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4th September 2012 – Throughout December, the British Pullman and Northern Belle trains offer a host of seasonal journeys that include trips to some of Britain’s finest Christmas markets, carols at historic cathedrals, unique and exclusive shopping events and delicious festive fare. 

Back by popular demand and for the second year running, Christmas Shopping on the Rails will depart on 6th December. Avoid the hassle of the high-street by travelling on the British Pullman where a hand-picked selection of luxury British brands will be showcasing their top seasonal gifts and products throughout the various carriages. Experts from each of the brands, including beauty line, ESPA, luxury leather goods maker, Ettinger and celebrity make-up artist Daniel Sandler will be on hand to offer advice on the best gifts for loved ones and provide top tips on this season’s must-haves. 

In between browsing through the wide selection of gifts and shopping time, a delicious four-course Christmas lunch, prepared by the onboard team of chefs will be served with champagne and wine. This unique day out is an ideal way to start the often arduous task of Christmas shopping in exquisite surroundings and away from the throngs of crowds.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without carols and nowhere better are they sung and heard than in one off Britain’s most famous Cathedrals. Head to historical Canterbury Cathedral, on the vintage carriages of the British Pullman on 11th or 18th December and watch the Cathedral choir perform in a candle-lit crypt. Guests sing their favourite carols before heading down the cobbled streets of Canterbury for some Christmas shopping and returning to the train to indulge in a four-course dinner served with champagne and wine as they are leisurely taken back to London. 

The beautiful surroundings of the historic city of Bath are popular all year-round and this is no exception at Christmas. The market is filled with stalls brimming with gifts and festive treats, the British Pullman will depart from London Victoria on 5th December.

On 7th December, the British Pullman will head to Lincoln Christmas Market, the first in the UK and steeped in history.  Since the beginning, the market has increased from 11 to 250 stalls, so there is plenty to see and do whilst strolling along the streets with the backdrop of the impressive Norman Castle in the distance. 

The Northern Belle will head south from Birmingham, Macclesfield, Manchester and Stoke on Trent on 1st December taking guests to the heart of the capital and a chance to soak up the Christmas atmosphere on the streets of London. London Christmas Shopping offers the chance to get immersed into the festive spirit and explore Harrods and other stores decked with decorations and Christmas-inspired window displays. Later in the month, departing from Crewe, Liverpool, Preston and Warrington on 15th December, Edinburgh Christmas Shopping is a more traditional shopping experience with streets lined with boutiques, museums and historical sites to visit during the day. However, if shopping is not the order of the day, take a trip to the impressive Royal Yacht Britannia. 

The Northern Belle will host a Christmas Dinner, departing on 6th December from Edinburgh and on 12th December from Ipswich and Norwich, offering a perfect alternative for a festive evening out with prices starting from £240.00 per person. 

Adding to the festive trips in the schedule, a selection of Christmas Lunches aboard the British Pullman and Northern Belle are also available during December. Guests will be served truly festive fare with a chance to sit back, relax and journey back to the Golden Age of Travel whilst the train wends its way through the British countryside.

If the festive season is already booked to the hilt with parties and family get-togethers, treat a loved one to an Orient-Express Gift Certificate. Set at a monetary amount of your choice the gift certificate allows the lucky recipient to choose a rail experience on either the Northern Belle or British Pullman. Alternatively, the Orient-Express British Pullman Golden Age of Travel Gift Box (£700), which includes two tickets for the signature journey - 'The Golden Age of Travel’ and specially selected keepsake items from the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Signature Boutique including, a pair of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express silver-plated napkin rings, a British Pullman teddy bear and a Venice Simplon-Orient-Express silver plated and leather photo frame. The Golden Age of Travel Gift Box can also be added to any journey on the British Pullman or Northern Belle, which will feature memorable keepsake items, at an additional supplement of £110. 

London Christmas Shopping – Northern BelleSaturday 1st DecemberBirmingham, Macclesfield, Manchester, Stoke on Trent£335
Bath at Christmas – British PullmanWednesday 5th DecemberLondon Victoria£395
Christmas Shopping on the Rails – British PullmanThursday 6th DecemberLondon Victoria£350
Lincoln Christmas Market – British PullmanWednesday 7th DecemberLondon Victoria£350
Canterbury Carols – British PullmanTuesday, 11th DecemberLondon Victoria£395
Edinburgh & The Royal Yacht Britannia – Northern BelleSaturday, 15th DecemberCrewe, Liverpool, Preston, Warrington£335
Edinburgh Christmas Shopping – Northern BelleSaturday 15th DecemberCrewe, Liverpool, Preston, Warrington£335
Canterbury Carols – Christmas Lunch-Tuesday 18th DecemberLondon Victoria£395
British Pullman – Christmas LunchTuesday 4th, Thursday 8th, Wednesday, 12th and Saturday 22nd December, – Steam HauledLondon Victoria£395
British Pullman – Christmas LunchThursday 13th, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st DecemberLondon Victoria£350
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleMonday 3rd DecemberDarlington, Durham, Newcastle£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleTuesday 4th DecemberHuddersfield, Leeds, York£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleThursday 6th DecemberDundee, Perth£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleFriday 7th DecemberGlasgow£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleTuesday 11th DecemberDoncaster, Leeds, York£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleWednesday 12th DecemberCambridge, Peterborough£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleThursday 13th DecemberIpswich, Norwich£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleFriday 14th DecemberDerby, Nottingham, Sheffield£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleTuesday 18th DecemberBristol, Cardiff, Newport£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleWednesday 19th DecemberCardiff, Newport, Swansea£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleThursday 20th DecemberBirmingham, Coventry£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleFriday 21st DecemberChester, Liverpool, Manchester, Shrewsbury£240
The Christmas Lunch on the Northern BelleSaturday 22nd DecemberChester, Liverpool, Manchester£240
The Christmas Dinner - Northern BelleThursday 6th DecemberEdinburgh£210
The Christmas Dinner - Northern BelleWednesday 12th DecemberIpswich, Norwich£210

To find out more or to book your Christmas trip with Orient-Express, please contact reservations on 0845 077 2222 or visit the website on www.orient-express.com

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture.   The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities.   Today the Orient-Express brand embraces 45 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.  The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, two river cruise operations and the ‘21’ Club, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants and watering holes.  www.orient-express.com

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