Why Your Next Family Vacation Should Be On a Train

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London to Venice on Belmond

London to Venice on Belmond

For a decidedly more upscale experience, Belmond, offers “journeys” in historic Pullman cars that smack of train travel’s Golden Age. The best adult-only trip is the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, an overnight from London to Venice that is a formal experience with a dress code, elaborate meals, and piano in the bar car. But if you’re bringing the family along, try the somewhat more relaxed Grand Hibernian, a round trip from Dublin to Belfast that includes off-board sightseeing — a Belfast highlights tour, a stop at The Titanic Experience museum (the ship was constructed in Belfast), a visit to Curraghmore House, and a grand mansion in Waterford. This is still an upscale experience — with elaborate meals as well as evening entertainment (local musicians, storytellers) on the Observation Deck — so you probably will want to wait until the kids are teens for this one. [$3,300 per person, belmond.com]

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