The summer is fast approaching and inter-railing season is upon us. While the majority of people who decide to travel by train around Europe do so on a budget, this glamorous train could have many of us scraping the money bank in the hopes of affording a ticket.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express may not be the quickest way to get from A to B, but it’s definitely the most spectacular.
Eighteen carriages long, this luxurious liner can hold up to 180 passengers, all of whom can indulge in one of the train’s three restaurants, a boutique and a bar where a pianist takes us back to the past, serenading diners in all their finery.
You can take the train from Venice to Paris for the ultimate romantic route and experience a 3-course lunch on delicate china. Be sure to bring your appetite because you can also enjoy afternoon tea and sit down to the most elegant of dinners with a tasting menu on board.
Even though the food in itself is enough of a reason to book a seat on board, the train’s suites are what really sells the experience. Featuring wood marquetry, sumptuous textiles, and bespoke design touches, these suites are the epitome of luxury.
Inspired by the train’s heyday in the 1920’s and 1930’s, this is the most magnificent way to experience the Orient Express and the ultimate way to travel.
The train is described on the official Belmond website as “an icon of art deco design”, with visitors encouraged to “rekindle the romance of the rails as you travel between Europe’s most captivating cities”.
Now, we know what you’re thinking. How much does this experience cost. Well, if you want to experience the full majesty of the Orient Express, a suite will set you back about €6,379 per person. It’s definitely more of a once-in-a-lifetime treat.
For more information about this fabulous mode of transport, visit belmond.com.