Romance on the Rails

All aboard for a honeymoon adventure by train.
By: 
Jenna Mahoney

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Photo courtesy of Orient-Express

The Eastern & Oriental Express, Southeast Asia

Take a ride through the fascinating landscapes and cultures of Asia on the grande dame of luxury train travel, immortalized by English mystery writer Agatha Christie. The 59-cabin train features period accommodations and steward service. Two dining cars serve regional and European cuisine; an observation car boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a deck. On the seven-day Epic Thailand tour, you'll weave across the country starting in Bangkok and concluding in the northern jungle region of Chiang Mai. Stops include tours of ornate temples, traditional villages and elephant refuges (Eastern & Oriental Express Epic, Thailand, rates start at $8,900 for two people and include six-nights' accommodations, all meals and excursions; orient-express.com).

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Photo courtesy of Orient-Express

Chocolate Train, Switzerland

Experience all of Switzerland's riches—gorgeous alpine scenery, delicious cheeses and decadent chocolate—on a day trip aboard Rail Europe's Chocolate Train. Choose among the line's vintage Pullman cars with wood paneling and a cozy bar car or the more modern carriages with oversize windows. Both make stops at the town of Gruyère, home of the Gruyères Castle and cheese of the same name, and the Cailler-Nestlé factory. Taste both the Gruyère and the chocolate on guided tours of the factories, but try not to overdo it (rates start at about $97 per person for the day excursion, guided tours and snacks; raileurope.com).

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Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Explore the Rockies with this Canadian outfitter and get the best of both worlds—old-school train glamour blended with plush, modern accommodations at Fairmont hotels set along the train route. Choose the seven-day Canada's West itinerary and chug past sparkling Lake Louise, cosmopolitan Vancouver and picturesque Banff. Excursion stops include helicopter rides above pine-green national parks and the craggy Rockies; a ranch tour is also included. At night slip into blissful slumber at your hotel (Rocky Mountaineer Train, British Columbia, Canada, rates start at $2,330 per person and include six-nights' accommodations at Fairmont resorts, guided tours, transfers, park admissions, some meals and excursions, including a helicopter ride; rockymountaineer.com).

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Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer