Be it jaw-dropping scenery, a rich historical significance, the tradition and atmosphere of the train itself – or a combination of all three – here’s our round-up of the world’s best.
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Porto, Norte, Portugal|www.thepresidentialtrain.com|
This rare example of a tourist train using genuinely historic rolling stock, began operations in 2017 using the 1890-built carriages for the royal train of Carlos I.
It has hosted many heads of state including Elizabeth II before becoming a magnificent way to enjoy the scenic delights of the Douro Valley Cultural Landscape – a World Heritage Site for its long association with port – and a port wine tasting at a private estate.
The train has compartments for 2, 3 or 6 people, but dining tables are for 4 people, respecting the original layout.
After leaving Porto a gourmet lunch is served before the mid-afternoon visit to Quinta do Vesuvio. Rejoining the train there are drinks and musical entertainment before arriving back in Porto.
Getting there & doing it
The train leaves from Platform 6 at the ornately tiled station of Sao Bento in Oporto, which can be reached by fast trains from Lisbon. Smart attire appropriate.
When to do it
The train normally operates on selected Saturdays and Sundays.
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