A journey on the Orient Express between the great European cities is filled with Romance, excitement and pure pleasure. The adventures of celebrated historic personalities and famous figures are still palpable today, held in the original 1920s carriages with their Lalique glass panels, wood burning stoves and Art Deco marquetry.
October 1883 was a landmark moment in railway history as it saw the launch of the original Orient Express. Leaving from Paris, it steamed through the Alps, Budapest and Bucharest to Constantinople, the city from which Agatha Christie’s character Detective Hercule Poirot began his mysterious journey.
Packed with grandees and unheard of luxuries such as soap by the washbasins, reports swiftly came back of its exquisite food, excellent wine and impeccable service.
This legendary train continued to carry kings, celebrities and shady characters between great European cities up until its 1920s heyday. Many of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’s current carriages date from this era.
Today, the carefully restored carriages of the original Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train continue to take passengers across Europe in exquisite surroundings on one of the most celebrated and romantic journeys in the world.
The world of the Orient-Express is now truly international and not just limited to Europe anymore as passengers can enjoy a similar luxury experience on board the British Pullman and Northern Belle day trains around the United Kingdom, The Royal Scotsman luxury train in the Scottish Highlands, Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train in South East Asia and the Hiram Bingham which takes you on a breathtaking journey through the Peruvian mountains.
A journey on any of the Orient-Express trains will take you back in time allowing you to experience the glamour and romance of travel all over again. Nowhere else is the saying “the journey is the destination” more true than on one of these magical trains.
If you would like more information on any of the Orient Express trains please contact me today and I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have or design an unforgettable journey just for you.
May all your travels stir your soul and change your life forever – Ales.