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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Orient-Express Europe

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe

These immaculate 1920s-era cars are a museum piece on wheels: the Lalique glass panels, wood-burning stoves, and Art Deco marquetry made Agatha Christie swoon. Cabin Suites, composed of two interconnecting cabins, can be divided into a lounge with a banquette sofa, footstool, and table in one room and separate sleeping quarters in the other. Original furnishings, crisp linens, and attentive 24-hour service add to the magic aboard this legendary train. To make up for the fact that there are no showers and the toilet facilities are shared, the train stops at five-star hotels every other night to keep guests feeling civilized.

Deluxe Detail: Press a silver button, and blue-uniformed stewards bring you afternoon tea.

Paris–Venice round-trip (two nights): $6,620 for double occupancy of a suite cabin.


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