It was a memorable holiday that we both enjoyed very much. The people were every bit as wonderful as we had been told they would be, food was also excellent.
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In Southern Argentina at the heart of the picturesque Lake District, “La Trochita” is a narrow gauge steam train that has been lovingly restored and which originally ran between the pretty town of Esquel to Ingeniero Jacobacci via El Maiten, along some 402 km of track.
The “Train to the Clouds” is one of South America’s most spectacular rail journeys, an engineering masterpiece which cuts a dizzying trail high into the red-rock canyons and gorges of Argentina’s north-west altiplano above the town of Salta.
Capital of Parana state, Curitiba is a pleasant, modern city and the starting point for one of South America’s most spectacular train rides – the Serra Verde Express.
The Serra Verde Express is one of South America’s prettiest rail journeys, a heady piece of track that negotiates mountains, forests and ravines to reach Brazil’s steamy southern coast.
The iconic “Devil’s Nose Train” is one of the last remnants of Ecuador’s Great Southern Railway that linked the port of Guayaquil in the south to the capital Quito. On completion, the “most difficult train in the world”, as it was dubbed, cut a dizzying trail high into the Andes through canyons, mountains and gorges.
In June 2013, the “Tren Crucero” was launched, a wonderful project to knit together 4 sections of the surviving track of Ecuador’s Great Southern Railway that once linked the port of Guayaquil to the capital Quito.
Situated over 2,100 metres above sea level Shimla, was the cool summer capital of India under British rule and is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. The city itself is very spread out; however it is delightful with a long pedestrian only mall lined with colourful bazaars with shops selling everything from handicrafts and spices to household goods and fabrics.
The ‘Deccan Odyssey’ is India’s newest luxury train journey and is fast becoming one of the World’s great rail experiences.
One of India’s most iconic and luxurious train journeys, the Palace on Wheels is an exclusive way to experience the highlights of Rajasthan in the utmost comfort.
Koya-san is the centre of Buddhist study and practice that was founded around 12 centuries ago by Buddhist monk Kobo Daiashi Kukai as a centre for Shingon Buddhist training. His wish was to establish a monastery deep in the mountains away from worldly distractions where monks could practice and pray for peace and the welfare of the people.
Running almost 673km from the Pacific Port of Los Mochis to the industrial hub of Chihuahua, Mexico’s “Chihuahua al Pacifico” Railroad (“el Chepe”) is one of Latin America’s great rail journeys and a magnificent feat of engineering.
The Andean Explorer Train: Cusco to Puno
The Hiram Bingham Train: Cusco and the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
This luxury train was built in Japan in 1972 and operated as the Silver Star in New Zealand. Its carriages were then re-designed by Gérard Gallet, the man behind much of the design and refurbishment of both the British Pullman and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
The last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings and the country’s second largest city, Kandy is a delightful place to spend at least a couple of days. Kandy Lake is the focal point of this truly beautiful city which was rightfully declared a World Heritage Site in 1988.
It comes as no surprise that a country so well known for its tea is home to vast rolling hills of picturesque tea plantations.
We get a lot of inquiries from train enthusiasts who would like to travel by train – on board the famous “reunification express” - when travelling the huge length of Vietnam. Whilst we at Oasis Travel are all for train travel where feasible, as we feel it definitely gets you closer to the real country, we do not however recommend the Reunification Eexpress.
The journey to Sapa has never been more easily accessible or as elegant as when travelling in style on board the luxurious Victoria Express Train. The stylish wood clad carriages are reminiscent of a bygone era where train travel was so much more romantic!
When explorer David Livingstone first ventured into and named the town of Victoria Falls, he didn’t realise it already had a more fitting name – Mosai-Oa-Tunya, The Smoke That Thunders. The mighty Zambezi River drops off in spectacular fashion, creating a powerful spectacle that is the most notable of the seven natural wonders of the world.
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