VEUVE CLICQUOT SOLAIRE JOURNEYS ON BOARD BELMOND TRAINS
The finest champagne and gastronomy aboard three legendary train journeys in 2024
Following the path of the sun across the world, these Veuve Cliquot hosted Solaire Journeys are a culinary odyssey centred around harmony with nature and unforgettable culinary experiences. Combining the celebratory opulence of Veuve Clicquot champagne with luxury wanderlust of rail travel, guests can anticipate unforgettable onboard and offboard experiences paired with free-flowing bubbles, set to a backdrop of breathtaking locations.
The Veuve Clicquot Solaire Journeys are a trio of exclusive train experiences that celebrate the sensory power of the sun — from sunrise to sunset. Hosted by Veuve Cliquot on Belmond's legendary trains, guests will be able to experience the romance of slow rail travel while being immersed in the culinary delights of each destination. Veuve Cliquot has arranged unforgettable onboard and offboard experiences paired with free-flowing Veuve Clicquot champagne, set to a backdrop of breathtaking locations on each of the three trips.
Starting from Singapore with a welcome Solaire aperitif before departing on the Eastern & Oriental Express, this first trip winds through Malaysia and includes iconic sunrise and sunset moments amongst the country's pristine landscapes.
In Singapore, you’ll visit an exclusive venue for a champagne brunch, before boarding the Eastern & Oriental Express as it spirits you up into Malaysia. During the journey, there will be culinary feasts based upon sustainable cuisine, tastings of Veuve Clicquot vintages, and excursions in the leafy Taman Negara National Park.
What’s more, there’ll be a chance to explore the cultural riches of Penang Island; each guest will be able to choose between a series of excursions based on whether you are an art lover, cookery aficionado or independent adventurer.
The second trip begins in Vienna, the famed City of Music, where guests will stay at the grand Imperial Hotel for the night and kick-start their adventure with an exquisite dinner showcasing the best of Viennese gastronomy.
The next day, guests will board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and enjoy lunch in the elegant restaurant cars. Spending time relaxing and soaking up the views, they will then gather for a wine tasting with a Cellar Master and a quiz on Veuve Clicquot wines. As evening falls, a spectacular gala dinner crafted by Chef Jean Imbert will take place. Brimming with seasonal specialities, the menu will be complemented by exceptional wines.
The next day, excitement builds over a champagne brunch as the train approaches Reims. Soon the train is in the heart of France's champagne region, and guests alight for a short journey to romantic Verzy Manor, part of the Veuve Clicquot domain for over 100 years. They’ll visit the vegetable garden and picturesque vineyards, set beneath the Montagne de Reims, and enjoy a tasting at the pressing centre. A delicious lunch will be hosted in the time-honoured cellars together with a fascinating tour.
The final trip in Peru, also known as the Land of the Sun, starts in Cusco before heading to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and La Raya, onboard both the Andean Explorer and Hiram Bingham.
After a day to acclimatize at peaceful Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel, guests will embark on a city tour with an expert guide, visiting sites such as the famed Qorikancha temple. As night falls, experience the beauty of Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, with a toast in the courtyard before taking your seat for an awe-inspiring dinner in the hotel’s gilded chapel.
You’ll leave Cusco in the morning for a day trip to the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. To get there, board the Hiram Bingham, A Belmond Train, where a Peruvian lunch will be served as on-board entertainment builds the excitement. When we arrive, explore the grand beauty of Machu Picchu and enjoy a ‘Solaire’ champagne moment in the gardens of Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, before returning on the train back to Cusco. During the journey back, enjoy a four-course South America feast with local ingredients that change with the seasons.
Aboard the Andean Explorer, jaw-dropping moments cascade one after the other. You’ll settle into your luxury cabin and admire the views and local gastronomy, pausing for a sunset moment at the La Raya mountain range. The highlight of the trip may well be a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise experience at Lake Titicaca, before you take a traditional boat ride to the islands of the Uros, extraordinary artificial islands created from carefully woven reeds. The next day, the 8000-year-old Sumbay caves, and the breathtaking scenery of Lake Lagunillas, will leave a lasting impression before the train alights in Arequipa.