With its epic cross-European route, spanning from London to Istanbul, the Orient Express is arguably one of the most storied train lines in the world. With its beginnings around the fin de siecle and its aesthetic roots in 1920s glamour, the train has remained a popular luxury tourism hotspot well into the 21st century.
We made an interactive timeline on it, in fact.
And even through all the hype, the Orient Express definitely deserves its place at the forefront of European travel. After all, we’re talking about the train that Vanity Fair said called: “The train against which all other luxury trains are measured.”
It boasts fully-restored 1920s and ’30s carriages, French chefs, luxurious cabins attended by cabin stewards and a lot more!
If you’re looking for a venue for a party to remember, it’s also worth noting that Orient Express-affiliated trains all offer private hire. They cater for both the big gala dinners and the private sightseeing tours, although at the price point they’re based around, it’s definitely something to keep for an incredibly special occasion.
But if you keep you’re eyes peeled, they do feature special offers. Right now, they’re offering two free nights at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice if you book before 31 March. Maybe a bit of a drop in the bucket considering the prices on the world’s premier luxury train, but every little helps…
Already seen enough of southern and central Europe to last a lifetime? The Orient Express umbrella also includes classic train routes through the UK, Southeast Asia and Peru. And if you’re more in the mood for trading Europe for cross-Russia and China tours, the Trans-Siberian Railway is pretty fantastic (if maybe a bit more of a roughing-it adventure than some people might go for).
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