Let’s face the facts: train travel is among the most romantic methods to travel. Nothing beats the feeling of watching the world rush by away from window of a speeding train because it carves its winding way with the countryside—nothing, that is, aside from driving style on one of the most famous trains in both the real (and fictional) world. And this, obviously, is the famous Orient Express—popularized by Agatha Christie both in novel and movie form, the legendary train journey’s real-life counterpart is just as luxe as Christie’s version (though without the mystery, mayhem, and detective par excellence Hercule Poirot of course). Instead, this version, dubbed the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, is able to welcome visitors on an unforgettable trip back in time on one of the most memorable train rides this side of fiction.
Launched in 1982, Belmond continues to be offering its travelers the ultimate in luxurious train travel throughout Europe; however, this season, the exclusively elegant train is offering guests a truly unique experience around the tracks: an opportunity to celebrate the 250th anniversary of créme de la creme champagne and iconic bubbly brand Veuve Clicquot by having an unforgettable journey from France to Venice. Elegant, picturesque, and extremely romantic, this anniversary run is just the latest on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express’ extensive resume—however, it’s destined to become the stuff of legend, a jewel in the crown from the already famously luxe, time-traveling train.
About The Veuve Clicquot Anniversary Journey
A legendary journey in to the past awaits guests who book the exclusive trip from France to Venice around the Venice Simplon-Orient Express—and take a look at a few of the perks for those who wish to take this enchanting ride. The following perks are for all guests, excluding the remain at L’Hôtel du Marc and Reims pre-trip that is only at people who book the Grand Suite experience.
- A historic ride around the Art-Deco bedecked and over-the-top elegant midnight blue cars of the Orient Express, including access to a sumptuous cabin and sophisticated culinary experiences aboard one of three dining cars
- An immersive tour of the Veuve Clicquot cellars in Reims, France
- Exclusive accommodations in Veuve Clicquot’s private hotel L’Hôtel du Marc (France) and Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca Island (Italy)
- Lavish events, parties, and balls through the journey both on and off the Orient Express that celebrate the ‘solaire’ culture of Veuve Clicquot
- Awe-inspiring scenery and picturesque vistas of the European countryside
- Immersive entertainment and music and bar carriage with mixologist and pianist
- Private in-cabin dining and 24-hour butler service
- The facts: Grand Suite Experience is from June 4, 2022 through June 7, 2022 and it is approximately $46,000/per a couple. For details on the cabin, twin, or single cabins visit the Belmond website
Oh, The Places You’ll Go
While the journey aboard the Orient Express is the star attraction of the unforgettable experience, it’s just the tip of the iceberg with regards to everything guests will be able to see and do along the way.
The Reims Experience
On the first day of the itinerary, Grand Suite guests will travel in fashion to Reims, home of Veuve Clicquot—and it is private hotel set in a 19th-century mansion. Luxe, historic, and a literal maison worthy of the iconic brand, L’Hôtel du Marc doesn't generally open its doors towards the public—the exception to be the celebratory weekend and one-night stay privy to only those exclusive Orient Express Grand Suite passengers. Following a walk around the stunning property, guests will also enjoy a sumptuous dinner hosted by Veuve Clicquot’s cellar master Didier Mariotti (and plenty of champagne, obviously!) The following day at Reims is available to all guests and features a tour from the amazing property’s wine cellars set amid its labyrinthine limestone tunnels—which is also the setting for an immersive lunch filled with wine pairings (also with cellar master Didier Mariotti).
All Aboard The Orient Express
After a lavish day at Veuve Clicquot, guests is going to be spirited away aboard the legendary Orient Express to savor the long-lasting train’s elite hospitality—an Art-Deco haven full of luxe details and beautiful boutique bonhomie. While aboard the Express, guests will love delicious dinners and champagne pairings; themed parties; spectacular scenery; along with a opportunity to find their inner flapper because they travel back in time amid the luxe surroundings and the Alpine landscape visible outside their windows. Following a celebratory breakfast along with a brief stop at Innsbruck, the train continues through a number of its most heart-stopping vistas with the Italian Dolomites, before alighting in the final stay in Venice.
Vive Le Venice
After a delicious lunch aboard the Express, guests will arrive via water taxi towards the elegant accommodation Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca Island. A luxury hotel with amazing views of either beautiful Venetian waterways or even the adjoining 15th-century Palazzo Vendramin; uber-luxe lodgings, and balconies and terraces a few of the perks that await guests from the Cipriani. After sipping an earlier cocktail while taking in the scenery, guests will be treated to an enchanting and elegant gala dinner, followed by a ball worth Hercule Poirot himself. After a night of dancing and quaffing champagne, guests will retire to their sumptuous rooms for any restful night’s sleep filled with hopes for 1920s glamour. On the third day, the enchanting experience comes to a detailed with yet another fabulous meal—this time around, breakfast at the Hotel Cipriani.
An unforgettable and magical experience awaits passengers who book a tour around the Venice Simplon-Orient Express this June to celebrate the 250th anniversary from the iconic champagne Veuve Clicquot. But the legendary train ride is only the tip from the iceberg, because this once-in-a-lifetime journey also includes a tour from the historic Veuve Clicquot cellars and a number of sumptuous meals; fabulous parties; and gala celebrations worthy of the famous Orient Express. And people who can’t make this enchanting tour need not worry—there’s still an opportunity to ride the titular train on one of its other European adventures all year round; a journey worth taking at least once to see the majesty and grandeur of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express.