TNG ARE CHANNELING ISABELLE EKERHART, THE PIONEERING EXPLORA-TRESS BORRN IN GENEVA TO AN ARISTOCRATIC LUTHERAN GERMAN MOTHER AND A RUSSIAN FATHER. SHE DRESSED AS A MAN TO FREE HERSELF FROM THE SHACKLES THAT HER SEX CONFINED HER TO ALLOWING HER TO EXPLORE THE WORLD UNBRIDLED. HER ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT SAW HER COME CLOSE TO ATTEMPT ON HER LIFE BY A FRENCH MAN WHO ALMOST SUCCEEDED IN SEVERING OFF HER ARM. WHILE WE ARE NOT ASKING YOU TO DO ANY OF THESE THINGS, WE’D LIKE YOU TO TAKE NOTE FROM HER WILD SENSE OF ADVENTURE AND PASSION FOR KNOWLEDGE. LASTLY, WE’D LIKE YOU TO DO IT IN STYLE AND SHOW YOU THE 5 MOST EXCLUSIVE TRAIN JOURNEYS ON THE PLANET; FROM THE BROODING SCOTTISH COUNTRYSIDE TO FROZEN-IN-TIME LANDSCAPES OF SIBERIA. YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED.
The Belmond Royal Scotsman
Experience the cathartic charms of the brooding Scottish highlands aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman. The luxury cruise recreates the comfort and calibre of a Scottish 5 star country house hotel. The train carries a maximum of 36 passengers while the staff to passenger ratio is 3:1 meaning the standard of service is exemplary. The journey begins in Edinburgh where the train heads north passing ancient castles, glorious gardens and ancient distillers. During the day, guests can experience the splendour of rural Scotland and go stalking, grouse shooting or clay pigeon shooting. There are also numerous castles to explore and a visit to the whiskey distiller makes for an interesting afternoon. As night falls head back to your carriage, mull over the days activities with a cocktail in hand followed by an indulgent candlelit dinner.
Trans Siberian Express
Embark on a journey that in many respects laid the foundations of civilisation today. For centuries merchants and traders journeyed from East to West via the Silk Road trading goods and exchanging culture as they went. For the most refined Silk Road experience, book an ‘Imperial suite’ aboard the Gold Eagle Luxury Train. The cabin features a large and luxurious double bed with a dressing table and lounge area while a bottle of Don Perignon will be waiting to celebrate the beginning of the journey. Guests can benefit from a private en-suite bathroom with power shower and underfloor heating; ensuring the cabin and you are gloriously insulated as you look out onto wintery landscapes. Head to the Bar Lounge Car to listen to a variety of guest speakers who will divulge tales and local history accompanied by the meandering tones of the baby grand piano played by the resident pianist. It is also in the Bar Lounge Car that the Tour Manager will be on hand to curate your daily excursions and activities, deploying weather forecast, time zone information and arrival and departure timings to ensuring a wholly enjoyable and hassle free travel experience.
Rovos Rail – South Africa
Journey from Durbanto to Victoria Falls in style inside a Rovos Rail Royal cabin. The Royal suites take up half a carriage ensuring ample space to relax in. Each carriage is complete with a Victorian bath and separate shower. Wood paneling enrich the carriages with a level of grace unparalleled by any other travel company in the world. The train journey itself carries you through Johannesberg and the goldfields of the Witwatersand, travelling alongside the Magaliesberg mountains before heading to through Hwange National Park. Guests can relax in the comfort of their carriage as they watch the animals; at this point some guests choose to swap rails for wheels and enjoy a game drive excursion. Those with a penchant for adrenaline fuelled activities may choose to head to the rapids for a spot of white water rafting.
Maharajas Express – India
Plunge into the extravagance of a bygone era and make like a Maharaja with the Maharaja’s express. The Golden Triangle route commences in Delhi taking you to Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur before returning to Dehi. Sample the spirits in the exclusive safari bar and bask in the refined splendour of the dining room; fine Limoges plates, gold and silver cutlery and hand cut crystal glasses will ensure a decadent dining experience. Each carriage benefits from a butler ensuring top spec hospitality as the treasures of India spool past your window; tigers, temples and bazaars bursting with kaleidoscopic colours await.