Just the Ticket: Six Scenic Train Journeys for Easter Weekend

While train travel is kind on the carbon footprint, it also reminds us of the joys of a slow-paced escape. Ahead of the Easter weekend, Sebastian Schoellgen, founder of Eighty Four Rooms, a meticulously curated portfolio of the world's most unique and exclusive boutique hotels and houses, has picked out the routes to make your spring getaway as much about the journey as the destination. Expect village-hopping in the Italian Riviera, two-day European odysseys and round-trips through Napa Valley's wineries. Full steam ahead.

Train Journeys for a Spring Getaway

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express passes through the Brenner pass, Austria | Photo by David Noton ©Belmond

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Route

London, UK to Venice, Italy

Duration: Two days. Leaves London Victoria Sundays 10am and reaches Venice Monday 6.25pm.

Best time to travel: April

Good to know: Dress smart; dining aboard these historic, art-deco carriages is a glamorous affair - the three-course bellini brunch is a particular favourite among passengers.

Scenery along the Golden Pass Line from Spiez to Montreux, Switzerland.

GoldenPass MOB Belle Epoque

Route: Montreux to Gstaad, Switzerland

Duration: 1 1/4 hours

Best time to travel: March, for the ultimate Alpine wonderland.

Good to know: Stop in picturesque Rougemont for the best raclette and fondue at Cerf, a traditional Swiss Restaurant.

Landwasser Viadukt, Engadin, Switzerland

Glacier Express

Route: St Moritz to Zermatt, Switzerland

Duration: Eight hours

Best time to travel: April for snow-capped mountains.

Good to know: The Glacier Express is often referred to as "the slowest express train in the world". Book the Excellence Class to enjoy window seats, a bar area, personal travel guidance and multi-course lunch.

Manarola - one of the villages of Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Express

Route: Levanto to La Spezia, Italy

Duration: 45 minutes

Best time to travel: April; the Riviera is lovely in spring, when tourists are few and temperatures are mild.

Good to know: Combine your journey with a day trip to Portofino, less than two hours' drive from Levanto.

The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

West Highland Line

Route: Glasgow to Mallaig via Fort William, Scotland

Duration: Three hours 50 minutes

Best time to travel: April

Good to know: The line is considered the world's most scenic, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Route: Downtown Napa to St Helena (and back), Calfornia, US

Duration: Three hours

Best time to travel: March

Good to know: This 36-mile round-trip gives passengers the inside track on some of the most celebrated winemaking families in Napa.