To celebrate the release of Paddington 2 and Belmond British Pullman’s role in the film, Belmond has created ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ travel packages to the bear’s homeland, Peru.
From marmalade treats served on a rooftop overlooking Lima’s beachfront, to spotting where Peruvian oranges grow along the route to Machu Picchu, travelling with Belmond provides inspiration to fill Paddington’s travel scrapbook.
Postcards from Peru
The new 4- and 7-night packages begin in Lima – where Paddington’s Aunt Lucy lives – at Belmond Miraflores Park, which overlooks the seafront and promenade.
From Lima, the journey takes guests to Cusco, and Belmond Hotel Monasterio. Families can explore the city on foot or spend time meandering through the hotel’s courtyard and walkways, stopping to make a wish at the 300-year-old cedar tree and fountain.
After a day of sightseeing, children are invited to make bear-shaped cookies with the chef. Next on the itinerary is a journey to Machu Picchu aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham, the country’s 1920s-inspired vintage train. Just as Paddington arrived into London by train, families will arrive by rail to the heart of the Inca Empire.
Passengers will be gifted a special jar of organic marmalade with a map to spot where the Peruvian oranges are grown along route.
Before taking the train back down from Machu Picchu, guests spend a night at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel to be situated at the gates of the ancient citadel and overlooking the sacred peaks. Hidden within the tropical plantation and garden terrace are jars of marmalade, waiting to be discovered by mini explorers.
Guests on the longer 7-night package are transported to the heart of the Sacred Valley and Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, located on the shores of the Urubamba River. A Paddington-themed ‘movies under the stars’ night offers family fun by the river, with woollen blankets, popcorn waiter service and a dessert bar inspired by the film provided.
Month of the movies
During November and December 2017, guests will be able to join Paddington-themed activities that take place daily across Belmond’s Peruvian portfolio. At Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, families can enjoy a Paddington-afternoon tea time in the hotel’s ‘secret garden’. All activities are offered complimentary to guests staying overnight at any of the 6 hotels and/or travelling aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham.
Travel closer to home
Belmond British Pullman, the day train that plays a role in the sequel, offers Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys departing London Victoria Station on 2 December 2017, 16 February 2018 and 7 April 2018. Prices start from £550, based on two adults and two children (under 16) travelling together.
The 4-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $3158 per person and includes one night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Monasterio on B&B, and one-night full board at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, with one day-train journey aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham and entrance to Machu
Picchu, Paddington-themed activities across properties, transfers, and sightseeing tours, and is valid for travel from now through 2018. The package does not include international and domestic flights, airport departure taxes and travel insurance. Prices per child are on request.
The 7-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $4804 and includes the above, plus a second night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado on B&B, and return domestic flights, Lima/Cusco.