Dinner on the Venice Simplon Orient Express (Pullman car 'Audrey') in October 2008, then a night at the Ritz...

Buy Orient Express tickets:

  020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com

1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  0800 002 034 or see  website.

   

What is the Venice Simplon Orient Express & where does it run? 

The Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) is a privately-run train of beautifully-restored 1920s, 30s & 50s coaches, providing a classic luxury train experience between London, Paris, Innsbruck, Verona & Venice.  The journey from London to Venice takes 24 hours and costs £1,990 per person one way, including meals.  It's actually two trains, a historic British Pullman train from London to Folkestone and a Continental train of classic 1920s sleeping-cars from Calais to Paris & Venice.  The Venice Simplon Orient Express runs on its main London-Paris-Venice route roughly once a week between March & November, but it also runs occasional trips to Rome, Krakow, Budapest and even Istanbul (once a year, in August).  It is run by Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) Limited, part of Belmond, who also operate the equally luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok, the Royal Scotsman cruise train and the PeruRail trains to Machu Picchu.  The VSOE should not be confused with the real Orient Express, the true descendant of the original 1883 Orient Express, a regular scheduled train which was finally withdrawn on 12 December 2009, see here for an explanation.  But if you can afford it, the Venice Simplon Orient Express is the most romantic and luxurious way to reach Venice, and its vintage carriages are a piece of history in themselves.  The food & on-board service are truly world class.  Unlike many expensive tourist experiences, this train really does live up to its five-star and you won't be disappointed.

  Orient Express schedule & prices   

  How to buy tickets

  Is it really worth £1,990 per person?

  What's a trip the Orient Express like?  

  What's the scenery like?  

  History of the Orient Express

  Run by the same people: Eastern & Oriental Express  Royal Scotsman

Orient Express timetable & departure dates...

 London ► Paris ► Venice

 

 

 Venice ► Paris ► London   

 Venice Simplon Orient Express

See dates below

 Venice Simplon Orient Express

See dates below

 London Victoria depart:

10:45  day 1

 Venice Santa Lucia depart:

10:57  day 1

 Paris Gare de l'Est arrive:

21:17  day 1

 Verona Porta Nuova depart:

13:00  day 1

 Paris Gare de l'Est depart:

21:44  day 1

 Innsbruck depart:

17:46  day 1

 Innsbruck arrive:

11:42  day 2

 Paris Gare de l'Est arrive:

08:22   day 2

 Verona Porta Nuova arrive:

16:03  day 2

 Paris Gare de l'Est depart:

09:29   day 2

 Venice Santa Lucia arrive:

17:56  day 2

 London Victoria arrive:

17:30   day 2

Departure dates 2014, southbound from London to Venice...

2014:  No departures in January or February.  March 20, 27;  April 3, 10, 13, 17, 24;  May 1, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29;  June 8, 12, 19, 22, 26;  July 10, 17, 24;  August 14, 21;  September 18, 21, 28;  October 5, 9, 12, 16, 26, 30;  November 2, 6.  Then no departures until March 2015.

Departure dates 2015, southbound from London to Venice...

2015:  No departures in January or February.  March 22, 26;  April 9, 16, 19, 23;  May 3, 17, 24, 28;  June 14, 18, 28;  July 2, 9, 16;  August 13, 20;  September 17, 20, 24, 27;  October 4, 8, 14, 18, 25, 29;  November 5.  Then no departures until March 2016.

Departure dates 2014, northbound from Venice to London...

2014:  No departures in January or February.  March 19, 26;  April 2, 9, 12, 16, 23, 30;  May 17, 21, 24, 28;  June 11, 18, 21;  July 9, 16, 23; August 13, 20;  September 17, 20, 24, 27;  October 8, 18, 29;  November 1, 5.  Then no departures until March 2015.

Departure dates 2015, northbound from Venice to London...

2015:  No departures in January or February.  March 21, 25;  April 8, 15, 18, 22;  May 6, 13, 16, 27;  June 13, 17, 24, 27;  July 1, 8, 15; August 12, 19;  September 19, 23, 26;  October 7, 17, 28, 31;  November 4.  Then no departures until March 2016y.

 

Day trips & dinner trips
on the Orient Express Pullman

from £195 per person...

Day trips on the Venice Simplon Orient Express Pullman train

For a special occasion without going all the way to Venice, take an Orient Express Pullman lunch trip (from £195), evening dinner trip (around £250), day trip (£195-£395), or (personally recommended!) dinner on the Orient Express Pullman with a night at the famous Ritz hotel (£520 per person).  The food and wine are truly excellent, these trips are an extravagance but they're worth it!  What is it like on board?

Buy tickets online at...

www.orient-expresstrains.com

There are also Orient Express gift certificates...

 
     

 Orient Express fares...

 One-way per person sharing a 2-berth

2014

prices

2015

prices

 London to Venice

£1,990

£2,050

 London to Paris

   £690

   £710

 Paris to Venice

£1,670

£1,720

These prices assume that there's two of you and you share a 2-berth sleeper.  If you're a solo traveller, sole occupancy from London to Venice costs £3,290 in 2014 or £3,390 in 2015.  How to buy tickets.

Can a 24 hour train ride to Venice be worth £2,000 per person? 

The Man in Seat Sixty-One says:  "I have to admit that I doubted any 24 hour train journey could be worth that.  But I had to change my mind after a journey from London to Verona on the VSOE.  It can!  I thought I knew what to expect, but the Venice Simplon Orient Express exceeded all my expectations, in terms of the superbly restored historic coaches, the excellent and plentiful food, the beautiful Alpine scenery and the five star but surprisingly unpretentious service from the train's staff.  In fact, I got more than I bargained for on that trip to Verona in 2003.  Nicolette and I boarded the train with nothing planned or premeditated, but it weaved its very special magic.  Our future son's name was decided at night in our sleeper somewhere in France, and next day as the VSOE headed through the Brenner Pass in driving October snow we accidentally got engaged...  And here I am, a wife, mortgage and two kids later.  I'd be the first to point out that the VSOE is strictly-speaking not the 'original' Orient Express as there's no such thing, but this is one beautifully-restored and truly historic train, superbly run and an utter pleasure to travel on.  If you can afford it, this is one train you shouldn't miss."

Should you choose a southbound or northbound trip?

Either is great.  The northbound journey tends to be less popular, so often has better availability and sometimes better rates.  But personally, the British Pullman train is the hors d'oeuvre, the Continental Wagons-Lits train is the main course, and I feel the journey works best this way round.  And the arrival in Venice over the causeway is a fitting climax.  You'll also see more of the Arlberg Pass in daylight in the morning from a southbound train than (depending on the time of year) in the evening from a northbound train.

One-way Orient Express, one-way by 200mph high-speed TGV & Eurostar...

If you only take the Orient Express one way, don't fly the other.  Just take Eurostar from London to Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes, have lunch at the amazing Train Bleu restaurant inside Paris Gare de Lyon, then take the afternoon high-speed TGV between Paris and Turin or Milan, a comfortable and scenic journey through the French Alps, see the video & photos here, arriving in the evening.  Stay overnight in Turin or Milan, and next morning, take a train from Turin or Milan to Venice in just a few hours.  This works equally well in the other direction.  See the London to Italy by train page for all you need to know.  For the ultimate scenic ride between London & Venice, take Eurostar & a TGV-Lyria to Zurich on day 1, then take the wonderful narrow-gauge Bernina Express through the Swiss Alps to Tirano with connections for Venice on day 2, see the Bernina Express page.  You can easily arrange this yourself, or you can ask custom-made tour agency www.railbookers.com to arrange both your Orient Express trip and your scheduled trains and suggest some excellent hotels in Venice.

If you can't afford the trip to Venice, how about a Pullman day trip?

The VSOE's British Pullman cars run a programme of day-trips, dinner trips and excursions around the British Isles, typically £195-£395 per person.  Venice Simplon Orient Express Ltd also owns a set of more modern cars dating from the 1970s which is used on Northern Belle excursions in the north of England.

Orient Express departures to Krakow, Budapest, Prague, Rome & Istanbul...

As well as its regular London-Paris-Venice route, the Venice Simplon Orient Express runs occasional departures to Krakow, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Rome and even to Istanbul (departing Paris on 29 August 2014, returning from Istanbul on 5 September 2014), see www.orient-expresstrains.com or call Railbookers.


How to buy tickets for the Orient Express...

Option 1, call www.railbookers.com...

Train travel specialists www.railbookers.com often have special rates for the Venice Simplon Orient Express and they can also arrange hotels and scheduled European train travel, to create a trip customised to your own requirements - for example Eurostar & high-speed TGV-Lyria from London to Zurich, 1 night at the superb Hotel Schweizerhof (introduced to me by Railbookers, and now a personal favourite), onward travel through the Alps via the wonderfully scenic Gotthard Pass route to Venice, 3 nights 4-star hotel in Venice, then by fabulous Venice Simplon Orient Express from Venice to London, all from around £2,200 per person.  Railbookers take good care of their clients, and I highly recommend them:

  In the UK call 020 3327 0761, or see www.railbookers.com

In the US or Canada call 1-800-408-3280 toll-free, www.us.railbookers.com.

In Australia call 1300 971 526 toll-free or see www.railbookers.com.au

  In New Zealand call 0800 002 034 toll-free or see their New Zealand website.

Option 2, book at www.orient-expresstrains.com...

Alternatively, you can book at www.orient-expresstrains.com, which is Belmond's own site.  If you feel like packing some lucky loved one off to Paris or Venice, you can buy Orient Express gift certificates.

'Double cabin' versus 'suite cabin':  The Venice Simplon Orient Express uses classic 1929-built 'LX' sleeping-cars with ten compartments, each fitted with an upper and lower berth convertible to a sofa for daytime use.  Adjacent pairs of compartments have an interconnecting door.  'Suite cabin' simply means occupying two adjacent compartments with the interconnecting door locked open, giving you twice the floorspace, two washstands (his and hers?) and two lower beds rather than an upper and lower (or an upper and lower berth in one compartment, a sofa in the other, it's your call!).  In other words, it is not a different type of compartment, it is simply two compartments used as a suite.  Incidentally, 'cabin' is an incorrect term for a sleeper compartment on a train, ships have cabins, trains have compartments!


What's a journey on the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express like?

The Venice Simplon Orient Express consists of two separate trains, a British Pullman train from London to Folkestone and a Continental sleeping-car train from Calais to Venice.  You must check in an hour before departure at the Orient Express lounge on platform 2 at Victoria Station, where your heavy bags are taken and put in the baggage van.  Make sure you retain an overnight bag with everything necessary for the journey.

(1)  The British Pullman from London to Folkestone...

After checking in at the Orient Express lounge on platform 2 at Victoria station, you board the train of restored British Pullman cars dating from the late 1920s, 30s and 50s bound for Folkestone.  The Pullman cars consist of plush armchairs in open saloons, arranged as intimate 'tables for two' each side of the aisle.  Most cars also have one or two private enclosed 4-seat compartments at the end which can be requested if you'd prefer privacy.  It's strange how 80 years of ergonomics haven't produced anything as luxuriously comfortable as a 1920s Pullman seat!  The train leaves London Victoria platform 2 around 09:55 on most Thursdays and some Saturdays between March & November.  Champagne is served immediately after departure, followed by an excellent early lunch with wine served by the steward in charge of each car (lunch & drinks on the UK Pullman train included in the fare).  The train follows one of the original 'boat train' routes (there were in fact several) through the Kent countryside to Folkestone.  www.orient-expresstrains.com features a brief history of the career of each individual VSOE Pullman Car, worth checking as the history is fascinating, many of the cars having links with famous Pullman trains or even famous people.  Some cars were used on the 'Golden Arrow' boat train between London & Dover, others on the 'Brighton Belle' between London & Brighton, a couple were used on Winston Churchill's funeral train, and so on...  If one car particularly interests you, by all means request it!

Lunch in Pullman car 'Zena' of the Venice Simplon Orient Express.   The Venice Simplon Orient Express Pullman train at London Victoria

Lunch on the British Pullman train from London to Folkestone.  The food & wine are excellent, and the service friendly and down-to-Earth...

 

Boarding Pullman car Perseus on platform 2 at London's Victoria station.  Each Pullman car has unique decor, and a unique history.

Table for two in Pullman car 'Zena' on the Venice Simplon Orient Express   Summer pudding!

Civilisation!  An intimate table for two in Pullman car Zena...

 

Just desserts...

(2)  Crossing the Channel...

The Pullman train terminates at Folkestone West, a small station just west of Folkestone Central - it ceased going down the steep branch line to Folkestone Harbour station in 2007.  At Folkestone West passengers transfer to a waiting fleet of executive road coaches, on which drinks are served.  The coaches cross the Channel somewhat un-authentically on board a vehicle-carrying Eurotunnel shuttle train though the Channel Tunnel.  But it's quick and soon forgotten.  At Calais, the coaches drive off the shuttle train at the Eurotunnel terminal and head for Calais Ville station.  Calais Maritime station, where the ferries originally arrived to connect with the trains to Paris and beyond, was closed and tarmacked over in 1994 following the start of Eurostar services via the Channel Tunnel.

(3)  The Continental train from Calais to Paris, Innsbruck, Verona & Venice...

At Calais Ville, the continental train of restored 1920s Wagons-Lits sleeping-cars is waiting to take you onwards to Paris, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice.  The sleeping-cars, almost all superb 1929-vintage LX-series cars, have 1 & 2-bed compartments that convert to private sitting rooms with sofa and coffee table for daytime use.  There are not one but two or sometimes three dining cars, each with individual design and decoration.  One features Lalique crystal decor (my personal favourite), another Chinese motifs.  Different meal sittings are served in each - I recommend trying all of them, as each is unique.  There's also a bar car, complete with armchairs and a grand piano, although neither bar nor piano were historically a feature of the Orient Express!  Meals and afternoon tea are included in the fare, but drinks are extra on the Continental train.  Reckon on over £15 for a (very good!) half bottle of wine.  www.orient-expresstrains.com features a brief history of the career of each individual sleeping-car.  Keeping it real:  Guests (especially Americans) often express surprise that there are no showers or en suite toilets on such a luxury train, and no air-conditioning either.  But of course there aren't!  These are genuine restored 1920s sleeping and restaurant cars, the sleepers feature a washstand with hot and cold running water as they would have done in the 1920s & 30s and if you want cooling, open a window!  En suite showers and air-con are modern innovations, and have no place on this historic train.

The Venice Simplon Orient Express continental train boarding at Calais...   Dinner on the Venice Simplon Orient Express...

The Orient Express continental train boarding at Calais.  Each sleeper has its own sleeper attendant, immaculately uniformed.

 

Dinner on the Orient Express in one of the continental train's 3 ex-Wagons-Lits Co. restaurant cars.  This one features Chinese-inspired decoration.

Near right:  A 2-berth compartment in one of the Orient Express's 1929-vintage LX-series sleeping-cars, in daytime mode with sofa folded out...

Far right:  The same compartment in night mode with the two beds folded out, blind down and ladder in place.  Probably the most comfortable bed I've slept in on any train worldwide...

Compare these pictures with the 'day' and 'night' pictures of the 'LX' sleepers' direct replacement, the 1964-1974 'MU' sleepers, at the top of the sleeper page.

Incidentally, trains don't have sterns or bows, or port or starboard.  They also don't have cabins, as they are not a ship!  The correct term is 'compartment', not cabin.

  Venice Simplon Orient Express: sleeper compartment - day   Venice Simplon Orient Express: sleeper compartment - night
 
Venice Simplon Orient Express - lalique restaurant car   Venice Simplon Orient Express - washstand in sleeper compartment   Yours truly at dinner on the Venice Simplon Orient Express...

Lunch in the restaurant car:  There are two or three restaurant cars on the Orient Express continental train, each with a unique interior.  This one features Lalique décor, my favourite...

 

Each compartment has a washstand - there are no showers on a 1920s train!

 

A dark suit is essential, but the majority of passengers bring a dinner jacket...

Breakfast served in your compartment...   The Venice Simplon Orient Express in the Arlberg Pass...

Breakfast is served in your compartment....

 

The Orient Express snakes through the Arlberg Pass...

Is the Venice Simplon Orient Express the original Orient Express?   See the Orient Express history page

No.  Because there is no such thing as the 'original' Orient Express.  The Orient Express was a service, not a specific set of coaches.  The Orient Express used different rolling stock at different times in its history, and it required more than one set of coaches to operate.  For example, in the 1920s and 30s the Simplon Orient Express linked Calais/Paris with Istanbul every day, taking 3 nights to reach Istanbul - so on any given night there would have been three Simplon Orient Expresses heading east, and another three heading west, so the Wagons-Lits Company needed at least six separate sets of carriages to operate the service.  In fact, by the 1930s there were several different Orient Express routes, including the Orient Express, Simplon Orient Express, Arlberg Orient Express and Oostende-Vienna Orient Express, all taking different routes and switching sleeping-cars between them at key interchange points such as Vienna or Belgrade.  Indeed, the Wagons-Lits Company (the company which ran the Orient Express) operated sleeping-cars and restaurant-cars all over Europe, both as exclusive all-luxury trains and as the sleeper and diner service attached to regular trains.  Furthermore, most of the sleeping-cars on today's VSOE are prestigious 1929-built 'LX' series cars which were not generally used all the way to Istanbul, at least not on the Calais-Istanbul or Calais-Athens sleeper routes.  If you'd travelled from Calais to Istanbul on the Simplon Orient Express in the 1930s you'd have travelled in an 'S' class car built in 1927, with slightly smaller compartments than the 'LX' cars, and lacking the intricate wood marquetry decoration that distinguishes the more glamorous 'LX'.  In the 1950s and 60s, you'd probably have travelled in a newer 'Z' class sleeping-car which replaced the 'S' types on those routes after World War 2.  VSOE do in fact own a couple of 'S' class sleepers but they tend to use these as back-ups or as single-bed sleepers for solo travellers because of their smaller compartments. 

...is it the one that stopped running in 1977?  Was it restored & put back into service?

Not exactly!  It is sometimes suggested that the 'original' Orient Express made its last run in 1977, and was taken out of service, then bought and restored and put back in service as today's Venice Simplon Orient Express.  VSOE's marketing department don't disabuse you of this notion!  Again, this is some way from the truth.  The Simplon Orient Express (which ran daily, with direct sleeping-cars from Calais and Paris to Istanbul) was replaced in 1962 by a slower train called the Direct Orient Express, which offered direct sleeper service from Paris to Istanbul just three times a week.  The Direct Orient Express was almost entirely composed of ordinary seating and couchette cars belonging to the various State-run national railways along the route, with just one 'Z' type sleeping-car (a type of car not owned by VSOE) going through to Istanbul, still staffed by the Wagons-Lits Company.  The last Direct Orient Express left Paris Gare de Lyon at 23:56 on 19 May 1977 (in fact a little late, on 20th May).  But although the end of the Direct Orient meant the end of direct trains between Paris and Istanbul, it didn't mean the end of the (plain) 'Orient Express'.  This was a separate train on a different route, linking Paris-Munich-Vienna-Budapest-Bucharest, originally conveying thrice-weekly through sleepers to Istanbul which were combined at Belgrade with the Simplon Orient Express cars from Calais and Paris which had come via Venice (these Istanbul cars ceased in the early 1960s).  This (plain) Orient Express was indeed the true descendant of the very first 1883 Orient Express which took a similar route, and it continued in one form of another until it's withdrawal in December 2009, by which time it had evolved into a Strasbourg to Vienna EuroNight sleeper train, run by the Austrian Railways with modern air-conditioned seats, couchettes and a 1980s-built sleeping-car.  It had been cut back in 2007 from running Paris to Vienna when the Paris-Strasbourg TGV-Est high-speed line opened.  All is explained on the Orient Express history page

...so what exactly is the VSOE?

In 1977, a number of classic pre-war Wagons-Lits Company sleeping-cars and restaurant cars were offered for sale at an auction in Monte Carlo.  James Sherwood of Sea Containers Inc bought most of them, with the dream of restoring them and recreating a 'Train de Luxe' for modern-day travellers on part of the route of the fabled Simplon Orient Express.  He subsequently acquired a series of 1920s and 1930s Pullman cars for the London-Folkestone part of the operation.  Most of the VSOE's Continental sleeping-cars are of the 1929 'LX' type, these were the Wagons-Lits Company's most prestigious sleeping-cars, and they originally ran on all sorts of front-rank Wagons-Lits Company trains all over Europe, including the 'Train Bleu' from Calais and Paris to Nice & Monte Carlo, the 'Nord Express' from Paris to Berlin, Warsaw & Riga, and the 'Rome Express' from Calais/Paris to Rome.  The Calais to Trieste sleeping car attached to the Simplon Orient Express would have been an 'LX', even if the Calais-Istanbul and Calais-Athens cars would have been slightly older 'S' types.  Today's tourist-orientated VSOE has been running since 1982, London-Paris-Venice once a week from March to November.  Although it is a 'resumption' of the Orient Express more in spirit than in terms of historical accuracy (for example, there were no bar cars with pianos in the 1930s!), the VSOE has superbly-restored pre-war carriages, top-class food and service, and it has now become an institution in it own right.  Don't miss your chance to ride it!

Scenery from the Orient Express See Arlberg Pass video   See Brenner Pass video

In spite of its name, the Venice Simplon Orient Express no longer uses the Simplon Tunnel between Switzerland and Italy, but is routed overnight from Paris Gare de l'Est via Basel to Zurich, then through the scenic Arlberg Pass to Innsbruck, through the almost equally scenic Brenner Pass to Verona and on to Venice.  You'll probably wake up in Switzerland just east of Zurich, and when you put up the blind you'll see the sun glinting off the sparkling waters of the Zurichsee then Walensee lakes with a beautiful mountain backdrop.  A knock on your door, and the steward brings fresh croissant, fruit juice and excellent coffee to your compartment.  The train cuts across a few miles of Liechtenstein before crossing into Austria via the spectacularly scenic Arlberg Pass (see the photos below).  The railway hugs the valley wall, snaking along the mountain sides.  After Innsbruck the train turns south through the equally scenic Brenner Pass from Austria into Italy to reach Verona, past snowy peaks, hilltop fortresses and Italian vineyards.  Turning east again, the train reaches Venice Mestre on the mainland, then rumbles slowly over the causeway with anticipation building, finally arriving at Venice Santa Lucia terminus on the very shores of the Grand Canal in central Venice, walking distance from the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square...  See the Arlberg Pass scenery video & Brenner Pass scenery video - although both videos were shot from regular scheduled trains rather than from the VSOE, they show the scenery you'll see from your Wagons-Lits aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express over the wonderful Zurich-Innsbruck and Innsbruck-Verona sections).

Passing the Zurichsee   Mountain scenery near Buchs

When you wake and lift the blind, the Orient Express is running alongside the shores of the Zürichsee in Switzerland, then along the Walensee...

 

The train cuts across Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station at Schaan-Liechtenstein...

The Orient Express snakes through the Arlberg pass...   Snowy peaks!

Mountain scenery and snowy peaks all the way, as the Orient Express crosses into Austria then snakes through the fabulous Arlberg Pass, hugging the mountainside...

Mountains near Innsbruck   Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route

Turning right at Innsbruck, the Orient Express now heads south to Italy via the Brenner Pass...

 

...Look out for hilltop fortresses, churches with pointy steeples, and vineyards...

Watch the video...

This Orient Express Blue Peter special gives a pretty good idea of what a journey from Venice to London is like aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express...

 

Orient Express gifts & souvenirs:  Venice Simplon Orient Express online shop

If you've been on the Orient Express (or even if you haven't!), the Venice Simplon Orient Express has an online gift shop, with official souvenirs, posters, travel accessories, luggage and more.  Find it via www.orient-expresstrains.com.

Books about the Orient Express...Buy Orient Express books and DVDs at Amazon...

If you want to learn more about the Orient Express, you can click the pictures to buy these books online at Amazon.  The book on the left has more about the history of the Orient Express, the book on the right concentrates on the restored Venice Simplon Orient Express.  Also recommended is 'The Orient Express - The life and times of the world's most famous train' by E H Cookridge.  Although out of print, you can buy it second hand through Amazon - click here for details.  The Orient Express also features heavily in fiction...  

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (actually set on the Simplon Orient Express, as she knew full well)

Murder on the Orient Express (DVD, 1974 film)

Stamboul Train by Graham Greene (actually set on the Oostende-Vienna Orient Express, not the Orient Express)

  'The Orient Express' - buy online at Amazon.co.ukStamboul Train by Graham Greene - click to buy onlineMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie - click to buyDVD - Murder on the Orient Express.  Click to buy online.'The Venice Simplon Orient Express' - buy online at Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hotels in London, Paris or Venice...

If you need to search for decent hotels in London, Paris or Venice, this is the system to use...

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Alternatively, for somewhere special to stay in London, Paris or Venice before or after your Orient Express journey, try www.mrandmrssmith.com, which lists hand-picked boutique hotels in each of these cities and popular destinations worldwide.

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