Exotic Train Trips



PeruRail operates the deluxe Hiram-Bingham service to Machu Picchu's Inca citadel.


Do you have clients that love riding the rails? Here are some out-of-the-ordinary options you may want to suggest:

Southeast Asian Luxury

If clients want classic, romantic travel, we recommend luxury rail, especially if they’re headed to an exotic destination.

This November, check out Orient-Express’ new Chronicles of Southeast Asia itineraries, which are four new journeys that take passengers to places off the beaten path, while still providing them with a luxe experience. We like that the groups are capped at 60 guests per trip and only presidential and state-level carriages will be in use.

Want details? The Epic Thailand journey is six nights, visiting Bangkok, Isan, Chiang Mai, Lampang and back to Bangkok. It comes with a walking tour through a traditional village in Isan; a sunset reception at Prasat Sikhoraphum; lunch with a Thai oenologist at Khao Yai Granmonte Vineyard; the opportunity to participate in a Bai Sii ceremony; and a tour of the town of Lampang in a traditional pony trap.

The Fables of the Hills tour is six nights, hitting Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Surat Thani, River Kwai and Bangkok. It includes a Kuala Lumpur city tour; strawberry and tea tasting in the Cameron Highlands; and a visit to the Surat Thani Monkey Training College.

Legends of the Peninsula takes travelers through Bangkok, River Kwai, Trang, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore on a six-night journey. Highlights of the trip are a ride over The River Kwai Bridge; a sojourn at Trang allowing travelers to indulge in water sports; Dugong trekking; and Thai cooking classes.

Finally, Tales of Laos, a three-night experience, begins in Bangkok and passes through Phimai, Khao Yai and Vientiane before ending in Bangkok. At Phimai, clients can explore the Angkor-style Khmer temples and at Khao Yai hills, the vineyards. For more information, visit www.orient-express.com.

Peru Train Back on Track

Orient-Express has also just resumed its Hiram-Bingham program—Peru’s deluxe train service to Machu Picchu’s Inca citadel.

Following severe floods that damaged the railway in January, extensive renovations have been carried out and a new section of tracks has been laid. The rails have undergone extensive testing to ensure stability and safety.

Executives at the rail service— operated by PeruRail—saythey will remain cautious when operating the new railways. While maintaining strict speed restrictions, train operators are taking every precaution to ensure a safe journey.

The Hiram-Bingham departs from the Poroy/Cusco station at 9:05 a.m., passing through the scenic Andes Mountains, and includes brunch for all guests traveling outward.

Upon arrival, guests have access to an exclusive entrance into the historical sanctuary with an additional guided tour of the citadel. After exploring the world’s most impressive ruins, the Hiram-Bingham departs from Machu Picchu at 5:50 p.m. and guests are treated to cocktails, live entertainment and a four-course gourmet menu.


Like this story? Subscribe to Daily News & Deals!

Featuring breaking news on the latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments. Be sure to sign-up for this free industry daily newsletter.