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Venice Simplon- Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

London, The UK

One of the most celebrated rail journeys in the world, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a memorable trip. The train has been lovingly restored in Art Deco style, with polished wood and sumptuous upholstery throughout. It consists of 83 cabins, with a bathroom on either side of each carriage, a nod toward how the train was during the 1920s. 

Within each cabin, there is a small vanity unit complete with a wash basin. There are no showers in the cabins excluding the three suites. Each carriage has a dedicated steward on hand to assist throughout the journey. There are three dining cabins where lunch and dinner are served as well as a Champagne Bar and Bar Car with a resident pianist. Dressing up is encouraged, and you can never be too over dressed on board.

OUR RATING: First Class

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One of the most celebrated train journeys in the world, a trip on the Orient is like transporting back in time to the heyday of 1920s rail travel.

Rooms

Carriages contain nine twin cabins with a shared bathroom on either side. None of the cabins have shower facilities. Within the cabin there is a banquette and a table as well as a washbasin and towels. Each cabin is decorated in Art Deco style with highly polished designed wood paneling. While you are having dinner, your cabin steward will transform the sofa into a bedroom with single bunk beds. Two interconnecting twin cabins become a cabin suite which are double the size of the standard cabins and have a banquette at one side and single bunk beds on the other side. There are three suites on board the train which are the size of three standard cabins. The three suites have their own bathroom and shower.

You'll be given keys for your cabin. Wi-Fi is available throughout the train.

Location

Starting in London you’ll board the British Pullman until Folkestone and then cross the English Channel to Calais where you’ll board the Orient Express which then begins its journey across France to Paris, where you can choose to disembark or continue your journey overnight to Venice.

Food and drink

There are three dining carriages on the train, and you will be allocated which you will eat in for each meal. There are two sittings for each meal. Food served is prepared on board with French Chefs. Menus are set menus and are included in your booking. Any drink costs are extra.

Facilities and activities

There is an on-board boutique shop which is located close to the Bar Car 3674 where you can purchase Orient Express memorabilia.

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