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Onboard the royal Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Last updated on: September 5, 2012 08:40 IST

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One of the world's most magnificent trains, 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.

Photographs courtesy: Orient-Express Hotels (UK) Ltd.

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Image: A security guard stands in front of the Orient Express at the main railway station in Bucharest September 3, 2012.
Photographs: Radu Sigheti/Reuters.

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Launched in October 1883, the train traveled through the Alps, Budapest and Bucharest to Constantinople.

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Image: A car attendant puts on his gloves in front of the Orient Express at the main railway station in Bucharest September 3, 2012.
Photographs: Radu Sigheti/Reuters.

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This legendary train continued to carry royal families and celebrities between European cities till the 1920s.

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Image: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Gothard Switzerland.
Photographs: Ron Bambridge.

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Many of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's current carriages date from this era.

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Image: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Lucerne Switzerland.
Photographs: Ron Bambridge.

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After World War II, it had to shut shop. Its last service as a regular passenger train was in May 1977.

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Image: Restaurant Car Etoile du Nord on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Photographs: Matt Hind.

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However, this luxury train was rescued by entrepreneur and rail enthusiast, James B. Sherwood.

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Image: Evening atmosphere on board in the L Oriental Restaurant Car.
Photographs: Matt Hind.

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In 1977, James B. Sherwood bought two of the train's carriages at a Sotheby's auction in Monte Carlo. 

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Image: The Piano Bar on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Photographs: Matt Hind.

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During the next few years, about $16 million were spent locating, purchasing and restoring some 35 vintage carriages.

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Image: Cabins.
Photographs: Matt Hind.

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In May 1982, the legend was reborn when the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express made its maiden run from London to Venice. 

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Image: Day cabin inside view.
Photographs: Matt Hind.

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The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train offers a gracious journey criss-crossing Europe, passing through some of the world most scenic locales and cities.

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Vintage cabins, excellent cuisine and lively on-board entertainment make a journey aboard this iconic train one of the world's finest travel experiences.

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The carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are individually designed and each has played a significant role in the golden age of luxury train travel during the 1920s to 30s.

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Image: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Lucerne Switzerland.
Photographs: Ron Bambridge.

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Each of the carriages has its own personal story.

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Photographs: Matt Hind.

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It has transported European royalty across the continent.

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Image: View of Cabin Suite sleeping arrangements.
Photographs: Matt Hind.

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It has also been shot at during World War II, to being caught in a snow drift for 10 days.

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The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is set to embark on a series of new rail voyages to Scandinavia in April 2013.





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A scenic two-night journey will take it from Venice to Stockholm, via an overnight stop in Copenhagen.

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Image: Guests relaxing in cabin and steward passing in corridor.
Photographs: Matt Hind.

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Its return journey, four days later, will depart Stockholm, via Copenhagen, for Venice.

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Image: Washroom in the train.


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Passengers can expect an extraordinary experience - a journey packed with adventure, fine dining and pure romance.

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The Paris-Budapest-Bucharest-Istanbul journey (5 nights) on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will cost two adults 22000 pounds (Price is based on a Suite cabin).


 




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