Luxury Rail Journey To Debut This Fall

GrandLuxe Rail takes luxury and privacy to the max

By: Dawna L. Robertson

America's premier private train, American Orient Express (AOE), has a new name and an exciting new journey. New GrandLuxe Rail Journeys will debut a nine-day/eight-night excursion in October, traveling 1,700 miles from El Paso, Texas to Mexico City.

According to Tom Janaky, vice president of sales for GrandLuxe Rail Journeys, the company changed its name in April to better reflect the luxury of the train.

“Our rail journeys are grand, in-depth, experiential journeys offered in rail luxury,” explains Janaky. “And over the past several years, the company has realized that the American Orient Express name did not express all of those qualities.”

As a result, the GrandLuxe Rail Journeys was born. Janaky adds that the company believes its new name will help to better distinguish itself and its unique product.

The refurbished vintage train will traverse the famed Copper Canyon, visit picturesque San Miguel de Allende in Colonial Mexico, touch the Pacific Ocean in Mazatlan, stop in Guadalajara and explore the pyramids of Teotihuacan. And while the name may have changed, GrandLuxe Rail Journeys still features the same premier AOE train, with fine dining, comfortable private cabins, superlative service and classic furnishings.

“Never before have travelers been able to experience so much of Mexico in such a short period of time, or in such comfort and relaxed style,” adds Janaky.

Each morning on the train, passengers awake in a new place to discover, then experience natural wonders and cultural landmarks. They’ll savor fine dining and beautiful vistas in comfortable luxury, and then sleep at night to the sounds of the rails as the train gently rocks.

The company will offer weekly departures Oct. 29, 2006 through April 2007. Prices are from $4,190 per person in a Vintage Pullman cabin, based on double occupancy. A $300 discount is extended on reservations made 180 days or more in advance.

Departure dates for 2006 - 2007 are:

El Paso to Mexico City: Oct. 29 - Nov. 6, Nov. 12 - 20, Nov. 26 Dec. 4, Dec. 10 - 18, Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, 2007
Mexico City to El Paso: Nov. 2 - 10, Nov. 16 - 24, Nov. 30 Dec. 8, Dec. 14-22, Dec. 28 - Jan. 5, 2007
Additional tours will be offered January through mid - April 2007

The journey begins in El Paso, travels through the majestic Copper Canyon and visits the Pacific Coast resort town of Mazatlan on day four. The train next treks to the most Mexican of Mexican cities, Guadalajara, birthplace of mariachis, tequila and the Mexican hat dance.

The sixth day allows passengers an opportunity to wander through a tourist’s paradise in the Colonial heartland of Mexico at San Miguel de Allende. Day seven tours ancient ruins in Teotihuacan, with Mexico City as the backdrop for the final two days of the journey. Full details of the packed rail itinerary with side tours can be viewed on the company’s web site.

“In truth, this trip is one highlight after another, because traveling by train allows us to show our passengers the very best each day and then travel the long distances by night,” Janaky points out. “This is the only way to see so much of Mexico on a single trip, comfortably, and in grand style.”