The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has been an icon of luxury since 1883, redefining train travel as a glamorous and decadent experience reserved only for those who could afford such opulence.
The legendary locomotive is now owned by high-end hospitality brand Belmond, and still follows the original Paris-Istanbul route, as well as others throughout Europe.
During your unforgettable journey the iconic train, you’ll be met with world-class service, magnificent food, and the finest furnishings that take you back to the golden age of travel. You’ll almost feel like you’re in an Agatha Christie novel (sans murder, of course).
French-polished cherry wood furniture and paneling, plush upholstery, and antique fixtures create an air of regal magnificence that seems like it can only be found in the 20th century.
Inside the warmly lit lavish cabins you’ll find the same timeless extravagance that embellishes the entire carriage, with glossy wood and rich fabrics of rich, glimmering colors throughout.
By day, watch the scenic landscapes of Europe pass by your window from your banquette seating, as routes are created in such a way that the train passes through the most beautiful scenery during daytime.
When night falls, your cabin will be transformed into an otherworldly bedroom by white-gloved stewards; the soft lighting and smooth sheets comforting you as the gentle rocking of the train lulls you to sleep.
Obviously, on a train as luxurious as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, each cabin has its own bathroom — including a shower — crafted from the finest materials.
Rich marble lines the walls from the sink to the polished shower, while the gold-hued sink basin ties the room together with an antique museum-like quality.
The historic main carriages of the luxury train consist of three dining cars that ooze elegance and sophistication, with Lalique glass inlays in Cote d’Azur and black lacquer panels in L’Oriental.
Plus, no journey on a luxury locomotive such as the Orient Express is complete without a brunch featuring luscious lobster and dishes adorned with edible flowers.
A resident pianist takes center stage in the glitzy Bar Car and serenades passengers with his musical expertise, while the champagne sparkles in perfectly polished flutes.