A deluxe itinerary for rail aficionados, combining day trips by historic train in Wales and Yorkshire with a three-day journey aboard the privately chartered Belmond Royal Scotsman, one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Discover the castles and mountains of North Wales, the romantic abbey ruins and scenic allure of Yorkshire, the cultural highlights of York and Edinburgh, and the Scottish Highlands’ remote glens and islands, with views of craggy coastlines and towering mountains reflected in mirror-still lochs. Give clay-pigeon shooting or fly-fishing a try at Rothiemurchus Estate in Scotland’s stunning Cairngorms National Park, and sample Scotch whiskies at a historic distillery. Take day trips on two heritage railways: from Wales’ slate quarries to the sea aboard Ffestiniog, the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway, and across the moors aboard a vintage steam train of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Classic, historic hotels reflect the best of Great Britain’s culture and character and provide an exquisite home base throughout: Bodysgallen Hall & Spa, a historic National Trust country house just outside of Llandudno, surrounded by award-winning gardens; the Grand Hotel & Spa in York, housed in former railway headquarters and evocative of the golden age of travel; and The Balmoral in Edinburgh, a five-star 1902 landmark which fittingly enough began life as a grand railway hotel. This unique program accommodates only 36 passengers, so I encourage you to reserve your space now.