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The Real Cost of Luxury Train Travel

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-02-08T22:07:43Z

Photograph by Tino Soriano/Corbis

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Royal Scotsman

Bagpipers will make you feel like royalty when you board the train. As you travel from Edinburgh to York and back, there's free-flowing Champagne, 37 different kinds of whiskey to sample and violinists to add ambiance. The train -- which travels on a narrow gauge (the distance between the tracks) -- is a little slimmer than most trains, making the cabins ... intimate. You'll travel by sweeping glens (valleys), lochs (lakes) and untouched countryside with grazing cattle. You'll visit the estate of Rothiemurchus for clay-pigeon shooting, Bath to visit the Roman baths and Oxford, where you can dine at the renowned Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.

$14,020: Per person, double or single occupancy (unless taking the twin cabin as a single), 7 nights; Edinburgh Round-trip --