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About the Majestic Train de Luxe
The Austro-Hungarian Empire has vanished into the mists of time, leaving only fading memories, ornate architecture - and this lovingly re-created Imperial Train, The Majestic Train de Luxe.
As you approach the Majestic Train de luxe, the atmosphere of the past is redolent of romance and mystery. On boarding, one's breath is taken away by the sumptuous elegance of a bygone era.
These luxury carriages are based on the imperial train of the Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi), the Imperial Express. Surrounded by the splendour of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, one can absorb the magic of days gone by. Sisi's favourite colour was blue, which is used in the carriage named after her, whilst other carriages sport rich golds or deep greens, wood-carved Italian chairs and paintings of the Royal family. The ambiance created by these carriages during the day, turns into a romantic setting by night..
Accommodation, Majestic Train de Luxe
The Ambassador Car. Ambassador seats up to 36 guests for fine dining and features a beautiful piano bar. Part of the original curtain of the Emperor's balcony at the Vienna State Opera is prominently displayed, featuring the hand woven crest of the Monarch.
The Salon Elisabeth. Salon Elisabeth has 24 dining seats in the salon and 24 luxury compartment seats in 4 private compartments and is named for the legendary Empress Elisabeth, lovingly known as "Sissy", the travelling Empress. The original curtain from the Emperor's balcony in the Vienna State Opera hangs in the Salon, with freshwater pearls from the Danube.
Equipage. Equipage seats 36 guests, and has a bar. The curtains are the same as at the Schönbrunn Castle, the summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. Tables and chairs can be moved as required, for lectures, a ballroom dance floor or other arrangement of choice.
Excelsior Car. Excelsior replicates a carriage in the original Imperial Train and affords a 360 degree panoramic view. There is seating for up to 43 guests as well as a bar and a dance floor. The original mirror of Empress Elisabeth's carriage hangs in Excelsior.
Salon 1. Salon 1 is a replica of Emperor Franz Josef I's 1905 parlour car designed for up to 14 people. It was manufactured in Prague by Ringhofer-Smichow, which also constructed the original Imperial Train in 1891. Amenities include 14 dinner seats and 18 regular seats in the coupés. There is a bar, a cloakroom and two lavatories. The additional 18 seats in 3 luxury compartments exude cosiness, known as "Gemütlichkeit", for which Austria's coffee-houses are famous. Here too there is a 360 panoramic view.
Itineraries Majestic Train de Luxe - 2019
Imperial Adriatic Days
A luxurious voyage that is full of nostalgia as the Majestic Imperial Train travels from Vienna to Opatija (Croatia). This historical route across the Semmering mountains to the Adriatic coast is an experience not be to missed. On arrival in the ancient town of Opatija, one has four days to explore this area and relax on the beach
Included: Welcome drinks (sparkling wine) and a light meal on the way to Opatija; luggage transfer to the hotel; 4 nights at the Hotel Miramar (according to booking category with half board); luggage transfer and a gourmet dinner on the return journey to Vienna.
Departure: 08.00hrs on 3 April, Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station. Arrival back: 20.00hrs on 7 April Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Dates and Prices 2020
To be advised.
World Cultural Heritage – The Semmering Railway
Following a reception in Vienna Station, this journey, along the legendary southern railway line of Carl von Ghega, takes you via impressive viaducts to the World Heritage Site of Semmering. It has been in use for over 150 years and still impresses the traveller with the varied landscape, the typical style of the mansions and the characteristic sequence of viaducts and tunnel constructions. After a musical greeting at the platform Mürzzuschlag, visit the Railway Museum Mürzzuschlag for an in-depth history of the railway.
Included: Champagne reception; train ride; 2-course menu on the way; snack on the return trip including table drinks on board; museum entrance; entertainment
Departure: 10.00 hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station, arrival Mürzzuschlag 12:30 hrs. Depart 14:30 hrs. Arrival: 17.00 hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Dates and Prices 2019
11 September. From € 255pp
Castle Hof in the Advent Season
What better way to arrive at a Christmas market than by a luxurious train. The historical Meierhof of the imperial Castle Hof presents itself as the venue for a traditional Christmas market with a wonderful festive atmosphere. There is a guided tour of The imperial Schloss Hof, which was built for Prince Eugene of Savoy and is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture. A Christmas concert of the Marchfeld philharmonic orchestra, held in the main ballroom, will get you in the mood for the peaceful season of the year.
Included: Champagne welcome; Christmas journey with brunch and drinks; bus transfer and entrance to the castle; guided tour of the castle with a concert; visit to the Christmas market in the grounds with a voucher for a drink; return journey to Vienna whilst enjoying a delicious two course dinner; all drinks consumed on the train, except spirits.
Departs Franz Josefs Bahnhof at 11:00hrs, arriving back at 20:00hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before. *Minimum numbers to operate.
Dates and Prices 2019
December 7. € 262 per person*
Majestic Train de Luxe New Year
Vienna, the city of light and of waltzes, of past glories and present celebrations - the Christmas markets are still in full swing. Then an evening to remember! What a way to celebrate the dawning of 2019, on the Majestic Train de Luxe!
The elegance of evening dress lends to the magical setting, whilst to the accompaniment of Strauss waltzes, the train circles Vienna with a multi-course gala dinner.
The Majestic Train de Luxe stops on a bridge over the Danube, just before the clocks chime midnight, to watch the fantastic firework displays in the skies over this wonderful Austrian city. Finally with the traditional "Alles Walzer" being called out and the music of the inspired waltz 'By the Beautiful Blue Danube' starting up, dancing into the New Year is the perfect start, as the train slowly returns to Franz-Josefs station.
Departs Franz Josefs Bahnhof at 19:30hrs, arriving back at 02:15hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before. *Minimum numbers to operate.
Dates and Prices 2019
December 31. € 398 per person
Private Train Charters, Majestic Train de Luxe
The Majestic Train de Luxe caters for private and corporate groups from 20 (or less) to up to 150 guests. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional heritage carriages. The carriages are built to modern standards, allowing one or more to be attached to regular scheduled trains for smaller groups.
In addition to the photos in the gallery at the top of this page, there are many more images here showing the Majestic Train de Luxe (also known as Majestic Imperator) in its full glory. Photos include layouts of cabins and seating. See more Majestic Imperator images
Numbers: some of the Majestic Train de Luxe journeys operate a minimum number of participants: 60/70 persons*. The right for possible scheduling changes is reserved.
Beverages: included except for spirits.
Times: all approximate until confirmed by the authorities
Unforeseen events/changes: itineraries, routes and times may change at any time for reasons outside the control of the train company. Every effort will be made by train staff to minimise any impact; the Luxury Train Club cannot accept any responsibility for any changes. The Club aims to keep itineraries as up to date as possible.
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