The Iconic Orient Express Debuts New Routes Across Europe
If you didn't have the gleaming Orient Express on your travel list, now there are a few more reasons to add it.
Officially called the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the historic train, popularized by Agatha Christie's 1934 novel "Murder on the Orient Express," originally ran between Paris and Istanbul.
But, over the decades, the routes (and operators) changed.
The current version of the train is operated by Belmond, offering dozens of itineraries across Europe, ranging from one to five nights.
And Belmond just added five more stops on some of its iconic routes.
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These routes cover from Rome to Paris via Florence, from Amsterdam to Venice via Paris, and from Geneva to Venice via the beautiful Brenner Pass in the Alps.
Ultimately, these trips add five new cities to train boarding points: Rome, Florence, Geneva, Brussels, and Amsterdam.
If that wasn't enough, Belmond is also launching three new Grand Suites, named Vienna, Prague, and Budapest, aboard the train, which currently features 17 luxurious Art Deco carriages restored to 1920s glory by the design firm. Wimberley Interiors.
The train now has six Grand Suites, each with 24/7 butler service and endless champagne.
As one of the most luxurious trains in the world, a ride on the Orient Express doesn't come cheap - fares start at around $ 3,600 per person for an overnight trip, and that's just for a standard (albeit nice) cabin.
There is only one small pandemic problem to deal with: most of Europe is not yet open to American tourists, so you may have to wait before booking your dream trip on the Orient Express. B
ut that doesn't mean you can't dream about it!
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