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Luxury Travel is as much about the journey as the destination. Two new trains have just launched that offer glamour and luxury. In fact there is no better way to explore Japan or journey up to Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire. If these trips are not on your bucket list, they should be!

1. Shiki-Shima, Japan

Japan is now setting the standard for luxury train journeys with JR East’s new Train Suite Shiki-Shima. This two-story passenger cabins include suites with tatami floors and traditional cedar soaking tubs. There are two sleek glass-walled observatory coaches offering uninterrupted views of Japan’s forests, fields and coastline, a lounge with its own piano bar and a dining car with a Michelin-starred chef. With just 34 passengers, this magical train embarked on its maiden voyage on 1st May when it departed from Tokyo to take a tour of north-eastern Japan.

2. Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru

The first journey on this train (pictured above) will take place this May and this new South American sleeper will travel over some of the world’s highest-altitude tracks in the world. The company is planing four one- and two-night journeys to the Peruvian highlands, departing from Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. The train will reach 4,800 meters in altitude, travelling to Puno where guests will visit Lake Titicaca, and then to Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The train will accommodate 68 guests in 2 double cabins; 20 twin cabins; and 12 bunk-bed cabins for two people. Food will prepared by the chefs at Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco and its interiors will be inspired by Peru’s hand-woven fabrics, with soft tones of the Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys. There will be shared access to two dining cars, an observation car with an open-air deck, and a lounge car.

Andean Explorer services will cost from $462 per person for the one-night Spirit of the Andes journey, inclusive of all meals, an open bar and scheduled excursions. Keep the luxury journey throughout by flying direct from London to the Peruvian capital Lima on British Airways in Club Class which we have reviewed many times.

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