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The most luxurious train in the world

A car attendant looks out from the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Sirkeci main railway station in Istanbul. The Venice Simplon-Orient Express train recreates the original Orient-Express route from Paris to Istanbul once a year with restored cars and luxury suites from the 1920s to accommodate tourists. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer

The most luxurious train in the world

The world’s most iconic train – the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – will debut three new Grand Suites in the spring of 2020. We take a look inside what could very well be the most luxurious train in the world.

The most luxurious train in the world

As if a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express wouldn’t be enough on its own, the renowned luxury train will offer three new grand suites next year for the traveler in search of the ultimate rail travel experience the most luxurious train in the world.

The three new carriages, which will set you back a cool US$7,800 per person a night, are named after three cities the train serves, Vienna, Prague and Budapest. Each carriage has been aptly designed to reflect the destination it’s named for.

The Vienna suite has a classical feel, with rich hues of gold and emerald green, silk fabric panels and elements of dark wood, while the Prague suite is decorated in maroon and gold colors and features hand-embroidered cushions and mosaic patterns.

The suites boast private bathrooms with showers, double beds, a private living area and underfloor heating, as well as free-flowing champagne and a personal 24-hour cabin steward.

The luxury rail hotel has a long history and was begun in 1982 by James Sherwood, a shipping magnate and rail enthusiast, and is run by London-based Belmond Ltd., which operates travel experiences on five continents. The travel company earlier this year became part of the luxury group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Today’s Venice Simplon-Orient-Express connects a variety of iconic cities from London to Venice, including a range of longer and shorter itineraries from one night to a more leisurely four nights, and with start and end points including Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Verona.

“As with everything on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the design and careful restoration that goes into each suite, whilst respecting the original 1920s Art Deco design, is extraordinary,” Gary Franklin, vice president of trains & cruises at Belmond, tell CNN.

The new suites will launch with the first journey of the season on March 21, 2020. The train which provided the inspiration for the film Murder on the Orient Express, travels throughout Europe from March to November with a stop in Istanbul.

Inside the most luxurious train in the world

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