A name that is interwoven in romance and intrigue, the Orient Express is the very zenith of luxury travel. History, elegance, style, decadence, this grand lady of European junkets has played hostess to royalty and movie stars, created the settings for Agatha Christie and Bram Stoker and has captured the imagination of millions. Even James Bond travelled to Russia with love via the Orient Express.
And now it's your turn. Four days, three cities, one trip of a lifetime.
You and your elite hen party will experience the ultimate in 1st class travel as we take you from London via Paris and on to Venice. You'll enjoy three of the world's most glamorous cities, all from the sumptuous splendour of the world's most iconic train.
You'll board the splendid British Pullman train and be greeted with a Bellini and brunch. Then it's all aboard as you cut through the Kent countryside and the fields of northern France. At Calais you’ll board the spectacular blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon Orient Express en route to Paris. You can dine on Britany lobsters or salt marsh lamb before retiring to the cocktail lounge where a pianist will play as you sip fine drinks.
Finally, you can settle into your wood panelled cabins, the ever attentive staff will be on hand to ensure your comfort.
“Kings and crooks, millionaires and refugees, big-game hunters and smugglers, prima donnas and courtesans travelled on it; tycoons and financiers clinched their deals across its sumptuous dining tables; diplomats, spies, and revolutionaries on board the train moved secretively to their moments of history.”
E.H. Cookridge Orient Express: The Life and Times of the World's Most Famous Train
The second day of your journey will begin with breakfast served in your cabin as the impressive Alps scenery unfolds outside your window.
An elegant lunch will be served in the buffet cars as you travel through Italy, passing a miasma of vineyards, olive groves, fields and villages, through the Italian Dolomites before afternoon tea as you arrive in Venice, crossing the Venetian Lagoon.
Breakfast will be served on Venice’s highest roof with unparalleled views across arguably Europe’s most romantic city. Your own personal guide will then take you on a tour of the city including priority entrance to Doge’s Palace, the former home of Venice’s rulers and a treasure trove of art, antiques and also home to a notorious torture chamber.
After breakfast, Venice is yours to explore. Stroll through St Mark’s Square, view the work of street artists, or seek out the perfect gelato. You’ll then enjoy a water taxi to the airport and a chauffeur will be waiting for you on arrival to transport you safely home.
Since 1883 the Orient Express has been the very pinnacle of elite luxury travel, originally travelling from London to Athens and Istanbul, kings, queens, spies, rogues and vagabonds have all enjoyed it's elegance. King Leopold II rode the train to Istanbul in order to pay a "special visit" to the harem of a local merchant, while the King of Belgium insisted he be allowed to drive the train as it passed through his kingdom.
Robert Baden-Powell (founder of the boy scout movement) rode on the "Spy Express" as a secret agent for the British Government, with many spies using the train as not only did it give them a perfect cover to cross borders but also meant they got to do so in style.
In 1918 the treaty and German surrender that marked the end of the First World War was signed on a carriage of the Orient Express which was then kept on display in Paris and later captured by Hitler who had it destroyed.
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