Arrivals & Departures Paddington's journeys: Trips inspired by Peru’s famous bear

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The Belmond British Pullman train has a starring role in the forthcoming Paddington movie sequel, and to celebrate, Belmond has released travel packages honouring the famous bear’s homeland, Peru.

The new family-friendly packages, A Bear’s Life with Belmond, offers not only luxury trains journeys and stays but also an eclectic mix of activities for the kids, from marmalade treats served on a rooftop overlooking Lima’s beachfront to spotting where Peruvian oranges growing along the route to Machu Picchu.

The four and seven-night packages begin in Lima — where Paddington’s Aunt Lucy lives — at the Belmond Miraflores Park, where the kids can eat marmalade breakfast treats and get into character with their own red bush hat.

From Lima, the journey takes guests to Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco before journeying to Machu Picchu aboard the 1920s-inspired Belmond Hiram Bingham train.

Passengers receive a jar of organic marmalade with a map to spot where Peruvian oranges are grown along route.

Before taking the train back down from Machu Picchu, guests spend a night at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge at the gates of the ancient citadel.

Guests on the longer seven-night package spend time at the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, on the shores of the Urubamba River. A Paddington-themed movies under the stars night offers family fun.

If you can’t make it to South America but are in London, luxury day train the Belmond British Pullman will offer steam-hauled Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys departing from London Victoria Station on December 2, February 16 and April 7. 

Paddington 2 is released in Australian cinemas on December 21. 

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