2013 © Copyright Debbie King. All rights reserved.
Welcome aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, the most famous and most luxurious train in
the world. Transport yourself back to an era that was more glamorous, more romantic and less frenetic
than the times we live in today.
We followed our Aegean & Adriatic cruise on the Norwegian Crown in 2003 with an overnight stay in
Venice, before boarding the Orient Express for the two day/one night journey to London. Click on the
map to see the route the train took. From the moment we arrived at Santa Lucia station in Venice until
we alighted from the Pullman in London's Victoria Station, we were treated like royalty amidst the most
opulent surroundings imaginable.
Click on each picture to open a larger image in its own window.
painstakingly restored to their former glory.
We were allocated coach G, which was an original 1929
carriage. These were the proper 'old-fashioned' train
carriages with separate compartments and the corridor
running along outside.
Here's Trevor just before boarding. You can see
straightaway that this is a train a cut above the rest!
Whilst smart-but-casual clothing was the order of the
day (no jeans or trainers allowed at all!) we would look
forward to dressing up for dinner.
Our compartment was opulent; hand carved marquetry,
tapestry cushions, wood inlay and a porcelain wash-
Each carriage is allocated its own personal steward, who
is there to attend to the passengers' every need. Ours
was a lovely Frenchman called Sebastien. Nothing was
too much trouble for him. He was at our beck and call 24
hours a day, and everything he did for us, he did with a
"Could you bring me a glass of champagne please,
"Mais certainement, Madame!"
Inevitably, some wag shouted "Come quickly, there's
been a murder!" and thought they were the first person
to say it :-)
Whilst smart-casual attire is the norm aboard Orient
Express, everyone delights in dressing for dinner. Authentic
20's outfits are encouraged, but in any case formal
evening wear is a must.
Here's Trevor in the bar-car before dinner. Just look at the
plush upholstery, curtains and lampshades. The bar-car
contained a baby-grand piano from which a tail-coated
pianist played a variety of tasteful classical pieces.
All around us, our fellow passengers, resplendent in
sartorial elegance, sipped from champagne flutes and
nibbled on canapés.