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New Grand Suites on the Luxurious Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

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The Orient Express emanates timeless luxury and prestige, having captured the imagination of famed international travellers since its introduction in the nineteenth-century, and having become synonymous with elite taste and intrigue with its representation in popular culture. Now, the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) harkens back to these former glitz and glamour years with the introduction of several new, grand suites. Each attractive new suite is decorated with refined furniture choices and historic touches, inspired by the stylish stops of the Orient Express’ route — Paris, Venice and Istanbul — with decor choices taken from the golden era of each city. The golden age of travel is contained in every minutiae of detail loving restored into the heritage train of the VSOE. With authentic bar cars, restaurants, slumber carriages and boutiques, the new grand suites allow guests to travel in more aristocratic surrounds, like Princess Dragomiroff in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Though each carriage is re-created from newly designed and crafted furnishings and fittings, the original windows remain with hand cranks, meaning that passengers still must assert the same physical effort — or ask their personal porter to do so — as original passengers would have.

The Paris Suite

The Orient Express emanates timeless luxury and prestige, having captured the imagination of famed international travellers since its introduction in the nineteenth-century, and having become synonymous with elite taste and intrigue with its representation in popular culture. Now, the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) harkens back to these former glitz and glamour years with the introduction of several new, grand suites. Each attractive new suite is decorated with refined furniture choices and historic touches, inspired by the stylish stops of the Orient Express’ route — Paris, Venice and Istanbul — with decor choices taken from the golden era of each city. The golden age of travel is contained in every minutiae of detail loving restored into the heritage train of the VSOE. With authentic bar cars, restaurants, slumber carriages and boutiques, the new grand suites allow guests to travel in more aristocratic surrounds, like Princess Dragomiroff in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Though each carriage is re-created from newly designed and crafted furnishings and fittings, the original windows remain with hand cranks, meaning that passengers still must assert the same physical effort — or ask their personal porter to do so — as original passengers would have.

The Venice Suite

The grandeur and opulence of northern Italy’s Venice is reflected in this suite, which consists of beautiful silk fabrics and nods to the city’s intercontinental mercantile history. Beautiful venetian furniture, silk drapes, glass lamps and gold and blue woven fabrics all incorporate Venice’s rich Baroque and Renaissance traditions.

The Istanbul Suite
The traditional romantic end stop (or start) of the original Orient Express, the Istanbul suite reflects this classical and romantic view of the Turkish capital, with hand-carved timber and leather, metal framings, oriental embroidered pillows, rugs and wall furnishings. Transporting its guests to a regal Grand Bazaar, the room boasts metal detailing across furnishing and finishings.

Exclusivity For Grand Suite Guests
Guests travelling in one of these new and exciting suites each receive a number of luxurious benefits. Private transfers await at each stop to allow for ultimate comfort and speed in embarkment, and each suite has access to their own personal cabin steward providing a number of on-board services. Bespoke amenities and complimentary art deco inspired bathrobes await all guests in their opulent abodes. Each suite comes with its own private en-suite bathroom with shower, allowing for a more modern decadence in tandem with the nostalgia evoked throughout each room’s design. With private dining available, guests can make the most of bottomless champagne and an array of fine meals. The refined French cuisine is of a Michelin standard, with meal times complimented by well-polished silverware, crystal glass and beautiful napery.

Spectacular Scenery on the VSOE
There’s a reason the Orient Express remains a celebrated train journey; the heritage train line runs through some spectacular European scenery, all from the comfort of a chic interior. Few other train lines allow you to recline in a luxuriant oak chair with an elegant glass of champagne, whilst watching the awe-inspiring Alps, snow-capped mountains and medieval castles pass by your window.

The VSOE Itinerary
This train journey is steeped in heritage and romance, travelling through two of Europe’s most beguiling cities: Paris and Venice. Beginning in London is also possible, with transfer in Paris from a short cross-Channel journey via a lovingly restored Belmond British Pullman train. In Paris, the train departs from the same station used by the original Orient Express, first setting off on 4th October 1883. Slumbering through eastern France and into northern Switzerland, the train eases across borderlines and sites which have marked European history. Travelling on to Istanbul is only available in August/September of each year, allowing for a complete journey on the traditional line to the extraordinary meeting point between Europe an Asia which gave the train line its namesake.

VSOE’s History of Excellence
The VSOE was first launched as a private venture in 1982, restoring its carriages from originals of the 1920s. Running through the famed Brenner Pass, the VSOE is one of the most faithful routes on the Orient Express line, offering a splendorous setting and, with these three fantastic new suites, a real level of exquisite class and exclusivity. Overnight stays are available in a number of fantastic stops, including Venice and Montreux. Each design choice aboard the train has been precisely undertaken, but the new suites truly embody the craftsmanship of the Victorian age. Turning to historical records for inspiration, the carriages sing the art deco period with artisanal quality. Only the VSEO actually transports you back to the recreated interiors of this famed Orient Express route.

 




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