For a special Valentine’s Day celebration get a luxe ride with Golden Eagle Luxury train to see great old Britain. Although, the tour will not begin until October but you can surprise your loved one with a booked ticket. The Golden Eagle Luxury Train kicks off a 14-day Best of Britain Steam Tour, the first of its kind for the railway operator.
Starting in October 2018, the 2,200-mile trip is scheduled with the 10th anniversary of the Tornado, the first steam locomotive in over 50 years to break 100 mph on British tracks, and one of the most respected in the U because it pulled Prince Charles aboard the Royal Sleeper train back in 2012.
The locomotive will tow the 10 carriages of luxe Belmond Royal Scotsman, which can accommodate up to 38 passengers in its plush Edwardian-style staterooms. All the carriages come with en suite bathrooms, a rare luxury in the world of sleeper trains.
The tour will begin in Edinburgh before taking guests out of the city and into the Scottish Highlands, where they will be hosted for the first of their three black-tie dinners at the 14th-century Cawdor Castle. Before heading back to the city for a private tour of Edinburgh Castle, guests will board a vintage train for a whisky tasting at J&G Grant’s Glenfarclas Distillery.
Later guests will be taken south into Wales for a ride along the rough and rugged Cambrian coast and return to England for tours of Bath, Devon, and Cornwall; they will dine at historic country estates and castles along the way. Before winding their way back up to Edinburgh for a final dinner at the National Railway Museum (where guests will get to see George Stephenson’s Locomotion No. 1, which hauled the world’s first public train in the 1830s), the train will make excursions to Sailsbury, Oxford, and York.
The Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Tornado 10th-Anniversary Tour of Great Britain (price from $40,000 per person) leaves Edinburgh on October 14, 2018. Booking is available.