Southern Europe

Al Andalus Train (Palace on Wheels) – Spain

The Al Andalus train trip offers lucky passengers the chance to explore the best of Spain’s famed Andalucia region on board a five-star luxury sleeper train. Known as The Spanish Palace On Wheels, this beautifully decorated express train provides guests with a sophisticated and glamorous way to see such amazing Spanish sights as Seville’s gothic […]

Circumetnea Train – Sicily, Italy

No trip to the Italian island of Sicily is complete without a ride on the Circumetnea Train, well, not for lovers of slow romantic train travel that is. Travelling for 110km and three hours the train travels from the island’s second largest city, Catania, to the seaside town of Riposto. It almost entirely encircles Mount […]

Southern Europe

Odontotos Rack Railway – Greece

Loved by locals and travellers alike, the Odontotos Rack Railway runs from the villages of Diakopto to Kalavryta on the northern Peloponnese in southern Greece. Running on the world’s narrowest gauge (0.75m), the railway runs for 22 kilometres from Diakopto though the spectacular Vouraikos Gorge and the old Mega Spileo Monastery, stopping en route at […]

Linha do Douro Railway – Portugal

The Linha do Douro is a popular rail route in northern Portugal that follows the Douro River from the city of Porto to the towns of Peso da Régua, Pinhao and Pocinho. The stretch between Peso da Régua and Pocinho where you can see the river and the steep valleys filled with vineyards, is one […]

Altaria Train – Madrid to Granada

The popular Altaria train is a long-distance high-speed train that connects the Spanish capital Madrid with four of Spain’s most popular southern cities – Algeciras, Granada, Murcia and Cartagena. The modern Altaria trains are designed with gauge changing technology that allows them to travel on both standard and high-speed rails. This allows them to reach […]

Lisbon to Madrid Train – Trenhotel Lusitania

One of the pleasures of travelling around Europe by train is being able to sleep on many of the trains. One of the best-loved overnight trains is the popular Spanish sleeper train, Trenhotel Lusitania, which links Lisbon with Madrid. Every night this train departs from Lisbon, travelling via Coimbra in Portugal and Salamanca in Spain, […]

Southern Europe

Black Sea Express Train – Bulgaria

There are few better ways to evoke nostalgia of than a steam train journey, and Bulgaria’s Black Sea Express could just be Europe’s most spectacular steam adventure. The train hails from the time of King Boris III, known as the ‘Royal Corona Express’ and used by the king as his royal railway carriages. Today the […]