1. Pride of Africa:
Cape Town to Dar es Salaam via Kimberley, Pretoria, Kruger National Park,
Beit Bridge, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls Lusaka and through Tanzania, complete with cast-iron tub and fresh flowers by your king-size bed, windows that actually open!, tufted leather armchairs in the dining car turned observation carriage. Better bring the cocktail dress and tux for the lounge and club cars. 14D one-way from $11,850 per person; rovos.com

2. Short & Superb The Royal Scotsman:
5D round-trip of Edinburgh, Keith, Inverness, Capital of Highlands, travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, with tartan-dressed beds and lots of free Scotch, especially if you board the ‘Classic Whisky Journey’, departing September 26. £4,680 per person; royalscotsman.com

3. Alaska Railroad:
Location more the point than the amenities per se, though of course this is a luxury train by any parameter. 5Day tours from $1,815 per person on double occupancy; alaskarailroad.com

4. Hiram Bingham:
A Pullman-style day trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu, with meals in the rather 1920s dining car and sightseeing, and tea or overnight stop at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. $502; orient-express.com

5. Danube Express:
12D Budapest to Instanbul through Kesztheley and Ljbubljana, with stops at Sarajevo, Belgrade, Sofia and Gallipoli Peninsula and some Szeremly wine. Complete with pri­vate butler. £9,995; danube-express.com