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New Orient Express offers luxury flightless travel across Europe

Famous luxury train service Orient Express is coming back.

In 2023, the La Dolce Vita program will launch, offering six train makes some popular itineraries in Europe spanning 14 regions.

Passengers can experience five-star luxury as they travel on board these 1960s and 1970s-inspired trains, designed by Dimorestudio.

Each train has 12 luxury cabins, 18 suites, an honor suite and a restaurant car, which serves fine cuisine along with Italian wines.

Most journeys start with Italy, takes visitors through the Alps, the countryside or the beaches of southern Italy.

Dolce Vita restaurant car

(Dimorestudio)

There will also be three international itineraries available from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split.

The Rome stops will be held at the first Orient Express hotel, Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024, while passengers will enjoy exclusive access to the Orient Express operating lobby at Roma Termini Station, where drinks are served.

Stephen Alden, Managing Director of Raffles and Orient Express, Accor said: “It is thrilling to bring the refined nomadic spirit of the Orient Express back to life for a new generation of travellers.

“The original train route was reinvented in the paradoxical way that it brought cultures together – Mystery with Orient, history with modernity.

“As tourism artisans, we aim to revive the old world, an inspiring ‘journey to another’ and reconcile certain paradoxes: a journey and a destination , wonder and inspiration, movement and contemplation.

“Amid breathtaking panoramas and a unique blend of cultures, we believe travelers will have unforgettable experiences in Italy with the Orient Express La Dolce Vita.”

Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale SpA, added: “The journey in itself is the destination and Italy has never been so close and sensational.”

Traveling to Europe without a plane is likely to become popular in the coming years; in 2020, Four railway companies announce they plan to boost the continent’s night train connection network by revitalizing routes that were abandoned a few years ago for cost reasons.

German railway company Deutsche Bahn and the main national train operators in France, Switzerland and Austria have both said they plan to reintroduce some sleeper services in the coming years.

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/orient-express-new-trains-europe-b1972919.html New Orient Express offers luxury flightless travel across Europe

JOE HERNANDEZ

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