Relive the golden age of rail travel
Explore the beauty of the British Isles in timeless style aboard a period luxury train.
With intricately restored carriages, including some that date back to the 1920s and 30s, relive rail’s golden age accompanied by gourmet cuisine, flowing champagne and fine service.
Augment your time in the United Kingdom with opulent day trips to historic cities and grand country houses, join convivial tea parties and grand lunches, or perhaps plan a trip around a multi-day journeys through the Scottish Highlands aboard the Royal Scotsman.
Or perhaps, for a truly once in a lifetime experience, take the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient Express across France and the Alps to Venice.
Itineraries with luxury British train journeys
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Luxury British trains
Belmond Royal Scotsman$$$$$Head into the heart of Scotland on this exclusive train that takes a maximum of 40 guests to discover the spectacular Highlands scenery that goes unseen by most. The Belmond Royal Scotsman is considered one of the most luxurious trains in the world and from the minute you step on board you will feel like royalty. Whether you’re in a twin, double or single cabin, each has been designed with decadence in every detail, from the hypoallergenic duvet, quilted cotton bed covers, refined wooden finishes and private en-suite bathrooms. Head to the Observation Car to sink into an inviting armchair or sofa and chat with your fellow travellers, or to really take in the stunning Highlands scenery step out onto the open-air veranda as you travel past glassy lochs, castles and majestic mountain ranges. Meals on the Belmond Royal Scotsman are as memorable as the landscapes you are travelling through. Served in mahogany-pannelled dining cars, you can relish hearty Highland breakfasts, seasonal lunches and in the evening enjoy gourmet dining with fresh local ingredients accompanied by fine wines. After dinner, unwind with a scotch malt whisky as a local Highlander shares tales of life in Scotland through the centuries, or simply retire to your cabin for a peaceful sleep as the train settles into a siding for the night.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express$$$$$The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is a work of art, and a true art deco icon. Step onboard this legendary train and travel back to the golden age of the 20s and 30s, for a journey that combines adventure and style. Crisscrossing Europe, you’ll roll through sublime scenery to some of the continent’s most alluring cities, with the most famous overnight journey running from London to Venice across France and the Alps. The train cars are the original 1920s models, and the charming vintage cabins have been restored to their former glory. The double cabins feature an upper and lower berth while the single cabins have one lower berth. During the day, the berths are transformed to offer comfortable banquette seating from which you can relax and watch the world go by. There are three restaurant cars so you can dine in style while enjoying the beauty of the countryside. Etoile du Nord features wonderful floral marquetry; the Côte d’Azur’s delicate lalique glass panels add elegance and style; and L’Oriental is decorated in black lacquer. Ingredients are brought onboard at stops along the route to guarantee freshness. The champagne bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a perfectly chilled glass in beautiful art deco surroundings, or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in the bar car while listening to the delicate tinkle of the resident pianist.
Belmond British Pullman$$$$$Step on board and back in time to a golden age of luxury rail travel with the Belmond British Pullman. This elegant train is made of immaculately restored Art Deco carriages, one dating back to 1925, which been used extensively by the British Royal Family and carried luminaries including President de Gaulle and Nikita Khrushchev. Today they are used for delightful day trips and weekend breaks around England, such as to the splendid cities Bath and Canterbury, historic landmarks like Chatsworth House and Blenheim Palace, or even to the Grand National. Expect a sumptuous brunch en route with a champagne reception and gastronomic four-course dinner on the way back to London. There are also elegant gourmet excursions, Agatha Christie inspired murder mystery trips and unforgettable journeys pulled by mighty steam locomotive.