Jump into the carriage of the train full of history and memories of royalties, celebrities, rich and famous, but also the mysterious passengers.
Fortunately, the only murder aboard Orient Express happened on the pages of the famous book by Agatha Christie, and other thrillers of the era, including Ian Flemings ‘From Russia with Love’.
The first line started in 1883 from Paris to Istambul via Munich and Vienna. The passengers needed to use ferries two times, and the whole journey took about a week to complete.
After the First World War the second line started to run through new Simplon tunnel, Milan Venice and Triest to Istambul, this time without the train change.
(Another line connected Paris via Innsbruck to Athens.
The line has been extended to Calais to enable British visitors to join the train. The new means of transportation, fast trains and planes made the regular services of such trains obsolete.
But today again you can go aboard a private luxury train service that slowly moves between European capitals – Venice Simplon Orient Express.
The service usually operates between March and November, and the routes of Venice Simplon may vary with different months, the new stations include Krakow and Prague.
One of the tours, which allows you to join the long list of rich and famous travelling aboard the famous train is prepared by Great Raiway Journeys.
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