Imagine a world of opulent style and glamour. An era suffused with the pioneering spirit of both the brave and the beautiful.
Luxury Trains includes a stylish selection of international travel experiences aboard the most glamourous and elegant trains around the world.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has always promised romance, glamour and adventure. Any Orient-Express journey, wherever in the world, should only be embarked upon with the highest of expectations. Take a journey through Europe on board this truly romantic and stylish train to some of the most distinctive hotels in the world. For more than a century, travel on the Orient Express has epitomised European elegance and continental chic. Today, the experience is as fresh, as magical, and as effortlessly elegant as ever.
This legendary train, which has captured the imagination of aristocrats, spies, film stars and writers, threads its way through majestic scenery to destinations such as Paris, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Istanbul.
The Danube Express is Central Europe's ultimate luxury 'Hotel on Wheels', offering an extremely sophisticated and relaxing way to travel to some of the continent's most enticing destinations.
We believe that the journey is as much to be enjoyed as the destinations. The glamour of this train lies in the experience and the journey, in the allure of adventure and the style, comfort and service on board.
One of the great pleasures of rail travel is the way a train gets you to the very heart of a city. Step out of the station in Istanbul and you are on the shores of the Bosphorus. Embark at Budapest and you will wake in Transylvania, in Istanbul, in Cracow, Prague or Berlin - destinations of cultural and architectural heritage, icons of world history.
The Orient-Express Northern Belle embodies the distinctive opulence and craftsmanship associated with the classic 'Belle' trains of the 1930's. Expertly and exquisitely detailed, each carriage bears the name of a stately home and is furnished with specially commissioned designs, fabrics and beautiful marquetry.
Exquisitely laid tables with starched table cloths, along with uniquely branded silverware, emphasize the level of sumptuosity; the artistic adornment and luxurious furnishings complete the elegant and comfortable carriages. Breathe deep, and embrace the intimate 'country house' atmosphere of each unique carriage.
Step aboard the Orient-Express British Pullman and return to an age of luxury, comfort and glamour, when service was always impeccable and life was lived at a less hurried pace; the quintessential Orient-Express experience with departures from London Victoria.
The British Pullman is glorious in every respect. Originally conceived as a "Palace on Wheels" by George Mortimer Pullman, each luxuriously appointed carriage is an original 1920s or 1930s masterpiece from the golden age of rail travel.
Lovingly restored with breathtaking attention to detail, each Orient-Express British Pullman car is a symphony of intricate marquetry, inlaid mosaic floors, sparkling crystal and beautiful Art Deco design. Relax within deeply upholstered armchairs and celebrate the sovereignty of Britain's gloriously unique heritage. Sip champagne and embrace an element of the world's most romantic and exclusive adventure.
The Royal Scotsman
To step aboard The Royal Scotsman is to step into a different world. On board, civility, luxury and gracious hospitality remind you of gentler, more relaxed times during the romantic age of travel when getting there was as much fun as arriving.
With a maximum of only 36 guests aboard at any one time, you have plenty of space, time and encouragement to do as you please. The Royal Scotsman provides an effortless way to experience the beautiful and secluded scenery that Scotland has to offer in absolute luxury. With just you and a few other fellow train travellers, it is an environment where you can give yourself over entirely to the care of the crew.
Dining on The Royal Scotsman is an exquisite experience, as it is on all of the Orient-Express trains. The fixed menus reflect the many seasonal changes and are consistently regarded as the best in any hotel in the world.
The extensive cellar provides a range of fine wines to accompany lunch and dinner, and it also offers a fine range of liqueurs and malt whiskies. The choice of a full Scottish cooked breakfast or a continental breakfast is available every morning.
The Sleeping Cars provide four single and sixteen twin State Cabins, superbly fitted out in opulent marquetry, each providing a comfortable and intimate area to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Scotland. Each cabin has its own private bathroom with shower, wash-basin and toilet, constant hot water, high quality toiletries and fresh fluffy white towels every day.
Eastern & Oriental Express
The Eastern & Oriental Express is one of the world's great train journeys, an experience that is never forgotten. The classic journey links the vibrant cities of Singapore and Bangkok, and includes a tour of Penang's capital Georgetown and a short cruise along the River Kwai. This is the perfect introduction to South East Asia. Every moment is to be savoured.
The train itself is steeped in romance. Its distinctive green and gold carriages are a familiar sight among paddy fields, temples and bustling cities. Inside, it is a haven of comfort, style and luxury. The air-conditioned carriages are the perfect vantage point from which to tour the region.
All cabins are cool and spacious, and beautifully designed with rich inlaid woods, antique brass fittings, crisp white sheets and every comfort and convenience. The service is everything you would expect, and more. A steward is constantly at hand to make sure that nothing impedes your enjoyment.
In South Africa is the Rovos Rail 'Pride of Africa' - one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Recapture the romance and adventure of a bygone era onboard this train. Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an enviable reputation for its truly world class travel experiences.
The Rovos Rail experience begins on the platform with a glass of sparkling South African wine, while porters in smart livery carry your luggage to your quarters. A maximum of 72 passengers can enjoy the traditional furnishings and period Edwardian Décor - fine wood panelling and teak pillared dining cars, where fine china, crisp linen and silver service prevail. Spacious suites combine modern technology with traditional comfort and elegance. this really is a luxurious African experience not to be missed.
Southern Africa has always attracted adventurous and romantic souls - discerning travellers who crossed the land in as much comfort as possible. Book the Blue Train or Rovos Rail as a one-way or return journey or let us book your whole South African trip. The choice is yours.
The Blue Train is unique - it is not merely a train, but combines the luxury of the world's leading hotels with the charm of train travel. It may be thought of as an all inclusive luxury rail cruise which also offers the opportunity to view South Africa's ever changing, spectacular landscapes and the option to visit interesting tourist attractions along the way.
By day, the luxurious suites offer lounge chairs from which you can enjoy views of some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world; by night the suites are transformed into sumptuous, subtly lit bedrooms. Gourmet cuisine in the dining car is complemented by the finest South African wines sourced from boutique vineyards. To complete the pampered experience, personal butlers will attend to your every need.