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«Orient Express»: Fabular Carriages for over 125 years

Sunday, 01 November 2009

orient expressOrient Express is not only acknowledged as the expensive vehicle to travel. It is the legendary wheeled-hotel symbolizing the European luxury tourism! Luxemag offers you an invitation for the virtual voyage on the legendary rolling stock. Ladies and gentlemen take your seats, please, and we depart!

Antique wagons

In 1883 the private company «Venice Simplon Orient Express» started off the first trip of the Orient Express. And the train was afforded only by the wealthy customers only. Only 40 compartments were provided styled as halls of the luxury palace with all those accessories, like doors made of polished wood, velvet sofas, crystal bras, silk wallpapers, and carpets and laced curtains. The most noticeable thing of the interior was the basin with cold and hot water that greatly impressed the first travelers of the Express on the route from the fashionable Paris to exotic Istanbul.

Among the passengers of the XX century were found rather exotic figures like Arab sheikhs, Balkan dukes, Russian earls, American businessmen and spoilt European fine ladies with the whole court of servants.

One of the most devoted fellows of the legendary train is Jules Verne who sometime back mentioned about the phenomenon train in his novel «Around the World in 80 Days», and Agatha Christie who artistically recreated the mystic traveling atmosphere in her thrilling crime story «Murder on the «Orient Express».

The exquisite compartments of the train were greatly loved by the actress Marlene Dietrich, the dancer Mata Hari, the actor Jean Marais, the politic leaders Mustafa Ataturk, Charles de Gaulle and Nikita Khrushev, yet the regular customers made by the Queen Elizabeth II.

In the current time the Orient Express is the exclusive wagons a la 1920 and that were recreated following the ancient drawing for 11 million GBR pound sterling. The design of the schemes shows the dominance of vintage style art-deco with typical elements of handicraft and decorative ivory elements, brassy and ornamental minerals.

Furthermore, thanks to the creative engineering design by «Venice Simplon Orient Express» Company the train became more luxury with every season. Currently the Express is made of 11 sleeping-cars with 87 coupes, 14 separate compartments, and 3 dining-cars served by the French chief cooks («Lalique» carriage for 36 rooms, «Chinoise» or 36 rooms and «Etoile du Nord» for 34 rooms) with the fashionable wagon boutique!

During the voyage the travelers are entertained by illusionists, musicians and photographers. A single customer is given the bunch of flowers, the nominal welcome letter and a glass of champagne on the silver tray, the same as one hundred years ago!


«Orient Express» was often served as the movie set for Hollywood films, from the series of Bondiana From Russia with Love from 1963 and to several adaptations of the «Murder on the Orient Express, yet the most popular release of the movie was the version of 1974 featuring Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery winning the Oscar.

This year Chanel Fashion House also referred to the luxury rail way voyage and launched the new commercial clip Chanel 5 when the fatal beauty Audrey Tautou accidentally face a seductive stranger in the Orient Express and they meet in Istanbul hardly losing each other. During several minutes while the clip runs the public is shown the interior of the most ancient luxury train of the world.

Highly demanded routes

As reported by the Fashion Travel, the tour on the Orient Express may be reserved from any dates from March to November, while in the other seasons the train is not used for weather conditions.

Once the travelers decide for the Orient Express, they are offered several dozens of routes by the «Venice Simplon Orient Express» throughout the continental Europe. The most popular directions are London-Paris-Venice costing $3 120 USD, while Venice-Paris ticket costs $2 600 USD and the ticket London-Paris costs $ 960 USD.

If you intend to travel to Istanbul, opt for the longest route Paris- Budapest-Bucharest-Istanbul with the ticket costing $9 190 USD and you are offered the adventure with evidence of crime and brainteasers by Agatha Christie which is the corporate gift for all travelers.

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