Ravascletto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy (by Elido Turco, Gigi)
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Switzerland, by Tim Blessed
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Named for the explorer who discovered the lost city of the Incas, this train operated by PeruRail makes day trips between Cusco and Machu Picchu in style. Passengers dine on brunch fare and take in the incredible views from the comfort of the train’s plush carriages and open-air observation car as they travel 3 1/2 hours through the Andes. A guided tour of the ruins is followed by teatime in the beautiful gardens at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Back aboard the train, guests can discuss the day over Pisco Sours and a four-course dinner on the return leg to Cusco (from $319 one-way, $599 roundtrip).
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Rocky Mountaineers - Canada
Take in the gorgeous mountain views of the Canadian Rockies aboard with Rocky Mountaineer, offering 45 train vacation options ranging from two to 25 days across four rail routes. The popular “First Passage to the West” route from Vancouver to Calgary retraces the steps of 19th-century explorers, traversing the Continental Divide. Packages include off-train excursions like helicopter tours, visits to Lake Louise, a walk across the tree tops over the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, and overnights in towns including Kamloops and Banff. Tours are offered in three service levels, including a brand new Silver-Leaf service with seating in the train’s glass-domed coach.
West Highland Line, Scotland
Voted the top rail journey in the world by Wanderlust readers in 2009, trains on the rugged West Highland Line traverse the Glenfinnan Viaduct between Fort William and Mallaig. Sound familiar? You’ll probably know it already from the Harry Potter movies.
Napa Valley Wine Train - California
This train takes guests through the heart of California wine country, following tracks originally laid in the 1860s from the town of Napa north to the quaint village of St. Helena. Choose from three-hour lunch or dinner rides, each featuring multicourse meals of sustainable, seasonal fare and, of course, wine. We’d spring for the Champagne dinner in the Vista Dome, a restored 1952 Pullman rail car with oversize windows for optimal views of the rolling, vine-covered hills ($139 per person). Passengers can also opt to include visits to wineries in their itinerary, with private group tours and tastings at vineyards including Domaine Chandon, Grgich Hills Estate, and Raymond Vineyards.