What’s new in luxury rail travel

Belmond announces New Grand Suites

In 2018, Belmond will introduce three new Grand Suites aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Each suite has been inspired by and named after three of the train’s destinations, and will offer guests private bathrooms with showers, double beds and a living area. The Istanbul Suite will feature embossed leather and colourful embroidered pillows and rugs; the Paris Suite will be outfitted with romantic flourishes of haute couture; and the Venice Suite will exude timeless elegance through silk fabrics and Venetian furniture. A stay in one of the suites includes private transfers to and from the train, unlimited champagne, and in-suite dining. Rates start from £5,500 (about A$9,277) per person for a one-night journey from London to Venice.

The Venice Suite

All Aboard The champagne express

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains has announced a new Champagne Express itinerary aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. The train will take travellers on a 12-day journey between Paris and Venice, exploring some of Europe’s renowned wine regions. Highlights of the trip include two days in Paris, a stop in Reims and Epernay for exclusive tastings at champagne houses such as the Moët Estate, and a private tour of Verona. The eastbound itinerary will also travel through historic regions of Germany and Switzerland before stopping in Pisa and Florence. The westbound trip will journey along France’s south coast and stop in Monte Carlo to visit a perfumery and medieval wine cellar. Departing in October 2018, fares start from US$12,495 (about AU$16,478) per person.

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