2021 Departures Now Available on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Belmond Royal Scotsman, more
Hoping to grab a cabin on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express‘ famed Paris-Istanbul annual adventure in 2021?
Good news: Belmond, owner of the famous luxury train, recently announced its 2021 schedule.
Which means you can plan your dream luxury rail vacation a year and a half in advance.
Three other Belmond trains, all of which occupy a coveted place on our ‘World’s Top 25 Trains‘ list, have also released their 2021 calendars: Belmond Royal Scotsman, Belmond Grand Hibernian (Ireland) and the Eastern & Oriental Express (Thailand, Singapore, & Malaysia).
Other than the 2021 calendar, what else is new with each train?
Three more Grand Suites are being built for the 2020 season (for a total of six). They will be called Prague, Budapest, and Vienna.
In addition to the sumptuous amenities included in each Grand Suite (private bathroom, rain shower, large double bed), Grand Suite guests on the Istanbul journeys will also enjoy having a private car and driver for touring in Budapest and Bucharest.
What’s more, all house drinks are now included for Grand Suite guests.
People continue to rave about the Bamford Haybarn Spa Car, added three years ago.
We highly recommend making an appointment in advance of your departure. It’s not always possible — but we can often wrangle the train manager into getting your massage scheduled ahead of time!
Really get to know the train and the countryside on a longer sojourn like the 8-day Grand Tour of Great Britain.
Or, if you have a more culinary persuasion, join a special departure of the 3-day Taste of Ireland’ hosted by famous Irish chef Clodagh McKenna.
Finally, see a large swath of the Emerald Isle with our all-time favorite, the 7-day Grand Tour of Ireland.
The Eastern & Oriental Express is now much more intimate, with a maximum guest count of only 82 (down from about 120).