Grand Tours

Inspirational grand tour Ideas

Grand Tour inspiration from Whitby & Kris

A modern day grand tour by car or train is an exciting way to evoke the spirit of the 18th century grand tour, while still taking advantage of modern convenience and comfort. The original Grand Tour would begin by traveling to great cities, such as Paris, Rome, or London. From there, travelers would move on to majestic landscapes and breathtaking scenery, sampling the local cuisine and culture as they go

The modern grand tour can be built for you to suit your style and preferences. 

Below are some elements and ideas that can be incorporated in your Grand Tour 

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Venice Simplon Orient Express

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a legend in motion. Its storied carriages carry guests in sumptuous style between Europe’s most captivating cities. Classic one-night journeys glide between London, Paris and Venice. Further routes take in Vienna, Rome, Istanbul and more, with longer tours including hotel stays. 

Private cabins of polished wood and plush upholstery epitomise golden age opulence. Six Grand Suites offer the ultimate indulgence, with double beds, marbled en suites and private dining. Gastronomic cuisine, paired with exceptional wines, is served in three 1920s restaurant cars. Lively Bar Car ‘3674’ revives all the playful glamour of the past


Eastern & Oriental Express

Invites guests to step into a world of classic glamour. Travelling between Singapore and Bangkok through lush jungle, beguiling temples and timeless villages, guests enjoy relaxed indulgence on board. Elegant air-conditioned cabins offer large picture windows and ensuite shower rooms.

The teak-floored Observation Car is an inviting place to soak up the sights and the breeze. Dining is a memorable affair in two lavish restaurant cars. Guests alight for fascinating excursions. Whether visiting a sleepy Malaysian village or drifting along the River Kwai, they unveil the authentic spirit of the East.

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Les Bateaux Belmond - France

A fleet of seven luxurious barges, offers intimate, personalised cruises through Burgundy, Champagne, Canal du Midi, Camargue and Provence.

Sensational cuisine and tailor-made excursions are part of every adventure. Itineraries cater to the culturally curious, embracing private wine tastings, chef-guided market visits and behind-the-scene tours. A private crew, chef and guide take care of every need.

Between 4 and 12 passengers can be accommodated across the range of individually designed boats. Some are available for private charter only. 

Victoria falls to Cape Town

Take a cue from Dr Livingstone and embark on an adventure you won‘t forget. Takes in all the highlights of Southern Africa, from Victoria Falls to the Mother City of South Africa. The journey passes through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, with plenty of opportunities to explore.

Trek the Fish River Canyon, look out for wildlife in Etosha National Park, and track predators in the Okavango Delta. In the Namib Desert, catch the sunrise over the world‘s highest sand dunes in Sossusvlei, and feel the spray of Victoria Falls. 

Finally, you can relax in the stunning city of Cape Town, with its stunning beaches, beautiful mountains, inviting vineyards, spectacular drives, and plenty of trendy bars and fine dining restaurants.

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Grand tour of Italy

Are you feeling adventurous? Why not set sail on an unforgettable boat trip to Procida and discover authentic delicacies? Join a local fisherman for lunch and explore the best bites in Florence during a delightful food tour. Uncover hidden archives in Venice and marvel at the amazing architecture and interiors of the 16th centuryrolli palaces in Genoa.

For those seeking pleasure, you can find pleasure in the small things, such as stargazing in the Tuscan countryside or simply relaxing by the striking emerald waters of Portofino. Italy is home of the ultimate Grand Tour

Peru - Brazil - Ecuador - Bolivia

Chart an adventure to experience Peru and South America like never before. Our team is adept at creating bespoke itineraries that immerse guests in magical destinations.

In the hands of expert local guides, fascinating ancient cultures spring to life. With Whitby and Kris, travel in South America is beyond extraordinary.

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An Italian Itinary

Legends of Venice and Tuscany

Check in to the Hotel Cipriani, located on a private island just a few minutes away from St Mark‘s in Venice, and explore the beauty of the lagoon. 

Then, journey to , situated above Florence, to experience the  Renaissance and modern marvels. 

When you‘re ready to explore the countryside, venture to Castello di Casole in Tuscany and take in the stunning night sky, one of the best in Italy for stargazing.

Venice – Florence
3 hours by train

Florence – Villa San Michele
1 hour by car

A journey to the heart of Italy

Admire the sweeping views of Florence from Villa San Michele’s hilltop perch. Plunge into Tuscany with a stay among the rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards of Castello di Casole.

Head to the heart of Rome, the Hassler Roma is one of the best hotels in he city, minutes from Via Condotti and landmarks, including the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Coliseum, the Villa Borghese gardens and The Trevi Fountain. 

Castello - Florence
1 hour by car

Florence - Rome
1:40 hours by train

The vibrant South

Head south to Naples, pick up a car after a short drive finish your holiday on a high at sumptuous Caruso, in Ravello.

From here explore the glorious Amalfi peninsula. Towns such as Amalfi and Positano clinging to the cliffs before dropping into the blue Mediterranean.

Take a private boat trip to the island of Capri or visit Pompei at the base of Vesuvius

Rome- Naples
1.5 hours by train

Naples to Ravello
1 hour by car

The most luxurious train rides in the world

British Pullman, England

Whisking guests away on decadent escapes around the UK, British Pullman, a Belmond Train, England, combines sumptuous Art Deco interiors with fine dining and fabulous fun.

From London Victoria station, scenic excursions take in vibrant cities, historic houses and world-class sporting events.

Gourmet round-trips include champagne afternoon teas and celebrity chef-hosted dinners.