I for one love nothing more than UK based days out and trips. As much as I enjoy going abroad for sunshiney breaks and beachfront holidays, planning them freaks me out with being a self-employed freelancer. It’s always so difficult to plan the right time to go away, with workloads, new clients, blog trips… that’s probably why you’ll see me talking about a lot of UK breaks here on the blog!
I wanted to feature something a little different today, as I recently discovered what I can only describe as five-star days out with a difference. Introducing Luxury Train Tickets: forget kitted out airplane cabins and fancy cruise ships, as it’s all about indulgent train travel stealing the spotlight for 2020.
By luxury train travel, I don’t just mean booking a quicker, more comfortable train journey to dart up and down the country. Luxury Train Tickets is an online travel company which put together tailored experiences which treat passengers to gourmet local cuisine in high quality table-clothed dining cars, with five-star service, a touch of old-fashioned glamour and some of the best views of our British countryside. Plus, they also offer trips further afield, such as Ireland, Peru and Machu Picchu. How amazing!
What is Luxury Train Tickets?
Luxury Train Tickets is a travel site which lets you book unique experiences across the UK and beyond. You can step aboard an authentic 1920’s or 1930’s luxury train and experience the very best luxury train travel anywhere in the world, discovering the world via train track.
The train trips they work with include the Northern Belle, the Belmond British Pullman, Belmond Royal Scotland and the Belmond Grand Hibernian, not forgetting Belmond Eastern & Oritental Express, which takes you on a trip through South East Asia.
The Best Train Trips To Explore
So I may have started this article off by explaining how I was drawn to this travel concept due to it’s UK focus. However, it only took me ten minutes exploring the website to realise that there are some pretty extravagant train trips across the waters, creating some of the most unique sightseeing trips. For example, the Belmond’s Hiberian experience travels around Ireland, which is one of the longest of the trips on offer, ranging from two to six days.
Via this luxury travel trip, you can explore both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, including stops at Jameson’s whiskey distillery, Blarney Castle & Gardens, and Belfast’s Titanic museum.
Before I share my excitement for some of the closer to home UK trips, I wanted to make you aware of the Belmond Andean Explorer, This luxury train trip lets you travel through the Peruvian Andes on one of the highest-altitude rail lines in the world. Yhis 48-passenger train trip allows an experience across the islands of Lake Titicaca and onwards, to the volcanic-rock city center of Arequipa.
The coaches’ interiors take design inspiration from the colors and textures of local hand-woven textiles, Alpaca wool, and the surrounding mountains, while the cuisine has been designed by the chefs at Cusco’s historic Belmond Hotel Monasterio.
For those looking at exploring the UK train trips in more detail – which seems more do-able for me at the moment – let me bring your focus to the Northern Belle.
This luxury train lets you step back in time to the 1930’s, where the Northern Belle luxury train experience evokes a sense of opulence during the golden age of travel. If you enjoy scenic views of the British countryside, you’ll love this luxurious yet intimate train.
It’s that 1930’s high-class style that draws me in. You can indulge in some of the most lavish afternoon tea offerings or five-course dinners, while exploring the idyllic country views. On this train you can go as far North as Edinburgh, or enjoy Sunday lunch while being amazed at table magicians, departing from Birmingham, Coventry or Leeds.
Luxury Stream Train Experiences
For a slice of history, you can take a step back in time by choosing to travel via luxury steam train journeys – a truly unique and exquisite experience. These take place on either a 1920’s or 1930’s classic Pullman train, offering a wealth of opulence.
Some of the most popular steam train trips include discovering Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon, which makes a beautiful pairing with these both being historic cities themselves.
The best bit? You can book these experiences for gifts to your loved ones, giving the gift of a cherished memory. I mean, days out always make the lovliest and most thoughtful gift, but bringing a touch of elegance and history together via luxury steam trains is just that touch more memorable!
I could highlight so many experiences over at Luxury Train Tickets, so it’s best you head over and have a little look yourself. You’ll honestly be spoilt for inspiration and ideas… I found myself lost in the South America, Peru, trips earlier on today, but that’s another story!