Luxury on the Orient Express

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Kumari Tilakawardane | 31 Oct, 2017

The finest cuisine, plush leather seats, your every whim catered for by crisply-uniformed staff… the world of Agatha Christie’s Orient Express sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

And you too can experience your own adventure aboard this famous train and soak in all the luxury and glamour offered on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. Sometimes real life can be even more luxurious than fiction…and of course, your trip aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient Express is sure to be more relaxing than Hercule Poirot’s!

Kenneth Branagh’s latest film is an adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most famous novels: Murder on the Orient Express. Starring an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz and Daisy Ridley, the film will bring the opulence and grandeur of the Orient Express to the big screen. To celebrate the release of the film, we took a closer look at literature’s most famous train…

From the dining car to the plush cabins, the entire locomotive exudes timeless glamour. Staff wear pristine uniforms and offer impeccable service, and the train’s interior is all wood-panelling and high-quality fabrics. Passenger carriages are at the ends of the train, with the stylish dining cars and piano bar in the middle.

Of course, dining is a real highlight. Three dining cars are designed to reflect the train’s history, and throughout the journey meals are served in all. Menus are designed to highlight the best of European cuisine, and are served with the most breath-taking views while gliding through the Swiss mountains or the Austrian countryside. From afternoon tea to cocktails and champagne in the bar, dining experiences on the Orient Express are unspeakably glamourous.

“As well as the incredible cuisine on board, the service is, of course, five-star,” says Joanne Robinson, Travel Specialist for the Inspiring Travel Company. “When you go for your evening meal your porter transforms your cabin from comfortable sitting room into overnight sleeper cabin; so when you get back you bed has been made up with luxury linen, with little extras like mints and the most comfortable blankets and slippers.”

Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express evokes much of the gleaming sophistication and outstanding décor of the train, with lots of shots of crisp white linens, elegant outfits, polished wooden panels and sparkling glasses. Of course, the film is set in the 1930s, but guests on today’s Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express still experience all this vintage glamour with added modern luxuries and conveniences.

The train’s journeys visit some of Europe’s most beguiling literary cities – from London and Venice to Paris and Verona – and any trip onboard is spent reclining in the luxury cabins and enjoying sweeping views. After a day of indulging in the most sumptuous meals of lobster, marsh lamb and caviar, spend the evening in the bar cart mingling with your fellow sharply-dressed passengers; just don’t be disappointed if there isn’t a moustachioed Belgian detective on board…

Hercule Poirot isn’t the only one who can explore the luxury cabins of the Orient Express. To start planning your own unforgettable luxury rail journey aboard the Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, get in touch with our Inspiring Travel Specialists today.