May 10, 2024

Oh the places you'll go: luxury train travel around the world

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Isabelle Guillaume

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Welcome aboard the rhythmic journey where steel wheels on tracks compose the soundtrack to adventure. Each train journey plunges you into a tale of exploration, traversing both familiar and foreign landscapes, feeling the land's heartbeat. Highlighting the magnificence of these journeys are visionaries like Railbookers, Belmond, Rocky Mountaineer, and Grand Canyon Railway.  Whether in the opulent elegance of Belmond's carriages or the rugged allure of Rocky Mountaineer's routes, each trip is a masterpiece in motion. Join us on these locomotive odysseys!

Booking a train journey means being guided through the heartlands by seasoned conductors and knowledgeable guides, unraveling the region's history, culture, and tradition, ensuring no sight or story is missed. Train travel caters to groups, families, and milestone celebrations, fostering shared meals, cozy compartments, and the thrill of discovering new destinations. Hop aboard the train of discovery, a symphony of sights and sensations, uncovering the soul of each destination.

With MVT, unlock new experiences and grand adventures, wherever your wanderlust takes you.

Making tracks across Europe, Asia and South America, Belmond trains spirit you away to the world’s most exciting destinations in unforgettable style.

Begin a journey with Belmond, where every adventure is a tale waiting to be told. For over 45 years, Belmond has been the ultimate storyteller, connecting savvy travelers with the world's most dazzling destinations and unforgettable experiences. From lavish hotels to luxurious trains, serene river cruises to thrilling safaris, Belmond crafts moments that linger long after the journey ends.

British Pullman: A Belmond Moving Murder Mystery

Step back into the glamour of 1951 aboard the British Pullman for an unforgettable journey through time. Departing from London Victoria, this immersive experience invites you to step into a world of intrigue set against the backdrop of the Festival of Britain. As you board the meticulously restored carriages Cygnus, Perseus, and Minerva, you'll be whisked away to an era of elegance and suspense.

 

Crafted by the renowned theatrical production company 'Private Drama Events,' this experience seamlessly combines fine dining, vintage charm, and interactive storytelling. Whether you're savoring each exquisite dish, admiring the Art-Deco decor, or engaging with performers in their period costumes, every moment promises to be an adventure. So, channel your inner detective, sharpen your senses, and prepare for a journey filled with intrigue and excitement aboard the British Belmond Pullman. You can dive deeper into this Moving Murder Mystery here. 

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Paris to Budapest

Embark on an enchanting 5 night journey from Paris to Istanbul aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, immersing yourself in the allure of Europe's most romantic cities. Picture the scene as traditional musicians, adorned in vibrant costumes, welcome you with rhythmic drumbeats on the platform, setting the stage for an unforgettable adventure.

Life aboard this iconic train is a tapestry of exquisite moments, where every detail is crafted to perfection. Indulge in the rich flavors of regional cuisine served in the ornate dining cars, or simply unwind in the comfort of your vintage cabin, watching the breathtaking landscapes unfold outside your window.

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As the train meanders through picturesque landscapes, discover the charm of historic landmarks such as Peleș Castle in Romania and the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest. Engage in guided tours and excursions, each revealing the unique cultural tapestry of the cities you visit. Every moment aboard is infused with elegance and sophistication. As you traverse through France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and finally Turkey, you'll forge connections with fellow travelers, sharing stories and laughter along the way.

As the journey draws to a close in Istanbul you'l leave with cherished memories of a journey that transcends time.

Royal Scotsman:Western Scenic Wonders

Set off on an unforgettable adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Scotland aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman's "Three Nights Western Scenic Wonders" itinerary. Departing from Edinburgh, this three-night journey promises an experience of luxury and natural beauty like no other.

Start your journey from Edinburgh and watch as the train winds its way westward, passing through picturesque Falkirk and Craigendoran, where it joins the renowned West Highland Line. Indulge in a delightful afternoon tea while soaking in the stunning views of Loch Lomond. Then, spend a relaxing evening in the quaint village of Spean Bridge, enjoying fine dining and onboard entertainment in the Observation Car.

On the second day of your journey, experience the splendor of Ben Nevis as the train passes through Fort William. Pause at Arisaig to explore Morar Sands and savor the beauty of the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye. Following a delightful onboard lunch, discover the history of the Glenfinnan Monument before a serene evening journey to Bridge of Orchy. The third day promises a venture to the Isle of Bute for a guided tour of the magnificent Mount Stuart, a Victorian Gothic mansion. Wrap up your day with an elegant gala dinner aboard the train as it travels to Kilmarnock for the evening.

As the journey comes to an end, you'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast while taking in all of Scotland's scenic wonders before arriving back in Edinburgh, with fond memories and a yearning for more time aboard the Royal Scotsman. 

Rocky Mountaineer

Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Western Canada and the American Southwest with Rocky Mountaineer, where luxury train travel meets unparalleled natural beauty. As pioneers in daylight rail journeys, their team offers a unique experience for those craving immersion in North America's awe-inspiring landscapes. Journey through the majestic Rockies, where every moment is framed by breathtaking panoramas. Rocky Mountaineer is dedicated to sustainable tourism, garnering numerous awards that attest to their commitment to excellence. Join them as they redefine luxury travel and create unforgettable experiences amidst some of the world's most iconic scenery.

And now, your adventure comes with even greater value with Virtuoso Benefits. You can save $150* per couple on Canadian route packages or $100* per couple on Rocky Mountaineer’s US route packages of 5 days or longer. For those exploring Canadian Circle Journeys, enjoy double the value with savings of $300* per couple!

Rocky Mountaineer: Discover Lake Louise

Experience an unforgettable journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer's 2024 Discovery Circle Journey Lake Louise itinerary. Over nine days and eight nights, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the region, beginning and ending your adventure in the vibrant city of Vancouver.

Experience the thrill of two iconic rail routes, the First Passage to the West and the Journey through the Clouds, as you travel through breathtaking landscapes and picturesque mountain towns like Kamloops, Jasper, and Lake Louise. You'll relax and enjoy the luxurious comfort of the Rocky Mountaineer train, indulging in four memorable days of travel.

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In between rail journeys, discover the natural wonders of the Canadian wilderness with included activities such as an exhilarating Icefields Parkway adventure and the Glacier Skywalk, allowing you to connect with nature in a truly remarkable way. Throughout your expedition, you'll treat your taste buds to delightful culinary experiences with included breakfasts and lunches, all while staying in accommodations that enhance your journey's comfort and convenience.

Whether you're a seasoned explorer or embarking on your first adventure, the Discovery Circle Journey Lake Louise promises an immersive and unforgettable exploration of the Rocky Mountains' grandeur.

Rocky Mountaineer: 2 Day Rail, Moab to Denver

Discover the untamed beauty of the American West on a 2-day rail adventure from Moab to Denver, or vice versa, with Rocky Mountaineer. Journey over awe-inspiring landscapes featuring expansive canyons, mesmerizing desert, and natural wonders. This journey invites you to relax and soak in the scenery from the comfort of the train, with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs. Passengers will Indulge in delicious meals, enjoy the attentive service, and let Rocky Mountaineer take care of the logistics. Customize your experience with optional add-ons, ensuring your trip is tailored to your preferences. Whether you're captivated by the majesty of the Rockies or the allure of the red rocks, this adventure promises unforgettable moments.

First Passage to the West Grand Adventure

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary 10-day voyage through the Canadian Rockies with the "First Passage to the West Grand Adventure" itinerary, for the 2024 season. Commencing in the bustling city of Vancouver, this journey promises an enchanting fusion of urban energy and natural marvels. Bid farewell to the cityscape as you venture into the wilderness, with captivating stops planned in Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper.

Yet, the journey is not solely about the destinations; it's about the experience aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. With two days of luxurious travel through ever-changing landscapes, you'll be treated to unparalleled comfort and service in either SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf Service. 

 

But the adventure doesn't end there. The itinerary includes activities and tours that deepen your connection with the Canadian Rockies. From traversing the Athabasca Glacier in an Ice Explorer to experiencing the exhilarating Glacier Skywalk, these excursions offer insights into the region's natural wonders.

Throughout the journey, savory meals await, with breakfast and lunch included on select days. And with nine nights of accommodation in carefully selected hotels in your city stops, you can unwind and recharge in comfort after each day's escapades. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Grand Canyon Railway

Step aboard the Grand Canyon Railway and embark on a journey through time, where the echoes of the Wild West still resonate in the heart of Arizona's stunning landscapes. Since 1901, this iconic railway has woven tales of adventure, and now offers unforgettable voyages for travelers. Immerse yourself in the romance of train travel as you glide through the majestic Grand Canyon National Park aboard restored cars, accompanied by a crew steeped in the lore of their surroundings. Experience the Old West come to life with authentic characters, musicians, and even the occasional train robbery, while marveling at the unparalleled beauty that stretches as far as the eye can see. As you select your car and plan your itinerary, prepare to leave behind the rush of modern life and embrace the timeless charm of the Grand Canyon Railway.

Make a Grand Trip the Grandest

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the majestic Grand Canyon with the Grand Canyon Railway Getaway Package, where you can save 10% on a picturesque adventure. This meticulously curated itinerary offers two enticing options: a 2-day, 1-night excursion or a more leisurely 3-day, 2-night expedition. Begin your escapade by arriving at the historic Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel in Williams, AZ, where you'll be treated to a delightful dinner at the renowned Fred Harvey Restaurant. Nestle into cozy accommodations for the night before awakening to a hearty breakfast.

The next morning you'll experience the Wild West Show, a lively prelude to your train departure from the Williams Depot. While traveling through the breathtaking landscapes aboard the Grand Canyon Railway, you'll enjoy personalized service, entertainment from strolling musicians, and insider knowledge from your Passenger Service Attendant. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, revel in free time to explore the wonders of this natural marvel. After a day of discovery, you'll return to Williams, savoring another delicious dinner and a restful night at the Grand Canyon Hotel.

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Opt for the extended 3-day itinerary to enjoy an additional day of canyon exploration and relaxation. With discounted rates on train fares, accommodations, and included meals, this package promises an enriching and Grand Canyon experience. Available for select dates, this journey ensures memories that last a lifetime.

Railbookers

Step into a world of unforgettable travel experiences with Railbookers. Their expertise lies in crafting personalized train vacations that seamlessly blend adventure and relaxation. These carefully curated packages cater to your every desire, offering tailored experiences in transportation, accommodations, and activities. With a team of dedicated MVT Travel Advisors by their side, Railbookers handles all the logistics, leaving you free to immerse yourself in the magic of exploration. Embrace the freedom to wander and discover, join the journey with Railbookers.

For a limited time, you can save $400 per couple on all rail vacations to Italy inclusive of 7 nights or more. Whether you're drawn to the romantic canals of Venice, the historic streets of Rome, or the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany, Railbookers ensures an unforgettable Italian getaway.

Looking to explore the stunning beauty of Switzerland? Take advantage of Railbookers' exclusive offer and save $400 per couple on 'The Best of Switzerland' vacation inclusive of 7 nights or more. From the majestic Swiss Alps to the serene lakeshores, experience the best of Switzerland in style.

The Bernina Express

Begin an enchanting voyage through the heart of the Swiss Alps with the Bernina Express. Departing from Chur, Switzerland, or Tirano, Italy, this iconic train ride offers unparalleled vistas of the majestic snow-capped peaks, quaint villages, and verdant valleys that define the region's allure. With its expansive panoramic windows, every moment of the breathtaking scenery is savored, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Delight in local delicacies from the roving minibar as you travel through the mesmerizing landscapes, and be sure to leave room for a magnificent lunch in Tirano. As the train ascends to the highest point at Ospizio Bernina, 2,253 meters above sea level, immerse yourself in the Alpine panoramas, including shimmering glaciers and pristine mountain lakes.

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Throughout the journey, knowledgeable staff provide insightful commentary, offering glimpses into the region's rich history, culture, and natural wonders. Whether you opt for first-class luxury or standard accommodations, the Bernina Express guarantees comfort and convenience, making it an essential experience for anyone eager to embrace the unparalleled beauty of the Swiss Alps.

Glacier Express

Enjoy a captivating journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps aboard the renowned Glacier Express. Starting from the village of Zermatt, where the majestic Matterhorn stands tall, this scenic train ride leads you on a leisurely excursion to the chic resort town of St. Moritz. Through expansive panoramic windows, you'll be treated to uninterrupted views of the awe-inspiring landscapes, making every moment aboard a true spectacle.

Whether you choose the exclusive Excellence Class, offering unparalleled luxury with guaranteed window seats and gourmet dining experience, or the cozy comfort of First Class or Standard Class, each with its own charm and culinary delights, the Glacier Express ensures an unforgettable journey for all passengers. Indulge in regional delicacies and mingle with fellow travelers at the Glacier Bar, immersing yourself in the essence of Swiss hospitality.

As the train winds its way through the breathtaking scenery, it also unravels tales of the region's rich history, culture, and natural wonders. Whether you're a seasoned explorer or embarking on your first rail adventure, the Glacier Express promises not just a trip, but an unforgettable voyage through Switzerland's enchanting landscapes and timeless allure.

Mount Pilatus

Hop on an unforgettable journey to Mount Pilatus, a majestic peak nestled near Lucerne, Switzerland. This itinerary reveals a series of exhilarating experiences, starting with a serene paddle steamer voyage from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Brace yourself for the marvel of engineering that is the cogwheel train, ascending the lofty heights of Pilatus, proudly standing at 2,132 meters above sea level. As you absorb the awe-inspiring vistas, prepare for the descent, where a thrilling combination of cable car and gondolas await to transport you to Kriens. Throughout this odyssey, the atmosphere is electric with wonder and anticipation, as travelers from across the globe unite to marvel at the splendor of Mount Pilatus.

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The panoramic views of Lake Lucerne from the summit and the scenic landscapes en route ensure each moment is just as enchanting as the next. Concluding with a brief bus journey back to Lucerne, the day draws to a close and you bid farewell to this majestic mountain, you'll carry with you not only memories but a deepened appreciation for the beauty and wonder that our world beholds.

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With expert guidance and in-depth knowledge, travel advisors can offer a wealth of information and send you on voyages that are sure to be a highlight.

From custom itineraries to peace of mind from start to finish— booking with an MVT travel advisor adds value to your experience, allowing you to make the most of your time traveling. 

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