The Venice Simplon Orient Express, the Most Romantic Railway Holiday in the World?
The Venice Simplon Orient Express is the current incarnation of the worlds’ most luxurious hotel train made famous in books such as Murder on the Orient Express and Vanity Fair. So whether it’s special occasion such as a wedding anniversary or birthday or simply the holiday of a lifetime, why not consider a night or two on the world’s most luxurious train?
London to Venice: This is the classic route and may be taken in either direction, although many opt for a London departure.
Day one starts at London’s Victoria station as passengers board the classic British Pullman carriages to enjoy a luxury brunch as the train pulls through the Kentish countryside and on to the English Channel.
After crossing the channel passengers join the Orient Express itself, those travelling on the train will have the benefit of a personal steward who will attend to every need and whim, as well as seeing that the private cabin is converted from day to night time configuration. Day one is finished in style with a four course dinner in one of the dinning cars and perhaps drinks afterwards in the bar.
Passengers wake in the splendour of the Swiss Alps on day two, breakfast is served in the comfort of one’s cabin at a convenient time, after which coffee may be taken the bar as the splendour of the alpine landscape roles by. Another highlight of the journey is the splendid three course lunch served in one of the dinning cars, this time against backdrop of the Italian Dolomites. The final leg of the journey is completed with afternoon tea served in the comfort of one’s cabin as the train males its way on through the Brenner Pass and across the Venetian Lagoon into St Lucia station.
While this is the classic journey and probably the most popular, there are also a wide range of other journeys available including the day train from London to Paris and the epic six day journey which leaves just once a year between Paris and Istanbul.
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