The Orient Express is perhaps one of the world’s most famous rail routes – but the legendary service was discontinued more than 40 years ago.
However, very soon people will be able to book onto an all-new experience paying homage to the iconic train journey.
Next summer a new service is set to depart – with six trains journeying through 14 Italian regions, as well as three international routes across 10,000 miles.
These new trains will connect Paris, Rome, Split and Istanbul – and will have several different itineraries on offer for travellers.
The brand new ‘Orient Express La Dolce Vita’ will be a luxurious experience – with each train boasting 12 deluxe cabins, 18 suites and a five-star dining restaurant with international chefs and sommeliers offering Italian produce.
It’s thought the locomotives will also include a lounge bar – with more details to be released very soon.
Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale – the company behind the newest venture – said: ‘We are bringing back a luxury icon, but giving it an all-Italian twist.
‘The Orient Express La Dolce Vita is going to offer a window into some of the lesser-known parts of our country, while still stopping in Rome, Florence, and Milan, and providing that high level of service it’s always been known for.
‘The idea is to give passengers the chance to get off the train and explore beyond Italy’s most obvious destinations – a “dolce vita” experience at 360 degrees.’
Also, for passengers arriving in Rome, there will also be the chance to stay in an Orient Express-themed hotel, called The Minerva – which is set to open in 2024.
The venue will pay tribute to the historic train journey and is said to be the first of a series of hotels – so watch this space.
Passengers hoping to secure a spot on the train will be able to reserve trips between one and three days, with seats going on sale in June 2022.
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