Immortalised in Agatha Christie’s best-seller Murder on the Orient Express, Alfred Hitchcock’s cult film The Lady Vanishes and the wonderful James Bond thriller From Russia With Love, The Orient Express is steeped in history and has always been associated with a sense of glamour. The Orient Express was created in 1883 as a cross-continent sleeper train that brought chic europeans from Paris to as far as Istanbul in style. It was an epic journey that lasted over 80 hours and it's famous travellers included Grace Kelly and Marlene Dietrich.
In the late seventies, after a revival initiative by hotelier James Sherwood, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express was reborn in 1982. Today the train, owned by Belmond, remains as legendary and luxurious as ever, think vintage-style cabins, art deco decor, and opulent accents taking travelers back a century. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers many exciting routes for honeymooners including Paris to Istanbul, Venice to Paris and London to Paris. Imagine yourselves indulging in delicious three-course lunches and afternoon teas in a lavish Art Deco interior while gazing through the windows and admiring the mesmerising landscapes of England, France, Italy, Germany… It is one of the best ways to experience Europe!
In 2018 Belmond will open three new glitzy grand suites. The Paris suite is inspired by the French capital’s grandiose architecture and fashion, the Venice suite is influenced by the famous Venetian furniture and renaissance design and the Istanbul suite exudes the irresistible oriental charm of the Grand Bazaar.
Each of these three lavish suites boasts a bedroom, a living space with a romantic setting for private dining and an en-suite bathroom and are perfect for a romantic hoenymoon. The service is impeccable, the interiors are majestic and Champagne is, of course, free-flowing. Not to mention the menus masterfully crafted by train’s Executive Chef Christian Bodiguel and his team. And when you want to hang out in a lounge, enjoy a glass of bubbly at the Champagne Bar which is designed in classic 1920s style. Here, you can taste some amazing vintage wines such as Taittinger, Laurent Perrier Rose and Louis Roeder Cristal – all perfectly cooled and served in glistening crystal glasses.
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