What was the original route of the Orient Express?
The Orient Express has always run from Paris Gare de l’Est via Munich, Vienna & Budapest, whereas the Simplon Orient Express started running in April 1919, taking a Southerly route from Calais and Paris Gare de Lyon to Milan, Venice, Trieste, Zagreb, Belgrade, Sofia and Istanbul, with a portion for Athens.
How did the Orient Express cross the Channel?
How do we cross the Channel? As mentioned, you will travel on the Belmond British Pullman carriages of the Venice Simplon Orient Express train from London to Folkestone. The coaches then drive you onto the Eurotunnel train. At Calais there is a 5-minute drive to the waiting Venice Simplon Orient Express.
Where does the Orient Express go from London?
The Belmond British Pullman takes you from London to Folkestone, through the Euro Tunnel and the Venice Simplon Orient Express departs from Calais and continues on your journey. So to recap, the Venice Simplon Orient Express takes extraordinary journeys across many different cities and countries.
How was the Orient Express heated?
Do Venice Simplon Orient Express cabins have toilets and showers? There are no cabins with en suite bathrooms. Travelling on the train is to experience it exactly as you would have done in the 1920s. Even the heating in your cabin is powered by a coal stove at the end of each carriage.
Is there a shower on the Orient Express?
No, there were never showers on the Orient Express. Even now on the modern day Venice Simplon Orient Express (which includes carriages from the original 1920s and 1930s Orient Express) there are no showers. There is a washbasin in each cabin, and a toilet at the end of the carriage.
How long does the Orient Express take from Paris to Istanbul?
Featuring a one-way journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, beginning with two nights in Paris and ending with three nights in Istanbul.
Do you have your own toilet on the Orient Express?
Each cabin has a little vanity unit with basin, and then there are toilets at the end of each carriage. There are no baths or showers on the train.
How many days is the Orient Express?
Does Orient Express still exist?
Unfortunately, these days the Orient Express is no longer in service. In 1977, the service stopped going all the way to Istanbul, stopping only at Budapest instead. From 2007, the train only travelled from Strasbourg to Budapest. Finally, in 2009 the Orient Express ceased to operate entirely.