Highlights of the Orient Express
The remarkabe Orient Express is an amazing travel experience in itself. “Everything onboard perfectly complements the train’s history…” Flight Centre’s Michelle Patterson reports back from the pinnacle of luxury train travel, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express...
Travel Back in Time
I travelled from Venice to London Victoria, but it felt more like travelling back in time. Everything onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express perfectly complements the train’s history. The coal fire heats the train and the hot water in winter, and each carriage has a plaque telling guests the history of the car and how it came to be part of the train.
Full of Elegant Decor
The decor is so opulent, all luxurious fabrics and wood panelling with beautiful engravings and patterns. It’s extremely high end, as you would expect, with a lot of attention paid to the smallest details; the cotton wash cloths are the softest thing you will ever feel, and toiletries included extras like eye creams and face masks.
Phenomenal Onboard Service
The service onboard is exceptional – nothing is too much trouble – but for me the food was a highlight. The executive chef, Christian Bodiguel, has honed his craft on the train for over 30 years and his menus take inspiration from the countries the train passes through, with fresh produce picked up along the way. Dishes were full of flavour and beautifully presented; it was all so delicate and light – essential when there are so many courses! Dessert at our final dinner was mango mousse in a dark chocolate cup with pistachio cream and it was exquisite.
Magnificent Views Along the Way
The scenery was equally stunning, from countryside towns and little French villages to the drama of the Swiss Alps. Travelling on this train is a spectacular experience, and the summer months mean maximum daylight hours to enjoy those incredible views…”
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