Since its inaugural journey in 1883 the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has earned renown as the world’s most glamorous train carrying 188 guests in sophisticated style. Ornate carriages, sumptuous cuisine and attentive personal service make it one of the world’s finest luxury travel experiences. Impeccably restored private compartments are converted each evening by a steward into a luxurious bedroom with washbasin cabinet.
The train’s classic journey runs from London via Paris to Venice, or you may choose to pursue a different chapter in history with an itinerary taking in the sights of Istanbul, Budapest, Prague or Vienna.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express cars are the original 1920s models. Each cabin has a washbasin, hot and cold water, towels, bathrobes and slippers. Many cabins have adjoining doors and can be converted to ‘Cabin Suites’. WC’s are located at either or both ends of each sleeping car.
The three restaurant cars offer a truly magical dining experience, from scenic lunches to romantic dinners. The “Etoile du Nord” restaurant car is resplendent with its wonderful floral marquetry, the “Côte d’Azur” features stunning Lalique glass panels and the black lacquer decoration in “L’Oriental” strikes an exotic note. Gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. During the day, smart casual is expected, excluding jeans and sport shoes.
The Bar Car
A glamorous setting for pre-dinner drinks and cocktails with your fellow guests, or a nightcap before retiring to your cabin. Enjoy the evocative sound of the baby grand piano, played by the resident pianist.
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