Belmond’s Trains & Cruises

Effective March 10, 2014 Orient-Express has changed its name to Belmond. Marking an important new era in this iconic company’s history, the new name embraces all that is special about this exceptional travel operator. The launch of the Belmond brand is expected to heighten awareness of the company’s exceptional collection of hotels, trains, safaris and river cruises amongst existing and potential new guests by making it easier to recognise, navigate and explore.

Train travel conjures images of a bygone era of seeing the world by rail. Belmond is the iconic institution for glamorous railway voyages, starting in 1883 as one of the world’s most exciting and indulgent train journeys. Today, it embraces cruises and other luxury rail adventures in countries worldwide. The company has been offering exceptional experiences since 1976 when it recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris, and Venice, along with other European cities. Today, the company’s luxury tourist trains and river cruise operations let people experience travel in a very classic way.

Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, guests can enjoy the art deco décor as they roll through Bucharest or hop off to sip a Bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice. The signature journeys are London-Venice and Paris-Istanbul, the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s enduring mystery. The United Kingdom trains include The Royal Scotsman, the Northern Belle, and the British Pullman, which operates in conjunction with the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as well as on individual day trips. Its antique carriages were once part of world famous trains such as the “Golden Arrow,” and the “Brighton Belle,” and its elegant interiors have been carefully refurbished using original materials wherever possible to maintain the historic authenticity and atmosphere of the carriages. The Royal Scotsman makes several different itineraries around Scotland and can be chartered for private events including weddings, parties, or golf tours. The Northern Belle’s name reflects the great “Belle” trains of the 1930s. Each carriage bears the name of a significant stately home or castle and is furnished with commissioned designs and fabrics celebrating British heritage and craftsmanship.

Afloat in France’s fleet of five péniche-hotels cruise down the beautiful canals of Burgundy, Provence, the Rhône Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, and the Loire Valley of France. The Amaryllis and Allouette barges are only available for private hire while the Hirondelle, Fleur de Lys, and Napoleon are available for private hire and cabin only.

In Asia, Belmond has the stunning Eastern & Oriental Express, a luxury train weaving through the verdant countryside and bustling cities of Southeast Asia, and the Road to Mandalay, a river cruise through the untouched country of Myanmar. The Eastern & Oriental Express’ classic journey links Singapore and Bangkok, however they also offer trips through Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos. The Road to Mandalay cruises the Ayeyarwady River between the pagoda city of Bagan and royal Mandalay with a variety of itineraries. There is the option of additional nights in historic Yangon, Ngapali, and Inle Lake as well as cruises further north near the Chinese border.

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