Belmond is a collection of iconic hotels, trains, and river cruises across six continents and 22 countries. From the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to the Road to Mandalay river vessel in Myanmar to the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Belmond goes above and beyond to curate travel experiences. We’ve rounded up five iconic adventures with Belmond below.
Grand Tour of Italy
Make Belmond your home base as your explore beautiful Italy. Each of their six properties in Italy offers something different, and when you stay at two or more you pay one guaranteed flat rate for all seven nights (an especially great value in the low season). Below is one suggested itinerary, but your Brownell Advisor can customize it to fit your schedule and preferences!
Florence, Amalfi Coast, and Sicily
- Start your journey with two nights at Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence. Positioned on a hilltop with unparalleled views of the city, this 15th century villa has beautiful gardens to explore and a cooking school. And the façade was designed by Michelangelo himself!
- Next, head to the Amalfi coast for two nights at Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello. This property was formerly an 11th century palace and the fresco-covered ceilings and walls have been restored, creating a truly magical boutique hotel. Whether you want to enjoy the sweeping views of the sea from the stunning infinity pool or explore nearby Pompeii, it is a fabulous location to do as much or as little as you desire. The views from this hotel are only one side of the story; we recommend renting a boat and taking a day-trip to Capri to see the dramatic coastline from the water.
- Spend the last three nights at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina, Sicily. Located in the heart of a charming Mediterranean village, this hotel sits next to the historical Greek Theater and has unparalleled views of Mount Etna.
20 years ago, Belmond made history with the Belmond Road to Mandalay, the first luxury cruise on the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar. Virtually untouched by the rest of the world, Myanmar feels like a step back in time with ox-drawn carts, golden pagodas, charming villages, and warm, welcoming people.
Today as many companies flock to this magical destination, Belmond stands apart with unrivaled expertise. Explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage on the Belmond Road to Mandalay. Each itinerary includes a stop in Bagan where more than 2000 temples dot the terrain as far as the eye can see. These vessels are an ideal way to easily explore different areas of this country and only unpack once!
Belmond’s iconic trains make the journey just as important as the destination. When you board a Belmond train, exceptional service, thoughtfully curated décor, and exquisite cuisine await you. You’ll feel like you’re in the golden age of travel rather than today where nothing about rail travel seems glamorous.
The newest train in the collection is the Belmond Grand Hibernian. As Ireland’s first luxury rail experience, this train is the new way to discover the Emerald Isle. The train holds up to 40 passengers for two-, four-, or six-night journeys.
Belmond also has trains in Scotland, England, Italy, Peru, and Southeast Asia.
A trip to Africa is truly a life changing experience, and Belmond has several decades of safari experience. Belmond Safaris have three camps in Botswana, a country known for its breathtaking beauty and majestic wildlife. It is one of the few countries in Africa that makes conservation a priority, and many rhinos are relocated to Botswana every year.
Even though you are in the beautiful African wilderness, Belmond ensures that you have the comforts of home. Each camp experience includes luxury accommodations with A/C and heat, all meals, and daily game viewing activities. There are also opportunities for fishing, cultural experiences, helicopter excursions, and more! Your Brownell Advisor can design an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Once you’ve immersed yourself with the wildlife, head to the bustling sea-side city of Cape Town and enjoy the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel’s location at the foot of Table Mountain.
Machu Picchu, Peru
With vibrant culture, awe-inspiring ancient wonders, and flavorful cuisine, Peru leaves travelers with unforgettable memories. For a luxury Machu Picchu experience, pair the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge and the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas with the train. The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to Machu Picchu, so you can easily access it in the morning or evening when there are no busloads of day visitors. The Belmond Hiram Bingham adds a new layer to an already magical experience. As you journey to or from Machu Picchu, enjoy a gourmet meal, sip a Pisco Sour, and listen to live Peruvian music. In Cusco, the gorgeous Belmond Palacio Nazarenas features a heated outdoor pool, spacious rooms, an incredible spa (perfect if you’re sore from hiking), and impeccable service.
Belmond also has three other hotels in Peru in Cusco, Lima, and the Sacred Valley. And in 2017, Belmond will launch the Andean Explorer, a second luxury train in Peru. The Belmond Andean Explorer will have itineraries from Cusco to Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Beyond these five iconic adventures, Belmond has an extensive portfolio in the world’s best destinations. Even better, Brownell is a member of Belmond’s exclusive Bellini Club so as a client you access exclusive benefits and amenities that make your trip even more special. Your Brownell Advisor can help you Discover More with Belmond!