Embarking on a Slow Travel Journey with Belmond

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Celebrate breathtaking European scenery through the new series of one-of-a-kind experiences

With the aim to inspire travel once again, Belmond, a pioneer of luxury travel for over 45 years, celebrates beautiful European escapes that connect deeply with the soul of the destination, setting the scene for unforgettable journeys. Belmond offers an alternative way for travellers to experience breathtaking European scenery with a slow travel adventure.

Inspired by stunning locations and highly curated travel experiences, Belmond is ready to impress travellers who look forward to indulging their longed-for moments through a series of specially executed travel options. The experiences on land, rail and river range from artistic encounters, living the passion of exceptional curators and collectors in Italy; savouring local ingredients and tales of treasured traditions; raising a glass to missed celebrations on legendary trains or, seeking private escapes on scenic waterways in France.

The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The new Grand Tour routes for the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train criss-cross through Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and The Netherlands along the way, evoking a sense of nostalgia, reinstating the legendary journeys of the golden age of travel and meeting a rise in demand for slow, meaningful travel experiences following a year of travel hiatus. Guests may choose to 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. Travelling aboard the elegant art-deco 1920s carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, 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, England

Journey on British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England to experience timeless elegant travel across Great Britain and expect luxury, glamour and a dash of adventure on an unforgettable trip through the British 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, there is a journey for everyone. 

New gastronomic pursuits on Belmond’s British trains celebrate the journey as much as the destination. British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England announces a menu of sumptuous five-course dinner experiences by Michelin Star chefs, Ollie Dabbous, Simon Rogan, Michel Roux Jr and Raymond Blanc.

Belmond Afloat in France

Aboard Afloat in France is an idyllic way to discover the hidden canals and waterways of France whilst drifting through tranquil forests, past bright fields of sunflowers or hilltop châteaux, exploring medieval villages or famous vineyards before returning to your floating villa for a gourmet dinner.

Private charters aboard Afloat in France’s luxury barges are the ultimate exclusive affair, with personalised itineraries and cinematic scenes bringing families and friends together.

Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino

Set against the cinematic backdrop of the Italian Riviera, Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino re-opened on 1 May 2021, signalling the beginning of a new era in Portofino and its legendary allure. The 14-room charming 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 choosing to stop 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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