A passion for historic trains and journeys can be the only reason for signing up to the hefty ticket price to travel from Venice to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) train. The exquisitely restored carriages and cabins are magnificent in the detail of the marquetry and the original Lalique panels in the dining car but, by today’s luxury standards, the overnight journey in a standard cabin is barely comfortable. It may have been the first train to have soap on board but the lack of en-suite toilet and no shower on board the train is too much of a stretch for a luxury outing. The experience and fine cuisine the historic train offers can be enjoyed if you’re properly prepared with the absolutely minimum amount of luggage. Large cases will be stored in a separate hold and are not available until disembarking. A suit and tie is required, but many opt for dinner jackets. In 2018, three grand suites are being added to the VSOE rolling stock. Named Paris, Venice and Istanbu...

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