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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

In the 1860s, the age of railway travel was dawning. Most railroads in Europe were dirty and uncomfortable, definitely not a means for long-distance travel. A man named Georges Nagelmackers set out to change this after visiting America and discovering the Pullman Car's possibilities for overnight rail expeditions. Georges tried to partner with George Pullman, the Pullman Cars' inventor, to bring the experience to Europe, but he was denied. As such, Nagelmackers set out to improve upon the original and create an even more luxurious and comfortable rail car. His vision was a hotel-like train filled with marquetry and elegant, plush seating that followed a route from Paris to Istanbul. In 1883, the Orient Express was born.

Like its predecessor, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express follows numerous routes through Europe, highlighting fantastic destinations like London, Paris, Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, Geneva, Innsbruck, and Istanbul. Many of the journeys, such as that between Venice and London, feature just one night on the train. Longer trips, including the flagship route between Paris and Istanbul, are also featured. Those tours that begin or end in London follow a slightly different course than those that commence on the continent.

To further enhance the air of old-world romance, many of the carriage's antique systems remain in place. Old coal-powered stoves heat the cabins, and the windows are fully operable to allow breezes during the warmer months. In 2017, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express received a modern upgrade with the addition of air conditioning to the train. Thoughtful attendants clad in royal blue and gold uniforms are found throughout the train, available to tend to guests' every need, whether serving a meal or offering a history lesson on the train.

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