The new brochure showcases the company’s unique portfolio of luxury trains and cruise experiences across Europe, South East Asia and Peru as well as cross referencing its UK Day Trains and The Royal Scotsman, which will feature in their own stand alone UK brochure out later in the year.
A new dedicated travel agent extranet site, www.oeh.com, was also unveiled at the event which will give these top selected agents private access to detailed product information on all the company’s hotels, trains and cruises as well as the ability to build customised brochures and newsletters to send to their key clients.
David Hester Director of Sales & Marketing Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises said:
“We are immensely proud of our new brochure – stylish journeys aboard our legendary trains have never been more in demand. This special event for the UK’s top luxury travel agents celebrates their support this year and introduces many new initiatives to make our partnerships with them even stronger in the years to come.”
“We hope that the new extranet site will be a big hit. It has been developed alongside our key travel agent partners to offer support and training and to give them valuable knowledge of our portfolio of exclusive experiences,” added David Hester.
The 2006 ‘Journeys of Distinction’ brochure highlights a number of new packages including the NEW Orient-Express signature package ‘Venetian Celebration’.
This 6 night itinerary includes one night at The Dorchester, London with private check-in and taxi transfer the next morning to London Victoria to board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the overnight journey to Venice.
On arrival in Venice transfer to the Hotel Cipriani and spend 4 nights in a stunning lagoon view room, before flying back to the UK.
The package also includes a morning walking tour and afternoon motor boat tour of Venice with a personal guide as well as a final dinner at CIP’s Club, the Cipriani’s latest restaurant offering. This ultimate VSOE package costs from £4,385 per person.
A new 3 night southbound itinerary aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express is also featured for the first time. This enhanced southbound route between Bangkok and Singapore will now depart on Sunday evening and arrive into Singapore on Wednesday morning and take in the famous wooden trestle viaduct at Tham Kasae, north of Kanchanaburi, one of Thailand’s most scenic stretches of railway.
The new timetable will also give guests a more convenient evening arrival/departure time into Kuala Lumpur for those wishing to enjoy the delights that the Malaysian capital has to offer. Prices start from £990 per person.
The Thai Explorer departures will be increased from 7 to 11 departures for 2006 due to the popularity in this recent addition to the E&OE schedule. The northbound route from Singapore to Bangkok will continue as a 2 night journey following the existing itinerary.
Three new Indo-China extension packages are also featured this year which can be taken pre or post a journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express or the Road To Mandalay river cruise ship in Myanmar (Burma). Visit Luang Prabang in Laos or Ankor Wat in Cambodia and stay at the Pansea Orient-Express properties there whilst visiting the key sites in the area.
Alternatively travel between Thailand and Laos on an adventurous Mekong River Cruise which will allow you to enjoy the famous Golden Triangle with a stay at the Anantara Resort at Chiang Rai followed by two days cruising to Luang Prabang with an overnight stop en-route at the Luang Say Lodge at Pakbeng, located right on the banks of the river. Prices start from £350 per person.
For further information on all Orient-Express experiences call 0845 077 2222 or visit www.orient-express.com.