The Golden Age of Travel

Written by Thursday, 24 March 2022

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You begin your journey with anticipation and excitement as you make your way along the platform, taking a moment to admire the train in its full splendor. An uncontested icon of the rails, this train has long captured the hearts and imaginations of storied guests. You board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express early evening in Paris, where a steward in blue and gold livery waves with a white-gloved hand, welcoming you on board. As you step aboard the most sophisticated and luxurious train in Europe, you are whisked back to an age of timeless nostalgia. Authentic vintage carriages evoke the glamour of travel in the 1920s and 1930s.

You settle into your private cabin and explore the train before dinner. Three elegant dining carriages exude culinary sophistication, from Lalique glass inlays in Cote d’Azur to black lacquer panels in L’Oriental. For pre-dinner cocktails and a lively start to the evening, you find yourself at Bar 3674, the social hub of the train. Here you’ll find the head barman creating signature cocktails while a pianist plays. You may also find yourself at the champagne bar, sampling a selection of vintage chilled Champagnes. When you are ready, an exquisite four-course dinner is served.   

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As late evening approaches, you bask in the indulgence of the most beautiful suite, adorned with art-deco details and French-polished cherry wood. In this bespoke set of carriages, where bygone glamour and luxury remain, a feeling of unfinished adventure still lingers in the air. As you drift to sleep, you gently traverse what feels like a French dream and an Italian fantasy.

The next morning, you enjoy a lavish breakfast in your cabin while admiring stunning countryside views. You excitedly prepare for the day ahead, then savor a leisurely brunch in the dining cars. The Venice-Simplon Orient Express has not only connected you between two of the most romantic and storied destinations, it has helped you embrace your love of the journey.

For additional information on the VSOE, visit belmond.com/trains/europe/venice-simplon-orient-express/ 

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