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Venice-Simplon Orient Express Paris to Istanbul

Restaurant Car Etoile du Nord on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - © Matt HindAnnually in August

Each year, in the 3rd week of August, Belmond take the Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) train on a breathtaking adventure across Europe. Travel from Paris to Istanbul, or from Istanbul to Paris, or even a return trip! This exclusive annual adventure sells out quickly, a wait list is available for 2021 already, join now and you’ll be advised in spring 2020 if you have a place.

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Shongololo Express – Southern Cross Tour

Victoria FallsNorthbound: 18 April 2019, 13 June 2019, 8 August 2019, 2 January 2020, 20 February 2020, 16 April 2020, 11 June 2020, 6 August 2020, 22 October 2020
Southbound: 2 May 2019, 27 June 2019, 19 September 2019, 3 October 2019, 16 January 2020, 5 March 2020, 30 April 2020, 25 June 2020, 17 September 2020, 5 November 2020

An incredible 12-day rail journey that travels through South Africa, passing through five countries en route. The journey has been carefully crafted to deliver stunning experiences each and every day.

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Annual Steam Gala

Southern Railway 825 hauling the Pullman Carriages - © NYMRThursday 24 to Monday 28 September 2020

One of the premium rail events of the year! The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) hosts its Annual Steam Gala this September. The 3-day event features a mixture of services operated by both the NYMR’s own fleet as well as visiting locomotives. Marvel at the heritage engines and enjoy a host of exciting events across the 18 miles of breathtaking countryside from Pickering to Grosmont, taking in the world famous North Yorkshire Moors National Park along the way.

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Dar es Salaam

Victoria FallsNorthbound: 28 September 2019, 27 June 2020, 26 September 2020
Southbound: 15 October 2019, 28 January 2020, 17 March 2020, 29 September 2020, 13 October 2020

This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous rail tours in the world – the Pride of Africa. Sit back and pass through amazing landscapes, enjoying the luxury hospitality of Rovos Rail from its comfortable cabins, relaxing communal carriages and delicious food.

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Rovos Rail - Durban Safari

Durban Hills Dam - © Rovos RailMultiple dates

Combine luxury train travel with unforgettable wildlife watching. This Rovos rail route ventures into the heart of the South African bushveld, passing through amazing landscapes to enjoy a 3-day safari that will deliver a taste of South Africa’s natural beauty. This is one of Rovos Rail’s 8 wonderful, yet different journeys through South Africa, ranging in length from 3 to 15 days. Enjoy relaxing comfort and delicious food on board this luxury train.

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Shongololo Express - Good Hope Tour

Station building - © Rovos RailSouthbound: 3 October 2019, 30 January 2020, 1 October 2020
Northbound: 19 March 2019, 3 October 2019, 17 March 2020, 17 November 2020

Travel in comfort and luxury on this touring train that attends to your every need from relaxing accommodation to quality food. This 15-day journey offers an amazing and comprehensive view of South Africa, incorporating virtually every internationally regarded ‘must see’ sight and highlight. As the train travels the length and breadth of the country, guests can enjoy the great variety of landscapes, shorelines, cultures, lifestyles and cuisine that the South African Rainbow Nation has to offer.

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Ffestiniog Railway Victorian Vintage Mini Break

A trio of engines at Tan y Bwlch - © Roger Dimmick/FFWHRThursday 8 to Monday 12 October 2020

Operating passenger trains dating back to the Victorian era, the annual Victorian Vintage Gala Weekend is a highlight of the railway’s calendar. Our four night break allows you to explore and immerse yourself in the heritage of the Ffestiniog Railway. This Gala features a timetable of authentic passenger, freight and mixed train services alongside costumed characters.

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Dar es Salaam

Victoria FallsNorthbound: 28 September 2019, 27 June 2020, 26 September 2020
Southbound: 15 October 2019, 28 January 2020, 17 March 2020, 29 September 2020, 13 October 2020

This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous rail tours in the world – the Pride of Africa. Sit back and pass through amazing landscapes, enjoying the luxury hospitality of Rovos Rail from its comfortable cabins, relaxing communal carriages and delicious food.

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Shongololo Express – Southern Cross Tour

Victoria FallsNorthbound: 18 April 2019, 13 June 2019, 8 August 2019, 2 January 2020, 20 February 2020, 16 April 2020, 11 June 2020, 6 August 2020, 22 October 2020
Southbound: 2 May 2019, 27 June 2019, 19 September 2019, 3 October 2019, 16 January 2020, 5 March 2020, 30 April 2020, 25 June 2020, 17 September 2020, 5 November 2020

An incredible 12-day rail journey that travels through South Africa, passing through five countries en route. The journey has been carefully crafted to deliver stunning experiences each and every day.

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African Collage

Knysna LagoonSouthbound: 30 October 2019, 20 May 2020, 28 October 2020
Northbound: 11 November 2019, 4 February 2020, 9 November 2020

This panoramic 10-day rail sojourn winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. Keen golfers can enjoy tee off at various golf courses en route or join other guests on numerous game drives and wildlife excursions. Enjoy the comfort and luxury Rovos Rail provides on board the train as you journey across the beautiful landscape of South Africa.

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