Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.
  • Thirty-year old Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. has announced it will run its luxury travel experiences and 45 hotels under the new brand name, Belmond, starting March 10, 2014. The company, whose old name referred to train services in Europe, said the launch of the new name "is expected to heighten awareness" of the company's hotels, safaris and river cruises. Fortunately, the company is not eliminating its luxury trains with the re-branding. Pictured is the Observation Car in The Royal Scotsman, which the company calls U.K.'s only luxury sleeper train. Passengers can step onto the veranda for fresh air.
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  • The company's new name, Belmond, comes from the phrase "beautiful world" in French, or the combination of "belle" and "monde." There are 14 twin, two double and four single cabins in The Royal Scotsman. Each come with a private bathroom with shower, washbasin (always with hot water) and toilet. Like luxury hotels, toiletries and fresh towels are brought every day. Amenities include a dressing table, full-length wardrobe, controlled heating, ceiling fans and a service call button. While you travel Scotland and the Highlands from Edinburgh's Waverly Station, your voyage feels like a "country house party," says Orient-Express, which is based in London.
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  • Another Royal Scotsman cabin is shown. The Royal Scotsman is also available for private hire for journeys of one night or more for up to 36 people, inclusive of all meals, drinks, and personalized excursions.
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  • The Royal Scotsman accommodates only 36 guests per voyage at $1,350 per person, per night.
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  • The dining car in the Northern Belle is shown. The train, which travels across the British countryside, entered service in May 2000.
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  • The Northern Belle departs from more than 65 regional towns and cities including Manchester, Liverpool, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Crewe, Chester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Birmingham. Day and weekend trips include visits to castles and cities like Edinburgh and Bath. Prices start at $290 per person.
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  • The dining car of the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express train is shown. Guests travel across Europe in vintage carriages, beckoning the era of European rail travel in the 1920s and 1930s.
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  • A bunk bed in the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express train is shown. The train travels to London, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Paris, Krakow, Istanbul, Budapest, Dresden, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
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  • One itinerary for the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express is a three-night voyage from London or Paris to Venice. After sleeping in a private cabin with wood panelling the first night, you can sleep at the Hotel Ca'Sagredo or the Hotel Cipriani by Orient-Express. That journey can start at $4,005 or $4,355 per person per night, to include those respective hotel stays.
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  • The dining car of the British Pullman is shown. From its base in London, the British Pullman is in almost daily use throughout the year. The train provides day excursions to Britain's historic towns, stately homes and events. Or you can embark from London to Venice or vice versa. Prices start at $290 per person.
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