The variety of landscapes and sights you see on this trip is extraordinary – from magnificent Russia to the Great Wall of China, the Turkmenistan desert and some fabulous sights in Uzbekistan: the madrassas and minarets of Khiva, Samarkand’s Bibi-Khanym mosque and Bokhara’s bazaars. I’d head through Turkey and up to Venice. It would take in a myriad of cultures, fascinating histories, iconic sights and would be a true feast for the eyes.
I travel frequently – sometimes flying up to five times a week – and the trips are often hurried and frantic. I love the romance and the relative slowness of train travel. A leisurely trip literally taking me across continents, where I can just sit back and relax along the way, is my idea of heaven.