Cover 994 miles in style on this 27-hour ride across South Africa. Running a regular route between Cape Town and Pretoria, the speakeasy-like train includes cushy suites with goose-down duvets and a lounge where you can take in the view with other passengers while enjoying a bottle of sherry. From $721 per person.

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Blue Train alternative

If the cost of the Blue Train is out of your reach but you love the idea of taking a luxury train on this route, consider taking the once-weekly, lightly promoted Premier Class train between Jo’burg and Cape Town. This consists of near-luxury private cars added on to the regular train running that route. Excellent service and quite decent food, you’ll find as many locals as tourists traveling Premier Class, for about 1/3 the cost of the Blue Train.

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