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Belmond is offering a 6-night itinerary in Botswana hosted by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the popular The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book series. (Photo credit: Belmond)
Belmond is offering a 6-night itinerary in Botswana hosted by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the popular The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book series. (Photo credit: Belmond)

The latest news from Belmond for spring, summer and fall 2017 includes new product launches, renovations, and itineraries, in addition to the debut of expert-led journeys through Africa, Scotland, and Myanmar. With plans to double the portfolio by 2020, Belmond is well on its way with the April unveiling of the brand’s first train spa car aboard Belmond Royal Scotsman, the May debut of South America’s first luxury sleeper train, which you can read more about here, and the June launch of two new river barges to Belmond’s fleet of ships sailing Burgundy.

The Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana. (Photo credit: Belmond)
The Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana. (Photo credit: Belmond)

In an effort to provide a more immersive experience, Belmond is connecting guests with local experts and industry leaders to create one-of-a-kind authentic escapes around the globe. For example, this fall, Alexander McCall Smith, author of the popular The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book series, is returning to Botswana to host his second-annual Belmond safari. The 6-night itinerary takes place Sept. 20-26 with accommodations split evenly between Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge and Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, where McCall Smith penned several of his early novels. In between two daily game viewings, Alexander will share stories about his personal connections to Botswana—the setting for the series’ 17 books—and give guests an inside look to his upcoming books. All-inclusive rates start at 9,325 pp dbl.

Additional Expert Experiences are available June 26-30, 2017 in Scotland, where guests can hit the links with Ryder Cup champion Sam Torrance during a 4-night journey that includes the chance to play at three of Scotland’s top courses; and Oct. 7 or Oct. 11 in Myanmar, where guests can go on a 3- or 7-night mindfulness river cruise along the Ayeyarwady River, which includes the opportunity to participate in Tibetan yoga and meditation sessions as well as one-on-one coaching and on-land wellness excursions. All-inclusive rates for the Belmond Royal Scotsman’s Scottish Golf Tour With Sam Torrance start at $6,595 pp. All-inclusive rates for the Belmond Road to Mandalay mindfulness cruises start at at $2,656 pp dbl for the 3-night departure on Oct. 11 and $4,632 pp dbl for the 7-night journey departing on Oct. 7. For more information, visit belmond.com.

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