Memorable Train Journeys

Inside the Monaco train station

I love traveling by train.  Sometimes I specifically arrange my itinerary in order to travel on certain trains.  Here’s a list of my most notable train rides.

  • Denver/Salt Lake City/San Francisco, 2011: This 30 hour journey on Amtrak was spectacular.  The highlight was traveling through Glenwood Canyon in western Colorado. Slow journey and average food but the scenery made up for it.
  • Rochester, NY/Niagara Falls/Toronto, 2010:  The highlight of this Canadian Rail trip was passing over the gorge between the USA and Canada as well as the views of lake Ontario.
  • Rome/Bologna, 2008: I really enjoyed our meal in the first class car of Trenitalia’s high speed line.  Click here to read more about it.
  • Cumbres & Toltec Railroad - Colorado and New Mexico

    Milano/Cannes, 2008:  Traveling along the coast from the Italian border to Cannes was breathtaking!  I loved to the views of the Mediterranean sea.  Not a high speed line but definitely enjoyable.

  • Cannes/Monaco, 2008: The highlight of this journey on SNCF was the arrival at Monaco.  The station is inside a mountain.  It’s an impressive way to arrive at this filthy rich, city state.
  • Cumbres & Toltec Railroad, 2008:  Albeit a tourist train these days, this steam engine train was a lot of fun and the scenery was spectacular.  It traverses the high mountains of Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.  Great for the kids.
  • Madrid/Sevilla, 2004: I enjoyed our trip on Spain’s new high speed line between these great cities.  Beautiful countryside.
  • Paris/London, 2002: This was my first trip on the Eurostar.  It was sleek and fast and a lot of fun. Nice scenery outside Paris and London.  Well worth every penny!

The Monaco Train Station

  • Rabat/Marrakech, 2001: Slow but memorable train journey from the capital of Morocco to bustling Marrakech.  Nice countryside.
  • Hong Kong/Guangzhou, 1998: Fairly fast journey from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. Idling at the border as we went through customs was not so much fun.
  • Salzburg/Bolzano, 1997: This route between Austria and Italy via the Alps was incredibly scenic especially since I traveled in winter.  Quite memorable.
  • Cairo/Luxor, 1987: Very slow moving train, however, it was fun ridging along the Nile River and admiring the desert.  My journey back to Cairo was agonizing, however!
  • Bombay/New Delhi, 1987: Traveled on the so-called Rajdhani Express between this two bustling cities.  Stopping in the middle of nowhere for more than four hours was not pleasant, however.  I enjoyed chatting with my fellow passengers – especially a older Sikh man who kept spitting into a bowl while we discussed Indian politics.

About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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