If you are a mystery fan or a history buff then chances are you have heard of the famed Orient Express. Agatha Christie further popularized this glamorous train route from Vienna, Austria to Istanbul, Turkey with her mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express. This was considered to be one of the most luxurious routes at the time. It began its route back in 1883, and while it still exists in the name it is now called the Venice-Simplon Orient Express and runs from London to Venice and Paris to Istanbul among others. Here are some of the perks of this infamous train route.
Using original train cars from the 1920s and 1930s that still feature the art deco designs synonymous with the times, these train cars are a feast for the eyes. As you wander throughout the cars you see upholstered chairs, plush carpets and thick drapes all with geometric designs. The conductors wear authentic uniforms and you are treated like royalty as soon as you board for your journey. If you are worried about being uncomfortable then fear not as everything is designed with an eye for fashion and leisure.
The Sleeper Cars
If you opt for a Grand or Cabin suite you will be greeted with a double bed or two twins, wood-paneled walls, and bottomless champagne provided by your steward who is at your beck and call 24 hours a day. As night falls and you retire for the evening you can sit in your armchair and watch the scenery flash by and the star-speckled night. You will truly feel like you have stepped back in time and should be wearing a flapper dress draped in pearls and diamonds.
Each menu is seasonal and planned with the freshest of ingredients that are picked up to ensure that you have the best seafood, fruits, and vegetables along the way. You need some good meals for when you decide to visit the champagne bar after all. The menus often feature French cuisine and are paired with a drink menu to ensure that your meal is paired to perfection.
The original route is available but so are much shorter ones such as London to Venice, Verona to Paris, and many more. If you are looking for a luxe bucket list item and a unique way to experience Europe by train then this is the one you should consider. These routes book quickly so be sure to plan ahead and pack your designer duds.