Luxury sleeper train routes across Europe
There are many luxury sleeper train routes crossing Europe. Imagine giving your hand luggage to your driver and boarding the train at the end of the day. You start by having cocktails in the lounge car while enjoying the sunset. Then imagine a gourmet dinner by candlelight as the train rolls by, the snow-capped Alps just outside the window.
Treat yourself to a nightcap or dessert and return to your suite, where your turndown service is complete. Put on your pyjamas, put on the bathrobe and slippers provided and nibble on the chocolate that was left on your pillow. Then lie down on the most comfortable bed and enjoy the rocking motion of the train putting you to sleep as it chugs.
Wake up early in the morning to a new view. Stretch out for a while and choose a menu, all from the comfort of your bed. Order room service and enjoy breakfast while viewing the sights through your own train window. Arrive at your destination rested, showered and fed; usually early enough for lunch. What better way to travel and really enjoy all the sights than taking a train with all the amenities you would have in a hotel. Here are five luxury sleeper train routes across Europe to push these ideas forward.
1. London to Venice – Retrospective of the 1920s
The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is a Belmond train that takes a day and a half to travel from London to Venice. This retro 1920s train has six large suites adorned with heavy curtains, a royal bed, gold detailed walls and a sitting area with a long elegant sofa and complementary table. Savor meals with views of the Alps, Venetian lagoons and more.
2. From Milan to Sicily – Boat Train
Take the Trenitalia sleeper train from Milan to Sicily and take a train and boat tour at the same time. The train departs from Milan in the evening. The next morning, the cars are dismantled and put individually on a specialized ferry to then travel through the Strait of Messina by boat-train. The arrival in Sicily takes place at the end of the afternoon.
3. Paris to Venice – Luxury Smorgasbord
From one of the most romantic cities in Europe to another, leaving one at sunset and arriving in the other just after breakfast. Dinner, cocktails and breakfast are all served on this route, with Italian and French touches.
4. London to Fort William – Shower on the Rails
Take the Caledonian sleeper train from London and wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the mountains. Jump into the shower in your room before ordering breakfast served straight to your car. You will arrive in Fort William quite early in the afternoon.
5. Vienna to Paris – Welcome Amenities
The Night Jet from Vienna to Paris welcomes its guests with white gloves and champagne. This sleeper train offers a bathroom kit, welcome bag, slippers, bathrobes and wake-up service. Visit Salzburg and Munich en route, then arrive in Paris just before lunch.