Best train holiday routes in Europe for eco-friendly travel

This is less of a simple transportation swap, and more of choice to indulge in a completely different (and extraordinary) type of holiday. Golden Eagle Luxury Trains specialise in (very fancy) train tours around the world, with some brilliant routes through Europe. Some are themed – such as the Castles of Transylvania, for example – but we particularly like the sound of the Grand Alpine Express.

Over the course of 11 days, guests will visit 14 locations, including Budapest, Vienna, Semmering Pass, Lake Achen, Innsbruck, Zurich, St Gotthard Pass, Lake Como, Milan, Verona, Trieste, Lake Bled, Ljubljana and Venice.

Views from the train windows include the dramatic Swiss Alps, contrasted with the beautiful Italian Lake District, and much in-between. Each day has been meticulously planned to include experiences like a private concert featuring the Vienna Supreme Orchestra and a visit to Hungary’s historic Great Market Hall.

Although there are a few hotel stays throughout the trip (when the itinerary stops in one location for more than a day), the train’s facilities themselves are pretty special. Think shiny dark wood, ornate lighting and even flowers on your bide table.

There is one tour a year, with 2020’s dates being in May and as you can imagine the price is high. From 8-18 May for a double room the cost is £11,495 per two people.