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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

To travel on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is to step back in time to the best that train travel had to offer in the 1920s. It is the quality of the décor (exquisite art deco marquetry and glass panels, and generous armchair seats in the three dining-cars), service and food that distinguishes the train.

Cabins with comfortable upper and lower beds are identically sized with washbasin in a cupboard, but two can be connected to give more space. To the surprise of some who have not read a full description of the train, lavatories are at the end of the corridor, and there are no showers; passengers are buying an authentic experience of period travel. The bar car with piano is the social hub of the train, and there is a small shop of tasteful souvenirs.

The food – refined French cuisine – is to Michelin-star standard, and the meals, served with silverware, crystal glass and starched napery, are the highlight for many passengers. All meals are provided, and a continental breakfast is served in the cabins.

  LONDON - VENICE



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