What a relaxing way to travel and see the countryside not to mention the novelty of riding the train. The guides were friendly and informative. We had to pay for first class since that was all available. I would say it wasn't worth the extra dollars since we spent all of our time in the outdoor car anyway. I would suggest getting a reservation in early. We had a day of great weather ( in the 80s) so we didn't experience the "too hot" like others mentioned. The depot has lunch available.