Travelers can now celebrate breathtaking European scenery through a new series of one-of-a-kind luxury slow travel experiences from Belmond.
With the aim to inspire travel once again, Belmond, a pioneer of luxury travel for over 45 years, celebrates beautiful European escapes with a new series of adventures inspired by stunning locations. The experiences on land, rail and river range from artistic encounters, and living the passion of exceptional curators and collectors in Italy; to savouring local ingredients and tales of treasured traditions; and raising a glass to missed celebrations on legendary trains or seeking private escapes on scenic waterways in France.
The Venice-Simplon Orient-Express
The new Grand Tour routes of the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train (above) criss-cross through Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and The Netherlands while evoking a sense of nostalgia and reinstating the legendary journeys of the golden age of travel. For an extra indulgence, upgrade to a new Grand Suite for the ultimate private celebration with free-flowing champagne and a personal steward taking care of every detail.
New boarding points for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express include the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome, the Renaissance city of Florence, lakeside Geneva, the city of Brussels, and the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Traveling aboard the train’s elegant Art Deco carriages, guests can now select from a number of different new journeys including the option to stay overnight at Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence, or Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany on the Florence route to Paris.
British Pullman, A Belmond Train
Board the British Pullman, A Belmond Train, to experience timeless travel across Great Britain and expect luxury, glamour and a dash of adventure on an unforgettable trip through the buccolic countryside. Restored to their former glory, British Pullman’s carriages are as famous today as in the heyday of train travel. Whether you prefer afternoon tea, flowing champagne or both—as many guests do—there’s a journey for everyone.
New gastronomic pursuits onboard Belmond’s Great British trains celebrate the journey as much as the destination and the British Pullman, A Belmond Train recently added a series of sumptuous five-course dinner experiences by Michelin-starred chefs Ollie Dabbous, Simon Rogan, Michel Roux Jr and Raymond Blanc.
Belmond Afloat in France
Drifting through tranquil forests, past bright fields of sunflowers or hilltop châteaux, exploring medieval villages or famous vineyards then returning to your floating villa for a gourmet dinner—Aboard Afloat in France is an idyllic way to discover the hidden canals and waterways of France.
Private charters aboard Afloat in France’s luxury barges are the ultimate exclusive affair, with personalised itineraries and awe-inspiring scenes bringing families and friends together. The new six-night vintage champagne tour is no exception; Pivoine, A Belmond Boat, invites guests to taste the best vintage champagnes with unparalleled access to Maisons Ruinart, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot and Krug, from August 28, 2021.
Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel
Set against the cinematic backdrop of the Italian Riviera, Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino re-opened on May 1, 2021, signalling the beginning of a new era for Portofino and its legendary allure. The charming 14-room guest house has undergone a complete renovation; every detail of the interior design and the guest experience has been carefully crafted to tell the story of the nautical heritage of the harbour town, the surrounding natural beauty of the Ligurian Coast, and the timeless glamour of La Dolce Vita.
Guests at Splendido Mare can look forward to a choice of exceptional experiences, curated especially for the Mare. Departing from the harbour, guests can set sail aboard a traditional Ligurian fishing boat Gozzo for a slow and gentle cruise along the beautiful coastline to San Fruttuoso Bay, with a choice of stopping for a swim to the submerged statue of Christ the Abyss, or a dive into the crystal-clear waters of Punta Chiappa. A picnic lunch can be prepared by the hotel’s restaurant, DaV Mare, or guests can opt to stop for fresh seafood caught by local fishermen
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