If you like movies and reading novels, you will surely know the famous Orient Express, which is considered the most famous train in the world and which has been the scene of several filming and inspiration for numerous books. This luxurious train has on its route numerous European cities such as Paris, Venice or Budapest. Operational since year 1883, is currently the Venice Simplon Orient Express, an exact reproduction of the original and with all the luxury of that time, without a doubt the perfect occasion to move to other times while moving from one place to another. This train is not a simple means of transport, traveling on it is already an exciting part of the holidays.
On the Orient Express you can find many influences from different periods, although the 20s perhaps they are the ones that left the most impression. Very elegant wagons in blue and gold, fully renovated cabins in the purest Art Deco style, a butler service, a spectacular restaurant to taste many delicacies while enjoying one of the most impressive mountain landscapes in Europe. Take note of the tours of the Orient Express:
– Paris-Budapest-Bucharest-Istanbul: It was the original journey and lasts 6 days, spending 5 nights on rails. It is only done once a year and from France it travels to Switzerland and Austria, spending the night in the latter country. The trip continues to Budapest, where it is also night, and from there continues to Bucharest and then cross the Danube and reach Istanbul.
– Istanbul-Bucharest-Budapest-Venice: It was also the original although its final destination was Paris and not Venice. It is also done once a year. On the first day it goes through Turkey and Bulgaria, on the second it is in Romania and the next part to Austria. In Vienna there is a stop so you can enjoy the city and after that it already leaves for Venice.
– Venice-Paris: Only 2 days and one night of travel to enjoy the charm of this train. This route runs from March to November and leaves Venice at mid-morning to arrive in Paris the next morning. Almost 24 hours of travel.
– Venice-London: Also between March and November, with a fascinating landscape like that of the Italian Dolomites or the Swiss Alps. There is a gala dinner for the only night on board. From Venice he goes to Paris and after a short stop he leaves for London thanks to the English Channel.
On any of the routes you can find individual cabins, doubles or suites, all of them with an exquisite decoration. The singles and doubles are the same size but the suites are like two joined cabins, which gives you much more space and you even have a small living room. In any of them there is 24-hour service just by ringing a bell, and there is also an individual radiator.
As for the restoration, expert chefs take care every day of preparing a menu and a menu to suit the most exquisite palates, always using fresh products to prepare any dish. There is three dining cars with menus that combine the best of French and Italian gastronomy. Finally, there is also a store where you can get various souvenirs with the image of the Orient Express.
Venice Simplon Orient Express Full Experience filmed in 4K from Venice to London (November 2023)