Book a 1930s-Inspired Belmond Trip and Step Back into a Golden Era of Rail Travel
A passenger prepares to board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
A grand soiree was held on July 1 at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice as the chef from the Cipriani was joined by the chefs from Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) to celebrate the 125th birthday of Agatha Christie. The author’s classic mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” has been an eternal spring of brand nourishment for the operators of the VSOE. Travelers with a love for these experiences tend to have a fascination for another age of travel as well as the train and the destinations it serves.
At the Cipriani the three chefs served up Italian and Turkish culinary delights to attendees who stepped back into the 1930s to celebrate Christie and the golden age of travel with vintage decorations, Champagne cocktails, and live entertainment. While Inspector Poirot could only attend in spirit, the parties provided an opportunity to review the facts regarding upcoming developments from Belmond.
The 1930s will also prevail this fall when Belmond Northern Belle launches a new series of Variety Dinners, which are theatrical journeys celebrating British entertainment. Cabaret dancers, contortionists, comedians, magicians, and musicians will move through the 1930s-inspired carriages as guests dine on a five-course dinner from their “front row” seats. The Variety Dinners will depart from select stations September through November with rates starting at £250 ($384) per guest.
The VSOE will embark on a new route to Berlin next year. On the inaugural June 2 run, passengers will board the train in London before making their way through Paris en-route to the German capital. The train will make its return journey from Berlin to London on June 4 at rates beginning at about $3,432 per person double.
The Berlin journeys will give passengers a chance to sample the best in bubbly from the train’s new Champagne bar. The bar is dedicated to serving the best Champagnes including Tattinger, Laurent Perrier Rose, and Louis Roederer Cristal. These Champagnes will be served in Lalique ice buckets and crystal glassware.
From London to Venice, passengers can skip the pancakes, bacon, and eggs and opt instead for the train’s Champagne celebration breakfast, which includes pastries, smoked salmon, and scrambled eggs, served as the Swiss lakes rush by.
The Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s first foray into luxury rail, is on track to debut in the August of 2016 and is now accepting reservations for the historic launch. Two-, four- and six-night journeys are available for the train that will explore both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Rates begin at $3,450 per person, and include meals and drinks in the Sligo and Wexford dining cars, as well as a collection of guided excursions.
Belmond is offering several perks to stimulate bookings including up to $200 in extras to experience a “Taste of Belmond” aboard any of their eight trains and river cruises. The extras include a bottle of Champagne aboard the Belmond British Pullman, Belmond Northern Belle, and VSOE; $200 in on-board credit with the Eastern & Oriental Express; a free vineyard picnic while traveling on Belmond Afloat in France; two complimentary nights at Belmond Governor’s Residence as well as $100 credit per couple to spend on Belmond Orcaella and Belmond Road to Mandalay; and a complimentary kilt rental aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman.
Belmond owns and operates 46 hotel, rail, river cruise and safari experiences around the world including six luxury tourist trains, three river cruises and “21,” one of New York’s most storied restaurants.
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