Belmond Andean Explorer

South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train From May 2017, the Belmond Andean Explorer will operate along one of the world’s highest rail routes in the Peruvian Andes; some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire—traversing the highest plains of the Andes—to the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca. Take the opportunity to explore the vast Colca Canyon then continue towards the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site (or in reverse). The new train will have capacity for 68 guests in a range of en-suite cabins including two double cabins, 20 twin cabins and 12 bunk-bed style cabins for two people. There will also be two dining cars, a lounge car and an observation car with an open-air deck for scenic viewing. Travelling through some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world, Belmond Andean Explorer is designed to connect guests with the abundant nature of the Peruvian Andes. Interior designs, by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA, are inspired by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and the soft tones of the Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys create a sense of calm enabling guests to unplug, relax and enjoy the journey. A selection of four journeys include ‘Peruvian Highlands’, a two night, three day journey departing from Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire travelling across the highest plains of the Andes reaching 4800 metres in altitude, to Puno where guests can visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca and then onwards to the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – highlights of this journey include a chance to explore the vast Colca Canyon, the dramatic realm of the condor. Or, the ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey traverses the Altiplano from Lake Titicaca to Cusco, for an overnight escape. Prices start from $462pp (£320pp) for the one-night ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey, including all meals, open bar and excursions. Cabins Discover true relaxation as you step into your own personal sanctuary. Cabins come in suite/double, twin and bunk bed configurations, each with its own en-suite and shower. Lounge Car Invite new friends to gather around the baby grand piano and relax in comfortable seating as majestic vistas drift past outside. Share a lively story from the day’s adventures and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar. Two Dining Cars Serving fresh, colourful and seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes in the elegant dining carriages. Menus are skilfully designed by our chefs from Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco. Observation Car The place to unwind, meet new friends and enjoy the views whilst sipping a Pisco Sour from the bar. Breathe in the Andean air from the open deck of the Observation Car as the train travels through the ever-changing landscape.

Al Andalus (Spain)

Al Andalus is a luxury train that operates on a number of routes in Spain. Book with the Luxury Train Club. The ‘Al Andalus’ itinerary travels through Andalusia in southern Spain, with visits to (amongst other places) Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda and Cadiz, thus taking in a wide sweep of Southern Spain, whilst being transported through stunning scenery from the mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the Atlantic Ocean. Andalucia today is the result of cultural influences that encompasses the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Byzantines and of course the Moors, all before the Christian Spanish era that has become modern Spain. This historical kaleidoscope has produced a number of World Heritage sites and cities, set in a varied and fascinating landscape, much of which is protected for its flora and fauna. The ‘Ibérico’ itinerary is Madrid to Zaragoza, or Zaragoza to Madrid, with a full programme of visits to perhaps less well known cities, sites and towns. This part of Spain is rich in military history, with many battles being fought over the centuries, not least the Peninsula War. The lounge, bar and restaurant carriages were built in France between 1929 and 1930 by the Wagon-Lits Company, and have now been restored to their original splendour, which is matched by on-board service, attentive without being obsequious. This is the epitome of romantic travel; Belle Epoque charm mingles with the comfort of the modern age, allowing the traveller to revel in the pleasure of the journey. Information about other journeys are on our website. It is worthwhile noting that the sleeper carriages have private bathing facilities for all suites – shower, toilet and wash basin.

Luxury Train - Eastern & Oriental

The Luxury Train Club presents the Eastern & Oriental Express. "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. Gourmet cuisine, personal service and luxuriously appointed cabins come together in delightful harmony whilst the train gently travels through the sounds and sights of tropical forests close to the earth's equator. Accommodating 132 passengers in 66 air-conditioned cabins, the Eastern & Oriental Express is a truly unique way to explore South-East Asia and a remarkable celebration of any special occasion."

Luxury Train - British Pullman

Experience the world-class Venice Simplon Orient Express style in one day on the British Pullman, with a wealth of journeys from which to choose, starting from and returning to London as well as other favourite cities and towns in Great Britain. The British Pullman takes its name from George Mortimer Pullman, an American, who in 1864 built The Pioneer, the first railway carriage designed with true comfort for the passenger. The later creation of the Pullman Car Company in 1882 led to his domination of luxury train travel in the US and later, Great Britain. Rail cars based on the principles of full-service Pullman rail travel were included in many trains across Europe. After a period of decline in the second half of the twentieth century, the Venice-Simplon Orient Express led the way in introducing the travelling public to the delights of luxury trains once again, resulting in this sister train that has carried Royalty and Heads of State around Great Britain. Step aboard and be taken back to the heyday of great train travel.

El Transcantabrico Clasico (Spain)

El Transcantabrico Clasico and El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - two very special luxury trains in Northern Spain. Train Chartering offers the whole train for private or corporate charters. The Luxury Train Club accepts individual bookings; families or small groups can arrange for their suites to be in private carriages.

El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo (Spain)

El Transcantabrico is the most luxurious narrow-gauge train in the world, travelling a scenic route through the north of Spain. All the suites have good-sized wide beds (for those under 6ft 2ins / 1.86m) and excellent bathrooms with the best showers we have seen on a train. The train remains in stations overnight, allowing passengers the opportunity for a good night’s sleep as well as the freedom to wander in the town. The catering staff and crew are attentive and friendly. Breakfast is on the train; most other meals are in local restaurants, allowing passengers to immerse themselves in the regional cuisine of northern Spain. Train Chartering offers the whole train for private or corporate charters. The Luxury Train Club accepts individual bookings; families or small groups can arrange for their suites to be in private carriages.

Luxury Train - Ghan (Australia)

The Journey This transcontinental adventure offers an unsurpassed view of Australia - North to South over three unforgettable days. Travel by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia. A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia's Northern Territory – the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. No journey aboard The Ghan is complete without taking in both of these must-see destinations. The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape. From the sweeping Adelaide Plains unfolding before your eyes to the majestic Flinders Ranges, this first stage of the journey offers a perspective on South Australia you simply can't afford to miss. Each new day begins with a fresh panorama of this changing landscape. Red earth and cobalt blue skies – the essence of Central Australia takes on a character of its own with every passing hour. Leave the train in Alice Springs to tour locations close to Australia’s heart with Whistle Stop and Optional Tours. These tours, which last from a few hours to a few days, include an extraordinary range of opportunities for discovering the region’s most fascinating sites. Entering the Top End, the landscape mellows with subtropical flora staking its claim over the passing scenery. Whistle Stop Tours in the northern town of Katherine offer you the opportunity to experience the inspiring wonders of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) before your rail journey concludes in tropical Darwin, the relaxed capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. Of course, you can always travel from Darwin to Adelaide - it’s just as impressive. Journey Overview Route: Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin Duration: 2 nights in either direction Distance: 2,979 kilometres (1846 miles)" From

Luxury Train - Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

This train is an hotel on wheels and the only fully en-suite train in Russia and central Asia. The Golden Eagle’s rail cruises allow one to travel in splendour amidst opulent décor. The panoramic windows ensure the best views of the passing countryside, whilst enjoying delicious cuisine. The drama that is created by sitting in beautiful surroundings, listening to a pianist playing Tchaikovsky whilst watching the gradually changing scenery could only be Russian. From the climb through the Ural mountains (the boundary between Europe and Asia), to the wide open steppes and broad rivers, travelling on the Trans-Siberian is the only way to truly take in the vastness and grandeur of the world’s largest country. Incorporating some of the world’s greatest railway journeys, the Golden Eagle travels through Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and more. The tours vary, some taking a leisurely two weeks for the journey, making sure you have plenty of time to take in and enjoy these voyages of a lifetime. Book the Golden Eagle on the Luxury Train Club. Hire private carriages on this trans-siberian train from Private Rail Cars. Charter the Golden Eagle from Train Chartering for private luxury charters across much of Russia and neighbouring countries. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, a fully en-suite private train, serves the world's longest railway line and bring new levels of comfort and service to rail travel in Russia.

Luxury Train - Majestic Train de Luxe, the Imperial Train

The Majestic Train de Luxe is based on the Imperial Train of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was inaugurated by Archduchess Maria Christina von Habsburg-Lothringen, descendent of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth. The philosophy of today’s Majestic Imperator Luxury Train is best reflected in the words of the Honourable Claudius von Klaudy, his Majesty’s Engineer at the end of the 19th century: "to provide the guests with an experience, which will forever remain a highlight in their travel memories."

Luxury Trains - Rovos Rail (South Africa)

Rovos Rail's unique train safaris through the heart of Africa combine some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches - classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant, measuring ±16 sq metres/±172 sq feet in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The Deluxe Suites (± sq metres/±118 sq feet) also accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The Pullman Suites (±7 sq metres/±76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. The very spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers' choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. Photos and graphics: Rovos Rail

Luxury Train - Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer is a fantastic way to experience Alberta and British Columbia. Travel through the majestic Canadian Rockies, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise whilst sitting in dome cars that create the illusion of being in the open as the train passes through spectacular scenery. There are over 45 unique train vacation packages ranging from 2 to 25 days on four distinctive rail routes, travelling by daylight thus ensuring the full impact of the Rockies. The three classes of travel, GoldLeaf with Fairmont Deluxe, GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf, offer an exceptional experience. GoldLeaf with Fairmont Deluxe and GoldLeaf Service are a similar service, the difference being the standard of accommodation. Other than that, enjoy a drink in reclining seats that rotate, whilst admiring panoramic views from full-length dome windows in the dome car, accessed from the dining car by a spiral staircase or lift. In the dining car guests can enjoy delicious cuisine prepared in the galley kitchen, whilst being able to admire the view through large picture windows. Wander along to the observation deck and stand outside whilst the scenery whistles past. SilverLeaf Service enjoys panoramic views in single-level glass-domed car. Relax in reclining, rotating seats whilst enjoying the stunning scenery. Delicious meals and refreshing drinks are served at seat.

Luxury Train - Shongololo Express

The Shongololo Express's unique touring concept eliminates interminable hours traveling long distances in a tour bus and alleviates the daily chore of packing and unpacking suitcases. Traveling comfortably and securely during the night, Shongololo Express trains save guests precious holiday time, arriving each dawn at a new and exciting destination. There is a fleet of air-conditioned touring vehicles which is transported in special wagons on the train. Professional multi-lingual guides (English, French & German spoken on board) are on hand to drive guests on inclusive, scheduled excursions. Their experience and wealth of knowledge assist passengers to gain the most from each day's programme. Shongololo Express provides a very special touring experience for travellers. From a warm welcome and transfer to the train at the start of the journey, to an exciting and varied program of touring, superb breakfasts and dinners on board, and a lounge full of new friends each evening - all these combine to create an unforgettable holiday.

Luxury Train - Seven Stars in Kyushu

Cruise train on Kyushu island, Japan. The carefully-crafted itineraries allow travellers to enjoy the best of the on-board experience. Guests can also explore the scenery outside the train and meet local people, who appreciate their natural surroundings. Seven Stars in Kyushu is not just a train but a showcase for the best of Japanese artistry; even the washbasins are a limited edition. Seven Stars is about the living soul of the island of Kyushu Japan, with close connections to communities along the way. Kyushu Island is considered a gateway to Asia, the closest Japanese island to the continental mainland. It has an high-speed Shinkansen network and 10 top quality tourist trains. Blue Moon Lounge Car The Blue Moon lounge car is a restful place during the day, with a fully-attended bar service. Passengers can enjoy company of others or the panoramic views from comfortable sofas. In the evenings. the contemporary Japanese atmosphere is complimented by live musical entertainment. Jupiter Dining Car Superlative service, friendly but not over-bearing, characterises the dining experience in the Jupiter Dining Car. Enjoy the best of Kyushu, chef-prepared and steward-served. Spacious guest rooms include Deluxe Suites with 2 suites per carriage, and the Suites with 3 suites per carriage, all with private bathrooms. Kyushu is blessed with radiant sunshine, towering mountains and, of course, bountiful oceans. These blessings are reflected in the cuisine on Seven Stars in Kyushu. The Jupiter Dining Car offers seasonal ingredients from the countryside and seas of Kyushu. Passengers also have opportunities to dine in selected restaurants along the route.

Venice Simplon Orient Express - VSOE

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express plies an original route of the fabled original Orient Express; panache, allure, continental charm, a heady mix of pre-war glamour and style deliver one of the world’s top train journeys. Certainly the best-known luxury train, travelling on the ‘Orient Express’ is considered an essential rite of passage for anyone seeking sophisticated experiences and life-long memories. NOW WITH GRAND SUITE AND PRIVATE BATHROOMS Certainly the best-known luxury train, travelling on the so-called Orient Express is considered an essential rite of passage for anyone seeking sophisticated experiences and life-long memories. The legendary Orient Express train is a work of art in itself and a true Art Deco icon that is famous the world over. Romance, adventure and the mystery of the past are all intimately bound up in journeys that visit some of the most alluring continental cites. As with many trains of this style, it is evocative of a more gracious, elegant age of travel. Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine with delicious afternoon teas and exquisite four course dinners along with lively on-board entertainment make a journey aboard this iconic train one of the world's finest travel experiences. Photos: VSOE Ltd See more at:

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