This red and gray Russian Railways train is mostly aimed at passengers with a taste for luxury — those who have money and particularly time. Just think about this experience: departing from Moscow’s Belarus railway station with 22 stations on your way, 53 hours later you will arrive in Nice. Now this service connecting the Russian capital with most prominent French destination will officially run on a regular basis. The train will make stops at Smolensk, Minsk and Brest in Belarus, Warsaw in Poland, Vienna and Innsbruck in Austria and at the Italian cities of Milano, Genoa and San-Remo.
It runs once a week run with fares ranging from 306 Euro for second-class travel to 1,200 Euro for travel in the most luxurious compartments. The luxury-class compartments feature a shower and mini-bar. The train also boasts two dining cars. They are furnished with soft carpets and reproductions of paintings by the French artist Matisse. Individual compartments have a second room and televisions to provide passengers with comfort over the 2,050-mile journey.
This rail voyage is nearly perfect for people who enjoy the experience of fine traveling rather than hurrying to their holiday destination by plane. Revolutionary as it might seems to Moscovites, this is actually a flashback route reminiscent of times when Russian aristocrats used to flock to the French Riviera. The Romanov family built a vacation home there way back in 1856. Ever since then, Russia has had tons of travelers that make the journey each year.
If you also feel like embarking, the next journey starts any nearest Thursday.