When considering the experience itself, by far one of the best ways to travel is by train. Hands down. Ask any well-seasoned traveler. There’s no hassle of having to arrive hours early to an airport far out of the city center to spend hours in lines. There’s no squeezing into a small car stopping every so often for food or a bathroom break. Train travel is easy. It takes you from the center of one city to the center of another in comfort and with little hassle. Of course not all train systems are created equally, but Europe has it more figured out than most. If train travel intrigues you, then here’s why you should consider joining the LGBT train journey from Venice to Paris.
Travel destinations are usually the best part of the trip but the journey can be just as amazing if you do it right. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is how you do luxury train travel. The experience is also a time portal with the train’s glamorous 1920s style and decor. The relaxing cabins turn into comforting bedrooms for an enjoyable, cozy experience. The round-the-clock steward is also available to be sure you have everything you need. This trip also includes an amazing stay at the stunning Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice.
Experience fine dining at its best with a three course lunch and a four course dinner to satiate your appetite. A set menu is included and created with local and fresh produce by Executive Chef Christian Bodiguel. Sip fine champagne in the exclusive champagne bar also decorated to take you back to the Roaring Twenties. Don’t bother leaving your private cabin to enjoy a contintinental breakfast served directly to you.
History & Culture
The train itself is an experience with its historic carriages which have been restored with cars from well known vintage trains like Le Train Bleu and the Rome Express. The train has been escorting guests since 1982 with three elegant dining carriages and the Bar Car in addition to the cabins. Travelling by rail allows you to take in the beautiful views of rural French farmlands as you journey from Venice and Paris, two culturally abundant cities that must be explored.
This special itinerary is specifically designed for LGBT travelers so you can have a sense of community with your fellow passengers that you wouldn’t normally get during a standard train journey. The social aspect can be an important part of the experience while you dine, drink, and gaze out the window as the train speeds along the tracks. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, make connections, and just have fun.
Group trips for LGBT travelers are nothing new, with a plethora of options offered by many LGBT-centered travel companies and agencies. However, this trip is quite original and stands out from the standard gay cruises, resorts, and festivals that are typical of gay group travel in general. Traveling in a classic, restored train is a unique experience in itself and even more so while getting to travel with other LGBT guests.
Want to join this trip? Belmond is hosting a special departure for LGBT guests and friends from November 7-9, 2020. Click here to find out more details.
We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting another sailing trip along the coast of Croatia, from August 15th to 22nd, 2020! Our most recent sailing trip of the Greek Islands this past summer and of Croatia the summer before were such great successes (and loads of fun!) that we’ve decided to do it again! Want to come? Here are the details….
You can enjoy an island-hopping vacation around the beautiful Croatian coastline with gay guests from around the world. We’ll stop at the best gay-friendly locations in the area for you to explore, as well as great beaches for an afternoon dip. You will arrive in port with enough time to explore the island, relax on our private yacht or find a nice cocktail sunset bar.
It’s time to plan your next escape but maybe you’re not sure where to go next. Sure, there are thousands of holiday hotspots around the world where you can relax by the beach, sample the local cuisine, enjoy the nightlife and welcoming atmosphere. But if you’re looking for a destination that combines all that plus a gay-friendly or in many cases a huge LGBT population or group of visitors, there are only a handful of places internationally that make the cut.
We’ve come up with a list of 15 of the most well-known and exciting places to visit on your next gaycation!
Welcome to Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha and home to the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest.
While we haven’t personally conquered the Mother of the Universe ourselves, the soaring mountain continues to climb higher and higher on our bucket list. But with all the logistical aspects of this challenging endeavour, it’s become clear an organized tour is easily the best option. Enter Out Adventures, the only gay tour operator currently hosting treks to Everest Base Camp. Their all-gay expedition begins in the country’s capital Kathmandu before taking flight over the haunting Himalayas and landing in Lukla to adjust to the altitude. After everyone has acclimatized, laced up, and said adieu to flushing toilets, the tour sets off.
Social, sensual, clothing-optional sailing …Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Ok, I suppose we have a biased opinion – we’ve already earned our sea legs before on our gay sailing trip in Croatia. We love sailing trips which is why we’re doing our next one to Greece this summer and why we’re encouraging you to embark at your earliest leisure. The experience is both vast and unforgettable, yet intimate and tantalizing. Everything to Seais a new sailing company offering relaxing trips across the Indonesian seas, visiting exotic islands while enjoying a care-free and naked experience… if you desire. That’s right, a clothing-optional cruise through uninhabited islands… you can’t tell me that doesn’t sound appealing.
Looking for some insider travel info? There’s more to Europe to be discovered and The Azores are Portugal’s best kept secret.
But don’t take our word for it, Condé Nast Traveller recently touted the archipelago as “the secret gardens of the Atlantic – lush and green, thick with temperate forests which feel almost like rainforest, alive with birds and a rich wildlife.” Meanwhile Lonely Planet recently wrote an article titled “This other Eden: The Azores, Europe’s secret islands of adventure”.
The south of France is a hugely popular destination year-round and Nice, the second largest city of the region after Marseille, lives up to the hype. As it continues to grow, the city is adding a new underground section to its charming tramway system which cuts right through the brightly colored Place Masséna. On our third visit to the city, we weren’t surprised to discover that Nice still had wonderful things to show us. With a population of around one million, the city is well known for being one of the most popular gay-friendly destinations in southern France. In addition, the delightful shops, certified restaurants serving up authentic Cuisine Nissarde (try Chez Theresa for an affordable, family owned spot or Sentimi for a certified gay-friendly Italian restaurant), vibrant markets (the Flower and Vegetable market in the Old Town of course) and annual events make it a destination worth experiencing anytime of the year.
Complete with glittering beaches, awe-inspiring urban architecture and charming rural landscapes, Spain welcomes each of its visitors with open arms. In addition to checking iconic sights such as the Alhambra and the Sagrada Familia off of your list, there’s one more highly important thing to do here in the land of tapas and tinto de verano: eat, of course! Here in Spain, food is an experience meant to be savored in both the literal and metaphorical sense, complete with good vibes, tasty drinks and great company. Add these 10 experiences to your foodie bucket list in Spain and you’re sure to have the experience of a lifetime.
We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting a sailing trip in the Greek Islands (including Mykonos), from August 24th – 31st, 2019! Our sailing trip of Croatia this past summer was such a great success that we’ve decided to add another destination. Want to come? Here are the details….
You can enjoy an island-hopping vacation around the beautiful Greek Islands with an all gay boat and skipper. We’ll stop at the best gay-friendly locations in the area for you to explore, as well as great beaches for an afternoon dip. You will arrive in port with enough time to explore the island, relax on our private yacht or find a nice cocktail sunset bar.
In today’s age of technology, travel has become available to more people than ever before. No longer do you have to visit a travel agent to book a flight or vacation or buy a traditional guidebook to plan your journey in the places you’re going to visit. In fact, now the availability of information is almost overwhelming, and it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn for the best advice, information and resources to make the most of your trip. We’ve curated this list of 5 flight resources to help inspire your travels and give you some practical guidance when travel planning, booking flights or dealing with airline delays or cancelations. Whether you’re in the savings stage or ready to book that next trip, we hope that at least a few of these resources will help make your travel experience ever better.