Just the Ticket: Six Scenic Train Journeys for Easter Weekend

Just the Ticket: Six Scenic Train Journeys for Easter Weekend


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,
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

UK to Venice,

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

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

GoldenPass MOB Belle Epoque

, 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

Landwasser Viadukt, Engadin, Switzerland

Glacier Express

St Moritz
, Switzerland

Duration: Eight hours

Best time to travel: April for snow-capped

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

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.