Luxury trains, the new travel trend

As luxury rail cruises gain increasing popularity among tourists, stakeholders are multiplying their offerings. The latest announcement: the partnership between Arsenale Group and Egypt National Railways to build Egypt’s first “Made in Italy” luxury train.


A new tourist trend is emerging. Ninety years after the publication of Agatha Christie’s famous novel, the luxurious Orient Express train continues to captivate travelers. Synonymous with contemplation and first-class service, rail cruises are back in the spotlight. Now, the journey itself is the destination.


Fully aware of the growth in this type of tourism, market players are launching multiple projects. The latest announcement came on March 17th when Arsenale Group and Egypt National Railways signed an agreement to build Egypt’s first “Made in Italy” luxury train.


By 2026, travelers will be able to board an exceptional train, entirely renovated in Italian factories based in Puglia and Sicily. The itinerary promises to take passengers from Cairo to Aswan, with stops at Luxor and Abu Simbel among others.


Rail cruising is the future of tourism, and Arsenale’s commitment is to ensure it reaches all the most beautiful countries in the world, introducing a new way of traveling that is both fascinating and sustainable,” said Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale.


This marks Arsenale’s fourth international project for luxury rail cruises, following announcements in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.


An Expanding Market


Environmental concerns have led travelers to prefer railways over airways in recent years. On average, a train journey emits six times less greenhouse gases than a comparative plane trip. However, for these rail cruises, the promise of prestigious service and exceptional surroundings is more at the heart of motivations than ecological commitment.


Obviously, this new ultra-confidential market has not been immune to extremes. Responding to the growing demand for luxury train travel, the specialized platform Railbookers plans to launch a rail cruise with an itinerary as extravagant as its price. Starting at $119,599, interested parties can book an 80-day journey around the world. Alternating between train and plane travel, this itinerary from Vancouver is set to cross four continents and thirteen countries. Visits to some of the world’s most iconic sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal, are also part of the program.


Trains Around the World

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