When it comes to travel with class, there is no other train in world that can beat the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The favourite playground of Agatha Christie is even adding more luxury than before.
More than a symbol of luxury, the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is also a stunning work of craftsmanship with the very best material and ingenious design. But now, Belmond, the train owner, adds even more luxury to it.
As of 2020, the legendary train will boast three new "Grand Suites". The new additions, which cost around $7,800 per person a night, are named after three cities the train serves, Vienna, Prague and Budapest.
Working with the very best craftsman including Jérôme Clochard, a traditional glassblower who has created the spectacular glass sinks and delicate light fixtures; Philippe Allemand for the marquetry and many more skilled artisans.
Each suite has been designed to reflect the destination it's named for.
The Vienna suite:
Classic art deco feel with hues of gold and emerald green. Dark wood with silk fabric panels.
The Prague suite:
Gold and maroon colours with hand-embroidered cushions and mosaic patterns.
The Budapest suite:
A strong reminiscence of Ottoman and Gothic architecture with carved woodwork.
Belmond has also created the Venice, Istanbul and Paris suites few months back (see below in the respective order). Each suite has an enhanced private bathrooms with showers, double beds, a private living area and underfloor heating, as well as free champagne and a personal 24-hour cabin steward.
"Each meticulous suite will draw inspiration from the romance, adventure and style of each great European city we travel to. They are a real tribute to the romance and glamor of Europe and the golden era of rail travel." said Gary Frankling, Vice President of trains & cruises at .
Beside the beautiful journey with breathtaking landscape throughout the Alps, travelers have access to three dining carriages, a champagne bar. The iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels throughout Europe from March to November and visits Istanbul once a year.