Travel + Leisure
By: Paul Brady
June 27, 2021
Shiny new trains and exciting itineraries have summer travelers taking a second look at the rails.
A luxurious champagne-and-caviar ride through Europe on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a celebratory splurge. But this year, it will be even more spectacular: Belmond (Grand Suites from $15,800 per person, per night, all-inclusive), which operates the trains, has just added three over-the-top Grand Suites that wouldn’t be out of place at one of the company’s grande-dame hotels, such as the Cadogan or the Cipriani.
Designed by Wimberly Interiors, each of the three new, Art Deco-style compartments has a double bed, an en suite bathroom, and heated floors. Guests can call on round-the-clock butler service for in-room dining or a nightcap; they can also dine in the train’s spacious restaurant or pop into the bar car. The iconic London-Venice-Istanbul route remains an option, but the trains will also hit other cities this year, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Florence, Geneva, and Rome.
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