World-famous Venice Simplon Orient Express
The King of Trains… you truly feel you are living in a different era of elegance
Sample the luxury of the famous Orient Express on both the sumptuous British and European trains; you truly feel you are living in a different era of elegance from the moment your luggage is whisked away from you at Victoria Station in London and you are welcomed with a glass of champagne. This is a unique rail journey from London to Venice, and several other European destination_blogs.
The ‘new’ Orient Express…
The trains have received the most dramatic restoration, particularly the interiors with polished wood panels and veneers, inlaid with various designs and shades for each car. Many of the authentic Wagons-Lits carriages used in Europe date from the 1920s, many being built in Birmingham. The British Pullmans which operate in and out of Victoria have also been perfectly restored from former luxurious carriages that used to run in famous Pullman trains throughout Britain.
The Classic Rail Experience from London to Venice
The most famous classic journey from London to Venice takes a day and a half to complete. After enjoying a wonderful lunch on the Pullman from Victoria to the channel port you are transferred by luxury coach through the channel tunnel. The quarter of a mile long continental Wagons-Lits Orient Express train awaits you at Calais, with its gleaming, royal blue paintwork topped by snow-white roofs, and lined with brass lettering.
The train crosses five frontiers, changing the locomotive that pulls it at the border of each country. Enjoy a drink in the bar car to the sound of the baby grand piano, with soft lighting, art deco fixtures and rich wood panelling creating a scene and atmosphere straight from Agatha Christie. Most people make an effort to dress formally if not in 30s style! You have dinner in one of several sumptuous dining cars; service is attentive and unobtrusive, with incredible standards of food preparation.
Continental breakfast is served in your cabin and by noon the train is travelling through Austria. A splendid lunch is served while travelling towards the Italian border; Afternoon tea is served later and soon you get a magical glimpse of beautiful Venice before you cross the famous causeway into Venice Santa Lucia Station. VSOE now operate to several other destination_blogs throughout Europe – ask me for details.
Day Trips – Far East – Northern Belle Pullman – The Royal Scotsman
Many day trips are also available on the Orient Express (and another UK Pullman train called Northern Belle based in the North) from various UK stations throughout the year. Orient Express also operates another famous train, The Royal Scotsman, with luxurious journeys around Scotland and a ‘Round Britain’ itinerary. Their Luxury Eastern & Oriental Express in the Far East operates between Bangkok and Singapore and other destination_blogs in those areas.
For further information about the many wonderful Orient Express packages and various destination_blogs available– including possible combination with an ultra luxury cruise, please contact me.
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Photo: Steward and Wagons-Lits coaches ready at Calais (RG) 120