offers comfortable seating and features panoramic windows. If you want a cigar or a drink, you can head over to the club car and play a hand of cards while enjoying the passing scenery through the windows.

The Cape Town-Pretoria line is a 27-hour trip with a different stop in each direction. When departing from Pretoria, the train stops in Kimberly, an old mining town, and passengers can visit the museum there and take a tram right into an old diamond mine. On the way back north from Cape Town, the train stops in Matjiesfontein, where you can grab a drink and enjoy the colonial-style architecture.