Great train journeys

29 November 2017

Some rail journeys are electrifyingly fast, others take their time to roll through beautiful or exotic landscapes. And then there are those that take their passengers to another world, ones in which the glamour, elegance and romance of rail’s golden age still lives on.

Rail Plus offers an array of breathtaking Great Train Journeys that offer unique and memorable travel experiences. Here is just a snap shot of some of the amazing journeys on offer.

VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS, EUROPE

Embark on a voyage aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and become part of its glorious, ever-changing history. You need only glimpse its gleaming carriages and be greeted by the steward in his distinctive uniform to know that the most memorable journey of your life has begun.

The golden age of travel may have been in the Roaring Twenties, but the art of voyaging in style is still alive and well today. That sense of wonder can still be felt on board the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, where travel is about relishing the experience.

Savour the beautiful surroundings - the opulent interiors, sparkling crystal, plush fabrics, and polished woods. Relax in your own cabin, anticipating a delicious breakfast served as you look out over exciting new panoramas.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers a variety of itineraries including the classic two-day journey from London across Northern France to Paris and then on through majestic Swiss and Austrian Alpine lakes and mountains, before arriving in Venice. Throughout the season, the train travels to many of Europe’s greatest cities including Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Berlin.

Once a year, a lucky few can relive the historic maiden journey. Departing from Paris, experience the dramatic landscapes of Eastern Europe, the mountainous Austrian Alps and the cities of Budapest and Bucharest before reaching cosmopolitan Istanbul. This is a true taste of the golden age of travel.

EASTERN AND ORIENTAL EXPRESS, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Discover the mystery and magic of Asia on-board a unique journey that will leave you with memories to last a life time. As the scenery unfolds, experience a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia aboard The Eastern & Oriental Express.

The majesty and splendour of The Eastern & Oriental Express, with its comfortable and elegant compartments, gourmet cuisine and superb service, combined with the adventure of a journey through the heart of Asia, is a truly unique way to experience the full wonder of this remarkable region.

The Eastern & Oriental Express offers a choice of itineraries including the classic three-day journey linking Singapore and Bangkok, including a tour of Kuala Kangsar and a cruise along the River Kwai. The reverse itinerary from Bangkok is a four-day journey.

The Eastern & Oriental Express offers three grades of comfortable, wood panelled cabins - Pullman, State and Presidential Suites - all decorated with exquisite marquetry.

This is a truly unique way to explore Southeast Asia and a remarkable celebration of any special occasion.

A quarter of a mile in length, the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train recaptures the golden age of rail travel through one of the world’s most beautiful and exotic regions.

BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER, SOUTH AMERICA

Explore the Peruvian Andes on South America’s first luxury sleeper train.

Taking off on its maiden voyage in May 2017, the Belmond Andean Explorer journeys through Peru at a slow pace as you pass by some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Embarking in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, you will scale the highest plains of the Andes as well as travel to the largest lake in South America; Lake Titicaca. The chance to explore Colca Canyon is not to be missed before you head towards to city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At the back of the train you will find the observation car where you can unwind, meet new friends or simply enjoy the scenery as it passes you by. Treat yourself by visiting one of the two dining cars on-board, where the menus have been skilfully designed by the chef from Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco. Fresh seasonal dishes are served sourcing local ingredients from the Peruvian Andes.

Belmond Andean Explorer offers accommodation for up to 68 guests as the first luxury sleeper train in Peru. Choose from 12 bunk bed cabins, 20 twin cabins and 2 double cabins that are all equipped with an en-suite and wardrobe

UNFORGETTABLE TRAVEL

These journeys have one thing in common – they have been handpicked by the team of rail experts at Rail Plus to meet the highest standards of travel, from comfortable cabins with outstanding views to first-class service and the finest cuisine. Many of the Great Train Journeys range also offer exceptional convenience. Unpack just once, then sit back and relax as you effortlessly travel between unforgettable destinations.

Ready for a rail adventure? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor, to help you plan a trip of a lifetime tailored especially to your needs.

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