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
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.”