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. Take a journey through Europe on board this truly romantic and stylish train to some of the most distinctive cities and hotels in the world. For more than a century, travel on the Venice Simplon-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 all-inclusive 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 destination. 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.
Step aboard the Belmond 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. Sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and offering the same standard of service on day excursions and dining trips from London Victoria. 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 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.
Embark on the luxurious Belmond Northern Belle on a day excursion, dining trip or weekend away from regional departures around the UK. 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. Sip champagne and embrace an element of one of the world's most romantic and exclusive adventures.
To step aboard the Belmond 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 Belmond Royal Scotsman provides an effortless way to experience the beautiful and secluded scenery that Scotland has to offer in absolute luxury. Dining is an exquisite experience, with fixed menus that 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, as well as a fine range of liqueurs and malt whiskies.
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. Every moment is to be savoured. The train itself is steeped in romance. 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 with a steward 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.
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.