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!