The Golden Age of Travel: Journeys on steam trains, ships, and horseback

02 October 2017

We’re so used to zooming from place to place as quickly as possible, aren’t we? The fastest plane route to far-flung shores. The quickest train from north to south. And often, in our haste to rush from here to there, we miss those little moments along the way. That spectacular scenery that seems to amble by as the train rolls gently on. That dusty town famous for moreish snacks for weary travellers. Those moments that go on to become our favourite travel memories…

Take inspiration from the Golden Age of Travel and make your journey part of your travels. From trains to paddle steamers, tall ships to horseback, these trips are a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy every moment.

Journey by horseback

Horseback Safari, Africa

Botswana, Chobe National Park

Spot the Big Five as you ride through the magnificent savannah in Africa. From gallops across the plains to a gentle pace made for birdwatching, horseback safaris are a fantastic way to watch the wildlife and experience the beautiful landscape.

Gallop across the savannah in: Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa

Horse Trekking, Mongolia

Horse riding in Mongolia

Gallop across the breathtaking, sweeping grasslands of the steppe on a trek through Mongolia. Rugged mountains frame the vast landscape and seemingly never-ending sky. Head to the Gobi desert to ride across rolling sand dunes, meet nomadic herdsmen, and camp under the clear skies.

Journey by rail

The Golden Age of Travel, UK

Belmond British Pullman

There’s something wonderful about a steam train slowly puffing past, isn’t there? Perhaps it’s the chugging of the wheels on the track, maybe it’s the hiss of steam or the waves from smiling guests sat in the gleaming carriages.

Whatever it is that makes steam trains so special, experience your own magical journey aboard the exquisite Belmond British Pullman train. Step back in time to the 1920s, sip crisp champagne and indulge in an opulent 5-course meal as you watch the world go by.

Watch the world roll by in: South East England. The Golden Age of Travel route takes in the picturesque countryside of the Surrey Hills, with the round-trip journey departing from London’s Victoria Station.

 Kyushu Seven Stars, Japan

Yufuin, Japan

This luxury sleeper train meanders through the tranquil landscape of the island of Kyushu. With 14 beautifully decorated suites, a lounge car with live music, and handcrafted woodwork throughout, it’s a delightful way to experience this island in the south of Japan.

Watch the world roll by in: Fukuoka, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Saga, Nagasaki

Journey by paddle steamer

Paddle Steamer Waverley, UK

The Waverley Paddle Steamer

 The last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, 70-year-old Paddle Steamer Waverley is a glorious sight on the water. The bright red funnels, gleaming timber decks and the roar of the engines make for a wonderful afternoon or evening at sea.

Set sail on Waverley to: Scotland, including the lochs and islands of the West Coast. The South Coast, including around the Isle of Wight and along the Jurassic Coast towards Lulworth Cove. The Bristol Channel. And if you board Waverley for a trip on the Thames, you’ll see London’s Tower Bridge open as you sail underneath!

The American Queen, USA

St Louis skyline

Cruise the mighty Mississippi on the largest steamboat ever built. With her maiden voyage in 1996, this modern steamboat is a charming replica of those exquisite paddle steamers that cruised Old Man River in the 19th century.

Set sail on American Queen to: Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Orleans

Journey by tall ship

Tall Ship sailing

With billowing sails, these graceful ships seem to float across the waves, dipping in and out of the rising seas. Mahogany panels, antique art, and modern luxuries mean these tall ships are elegant yet comfortable. Evoking days past when sailing the seas took weeks and months rather than days, these stunning ships are a truly romantic way to voyage across the ocean.

Fly across the seas to visit: Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Cuba, Panama Canal

Inspired to slow down and watch the world go by? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to find out more ideas for rail journeys, holidays on horseback, and sailing holidays.

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