Uniworld Trailblazes River Cruise Rail Journey Extension

Breitenstein Kalte Rinne viaduct
Breitenstein Kalte Rinne viaduct

Guests can go from sail to rail in Venice with Uniworld’s new train add-on for guests aboard S.S. La Venezia

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced a new luxury train journey available as an extension on select sailings of its Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy itinerary. Guests can now complete their voyage on the S.S. La Venezia and continue onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express train to Zurich, with three nights onboard the locomotive and one night accommodation in Zurich on arrival.

Uniworld has further announced that it will introduce two additional itineraries that incorporate cruise, land and train travel for 2021. In partnership with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, the two packages will travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.

“Like river cruising, luxury train travel is an opportunity to bring our guests to the heart of Europe and with a view that changes daily,” says Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld.

The 2021 itineraries include the 14-day Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice & the Swiss Alps and the 12-day Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps. Both itineraries provide guests with the opportunity to travel onboard the luxury train as it runs along the Lake of Zurich stopping in destinations such as the medieval town of Lienz, Lake Bled with a Pletna rowing trip to Bled Island and Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Excursion highlights on the train journey include a visit to Gutenberg Castle in Balzers, Liechtenstein and enjoying an evening with a private concert in the caves of Postojna.

The itineraries were created with sustainable tourism in mind, seeking to positively impact the destinations by bringing guests to eat at local restaurants and experience hidden-gem villages in addition to the popular cities.

 

New Itineraries, New Ships

Uniworld has also added two river cruise itineraries to its product line up for 2021: the 8-day Classic Germany & Amsterdam journey aboard the River Princess, and the 15-day Rhine, Maine & Danube Discovery itinerary that will travel from Amsterdam to Vienna.

The new developments come at a time of rapid expansion for the cruise company, with four new super ships being added to Uniworld’s fleet, bringing the total to 20 by the end of 2020. “In finishing 2019, we’re proud of the growth of the Uniworld brand and in 2020 we’re striving to exceed that in both bookings and delivering for our guests,” said Bettridge.

In 2021, Uniworld will provide guests with two ships to choose from for the popular 12-day Splendours of Egypt & The Nile itinerary: the River Tosca or S.S. Sphinx, in response to increasing demand for Egypt sailings.

Uniworld will also set sail in South America for the first time with two new itineraries throughout the Peruvian Amazon aboard the Aria Amazon, set to debut in September 2020.

The new, popular itineraries include the 15-day Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration that starts off with a land portion in Lima staying at a 5-star hotel, followed by the seven-night cruise through the Amazon rainforest and ends in the heartland of the Inca Empire with trips to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. The 11-day Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery takes guests to explore Lima, immerse in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and sail through the Amazon River roundtrip from Iquitos. On all sailings, guests are joined by native born-and-raised naturalist guides that assist in getting up close to native wildlife and meeting village locals.

 

The Details

Uniworld’s new Cruise & Rail 2021 itineraries go on sale in late February 2020. Just like the Uniworld experience, the train journeys are all-inclusive.

Uniworld is currently offering guests a choice of three offers when booking a 2021 river cruise:

  • Economy flights free, or
  • Business Class from $3,999 per person, or
  • No flights – save $1,000pp on a cruise

These offers are combinable with Uniworld’s River Heritage Club loyalty benefits, as well as available early payment discounts until 14 March.

Prices for the South American cruises start at $18,799 per person. Twin share and maiden voyages will depart on 23 September, 2020.

 

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Voting is Open for the 2020 Gold List

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Luxury Travel Magazine is pleased to announce voting is now open for the 16th annual Gold List awards

The Gold List awards celebrates the best in luxury travel in Australia and around the globe, as voted by our readers. With voting now open, this is your opportunity to have your say and nominate the best five-stars resorts and hotels, luxury rail journeys, ocean cruises and high-end tour operators.

 

How to Vote

  • Start your voting process by clicking on the link below and remember to include the location of the property you nominate for your vote to count (eg. ‘Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’, not just ‘Sofitel’).
  • Please note that to be eligible to go in the draw to win one of three prizes below, you must fill out at least one category in the questionnaire, as well as Question 30, then continue to enter your name and email for the Prize Draw.
  • Voting closes 5pm, Friday 3rd April 2020. Winners will be announced Thursday 28th May 2019online and in the winter issue of Luxury Travel Magazine.

Glacier Express Reimagines Luxury Rail with ‘Excellence Class’

The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express

Think it doesn’t get any better than First Class? Think again.

The Glacier Express in mountainous Switzerland has introduced a new premium class aptly called ‘Excellence Class’, available to just 20 people per train.

The Excellence Class experience evokes memories of the golden age of train travel, beginning at the platform, where a red carpet is rolled out and a concierge checks in passengers, taking their baggage and offering them champagne. Once onboard, passengers are waited on by the experienced crew, who serve an exquisite five-course meal of authentic freshly cooked Swiss fare, along with matching wines and afternoon tea shortly after.

Every passenger in Excellence Class is given a plush leather seat and a window, where they can enjoy all of the natural, unadulterated views that Switzerland has to offer. Dubbed the world’s slowest express train, the Glacier Express takes roughly eight hours to reach its final destination, allowing passengers to fully immerse themselves in the journey’s exquisite sights.

The route takes passengers from the Engadine in eastern Switzerland to the famous Matterhorn in the centre of the country, passing through remote valleys, sheer rock faces and idyllic mountain villages. The route also passes through the Rhine Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Switzerland, and scales the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of its journey, with ease.

At either end of this train journey stand the dazzling St. Moritz and the equally sophisticated Zermatt, where three of the world’s best hotels have come together to offer guests a special package. This package conveniently allows travellers to spend a night at each hotel.

The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz has changed considerably since its opening in 1856. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Kulm Hotel St. Moritz has 164 rooms, five restaurants, a spa complete with saunas, a jacuzzi and a steam room, an indoor pool, a fully-equipped gym and six conference rooms. There are also many sports and entertainment facilities, including a golf course, three tennis courts, and a Kids’ Club.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof, located six miles from St. Moritz, offers the best of both worlds, with the chance to enjoy the glitz of St. Moritz while staying in a peaceful mountain village. Grand Hotel Kronenhof contains a stunning spa complex, complete with a wide range of saunas and steam rooms, an infinity pool, and private massage suites for couples. The hotel also contains three restaurants, an original 19th-century bowling alley, and extensive children’s activities.

Mont Cervin Palace, a hotel in Zermatt within touching distance of the Matterhorn, offers multiple different room styles and six exquisite restaurants. There are also a variety of events for guests to enjoy, including a folklore festival, a gondola breakfast, and the Zermatt music festival.

A night at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz and a night at Mont Cervin Palace starts at CHF 1020 for two people sharing a double room on a half-board basis, with complimentary transfers to and from the rail station. This price is valid from 21 June to 1 September 2019.

A night at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof and a night at Mont Cervin Palace starts at CHF 975 for two people sharing a double room on a half-board basis, with complimentary transfers to and from the rail station. This price is valid from 14 June to 25 September 2019. Train tickets are not included for either of these offers.

www.glacierexpress.ch

Rail Europe Adds Portugal’s The Presidential to Portfolio

The Presidential

The Presidential is a luxury train experience with distinguished culinary experts and a fascinating history

The Presidential, Portugal’s premier luxury railway experience, is now a part of Rail Europe’s portfolio, Great Train Journeys, which features the best luxury train voyages from across the globe.

The Presidential, which was built in 1890, has hosted Kings, Presidents, Heads of State, and Popes, including notable figures such as Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Paul IV. It continued this way for over a century until 1970, when it was officially retired.

In 2010, however, the train was resurrected, and with it, its luxurious standard. The original furnishing and style of the train remain, ensuring that The Presidential maintains the signature opulence it was always known for.

The train journey, which showcases Portugal’s exquisite food and wine, includes meals prepared by some of the world’s most renowned and upcoming chefs including Michelin Starred Oscar Goncalves, Two-Time Michelin Starred Henrique Sá Pessoa, Leandro Carreira, Nuno Mendes, Bruno Rocha, and 2012 Top Chef Winner Alexandre Silva. Rising stars include André Lança Cordeiro and Pedro Pana Bastos.

There are three packages offered aboard The Presidential. The first is a 9-hour journey known as The Presidential Experience, which features a Sao Bento to Vesuvio day trip. The journey, which starts at AU$1,390, includes a gourmet lunch with pairing wines and a port-tasting excursion to Quinto do Vesuvio.

The second offer is a 2-day Escapade Pack from Sao Bento to Duoro. Starting at AU$4,274, it includes a return Presidential Experience from Porto to Vesuvio, grape treading in one of the world’s last stone pits and an overnight at Casa do Rio.

The third offer is the 3-day Premium Pack. It includes private tours to Serralves, Portugal’s premier modern art museum, and Casa de Musica, the country’s grandest concert hall. It starts at AU$8,548, and also includes an overnight stay at the Intercontinental Hotel and Six Senses Duoro Valley, a boat cruise, and Michelin class meals on board the train, at Palacio das Cardosas, and at O Gaveto.

 

For more information regarding pricing and booking, visit www.greattrainjourneys.com.au.

The Top Train Journeys In Latin America

Belmond Andean Explorer
Belmond Andean Explorer

With curated routes designed to hit the major landmarks and hotspots, railway travel is undoubtedly an unbeatable way to experience the lively and diverse countries of Latin America

Famous for the snow-capped Andes, rugged canyons, wild jungles, exotic wildlife and ancient civilisations, Latin America also boasts renowned train trips that treat guests to stunning views and luxurious comfort. Here are some of our favourites…

 

Copper Canyon, Mexico

Mexico’s one and only passenger train is known as ‘El Chepe’ by locals and has been running for over 50 years.  The Copper Canyon Railway takes passengers from the desert to the Pacific Coast in north-west Mexico, passing sheer canyon walls, waterfalls and plains along the way. The railway stretches over 650 kilometres from Chihuahua to Los Mochis on the coast via 36 bridges and 87 tunnels.

Cooper Canyon, Mexico
Cooper Canyon, Mexico

Panama Canal Railway, Panama

Linking the city of Colon on the Atlantic Coast to Panama City on the Pacific, the Panama Canal Railway offers spectacular views of one the world’s less-travelled tourism destinations. The glass-domed train displays one of the world’s most renowned examples of engineering. The hour-long ride offers stunning views of the famous and recently-enlarged canal, as well as the jungle abundant with wildlife.

Panama Canal
Panama Canal

Tren Crucero, Ecuador

This luxury vintage train has just two dining cars and two lounge cars – ensuring passengers have an intimate experience as they journey from Ecuador’s capital, Quito, through the Andes over snow-capped mountains and past volcanoes before arriving in the bustling coastal city of Guayaquil. ‘Devil’s Nose,’ the memorable-yet-steep descent through wild mountain scenery, has  the track dropping 500 metres in elevation over the course of only 12 kilometres.

Tren Crucero, Ecuador
Tren Crucero, Ecuador

Tren a Las Nubes, Argentina

Regularly ranked among the world’s top rail adventures, the ‘Train to the Clouds’ reaches heights of 4200 metres and connects north-west Argentina with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range. This peaceful journey is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions and is perhaps most known for its passing over the Viaducto la Polvorilla. The 64 metre-high, 232 metre-long viaduct is the most photographed part of the ride, as locals and tourists alike stick their bodies out the windows for a once-in-a-lifetime snapshot.

Viaducto la Polvorilla, Argentina
Viaducto la Polvorilla, Argentina

End of the World Train, Argentina

Considered the southernmost operating railway in the world, the ‘End of the World’ train ride takes travellers from Ushuaia to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. The heritage railway follows the historic convict train route through some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, from Patagonian lakes to snow-capped peaks. As guests admire the breathtaking views onboard, commentary provides insight into the rich history of the railway and the region.

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina

Machu Picchu, Peru

This famously-beautiful journey  takes passengers from Cuzco to the base of the stunning Machu Picchu Incan ruins in the Peruvian Andes. The route follows the river along a narrow valley, passing small communities, farms, snow-capped mountains and lush forest. Carriages range from the Explorer — perfect for those on a budget —  to the Hiram Bingham Deluxe, one of the most luxurious carriages in the world.

Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru

Launched in May 2017, the Belmond Andean Explorer is a luxurious train journey filled with breathtaking views of the Andes mountain ranges. Among the highest train trips on Earth, the trip reaches heights of 4300 metres, or almost twice the height of Mount Kosciuszko. It takes pampered passengers from Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, through the Andean plains to beautiful Lake Titcaca — the largest lake in South America and the highest in the world. The sights don’t stop there as it also journeys to the vast Colca Canyon and the city of Arequipa, a World Heritage site.

 

www.contourstravel.com.au

Lake Titcaca, Peru
Lake Titcaca, Peru

Voting is Now Open for the 2019 Gold List Awards

Luxury Travel Magazine is pleased to announce voting is now open for the 15th annual Gold List awards

The Gold List awards celebrates the best in luxury travel in Australia and around the globe, as voted by our readers. With voting now open, this is your opportunity to have your say and nominate the best five-stars resorts and hotels, luxury rail journeys, ocean cruises and high-end tour operators across 12 categories.

 

How to Vote

  • Start your voting process by clicking on the link below and remember to include the location of the property you nominate for your vote to count (eg. ‘Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’, not just ‘Sofitel’).
  • Please note that to be eligible to go in the draw to win one of three prizes (announced soon), you must fill out at least one category in the questionnaire, as well as the final question.
  • Voting closes 5pm Monday 8th April 2019. Winners will be announced Thursday 30th May 2019 in the winter issue of Luxury Travel Magazine.

Fine Dining and Vintage Luxury on the Royal Livingstone Express

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Dig into a five-course fine dining feast while voyaging through Zambia’s spectacular landscape on this historic, luxury locomotive

Like trains? Like fine dining? Then you’ll want to add this experience to your must-dos for 2019. The luxury steam locomotive, will now offer the premium service and gastronomy of the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara in Zambia on a nostalgic journey through Zambia. With its romantic interior reminiscent of the roaring 20s, passengers will get to enjoy incredible cruising in an environment reminiscent of a bygone, all while taking in Zambia’s jaw-dropping scenery.

Departing in the late afternoon, guests will relax in the steam locomotive’s lovingly restored Pullman-style coaches with sparkling wine or a cocktail accompanied by canapés on a journey towards the Victoria Falls Bridge. Leaving the outskirts of Livingstone and into The Victoria Falls World Heritage Site, guests can spot game such as elephant and antelope en route to the first stop on the voyage: one of the world’s most spectacular border posts, on the Victoria Falls Bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe above the Zambezi River. There, guests can disembark the train and enjoy the sunset besides the world’s largest waterfall.

Continuing through Zambia’s dramatic landscapes, an impeccable five-course dinner by Anantara chefs is served with wines, beers and soft drinks. Think: gazpacho, Zambian cucumber soup, beetroot carpaccio, and butternut crème brulee, for starters, followed by braised lamb shoulder for main and a dessert of champagne and mixed berry jelly with a white chocolate and yoghurt soup, as well as petit fours to finish.

For those wanting a change of scenery, The Royal Livingstone Express offers the Mulobezi Run journey in addition to The Victoria Falls Bridge Run. The Mulobezi Line Run sets off through Dambwa Township and continues along the Mulobezi Line, running parallel to the Zambezi River and through the Mosi-Oa-Tunya Game Park and on to Sinde Siding, before the return journey to Livingstone.

With five carriages comprise two dining cars, a kitchen car, lounge car and observation car, the carriages are pulled by Steam Locomotives 10th Class 156 and 12th Class 204, built by Northern British Locomotive works in the 1930s. Locomotive 156 was renovated by the famous wildlife artist David Sheppard and donated to Zambia National Heritage in 1971 and restored again by Bushtracks in 2005. The beautiful Wembley dining car was built by the Birmingham Railway Carriages and went on display in London at the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924.  It was shipped to the Union and entered service on 19 May 1926.

The Royal Livingstone Express accommodates up to 92 guests and can also be reserved for private hire for a minimum of 50 guests.

For reservations and more information, contact victoriafalls@bushtracksafrica.com or reservations.africa@minorhotels.com

A Grand Tour of Ireland: Belmond Grand Hibernian

Grand Hibernian Belmond Ireland

Belmond Grand Hibernian – Ireland’s first luxury sleeper train – journeys in style through the Emerald Isle’s green and glorious land, writes Phil Hawkes

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back…”

This old Irish proverb seems remarkably prescient right now as my wife and I are standing on Ireland’s wild and majestic Cliffs of Moher, although the wind is more a howling gale and the rain is falling almost horizontally.

And the path we’re travelling on through Ireland’s green and glorious heartland isn’t actually a long and winding road, rather a straight and narrow railway track on board Ireland’s first luxury sleeper train.

The term ‘luxury sleeper train’ really doesn’t do this remarkable country-house-on-wheels justice. Just as the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express transports well-heeled passengers from London to Venice in supreme style and comfort, Belmond Grand Hibernian does the same around Ireland – only with much more contemporary Gaelic flair.

Launched in 2016 to great fanfare, the train offers leisurely sojourns of the Emerald Isle each year between April and October, scheduling journeys of two, four and six nights that stretch across both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – each departing and arriving back at Dublin’s Heuston Station.

We’re on board the four-night Legends and Loughs, a wonderful itinerary that meanders leisurely between Cork, Killarney, Galway and Westport, offering a slice of Ireland at is best with a thick pat of Kerrygold butter on the side.

The gleaming midnight-blue train sets a new benchmark for luxury train travel in Ireland. Steeped in history and heritage and polished to within an inch of its life, the train comprises 20 elegant carriages with room for just 40 fortunate passengers, a saloon-style Observation Car and two elegant restaurant cars.

Each carriage bears the title of a well-known Irish county – Kerry, Down, Leitrim, Waterford, and the like – their names rolling off the tongue like a plump Galway oyster washed down with a pint or two of charcoal-black Guinness.

The 16 twin and four double private compartments have a surprisingly fresh and modern ambience, each with an ensuite shower, wardrobe, desk, and picture window for gazing out at Ireland’s emerald green scenery rolling by.

Each carriage has a unique interior design. Kerry is decked in vibrant purple; Down is splashed with pops of orange; bold reds add warmth to Leitrim, and cool blues are a natural choice for coastal Waterford. (The double cabins can interconnect with twins, making them ideal for families or friends travelling together.)

The overall design aesthetic is Irish Georgian, a hard-and-soft blend of stone counters, wool carpets, and wonderful artworks by some of the country’s leading artists.

Soothing greys in a classic Irish tartan adorn many of the train’s soft furnishings, providing a seemingly simple yet calm backdrop to both the train and scenery outside.

Our journey starts on a chilly May morning at Dublin’s Westbury Hotel where we are greeted warmly by Anne-Marie, our tour director. “Maidin mhaith,” she says cheerily, giving “good morning” our first taste of the lilting Gaelic accent we’re about to hear so many times over the next five days.

Over coffee and canapés, we have a chance to meet our small group of fellow travellers by the fire, before being whisked by coach to Heuston Station for the train’s departure.

With our neatly pressed crew waiting on the platform with glasses of perfectly chilled Laurent-Perrier, we’re shown to the Observation Car for a comprehensive briefing and then escorted to our cabin.

It’s a triumph of intelligent design – after all, this is a train carriage and space is obviously limited – but the designers have managed to create a feeling of comfort and warmth with Egyptian cotton bed linen, Irish duck down bedding, and toiletries by Bamford.

Every day, there’s an excursion by coach to a number of interesting places, including a couple not open to the general public. At Blarney Castle, for example, we arrive before the gates officially open and so are given the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone before the tourist crowd arrives (more than a million would-be kissers climb the steep castle stairs every year). It’s a tad scary leaning out over the parapet on your back, being held only by your legs while you kiss the famous stone, so just remember to take some wet wipes.

All these daily optional activities (passengers are, of course, free to remain on the train and relax quietly should they so choose) naturally inspire a healthy appetite, and one of the train’s biggest surprises is the Grand Hibernian cuisine.

Master Chef Alan Woods explains why the food is so farm-fresh: “Every morning, very early, we pick up local produce from wherever the train is, and that determines the day’s menu. It’s a huge logistical exercise, but it’s also fun shopping at the local markets.”

The result is an Irish bounty of the most succulent seafood, meats, vegetables and cheeses served in the train’s two elegant restaurant cars named Sligo and Wexford.

Each dinner menu is a three-course feast. Tuesday, for example, brings a Dublin Bay prawn cocktail, roast Skeaghanore duck breast with dauphinoise potatoes, and a plump tarte tatin with banana ice cream and Middleton Whiskey sauce.

A head-spinning array of gourmet dishes featuring scallops, lamb, halibut, smoked salmon, crab, veal, rabbit, turbot, lobster, pork loin, tiny quails’ eggs and beef wellington fly out of the train’s compact kitchens throughout the trip, each one a triumph of culinary excellence.

All wines are complimentary as are all other bar offerings – and this is where the real fun begins. Each evening sees a different talent board the train to entertain  the passengers, a mini United Nations from Texas, Canada, Singapore and the Netherlands.

Another morning is spent at the historic Ashford Castle which was owned by the famous Guinness family for many years. Here we’re introduced to a friendly Harris hawk called Wilde (which fittingly also answers to Oscar).

We discover the ancient art of falconry and how to land a hawk on a well-gloved arm, followed by a gourmet lunch – although none of us dares ask if the “free-range chicken” on the menu is exactly that. Failed falcon, anyone?

A fascinating visit to Jameson’s Whiskey Distillery is another highlight, complete with an educational Irish whiskey tasting. After this, you’ll speak fluent Gaelic and swear never to touch scotch again.

Every activity is professionally planned and thoroughly enjoyable – even our wet and wild walk along the legendary Cliffs of Moher.

Then there’s the horse-and-carriage ride through rolling countryside to the ancient ruins of Ross Castle, culminating in a boat trip on Lough Leane, serenaded by some talented local musicians.

A visit to a mountainside farm and a sheep dog demonstration round out another day, reminding us of our Border Collie we left at home, half a world away. She wouldn’t be able to cope with these steep hills; her Irish cousins behave more like mountain goats.

But it’s two Manhattan gals, straight out of Sex and the City, who really know how to party. One night they take over the bar duties and create some memorable cocktails. Needless to say the party outlasts the folk singers and storytellers and there are a few latecomers for breakfast the next morning.

Just like an Agatha Christie novel, there’s a certain air of mystery about some of our fellow travellers. For example, there’s the Dutch gentleman who wears a suit and tie to dinner (everyone else is smart casual). We call him William of Orange after the 17th century king who defeated James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Then there’s our very own Singapore Girl who left her banking career behind, and who seemingly just travels the world in style. And from America’s Deep South, a mother and daughter channelling Gone with the Wind with those curvy southern accents.

And that’s the ultimate joy of the Belmond Grand Hibernian. It’s a window to Ireland’s green and wild beauty; cosy, clever cabins; top class food and wine; extraordinary daily activities, and the chance to meet like-minded fellow travellers who subscribe to the wise words of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde: “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”

The Details

Belmond Grand Hibernian Ireland’s season runs between April and October each year and offers two, four and six-night itineraries. Prices start from €3,000 (about A$4736) per person for a two-night journey with two guests sharing a twin or double cabin.

For more information and bookings, visit belmond.com.

Rail Plus Takes 50% off Companion Fares on the Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern Oriental Express

The offer is available to book until June 15

Until 15 June 2018, Rail Plus is offering 50% off companion fares on all Eastern & Oriental Classical Journeys through to December 2018, giving passengers savings of up to $2,000. The discounted fares are based on twin share and are available in the Pullman and State Cabins on the two-night Classic Journeys from Singapore to Bangkok or three-night Classic Journeys from Bangkok to Singapore.

Journeying between the modern and vibrant cities of Singapore and Bangkok in a train that speaks of the old world colonial charm, passengers will enjoy the vastly different landscapes of this South East Asian peninsula as the train passes through a series of towns, quaint villages, tropical jungles winding rivers and ancient temples. Mealtimes will also have the passengers spoiled with the incredibly rich flavours of this region.

Bookings must be made by 15 June 2018.  Enter the promotional code EC50 at checkout.

www.railplus.com.au.