Some of the globe's most legendary (and romantic) routes were recently highlighted at MSNBC, including a trans-Mongolian trip through China, Mongolia and Russia for $3,000, the five-star Blue Train in South Africa for only $1,150, or a train excursion closer to home in Alaska and Minnesota, where nightly rates start at only $79.
If your travel plans include more than one destination, try trainspotting your way with eyes wide open on a countless number of regular and high-speed train hotels around the world. Take for example the Elipsos Trainhotel with its Salvadore Dali, Joan Miro, and Francisco de Goya routes from Paris to Barcelona and Madrid, linking Spain to Italy and Switzerland. Should this be the track you choose, you can opt for all inclusive Grand Class sleepers with sumptuous 5-course meals or reclining overnight seats with la carte dinner and breakfast service.
No matter the class you choose, there's complimentary shampoo, toothpaste, razors and shaving cream for everyone to arrive fresh as the train pulls into the station.