Although slower than a supersonic jet, this remains the most beautiful trip you can make in life. A unique experience, intended for a select few (due to the cost), but which makes many dream.
The trip aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (ex Orient Express), the most luxurious train and iconic of the world, it is an incredible experience. Nobles, Heads of State, crowned heads – when they don’t have a train of their own – travel there, VIPs and some influencers who can afford it (Chiara Ferragni was also there recently who never misses anything) This wonderful train allows travelers to take a step back in time, in an era of nostalgic and timeless charm and limitless glamor.
Just open the doors of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to go back to the roaring Twenties, when, in the wagons lined with velvets and silk, elegant bejeweled ladies paraded in their long and refined dresses, and gentlemen in tuxedos to toast with rivers of Champagne and play cards until dawn.
Today, as then, this train is of incredible charm and the luxury of the furnishings and finishes on board are unparalleled.
As if that were not enough, the Orient Express will soon be even more luxurious and will change the design of many of its suites that will be even more glamorous.
The new suites on board
From next June, they will be on board the very elegant Venice Simplon-Orient-Express eight new suiteseven more opulent and with rooms pervaded by history, treated with the utmost respect for
preserve the craftsmanship of the 1920s and 1930s.
Two original carriages have been restored by expert French craftsmen and designers, who have reinvented the spaces on board the train maintaining the look and allure of the golden age of travel. The design immerses guests in an experience that combines the iconic history of the train with modern comfort with furniture by Majorelle, Lalique and so on.
The new suites with historic charm will have a private marble bathroom and a relaxation area for the day, which at night will be converted into a double bed or two single beds.
The furnishings of the new suites are inspired by landscapes that the train has been crossing for centuries and that can be admired from the windows. From this inspiration, French artisans shaped the influences in four different designs: La Campagne (the countryside), Les Montagnes (the mountains), Les Lacs (the lakes) and La Forêt (the forest).
La Forêt suites are inspired by the Black Forest, Germany, which you cross when traveling from Prague to Paris on the Orient Express.
La Campagne suites are covered in green velvets and intricate floral inlays. Here, the inspiration was that of the pastures and vineyards of Northern Italy and Southern France.
The design of the Les Montagnes suites reflects the towering peaks of Austria from the classic journey to Venice, while the motif of the Les Lacs suites reflects the beauty of the many lakes that meet along the way, from Lake Zug in Switzerland. at Lake Como, Italy.
A Grand Suite will have a private bathroom complete with a shower, double beds that can be converted into single beds and one
living area where you can have meals in private washed down by rivers of Champagne (unlimited).
The classic historic cabins, on the other hand, remain a treasure suspended in time, magically transforming from a day lounge to comfortable bunks with bunk beds for the night.
The history of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The Simplon Orient began traveling in 1906 when the London-Calais-Paris-Lausanne-Milan connection was inaugurated through the new Simplon tunnel, with terminus a Venice.
An alternative route to the original one, which included the transit through Strasbourg, Vienna, Romania and Bulgaria up to ancient Constantinople, with the last stretch by ferry.
The golden age of the Orient Express refers to the Thirties, which saw three connections in operation at the same time: the third is theArlberg-Orient Express via Innsbruck, Vienna, Budapest and Athens.
A truly legendary train, which seems to have stood still over time. In fact, what is particularly striking about this exceptional means of transport is that the original splendor emerges in every detail: the precious inlays, the glass panels and the lacquer wax decorations particularly embellish the three dining cars, where you can enjoy refined cuisine amidst period furnishings. Not missing one bar carriage complete with a pianist to make passengers’ stay on board more sophisticated.
The services of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
An adventure, among other things, characterized by a unsurpassed service, exclusive furnishings and authentic attention to passengers. After all, here the art of travel has reached its peak.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express routes and prices
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels across Europe stopping in gaps in the most beautiful cities. It arrives in Prague, Paris and Cannes, Florence, Venice, Rome and Verona, Vienna, Innsbruck, Budapest, Bucharest, Geneva, Brussels and Amsterdam, as well as the iconic route between Paris and Istanbul traveled once a year between March and November
The cost of the suites is £ 5,500 (about 6,500 euros at current exchange rates) and, in addition to super-luxury accommodation and meals, includes a 24-hour personal cabin steward, marble bathrooms, dedicated amenities, complimentary kimonos and slippers to relax in your suite and read a good Hercule-style book Poirot.
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