I thought I’d let you all know about these wonderful details of Valentine’s Day ideas as this February, here is a selection of romantic rail experiences to share with a loved one. The 1920’s and 30’s carriages are the perfect settings for a steamy Art Deco journey, don the most glamorous outfit and let cupid take care of the rest.
Spend the most romantic day of the year aboard the British Pullman for a special steam-hauled lunch. The classic train provides a blissfully romantic venue for Valentine’s Day as guests board at London Victoria Station and settle down in cosy armchairs and admire the vintage marquetry adorned carriages whilst enjoying a delicious five-course meal with Champagne and wine served by liveried stewards.
As the engine whistles and smoke passes by the window, travel back to the Golden Age of Travel and relive how enjoyable and memorable train travel once was. Along the way, the onboard chefs will lovingly prepare a flurry of culinary delights to satisfy all taste buds.
Alternatively, spend an intimate evening aboard the British Pullman’s 1920’s Art Deco carriages on Valentine’s Day Dinner. As the train leaves London Victoria, the pop of Champagne and the clink of crystal glasses can be heard as the train makes its way and dinner is served; a setting for a true brief encounter.
The British Pullman’s sister train, the Northern Belle, will depart from Leeds and York for a memorable journey on Valentine’s Day Lunch. The 1930’s decadent and elegant carriages will travel through scenic surroundings as lunch is served. If an evening celebration is preferred, join the Northern Belle in Chester or Manchester for Valentine’s Dinner, as the train transforms into a perfect soirée setting with lights dimmed and musicians playing sultry tunes, setting the scene for an experience that cannot be beaten.
This year, a Romance on the Rails package will be included with every Valentine’s Day booking on the two UK day trains to celebrate this special day with our compliments. This exclusive offer will include a selection of wines carefully chosen to complement each course, a beautiful bouquet and luxury chocolates per couple. The Train Manager can also help the gentlemen facilitate a proposal and prepare the ideal moment!
Prices for Valentine’s Day journeys aboard the British Pullman and Northern Belle start from £250.00 per person.
The ultimate glamorous and romantic, once in a lifetime, adventure to share with a loved one has to be a journey between London and Venice (or vice versa) on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. As the twinkling lights of Alpine villages are glimpsed through the windows, guests dress for dinner in their private sleeping compartments and sip champagne cocktails in the piano bar, toasting a proposal, anniversary, the start of married life or a belated Valentine’s gift. The season starts in March and runs until November and prices start from £1,920 per person based on two adults sharing a double compartment and includes all table d’hôte meals onboard.
A gift voucher can be arranged for the lucky recipient to choose their preferred journey and look forward to a trip of a lifetime.
To complete the perfect journey, a selection of unique gifts and souvenirs from Orient-Express Boutique are available to buy on board the trains or online at orient-expressboutique.com