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NEWS | STORIES | OPINION | FEATURES | EVENTS

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GOLDEN EAGLE

Undoubtedly the world’s greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting east and west.

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MAHARAJAS EXPRESS

Welcome aboard the Maharajas' Express, bestowed the "World's Leading Luxury Train" award at the World Travel Awards for four consecutive years.

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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER

Celebrating 20 years in business, the internationally-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer is known around the world for its unique rail journeys through British Columbia and Alberta.

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Luxury assumes a new dimension on The Blue Train which you will feel from the moment you step on board this newly refurbished train, synonymous with luxury and hospitality since 1946.

VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT EXPRESS

Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine and lively onboard entertainment make a journey on this luxury train one of the world’s finest travel experiences.

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BELMOND HIRAM BINGHAM BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER SEVEN STARS GREAT SOUTHERN RAIL

ROVOS RAIL GRAND CANYON RAILWAY 112 BELMOND ROYAL SCOTSMAN 134 MARY GOSTELOW 88 96

DAILY Publisher Kevin Rolfe Editor Siddharth Thaker Editor-at-large Mary Gostelow Designers Mike Gibas Mark Askam Editorial Team Ana Strack Christopher O’Toole Rebecca Cohen Phil Blizzard Photography Mark Hakansson Ben Roberts Anjjelo San Buenaventura

Advertising Sion Rapson Gina Reynolds Mike Sawicki Business Development Kevin Rolfe Chris Frost Andrea Roca Production team Nadeem George Rasha Akar Abid Ahmed Denis Halilaj Josiah King Juwon Adenusi Katrina Lee-Smith Orenthal Jackson Online George Cooke

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RAM BINGHAM NAMED AFTER THE EXPLORER WHO REDISCOVERED THE INCA CITADEL, THE TRAIN HAS TWO DINING CARS, AN OBSERVATION/BAR CAR AND A KITCHEN CAR. IT CAN CARRY UP TO 84 PASSENGERS.

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THE CARRIAGES Decorated in the style of 1920s Pullman carriages, each has been furnished in polished wood and brass with large comfortable armchairs. Paragraph starts Dining Cars As you board, the tables are exquisitely set with gleaming crystal and polished cutlery. Our maître d' will invite you to enjoy brunch and a gastronomic dinner, specially created by our onboard chef.

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Bar Car The bar car is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail accompanied by live Peruvian music. On the way to Machu Picchu, our bartender will show you how to make a traditional Pisco Sour. Take the recipe home and impress family and friends. Observation Car The observation car is furnished with large cushioned seats, making it the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the Peruvian landscape unfold.


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DINING Dine in style as you trundle through the spectacular Peruvian countryside. BRUNCH Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and freshly squeezed orange juice as the train begins its journey towards Machu Picchu. Start with a traditional Peruvian appetizer, before moving on to a delicious main course followed by dessert and coffee.  Brunch is accompanied by a selection of Peruvian wines.

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DINNER Feast on a four-course, Andean-inspired menu as you depart from the site of Machu Picchu and head towards Poroy. Treat yourself to a Pisco Sour in the bar carriage before you are ushered to your seat to enjoy a host of Peruvian delights. 


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DESTINATIONS From Poroy, near the ancient city of Cusco, to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, a trip on the Belmond Hiram Bingham takes you through the most romantic scenery in Peru. CUSCO A journey on the Belmond Hiram Bingham starts or finishes in Poroy, 20 minutes from the ancient capital city of Cusco. In Cusco’s main square you’ll find an array of colourful stalls framed by curious, charming stone walkways and streets. Delve a lile deeper and discover beautiful lile arcades with boutiques selling local cras.

THE SACRED VALLEY On the journey to the lost city, the train runs through Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The beautiful valley, known as 'Vilcamayo' to the Incas, stretches out from the Inca citadels of Pisac to Ollantaytambo along the Urubamba River or 'Sacred River'. MACHU PICCHU Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, is one of the most famous examples of Inca architecture.  The ruins, located in a lush jungle, are believed to have been built in the mid-15th century. Lost in history, they were not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham. www.belmond.com/hiram-bingham-train/

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BELMOND AND BELMOND ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF SOUTH AMERICA’S FIRST LUXURY SLEEPER TRAIN, BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER IN PERU. THE NEW TRAIN, EXPECTED TO LAUNCH MAY 2017, IS SET TO TRAVEL ALONG ONE OF THE HIGHEST RAIL ROUTES ON EARTH TRAVERSING THE PERUVIAN ANDES FROM CUSCO TO LAKE TITICACA AND AREQUIPA, EXPLORING NATURAL WONDERS AND ANCIENT KINGDOMS ON ONE AND TWO NIGHT JOURNEYS.

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Travelling through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, Belmond Andean Explorer is designed to connect guests with the abundant nature of the Peruvian Andes. Interior designs, by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA, are inspired by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and the so tones of the Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys create a sense of calm enabling guests to unplug, relax and enjoy the journey. A selection of four journeys include ‘Peruvian Highlands’, a two night, three day journey departing from Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire travelling across the highest plains of the Andes reaching 4800 metres in altitude, to Puno where guests can visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca and then onwards to the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – highlights of this journey include a chance to explore the vast Colca Canyon, the dramatic realm of the condor. Or, the ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey traverses the Altiplano from Lake Titicaca to Cusco, for an overnight escape.

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Belmond Andean Explorer accommodates 68 guests in refined, en-suite cabins including two double cabins, 20 twin cabins and 12, bunk bed cabins for two people. Fresh, seasonal menus, using local ingredients are created by the chefs at Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco and served in the two Dining Cars. The Observation Car with an open-air deck is the place to enjoy the dramatic views and a refreshing drink whilst the Lounge Car provides a comfortable seing to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures.

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Prices start from $462 per person for the one night, ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey, fully inclusive including all meals, an open bar and scheduled excursions.


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Belmond Andean Explorer will be Belmond’s 8th luxury train, joining Belmond Hiram Bingham in Peru, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe, Belmond Royal Scotsman, UK and Belmond Grand Hibernian which is expected to launch in Ireland in summer 2016. The new train further strengthens Belmond’s presence in Peru adding to the portfolio of trains and hotels in inspiring locations including Belmond Miraflores Park, and Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Lima, Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu and Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Belmond Andean Explorer is owned by PeruRail, a 50%/50% joint venture between Belmond and Peruvian investors, and will be operated by Belmond. www.belmond.com

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GOLDEN

EAGLE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

Undoubtedly the world’s greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent and endless steppe and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake.

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Opened in stages between 1891 and 1916, this extraordinary engineering achievement is a vital link for all the communities that live in close proximity to the line – and to travel along this route is by far the best way to experience the vastness and grandeur of Russia’s rarely visited interior.


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MOSCOW - KAZAN - YEKATERINBURG NOVOSIBIRSK - IRKUTSK - LAKE BAIKAL ULAN UDE - ULAAN BAATAR - KHABAROVSK (WESTBOUND ONLY) - VLADIVOSTOK

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AS ERIC NEWBY IN HIS 1977 BOOK THE BIG RED TRAIN RIDE SUCCINCTLY STATED, ‘THE TRANSSIBERIAN IS THE BIG TRAIN RIDE. ALL THE REST ARE PEANUTS.’

The official length of the Trans-Siberian line between Moscow and Vladivostok is 9,288 kilometres, making it the longest single-service railway in the world. As part of our itinerary we will also travel along the branch line at Lake Baikal and away from the main Trans-Siberian line when we head into Mongolia and its capital Ulaan Baatar.

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Our classic Trans-Siberian Express tours on board the Golden Eagle between Moscow and Vladivostok take a leisurely two weeks. By the time your journey ends we will have passed through eight time zones, a third of the world’s total, and travelled an incredible distance of 6,500 miles (11,000 kilometres) through Russia and Mongolia.


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LUXURY TRAIN TOURS Golden Eagle Luxury Trains is renowned for operating some of the world’s most pioneering rail journeys over the last 25 years. Our Voyages of a Lifetime by Private Train™ in 2016/17 operate worldwide through Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Mongolia, China, Central Asia and Iran, onboard a selection of the world’s leading luxury private trains.

LUXURY TRAIN JOURNEYS We offer our guests first-class customer service, a romantic exploration of the world's most remarkable sites and a room with a view that constantly changes. Aboard this luxury hotel-onwheels you can expect welcoming cabins, fine dining and elegant surroundings - no maer where you choose to explore. www.goldeneagleluxurytrains.com

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WORLD'S LEADING LUXURYTRAIN IN INDIA Welcome aboard the Maharajas' Express, bestowed the "World's Leading Luxury Train" award at the World Travel Awards for four consecutive years in 2012 ,2013,2014 & 2015. The Maharajas' Express has redeďŹ ned the luxury travel experience by oering guests the opportunity to explore fabled destinations providing a glimpse of rich cultural heritage of Incredible India which will leave you with fond memories of this train journey to be cherished. There are four categories of cabins/Suites in this Luxury train. The Cabins on the Maharajas' Express are the most Lavish among all the International Luxury Tourist Trains. The Lavish Interiors, distinct theme supplemented by the latest International safety features such as Electronic smoke detection system, CCTV, Pneumatic suspension for superior ride comfort will ensure your Luxury rail journey a truly comfortable experience you ever had.

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The state of the art facilities in all the cabins of the train includes Live Television, Wi-fi Internet, Direct Dial International Telephone Facility, DVD player, LCD screen, wardrobe, Personal safe and cabin controlled air conditioning and en-suite bathroom facilities such as shower cubicle with running hot & cold water, W.C and basin. To make your stay Lavish and relaxed, we provide amenities such as bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, range of Luxury toiletries made of essential oils. Each car of the train is aended by personalized valets to provide you with aentive, friendly and un-intrusive service throughout your Luxury rail tour. The high ratio of staff to guests in the train ensures prompt services, should you need any assistance during the rail journey or during offboard excursions. No wonder these Lavish and unique features of this Luxury train has enhanced the comfort levels of the guests and aided Maharajas' Express to receive the internationally acclaimed World's Leading Luxury Train Award. The train coaches of Deluxe Cabin are named aer the precious gems Hakik(Agate), Firoza(Torquoise), Katela(Amethyst), Beruz(Aquamarine) & Pitoniya(Bloodstone) to indicate the lavishness present in the overall experience provided in the tour Packages of Maharajas' Express. The train has 20 Deluxe Cabins of which 12 are twin bedded and 8 double bedded.

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Maharajas' Express Presidential Suite Maharajas' Express, a train almost half a mile long redefines luxury and comfort among all the first class tourist trains. It recreates the lifestyle of an Indian princely era and provides an international experience of lavish living. Presidential Suite onboard this first class tourist train has 448 sq.  of cabin area and the only one of its kind among the international trains. It is really the palace on wheels. The Presidential suite is aptly named Navratana(nine precious gems) and has a living room, 2 bedrooms and washrooms. The guests onboard the Presidential suite has an exclusive 24 hours personal valet to provide with aentive and luxury service. This palace on wheels has been provided with latest international features. The tariff of presidential suite is inclusive of an exclusive language speaking guide and Luxury car during the off-board journeys.

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Maharajas' Express Restaurant On-Board the luxurious Maharajas' Express, you will find two thematic fine dining restaurants which will allow you to enjoy delicious meals in a vibrant yet soul soothing environment. The names of the restaurants are aptly suited to the tastefully craed design, ambience and concept. One of it is "Mayur Mahal", named aer India's very own graceful national bird peacock, fondly called as Mayur and the other is "Rang Mahal", which literally means 'The Palace of Colors' decorated with hand painted fresco ceiling. The two fine dining restaurants can comfortably accommodate 42 guests each at any given time. The setup on one hand allows a seating of two persons who prefer to relish meal over a private chat and on the other hand also provides with a seating of four persons for guests who believe in socializing over a hearty conversation while enjoying the meals. The chefs at Maharajas' Express will be more than delighted to treat you with range of Indian & International cuisine. Table d'hote meals are included in your fare. Guests can also choose a suitable paring of wine from a wide range available onboard. All onboard meals-breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner will be held in the two restaurants.

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Maharajas' Express Lounge & Bar Cars For the guests who like to enjoy drinks over a friendly chat, we have two bars. One of it is a Lounge bar- 'The Rajah Club' and the other is a thematic bar named as – 'Safari Bar'. Both the bars provide comfortable & relaxed siing arrangements to complement the exquisite range of wines & spirits, allowing you to unwind and lighten up. For those who wish to be le alone, we provide selective collection of books and for those who love to socialize, we do have few board games to play and have fun with. For the corporate travelers, who want to combine business and leisure onboard the Maharajas' express, we can organize a suitable setup for meetings at the Safari Bar. This bar also serves as a venue for festive events.

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Gems of India Tour With this journey you can explore the true gems of India. The preciousness of Indian gems resides in its shimmering greens, its iridescent heritage and its architectural marvels. With this unique Gems of India route, you can visit the iconic epitaph and monument of love- Taj Mahal, catch the sight of the elusive tiger at Ranthambore and explore the Indian culture in Jaipur. The exciting Gems of India tour combines enthralling explorations with boundless luxury. Duration – The tour stretches up to four days and each day brings a new city to explore. Fare- The fare for gems of India route starts from $3850 and for interesting oers, you can click here. Season- The season for this unique Gems of India journey starts in October and ends in April. You can always choose to either end or start a year with us amidst luxury and opulence. www.the-maharajas.com

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Enjoy a luxurious journey on the Seven Stars to discover the beauty of Kyushu Seven Stars is the first luxury sleeper train in Japan. It made its inaugural run in Oct 2013. Seven Stars is the creation of JR Kyushu Chairman Koji Karaike and designer Eiji Mitooka. For over twenty years Karaike had dreamed of making this “Cruise Train” a reality. The result is a collaboration of designer Mitooka and local artisans, who have beautifully furnished the train with their masterpieces. Discover the island of Kyushu on Seven Stars, and look forward to an experience only possible in Kyushu.

On the Seven Stars, passengers can enjoy the beautiful Kyushu scenery as it flows by their windows. The courses on the Seven Stars are highlights of the best that Kyushu has to offer. The train does not just push through the journey. At certain points passengers will alight from the train to participate in excursions, making this train a new kind of travel experience. We are sure that throughout the journey there will be scenery and experiences that could only possibly be encountered on the Seven Stars.

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Island of Kyushu Kyushu is the gateway to Asia. There has been active exchange with the mainland here since ancient times. Now many foreign tourists visit Kyushu each year, aided by the full opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen network in 2011. These tourists number around a million people a year. Also around 30 million people visit Kyushu annually from within Japan. These people make their way here via air, sea and land.

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4 days, 3 nights journey This is a four-day journey around Kyushu. It travels through the five prefectures of Fukuoka, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Kumamoto. The contents of the trip are a concentration of the aractions of Kyushu. Some highlights include walks around popular areas such as Yufuin, and watching the sun set in the East China Sea. This journey also includes a night staying at a Kirishima hot spring resort, where passengers can thoroughly enjoy the famous hot springs. Here you can appreciate a different relaxation experience to that on the train.


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If every journey is special, how can one describe a journey on this train? Scenery flows by through the windows, such as the rolling green mountains and azure sea. Passengers are treated to traditional Japanese hospitality “omotenashi”, and are guided throughout so as they can fully enjoy their experience. Seven Stars does not just push on through this scenery. From time to time, passengers will alight to connect with and to experience their surroundings. The Cruise Train marks a new stage for travel in Japan. Seven Stars is decorated with various types of wood and fabric. The style is a fusion of Western and Japanese design.

There is a bar in the lounge car, as well as couches and rotating chairs for passengers to sit in while enjoying live musical performances. The rear of the lounge car also features a large bay window for enjoying the scenery as it flows by. The spacious rooms include the Deluxe Suites, where one carriage is split into two rooms, and the suite rooms, which are one carriage split into three rooms. This train provides a totally new travel experience.

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Kinsei Lounge Kinsei Lounge is where the journey begins. Kinsei means “Venus”, and this lounge has been made especially for the use of Seven Stars passengers. This is where passengers check in, and relax before being escorted to the platform in time to watch Seven Stars arrive. Kinsei is only used by Seven Stars passengers. Here, passengers enjoy music from our pianist, and are served beverages and specially prepared sweets.

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Lounge Car «Blue moon» Spend time here in comfort enjoying the views, and the bar “Blue moon” During the day, the lounge car is a rest area. Here, one can enjoy live musical performances and other entertainment in the evening, with a drink. The spectacular views from here await all passengers, including those who want to relax alone on the comfortable sofas.


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Dining Car «Jupiter» Kyushu cuisine made with seasonal delicacies Radiant sunshine, towering mountains, and gliering oceans. Kyushu is blessed in its nature and is truly a treasure house of gourmet food. The dining car “Jupiter” will offer passengers cuisine made from seasonal ingredients throughout the year. There will also be occasions when passengers alight from the train for their meals.

Kasei Restaurant Kasei Restaurant is where passengers enjoy breakfast on the last day of their journey. This restaurant has been made especially for Seven Stars guests on the platform of Aso Station. This restaurant is also open to the public on other days.

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Guest rooms The fourteen guest rooms on the “Seven Stars in Kyushu” are all suite rooms for just 14 couples. The theme of the train is fusion of Japanese and Western design, together with “old” and “new”. The numerous fabrics and wood used abundantly throughout train are all superb pieces that have been carefully selected. The aention to detail on Seven Stars will surely be evident throughout. Each room is different, and promise a relaxing stay. Suites There are three of these suite rooms in a carriage, offering passengers an experience in high quality comfort and the highest possible level of

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hospitality. Each room is of course fully equipped with a shower, toilet and air conditioning. We have put much effort in ensuring that the rooms have features suitable for a train, all to offer a pleasant and comfortable night’s sleep. Each of the Suite rooms has been carefully furnished by local artisans. Walking down the corridors one will see that each Suite room has different wood for the furnishings, as well as differing designs and colors for the upholstery. The Suite rooms have been furnished with wood such as douglas fir, nara oak, maple, cherry, quince, walnut, pearwood, enbuia, white sycamore and castor aralia.


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Deluxe Suites There are only two of these special deluxe suites. The two rooms have a different design, but the common theme between them is plentiful space. The furniture and furnishings in these large and elegant rooms have a Japanese flavor. In the rearmost room (Deluxe Suite A), it is possible to enjoy the view from the train through the window stretching right across the carriage. Both Suites can accommodate up to three passengers.

FACILITIES Front desk telephone, private ensuite with toilet and cypress paneled shower stall, Arita porcelain washbasin (made by the late Sakaida Kakiemon XIV), air-conditioning, free wifi, minibar. www.jrkyushu.co.jp

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GREAT SOUT

JOURNEY INDIAN PACIFIC One of only a few truly transcontinental trains in the world, the mighty Indian Pacific offers travellers an impressive and indulgent way to explore the vast beauty of Australia. From the Indian Ocean on the continent’s western shores to the Pacific on the east, guests journey in comfort into the fiery heart of Australia choosing from a selection of unforgeable Off train excursions and watching Australia’s spectacular landscapes roll by.

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Stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific, you’ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgeable Australian adventure begins to unfold. Whether you’re journeying from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific or the other way round, you’ll be making your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This is a journey defined by contrast, encompassing the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullabor and every goldmine, ghost town and grapevine in between.


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Y BEYOND Outside your window, the landscape shis over and over, revealing hidden secrets, from long abandoned homesteads of the Nullarbor to the marvellously resilient wildflowers of Western Australia. With all of its variance, this is the definitive Australia.

From inside and outside your cabin, you’ll touch and be touched by the vast beauty of this magnificent country – the textures, the light, the unimaginable hues. And alighting from this iconic coast-to-coast journey, you’ll be far richer for the experience.

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ONBOARD ExpERIENCE It’s all yours! From the moment you step into your Platinum or Gold Class cabin, you can leave your credit card safely tucked away knowing that all food and beverages are covered by your All Inclusive fare – from magnificent gourmet meals prepared by our professional chefs to a social beverage shared in one of our atmospheric lounges. Wine and dine in style. Enjoy beautifully prepared meals in the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car where an outstanding menu consisting of fresh local fare awaits – our talented chefs working closely with local suppliers, farmers and providers to source the best possible regional ingredients. Featuring mouth-watering dishes such as saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet, Platinum and Gold Service fare also includes hearty breakfasts, two course lunches and three course dinners. Vegetarian, children’s and limited special dietary meals are available when you make your booking. Feel free to complement your meal with our splendid selection of wines and other beverages – again, all included in your fare. From our great array of popular and boutique beers to some of Australia’s finest wines. As a Platinum guest you can choose when you’ll dine in the exclusive Platinum Club where an outstanding menu consisting of fresh local fare awaits. You’ll enjoy three magnificent 5 course meals a day: full or continental breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and a la carte dinners. Special dietary requirements can be catered for and should be requested at the time of booking. A selection of fine Australian wines, or other beverages accompany all meals.

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THE GHAN Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape. And when the train stops along the way, the adventures begin. Take your time tapping into the rich creative soul of Adelaide. Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia on the back of a camel and explore the ancient, awe-inspiring wonders of the Northern Territory. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word. Originally dubbed the Afghan Express, The Ghan train was named for the pioneering cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the Red Centre of Australia more than 150 years ago. In 1980, the old Ghan rail track was abandoned in favour of a new standard-gauge rail line built with termite-proof concrete sleepers. The track was laid further to the west to mitigate the flooding problems encountered along the old route. It was always intended for The Ghan to one day travel from Adelaide through to the Northern Territory capital city of Darwin. With the completion of the Alice Springs to Darwin rail link, this dream became a reality. The Ghan embarked on its inaugural transcontinental journey on 1 February, 2004. Today, the north-south cross-country journey covers 2979 kilometres and encounters spectacular and diverse landscapes from the pastoral hues of the South Australian plains, the rusty reds of the MacDonnell Ranges and the tropical greens of Katherine and Darwin.

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ONBOARD ExpERIENCE From the moment you step into your Platinum or Gold Class cabin, you can leave your credit card safely tucked away knowing that all food and beverages are covered by your All Inclusive fare – from magnificent gourmet meals prepared by our professional chefs to a social beverage shared in one of our atmospheric lounges. Wine and dine in style. Enjoy beautifully prepared meals in the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car where an outstanding menu consisting of fresh local fare awaits – our talented chefs working closely with local suppliers, farmers and providers to source the best possible regional ingredients. Featuring mouth-watering dishes such as saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet, Platinum and Gold Service fare also includes hearty breakfasts, two course lunches and three course dinners. Vegetarian, children’s and limited special dietary meals are available when you make your booking. Feel free to complement your meal with our splendid selection of wines and other beverages – again, all included in your fare. From our great array of popular and boutique beers to some of Australia’s finest wines. As a Platinum guest you can choose when you’ll dine in the exclusive Platinum Club where an outstanding menu consisting of fresh local fare awaits. You’ll enjoy three magnificent 5 course meals a day: full or continental breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and a la carte dinners. Special dietary requirements can be catered for and should be requested at the time of booking. A selection of fine Australian wines, or other beverages accompany all meals. www.greatsouthernrail.com.au

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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER Celebrating 20 years in business, the internationally-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer is known around the world for its unique rail journeys through British Columbia and Alberta, which oer travellers a ďŹ rsthand view of the brilliant landscapes of Western Canada.

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Honoured with countless awards and accolades over the years, including four World Travel Awards, Rocky Mountaineer provides the opportunity for guests to see the stunning mountain scenery while indulging their senses with upscale surroundings and culinary delights.


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LUXURY TRAINS Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service is the epitome of style, with reserved seating in the upper-level of a glass domed coach which allows for perfect photo opportunities to catch a moose, black bear or any number of wildlife you may encounter. Onboard Aendants tend to your every need making this seamless travel experience most enjoyable.

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For two meals per day, GoldLeaf guests descend a spiral staircase to a luxurious private dining room complete with white linen tablecloths, gleaming silverware and fresh flowers. Enjoy outstanding three-course, à la carte meals, made with the finest and freshest ingredients indigenous to the regions passing by your window.


Delicious selections of Wild BC Salmon, Triple “A” Alberta beef and locally sourced vegetables are created by talented Onboard Chefs. Awardwinning wines from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley complement the gourmet Western Canadian culinary experience. While travelling with Rocky Mountaineer, guests enjoy pre-boarding privileges and preferred baggage handling, and the personalized services of the Onboard Aendants.

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The company also offers over 45 vacation packages highlighting the best of Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies. Exclusive packages include stays at some of the iconic Fairmont Properties in BC and Alberta such as The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, The Fairmont Banff Springs and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, to name a few.

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LUXURY TRAINS The breathtaking scenery of Canada’s West brings people from all over the world to visit but watching the landscapes pass by your window as you travel onboard a luxurious and beautifully appointed railcar is the ultimate experience. www.rockymountaineer.com

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As time meandered from the 19th Century towards the dawn of the new era, a dream was born. A dream of harnessing steam technology to link Africa’s vast south to north, around the aweinspiring mountain ranges that dot the continent, through the apparently arid desert landscapes, over untamed savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife. From the Cape all the way to Cairo... all of this on parallel lines of tempered steel. It is from this dream that The Blue Train was born. Cairo was never to be, but the dreamers persevered and The Blue Train now traverses South Africa and its breath-taking scenery in a manner that befits the mystique that has grown around it. Kings and presidents have indulged on this magnificent, moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. From love-struck honeymooners, to adulated celebrities. And even ordinary folk who romanticise about a life of spectacular luxury, a life that has seemed tantalisingly out of reach. Until now...

Welcome aboard The Blue Train. Your unforgeable experience is about to begin… Luxury assumes a new dimension on The Blue Train which you will feel from the moment you step on board this newly re-furbished train, which has been synonymous with luxury and hospitality since 1946. Guests can expect personal and aentive service, a dedicated butler, sumptuous accommodation, sublime fine-dining and exquisite wines. The Blue Train offers scheduled and charter services. The scheduled route is from Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa, and the charter routes are from either Pretoria to Durban or Pretoria to Hoedspruit.

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THE BlUE TRAIN HISTORy

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Emanating from a fantasy of travelling from Africa’s southern- to northern most tips, The Blue Train was steam-rolled into being in the 1920s. The two original trains, known then as the Union Limited and the Union Express, meandered their way as far as the Great African Railway would allow – a bridge straddling the Zambezi River, showered by the “thunderous smoke” of the Victoria Falls – a trip taken by Former State President, Thabo Mbeki in 1998.

Suites The suite is an elegant spacious lounge by day and a sanctuary by night with goose down duvets and pillows. Private bathrooms offer marble floor and wall tiles, marble basins with gold fiings, along with a shower/bath and under-floor heating in both the bathroom and bedroom. All the suites have a writing desk, ideally positioned next to the window, where you can enjoy the view in style whilst puing pen to paper. Also provided are air-conditioning, radio/movie channels and a link to the driver's-eye-view camera. The GPS map on an overhead monitor means you can keep track of progress.

As news of the discovery of gold and diamonds travelled afar, thousands flocked to South Africa’s Witwatersrand – Ridge of White Waters – with a dream of digging their way to untold riches. The railway lines became utilitarian, ferrying society on the move. But the ridge’s mineral wealth soon funded a burgeoning upper-class, one that came to expect a more opulent mode of transport. And the Union carriages became standard-bearers of the easy-living heyday of the 1920s, boasting everything from card tables to ceiling fans, to hot and cold water on tap. Aer being pressed into military service during World War II and then reincarnated in 1946, the trains’ distinctive royal blue and cream shades gave rise to “those blue trains” intimations. It was in these shades that a legend was born, that The Blue Train would soon ride the rails to legend. A carriage-by-carriage refurbishment in the 70s and modernisation from steam to electricity and diesel in the 90s, defined this train as an unmatched experience of luxurious modern travel, and yet invoked the romance and history of its gliered past.

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There are two types of suites. The Luxury Suite has either twin or double bedded options with a long, deep bath for slow, luxuriant soaking - a rare treat on a train. The Luxury Suite extends the choice of radio and movie channels even further, with a private digital entertainment centre and a selection of music CDs and bigscreen movies on DVD. The De Luxe Suite features twin beds with shower, or a double bed with bath tub and hand held shower. Note that De Luxe double bed suites are limited in number, and cannot be guaranteed.


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Dining Car Here the reassuring weight of Sheffield cutlery and crystal glassware on crisp white linen set the tone for the delights to follow. Choose from two dinnertime siings, or dine in your suite. The dining car seats 42 people, with 2 siings for lunch and dinner. Each meal is accompanied by a selection of equally tasteful background music, ranging from smooth jazz to light classical to the mellow tones of the Soweto String Quartet. Lounge Car & Club Car Linking the private suites are two woodenpanelled cars - The Blue Train's Lounge and Club Cars are ideal for an apéritif, an interlude between meals, or an aer-dinner conversation. Smoking is permied in the Club Car. Entertainment includes cards, chess, or backgammon, or a volume from the library. In the main lounge car, high tea is served each aernoon. A video camera on the front locomotive gives a driver's eye view of the scenery and is shown on a screen in the club car and on a TV channel in the suites. The burnished surroundings of the club car is the single public area where smoking is permied, this being at the back of the train. Conference Car The conference car (an observation car) is the ideal seing for meetings, seminars, think-tanks or get-togethers with a difference. With sufficient notice, the conference car can be adapted for smaller and less formal sessions. With full business facilities, plush lounge seating and breath-taking panoramas of the passing countryside, this is an experience that no client or colleague will ever forget. This car also has a paraplegic suite. Elegant Lounges In the event that you are able to whisk yourself away from your luxurious cocoon of comfort, The Blue Train offers two convivial spaces in which to build friendships over a beverage of choice. The Club Car, ideally situated behind the train’s engines offers the feel of a burnished, woodpanelled gentleman’s club where you are free to enjoy a Cuban cigar which we serve aer dinner to round off a perfect evening. Wind down and relax with cognac or any drink of your choice.

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Whether you’re aer a game of backgammon, chess or cards, the lure of the big screen or a tome from the library’s selection, a fascinating chat with the barman or simply a solitary reverie of the starlit skies, then the Club Car is your ideal seing. The beautifully designed Lounge Car, conveniently situated in the middle of the train, is an ideal venue to enjoy the charming view of the countryside, with its windows perfectly framing the ever-changing panoramas and interrupted only by rare works from some of Southern Africa’s finest artists – or an occasional gentle reminder from the barman that your glass needs topping up. Breeze into the Lounge Car for aernoon High Tea… a traditional English ritual of taste and aroma that is enhanced by the classic, elegant opulence of this carriage, or wander in aer your five-course dinner banquet for another glass of award-winning wine or a taste of fine Port to round off your perfect evening. Boutique Shop As the wheels of The Blue Train transport you to an era of untempered luxury and through breathtaking landscapes – both of which will become indelibly etched and cherished memories – you may wish for a more tangible reminder of this opportune time. For this reason, The Blue Train is home to an exclusive boutique, an oasis that promises to satiate your desire for a fiing memento. Choose from a range of quality items that bear the elegant herald of the “vehicle of your dreams”. From golf shirts to playing cards, from key rings to cufflinks to lavish, leather gis, these one-of-akind souvenirs will brand themselves into memory, and bring your Blue Train experience to life all over again.. The boutique limits its clientele to two per viewing, ensuring you of the best individual aention. Should you purchase a valuable keepsake and would prefer greater security than the safe in your suite, the boutique will store the item securely until you are ready to take possession of it.


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CATERING Continental or full English breakfast are served at your leisure. Lunch and dinner menus feature a selection of local cuisine from Karoo lamb and ostrich fillet to Knysna oysters, accompanied by award-winning cultivars from the Cape winelands. Prepared from the freshest produce and ingredients, artfully presented in the finest Silver Service tradition, The Blue Train's legendary cuisine is an irresistible tribute to culinary mastery. The Blue Train is fully equipped to accommodate vegetarian, Halaal, Kosher or other special dietary requirements, which should be specified when you make your reservation. Join us at one of two dinnertime siings, or savour your meal in the comfort of your suite. A Continental or full English breakfast is served at your leisure. BLUE TRAIN ITINERARIES The real star of this journey is the African landscape, hence only one stop on the northbound journey and one stop on the southbound journey. CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA Matjiesfontein (Northbound journey) Founded by an immigrant Scotsman at a minor railway stop in 1884, Matjiesfontein became a fashionable oasis for the rich and privileged, renowned for a climate beneficial for chest complaints. Visited by Lord Randolph Churchill and Rudyard Kipling alike, it was also home to Olive Schreiner, one of South Africa's first feminist writers.

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PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN Kimberley (Southbound journey): Following departure from Pretoria and aer brunch and high tea, the Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station. Guests visit the railway museum, followed by an old tram for a ride down to the Open Mine Museum and a tour of the mine. The tour includes a chance to win a diamond. Guests are taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Kimberley hole. Guests then return to the train for dinner, overnight and the remainder of the journey to Cape Town. Route & Map This is a 27-hour journey of 1,600 kilometres (994 miles) each way, through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. Southbound, the Blue Train departs Pretoria at 08:30 and arrives Cape Town at 13:00 the following day. En route to Cape Town there is an excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush. Northbound, the Blue Train leaves Cape Town at 08.30 and arrives Pretoria at 13:30 the next day. It stops at the historic town Matjiesfontein, where guests can visit the famous Lord Milner Hotel and the old car museum. Guests must check in at least 1 hour before departure at The Blue Train lounges in Pretoria and Cape Town. www.bluetrain.co.za


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ROVOS R General make-up of the train Locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, a nonsmoking lounge car (26 guests), two non-smoking 42-seat dining cars (if required, plenty of space for the maximum of 72 guests carried), kitchen car, guest sleepers, smoking lounge and Observation Car (32 guests) at the tail.

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Cuisine Meals are served in one siing only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Breakfast is between 07h00 and 10h00, lunch at 13h00, tea at 16h30 and a formal dinner at 19h30. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.


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Dress For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening aire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings.

Mobile Devices and Internet In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites. Smoking is only allowed in the privacy of your suite and in the Club Lounge.

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OBSERVATION CARS The Observation Cars were originally A-28 dining cars built to drawings by Mr W Day. Permission was granted by SAR to run Rovos Rail’s observation cars at the back of the trains, enabling the enlargement of the windows and the construction of unique open-air balconies.

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Coaches 225 NILE, 226 MODDER and 220 KEI entered service between 1935 and 1938 and stayed with SAR until 1983 when they were sold to Mr S Krok of Johannesburg. They were transported to the Jewish Guild Sports Club grounds in Morningside, Sandton, to become the nucleus of a novel restaurant. Rovos Rail purchased them in 1988 and restored them to

service as observation cars. During 2010, a 1960 third-class sleeper 6320 was rebuilt as an observation car and has proved a great success. The ride is also a lile beer than its counterparts as the bogies are the more modern, commonwealth type. DINING CARS The Classic and Edwardian trains travel with beautiful pre-1940 dining cars. Two A-22 twin diners, characterised by their carved roofsupporting pillars and arches, derived their twin designation from running with a dedicated kitchen car. Coach 195 SHANGANI was found in a scrap yard in 1986; her severely dilapidated condition required 18 months of painstaking restoration.


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Tragically this coach was destroyed in a fire one dismal night in 2008. Coach 197 LETABA was acquired in 1987; she became the third dining car restored to service. Coach 205 UMHLALI was purchased in Johannesburg and was fully restored by 2006. In 1936, SAR introduced the A-28/A-29 series of dining cars. This was a big step forward as they had fly-up, fixed seats, large picture windows with ventilators above and no pillars, giving clean modern lines to the interior and exterior. The first batch of four entered traffic in 1936 and Rovos has two in the fleet. Coach 232 UMVOTI was bought by Rovos in 1998. Kitchen car AA-34 286 was sold to Rovos in 1985. Her dining car 231 ZAMBEZI was extracted with difficulty

from a shopping centre and returned to service in 2000. During restoration, the ceiling of the coach was improved with extensive use of wooden trimmings while buon-leather seats added opulence. It was fiing that they were reunited several years later. In 2010, dining cars 6447 and 5274 were added to the consist. The first was built from a second-class sleeper, while 5274 was rusted through and a third-class sleeper conversion fondly referred to by the staff as the ‘Rust Bucket’.

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LOUNGE CARS Expansion plans in 1995 saw the Classic trains move from 42 to 72 guests, making a second lounge car a necessity. Coaches 3215, 8337 and 3293 were originally modern steel-sided sleeper cars. They were stripped and refurbished to create comfortable non-smoking lounge cars, which are placed in the middle of the trains usually ahead of the dining cars. Deep sofas and wingback chairs make for an extremely comfortable car in which guests nodding off for an aernoon snooze are a common sight. The lounge cars are used as lecture rooms on the annual Dar es Salaam journeys and also house a small, discreet gi shop. As with all the service

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cars the lounges are air-conditioned, yet the windows can be opened allowing in the sights, sounds and scents of Africa. There are few, if any, luxury trains anywhere in the world with this special feature, which has proved of particular benefit when a train has been chartered for a Steam Safari – steam enthusiasts like to enjoy the full majesty of a working locomotive and windows that open are top priority. This feature, coupled with luxury and service as well as a selection of Rovos Rail steam locomotives, makes this a truly unique opportunity to sample long-distance travel behind steam traction.


LUXURY TRAINS CLUB CARS The Club Car area was created by demolishing the end suite in a deluxe carriage. This was done specifically to host the smokers on the train in a public area and also as an overflow facility adjoining the Observation Car. With a glass passage wall, guests can comfortably watch the scenery on both sides of the train. ROYAL SUITES The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant measuring ±16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fiings combine with the

modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The very spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fiings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

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jOURNEyS VICTORIA FALLS This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe. Aer formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels on the BBR line to Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. The following

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day sees the train travelling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spoed from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. Aer a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater raing as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris. Available in reverse. Depending upon railway capacity, this journey could be routed through Botswana.


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jOURNEyS DAR ES SALAAM This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous in the world. The sojourn begins in Cape Town taking guests to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria for short tours followed by two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Continue through Botswana into Zimbabwe where guests overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Aer crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train joins the Tazara line in Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls where guests enjoy a bush walk. The train climbs to the Tanzanian border then descends into the Great Ri Valley negotiating

the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. Climbing again, it traverses the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa – before the bustling arrival in Dar es Salaam the following day. Available in reverse. Please note that depending upon the railway’s capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe. www.rovos.com

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Grand Canyon Railway recreates the historic trip by rail to the Grand Canyon 364 days a year, providing passengers with the opportunity to relive an important part of American history.

6 Classes of services available: • Coach Class: comprised of Budd Coach Class, 90-seat streamliner-era coaches named aer the famous Budd Manufacturing Company.

The trip to the canyon covers 65 miles of classic Old West territory, including high desert plains with endless vistas, small arroyos and portions of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest.

• First Class: a 42-seat area in the spacious Coconino, Kokopelli, Anasazi or Grand View cars, a 50-seat area in the Colorado River and Buckey O’Neill cars and a 68-seat area in the Arizona and Bright Angel cars.


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• Luxury Parlor Class: The Chief and Santa Fe are deluxe parlor cars with 41 and 33 seats, respectively. The Chief also features an open-air observation platform in the rear.

• Observation Dome: 24-passenger capacity in a unique second-story dome viewing area of the Coconino, Kokopelli or Grand View cars. • Luxury Dome Class: The Fred Harvey is a full length dome car available to passengers age 16+. It features 66 passenger seats in the upstairs dome, and an open seating bar & lounge downstairs.

• The Pullman Car: Available during the Spring & Summer months only, this 1920’s era classic passenger car features windows that open and seats that flip so groups of 4 can sit facing each other. Trip highlights include a daily Wild West shootout at the 1908 Williams Depot prior to the morning departure; and entertainment and live action aboard the train, featuring roaming western singers, as well as the infamous Cataract Creek Gang and the justice of a Grand Canyon Railway Marshal. LUXURY REDEFINED

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From where to where? Passengers depart from the historic Williams Depot and arrive at the Grand Canyon Depot, the last operating log depot in the United States. Located in the heart of Grand Canyon National Park’s historic district, near the world-famous El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon Depot is just 200 yards from the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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How oen? Grand Canyon Railway operates daily service (except December 25) from Williams, Ariz. into Grand Canyon National Park. The Williams Depot ticket counter is open seven days a week, 7:30 am – 7:30 pm Arizona time. How long does the journey take? 2 hours and 15 mins


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What is onboard catering-food-service? Cocktails can be purchased in First Class, Deluxe Observation Class and in the Luxury Classes. These classes of service also enjoy complimentary pastries, fruit, coffee, tea and fresh juice during the northbound journey, and a variety of cheeses, vegetables and soda on the southbound journey. Observation Dome and Luxury classes are also provided with a champagne toast on the southbound trip.

Who owns the railroad? Xanterra  arks & Resorts Any special happenings onboard? The upcoming special event taking place on board is the Polar Express ride, which is inspired by the classic children's story (includes hot chocolate, cookies,  a visit and gi from Santa) 

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EL TRANSCANTรกBRICO GRAN LUJO. A FIVE-STAR CRUISE THROUGH NORTHERN SPAIN.

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LUXURY TRAINS The social carriages and cabins on El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo comprise an authentic five-star hotel on rails, with amenities and comforts that will meet the most demanding traveller’s expectations. A train that evokes the nostalgia and charm of early 20th century’s grand express trains, inspired by memorable works of literature and films, blending in the 21st century’s most modern comforts. Gastronomy, landscape, culture, glamour, entertainment and relaxation come together to make this journey a unique and unforgeable experience. Boarding El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo is like going back in time to the 1920s, when the legendary Pullman coaches, today the social carriages of this train, first rolled along the tracks.

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DELUXE SUITE Consisting of living room, bedroom and ensuite bathroom, these spacious rooms are decorated in wood with exclusive details. SOCIAL CARRIAGES El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo features original 1923 Pullman coaches, real gems of historical railway heritage. The social carriages, especially decorated and fied for these vintage trains, will become your second home.

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GASTRONOMY Both in the dining cars or in the distinguished restaurants along the route, the gastronomy is the responsibility of the most renowned kitchens and chefs of northern Spain, an area already ranked among the best in Europe for the quality of both its professionals and its products.

Our fine buffet breakfast is complemented by the personalised aention of our waiters. Local specialties will be presented during the tour in the form of sweets, tortillas, pies, cheeses, cold meats, etc., thereby ensuring that every day is different and original - even at the breakfast table.

The journey itself is a tour of the gastronomic identities of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, where different cultures have inhabited, each leaving their own trait on the typical flavours of Northern Spain. A culinary tradition renewed and reworked by internationally famous chefs, which travellers will enjoy along the route.

Lunches and dinners will be served both in the elegant train dining cars and at respected restaurants that make up our selection of restaurants during the journey. The innovative cuisine of Northern Spain and the traditional recipes of Castile are the centrepieces of this culinary and cultural trip. Dishes like Asturian fabada (stew), mountain cocido, baked fish,


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desserts like frixuelos (local crepes) or Mondoñedo tart, renowned Galician seafood or anchovies from Cantabria are just a small sample of the extensive and mouth-watering culinary offerings onboard El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo. All of this paired with the finest wines from different wine regions in northern Spain.

requirements due to health or personal choice shall be addressed without prejudice to the quality of meals on offer. All you need to do is notify us - preferably at the time of booking - to ensure that your culinary needs are catered for on the journey.

Menus are set in advance, seeking a balance between the traditional cuisine of each area, the creativity of our professionals, and the innovation that has made Spanish chefs famous internationally. Nevertheless, special food

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LIFE ON BOARD For seven nights and eight days the Transcantábrico Gran Lujo will become your living room, your means of transportation, your socialising place, your bar, your bedroom: a hotel on wheels in which you sleep and wake up in a different place every day. The landscape passing by the window of your suite or the lounge where you are having a coffee is never the same. That simple fact makes the trip itself unique and unlike any other experience. To ensure passengers a good night’s rest, the train will remain parked at a station at night. The train lounges are especially designed for relaxation and unfeered enjoyment of the evocative ambience,

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also offering the chance of sharing the company of fellow travellers. Many friendships have been formed over a drink onboard El Transcantabrico. Aer dinner, an evening of entertainment. Every night is party night, with various live performances throughout the trip. Given the length of the train, these will not affect those who prefer retiring earlier to the privacy of their suite. You can also choose to have a quiet drink on one of the other saloon cars, or go for a stroll in whichever town we are spending the night. The train will remain parked at the station until the next morning.


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In general, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended for the daytime when we will be out and about on our excursions, while at night you can opt for more formal aî…&#x;ire, although no particular dress code is required at any time. The only exception is for gaining access to the Casino de Santander on the routes that include that city, where there is a requirement for more elegant dress (suit and tie are not required, but shorts or trainers, for instance, are not allowed).

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CREW ——— The crew on our Luxury Tourist Trains consists of a team of professionals trained and ready to provide a perfect and personalised aention in different languages. The team is led by the Trip Supervisor, who is responsible for bringing this rail cruise safely into port. This person can count on the help of all the other crew: the driver, guide, head waiter, cooks and waiters, music and entertainment organiser, maintenance personnel, bus driver and security staff, who will all make sure that passengers have nothing to do other than enjoy their journey.

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The Trip Supervisor and the guide will become inseparable companions of the group, accompanying travellers throughout the journey and offering whatever information and advice they may need. The varied entertainment schedule onboard, in turn, will ensure an engaging and enjoyable time, encouraging the active participation of passengers. All our crew, in coordination with the Trip Supervisor, are available for travellers 24/7, ensuring the same high level of quality and personal aention inside and outside the train. www.renfe.com/trenesturisticos/eng/transcant abrico_GranLujo.html


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BELMOND ROYAL SCOTSMAN TAKES YOU TO THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS, WHERE YOU TRAVEL THROUGH LANDSCAPES OF PINE-CLAD MOUNTAINS, REFLECTED IN MIRROR-STILL LOCHS.

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From the moment you step aboard, our welcoming staff will make you feel like part of the family. Dine on world-class cuisine, rich with Scoish specialities, and embark on thrilling excursions each day. Life on board is relaxed yet indulgent. Unwind in your luxurious private cabin, or trade stories with your fellow travellers in the Observation Car. With just 36 guests, this is top choice for those travelling Scotland in intimate, inimitable style.

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OBSERVATION CAR The Observation Car provides a wonderful vantage point from which to enjoy the spectacular Highlands scenery. Sele down in a comfortable sofa or armchair, or step out onto the open-air veranda, as you glide past castles, villages and glens. The perfect seing to enjoy an aperitif or aerdinner drink, sit back and enjoy the relaxed country-house atmosphere. Nightly entertainment creates a memorable Scoish ambiance.


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JOURNEYS Explore the wild wonders and unique heritage of Scotland. Departing from Edinburgh, set off in luxury to discover ancient castles, glorious gardens and famous distilleries.

Traditional style and elegant comfort provide an unparalleled way to explore the very best of Scotland and the Highlands. Each day you’ll be whisked to some of the best places to visit in Scotland. Enjoy a morning in the great outdoors with an exhilarating clay pigeon shoot or a Highland safari before lunch, followed by a visit to a ruined castle or a whisky distillery. Indulge in aernoon tea while sharing stories with fellow guests as the train journeys on. Nightfall brings cocktails and candlelit dinners before retiring to your cosy cabin to dream of the next day’s adventures.

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CABINS Our inviting en-suite cabins provide a cosy, indulgent space in which to relax and savour the glorious scenery. There are 14 twin, two double and four single State Cabins in our Sleeping Cars. All have a private bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet, constant hot water, high-quality toiletries and fresh towels every day. Lined with rich marquetry, each has been designed to offer the ultimate in luxury travel. Facilities include lower beds, a dressing table, a full-length wardrobe, individually controlled heating, ceiling fans, opening windows and a cabin service call buon. On each bed there is a foam pillow, a hypoallergenic duvet and quilted coon bed covers. With the train stabled at night in a quiet siding or station, a good night's sleep is guaranteed.


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DINING Dining is always a highlight, with sumptuous meals served throughout your journey. Served in our mahogany-panelled Dining Cars, Belmond Royal Scotsman offers one of the world’s most unique dining experiences. Enjoy your meal in groups of fours, or on larger tables of six or eight. A range of fine wines, liqueurs and malt whiskies is available from our extensive cellar.

CUISINE With game-rich glens, Aberdeen Angus beef, a wealth of seafood and rivers of wild salmon, our chefs use the best local produce. All are served with regional specialities. Enjoy a hearty Highland breakfast or start the day continental style. Lunch may be a bowl of steamed mussels overlooking a romantic harbour or seared salmon served on the train. As evening falls, take your seat in the Dining Car. Expect sensational dishes, like warm pigeon salad accompanied by blackcurrant dressing, spiced roast halibut, and sumptuous apple mousse. www.belmond.com/royal-scotsman-train

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A WORK OF ART IN ITSELF AND A TRUE ART DECO ICON, THE LEGENDARY VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENTEXPRESS IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS LUXURY TRAINS. STEP ABOARD AND EXPERIENCE TRULY ELEGANT TRAVEL, WRAPPED IN TIMELESS ROMANCE.

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Adventure and style are all intimately bound in journeys that crisscross Europe, rolling through sublime scenery to some of the continent’s most alluring cities.

A PASSION FOR TRAVEL The golden age of travel may have been in the Roaring Twenties, but the art of journeying in style is still alive and well today.

Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine and lively onboard entertainment make a journey on this luxury train one of the world’s finest travel experiences.

That sense of wonder can still be felt with the variety of journeys offered aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. UK to France and Italy on overnight trips, extended voyages to Istanbul and Budapest… Whichever the destination, your time on the rails is guaranteed to provide unforgeable memories. Savour the beautiful surroundings. Marvel at the opulent interiors, sparkling crystal, plush fabrics and polished woods. Relax in your own cabin as you look out over stunning landscapes. Connect with fascinating people—like-minded adventurers who share your joy for travel.

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LUXURY TRAIN JOURNEYS Experience one of our luxury train journeys aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train and become part of its glorious, ever-changing history. You need only glimpse its gleaming carriages to know that the most memorable journey of your life has begun. LUXURY TRAIN CABINS From the 1920s to the ‘30s the carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train played a significant role in the golden age of travel. Today, every carriage has been lovingly restored to its former glory, recreating one of the finest luxury experiences the world has ever known. Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, travel has been refined to an elegant art. Relax in an opulent cabin while a dedicated steward aends to your every need.

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Our Twin Cabins feature upper and lower berths while Single Cabins have one lower berth. During the day, the berths are transformed to offer comfortable banquee seating from which to admire the views. Crisp damask sheets and fine blankets contribute to a cosy and restful atmosphere at night. For additional comfort and extra space, reserve a Cabin Suite formed of two interconnecting Twin Cabins. By day, stretch out and relax with two lounges, while at night a choice of bed configurations are available. Inside your cabin, draw back the oak panels to reveal a washbasin. Luxury, mosaic-tiled lavatories are available at each end of the carriage.


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LONDON-VENICE 2 Days / 1 Night, from £2,210 per person Journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London for a luxurious overnight trip to Venice, where you arrive late aernoon the next day.

PARIS - ISTANBUL 6 Days / 5 Nights, from £6,660 per person Departing just once a year, embark on this classic journey and explore an array of romantic cities aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express; Paris, Budapest, Bucharest and Istanbul.

Our classic itinerary, your time on board will be wrapped in timeless romance. From the vintage carriages and liveried stewards to the refined cuisine and fine wines, each moment is sure to become a treasured memory.

On board, moments to treasure follow one aer another. Mingle with fellow travellers over cocktails in the bar car. Savour stunning regional cuisine in the restaurant car. Or simply relax in your vintage cabin and watch the scenery unfold. Depart Paris for your overnight journey towards Budapest. Aer an overnight stay in Budapest, rejoin the train for an overnight journey to Bucharest, where you spend the next day and night. On rejoining the train the next day stop in the fascinating country of Bulgaria. Enjoy your last night and day on board as the train travels to your last stop, Istanbul.


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DINING Experience one of the world’s most unique dining experiences and indulge in a sensational feast aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. Exceptional European cuisine is freshly prepared in the train’s kitchen by Chef Christian Bodiguel and his skilled team. The Venice Simplon-OrientExpress menu features fresh ingredients taken on board at stops along the route. Look out the window and you may spot the chef inspecting lobsters from Briany, tomatoes from Provence or saltmarsh lamb from Mont St Michel.

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MENUS Our set-menus are an inclusive part of your trip. Drinks and à la carte options are also available at an additional charge. Chefs will be delighted to cater for any specific dietary requirements, provided a detailed request is made at the time of booking.

RESTAURANT CARS & BAR Enjoy the unique ambience of each of the three beautifully restored 1920s restaurant cars. Côte d’Azur, boasting Lalique glass panels, Etoile du Nord with its beautiful marquetry, and L' Oriental, decorated in black lacquer. At the heart of the train, our stylish Bar Car offers a welcoming environment in which to relax over cocktails or coffee. Chat to fellow guests or enjoy music by our resident pianist. NEW CHAMPAGNE BAR Sample the finest champagnes in our exclusive bar. Art deco interiors and Lalique glassware conjure the romance and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. www.belmond.com/venice-simplon-orientexpress/


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Bangkok to Singapore I merely arrived at Bangkok’s Hua Lam station by hotel limo, to join people from all over the world, a few other singles but mostly couples or more. Honeymooners, uncles and nieces, fathers and daughters, mothers and daughters. Bangkok station is not as salubrious as, say, Shanghai’s Hongqaio but never mind. The Eastern&Oriental train is managed by Orient-Express and they have an agreeable pre-boarding waiting room. People’s heavy baggage was taken away to be stored onboard as there is limited room in the cabins, or state rooms or suites or whatever you want to call them, but more of that anon. While waiting I looked at the map. We were going to travel 1,200 miles, from Bangkok south to Malaysia and across the causeway to Singapore, a total of three nights, with half a day tacked on each side. Ah time to board. We walked, as if pre-school darlings, around the station to the gleaming train, all 22 carriages of it. The stainless steel frame of the train was built in Japan in 1971, by Nippon Sharyo & Hitachi. The client, New Zealand Railways, ran it as the Silver Star for 20 years from 1971, aer which it was sold to the Orient-Express visionary, James Sherwood, a train fanatic. He shipped it to Singapore and had the interiors most beautifully

designed and hand-craed. There is marquetry of cherry, elm, rosewood and teak. Carpets were handmade in Thailand, and curtain pelmets were embroidered in Malaysia. The train launched September 19th, 1993, Check in, 1745 (not 1750 as stated) sudden jerk I choose 1830 rather than 2100 for dinner no choice, 4 courses. Tonight I have foie gras terrine with a curved tuile, a plain salad instead of a Thai soup, New Zealand lamb rack, and a frozen coconut mousse. Gevrey-Chambertain 2008 I am in a State Room, middle category. (lowest is Pullman, with sofa right-angles to window, converted into upper and lower bunks – there are also 2 pres S w/bigger bathrooms) By day, one outward-facing long sofa parallel with the train, and, by the window, a single ‘sofa bed’, an upright chair and a pouffe that holds spare linens. Two UK sockets under a folding table. wall panels cherry wood trellis infilled with elm burr. Overhead 2 big brass racks. beige curtains, and venetian blinds, at two big round-cornered windows, with pelmets embroidered in Malaysia. Carpet is hand-tued, Thai. Overall colours so blue-teal and mushroom.


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All linens and food and drink for this journey have to be boarded in Bangkok – my cabin has three sets of linens, wrapped a day-at-a-time and stored in a square pouffe on wheels that doubles as table for breakfast and aernoon tea. There are 55 crew, including three engineers with spare parts, and security who man the last-car, opensided Observation Car 24/7 – they eat where and when they can. I have learned more than enough for one day. To bed. The day-time wall-set seee in D-4 has been flipped over, 180 degrees, to form a bed with finest white linens, and two pillows. A logo embroidered blue coon robe, with matching slippers, is neatly folded on top. Day 2 Tuesday 13 August Daylight just before 0600. At 0630 I head along four cars to the rear observation car, imagining no-one there apart from the two Malay security guards. 0630 we leave Wang Po to go over 300m wood trestle bridge. Breakfast, brought to the cabin, 3 Bonne Maman jams, , canteloupe in a tall sundae glass, two squares of buer in a silver capped container, linen-wrapped, a Danish, a really good croissant and two dried fruit-filled brown rolls, also yoghurt

with aloe. Good coffe in a tall Regency pot with the train’s logo on it. 0900 River Kwai Bridge, we get off for sightseeing plus a coach ride to Thailand-Burma Railway centre entrance Bht120 (Bridge over The River Kwai, 1957, based on novel by Pierre Boulle) 415kms, of which 100ks in YGN this stretch of Mekong river name-changed to Kwai because of the movie 1100 leave Kanchanaburi We are called through to lunch. There are two seatings, 11.30 or one, and the sensible majority goes early. Chan, the outstandingly computer-like and charming Maitre d’, makes sure that everyone is handed a reservation card for the next meal – he is generally brilliant at matching people with people, although I still have to find out why I was put next to a 20-year old Swiss woman with limited English who, when she graduated, with French majors, had the main interest of having lots of babies. Today I am in Adisorn, one of three exquisitely wood-embellished dining cars, all with crisp linens, tall-stemmed cut crystal and floraledged local china, and French (Peugeot) salt and pepper mills. Lunch is three courses, including a labour-intensive dessert. LUXURY REDEFINED

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I can see the chef standing in the corridor minutely inspecting, and ‘passing’, every dish as it is carried out of the galley, and boy do they work hard in there. Where is the storage space? How on earth do they produce, and store, the bite-sized aernoon tea items? This is once again served in your apartment (sounds beer than ‘room’). My velour pouffe is covered with devices, plus cords for MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone – the two sockets below a small folding table, between my two windows, are both US outlets. My aernoon tea tray is therefore placed on my bed, now in its day-form as fied sofa. Some people presumably eat all this. Few seem to be going out of their way to take exercise… But you can keep fit. At some times the rear Observation Car is, apart from the two omnipresent Security, deserted and you can use the Car’s bronze rails for ballet exercises. I have taken onboard the two empty 50cl Highland Spring water boles I now always travel with. Filled up with water from my ensuite’s bathroom, I can use them as weights. For morning floor exercises, down on my hand-tued Thai carpet, I find that by hoisting the easy-chair and the velour pouffe up on to the bed-sofa, I can just do necessary horizontal stretches without sustaining bruises. The same cannot be said, as two large bruises, one on each lower arm testify, for walking

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the 22 carriages end to end. Tip for those of you lucky enough to be taking future trips on the Eastern&Oriental, take a long-sleeved top, first to combat onboard air conditioning and, equally importantly, for walking the narrow corridors when being bounced from side to side like a yo-yo. 1500 arrive in Hua Hin I go to the bar. Gins, Gordon’s and Bombay, are $11, Johnnie Walker Black label 15, The Macallan 16, Hennessy XO 25. Glass wines, Maipo (Conch y Toro 2012) Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot, both 2012, $1. Roederer $18 a glass (bole of Dom Perignon is $560). I try an E&O Cocktail, gin, maraschino, lychee, pineapple juice, fresh lime, green apple syrup. All alcohol and boutique purchases, by the way, will be discreetly seled on the final night, and American Express is accepted. It is time to change for dinner. There is room for me, but not a sumo, in the shower, which produces instant hot water (toiletries are Bulgari, greentop, and thick white towels are embroidered with the E&O logo). Right, I am ready, for dinner in this luxury hotel-on-wheels. Valentin, as always, wears black tie. A Japanese couple wear kimonos. The St Martin’s fashion graduate who is now working back home in Milan is chic as ever. The set menu


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tonight starts with an amuse, then foie gras terrine with a curved tuile, a plain salad instead of a Thai soup, New Zealand lamb rack, and a frozen coconut mousse. I have a glass of GevreyChambertain 2008. There are once-off entertainers. An astrologer boarded at one point, telling people’s futures in a library that is surprisingly well equipped for its size. Mike plays the piano nightly in the bar, and local dancers boarded in Buerworth. I watch for a time but have to leave the rest of the party to it – one mostly-Australian passenger complement apparently ‘emptied’ the onboard ice supplies at seven (a.m.) on one journey. And then it is, once again, bed, for another rock-abye-adult/baby sleep. Day 3 Wednesday 14 August 0725 Padang Besar for immigration, switch to Malay time There is something mesmerising about standing in the Observation Car watching over a thousand miles of rail stretching behind. This is one continuous houseparty here onboard. Right at the moment only a Swiss who lives in Shanghai is out here and he tells me how he has sold his home

back home, puing all his goods in storage, to be free. Free as a bird. Funnily enough we see dogs, and locals living by the track, and the occasional Buddhist monk, but no birds at all. This line was the same 20 years ago, when this train first started, as it is now. 1430 Buerworth, get off train. 1445 coach to George Town, E&O, rickshaws, visit to Khoo Kongsai clan temple 1715 back to station 1730 leave Buerworth 1830 cross Bukit Merah Lake My lovely, reliable aendant Chaiya - want to take him as personal Sancho Panza - insists I go to bed properly, here. He has used the last of the three sets of linens from my pouffe, made up my bed, says he will wake me an hour before we arrive with coffee. He does just that – the coffee is ultrastrong, full of flavour and comes with a purple orchid. We pull in, he gets out, with the Rimowa Porsche wheelie, which he hands to one of the two hotel staff waiting on an otherwise-deserted platform in an otherwise-deserted station. It is 1.30 (a.m). The train continues: 1155 cross Johor Causeway 1200 Woodlands for Singapore. LUXURY REDEFINED

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