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5 Train Trips

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express—a reconstruction of the train that inspired Agatha Christie's famous mystery—glides from Paris to Istanbul in six days and five nights, past bustling European cities and through the snowcapped Alps. Aboard the O-E, the journey is both the apotheosis and the last frontier of travel for the sake of experience—at a truly civilized pace. It's also, in the 21st century, the grandest way to wander off the grid (the company has wisely abstained from installing Wi-Fi). The 18 wagons-lits have been restored to the glory of the 1920's and 30's, a renovation replete with luxurious silks and velvets. Now, a new Central European tour, which will pass through Vienna, Kraków, Warsaw, and Prague, is set to launch in July 2007. Even as the world speeds up, there are some things still worth the wait. Orient-Express; 866/674-3689; www.orient-express.com; day trips from $675.

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