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REVIEW: A Trip On The Orient Express – ‘The Golden Age Of Travel’

Review - A Trip abroad The Orient Express, FashionBiteOn a cold, crisp late January morning the boyfriend and I trotted off to Victoria Station, London, to embark on a fabulous five hour adventure aboard The Orient Express.

It is something I’ve always longed to experience and the luxurious ‘Golden Age Of Travel’ really did live up to all my expectations…

Review - A Trip abroad The Orient Express, FashionBiteAs we walked down to the end of Platform 2 at Victoria, we were greeted by a four-piece band (dressed in mustard yellow) playing 1920’s-style music, whilst rounds of tea and coffee were served to keep us warm.

We were boarding ‘The Golden Age of Travel’ on the British Pullman stream train, which included a journey around the English countryside and a five course lunch with champagne and wine.

Review - A Trip abroad The Orient Express, FashionBiteThe whole experience was so luxurious from start to finish; even the tickets (which were sent out prior to the day) came in a wonderful brown leather case with suede exterior.

As the British Pullman drew into the platform, steam bellowed out of the train’s chimneys and the piercing sound of a horn rang out loud and clear. Silver service waiters wearing pristine white suits with sparkling brass buttons greeted us to step aboard our carriage.

Review - A Trip abroad The Orient Express, FashionBiteThe carriages each have their own unique names, décor and history. We were travelling in coach ‘Zena,’ a carriage built in 1928 which featured the original light brown wood-panelled walls, striking brass fixtures and comfy armchairs with fine dining table settings that would have greeted travellers over eighty years ago.

Review - A Trip abroad The Orient Express, FashionBiteZena was used in the 1976 film ‘Agatha,’ about the life of Agatha Christie and another carriage Perseus was used to transport the coffin of Winston Churchill in 1965.

As we slowly chugged out of Victoria, it felt like we were a million miles away from modern London life and we settled into our journey with a cool glass of champagne.

We were sat on a traditional two-seater table in the window, as we travelled around the outskirts of London and the South Downs on ‘The Golden Age of Travel.’

Flicking through The Orient Express brochure, I was amazed at how many different experiences and trips are on offer; including a journey to Hever Castle and a 1920’s dinner featuring “a night of vintage glamour and romance,” where guests are invited to don their best vintage dresses and revel in the atmosphere of the 1920’s. Sounds absolutely amazing, I would love this! Perfect too for all those stunning 1920’s inspired looks which are key to fashion this spring/summer.

We were sat nearby a lovely French couple and behind a family of four, who had been planning the trip for over two years to celebrate their Mother’s 60th Birthday. It would make an amazing Valentine’s Day experience, if you subscribe to February 14th, otherwise as a couple it’s a wonderful and blissfully romantic way to spend an afternoon.

Review - A Trip abroad The Orient Express, FashionBiteOur five-course silver service meal included salmon terrine, asparagus soup, beautifully cooked organic lamb, a cheese platter and a scrummy chocolate-y desert…definitely go hungry! The food was absolutely delicious and the waiters were impeccable (in both manner and service) and we felt very well looked after.

A bottle of red or white wine is included but we decided to upgrade to a Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which was a delicious and very indulgent way to wash down a Friday afternoon.

The staff went out of their way to give everyone on board the best possible experience and you felt truly spoilt. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone, and I’m already planning about a dozen trips I’d love to take friends and family on!

Review - A Trip abroad The Orient Express, FashionBiteIf there is a special birthday or occasion on the horizon, you really couldn’t choose a more wonderful present. Our trip ‘The Golden Age of Travel’ costs £350 per person, but there are plenty of experiences which start at the £195 mark. If you want to go all out, there are weekend packages available, such as a trip to Cornwall and the Eden Project, alongside journeys abroad to Venice or the Far East.

For more information on all the various trips available and how to book, visit www.orient-express.com.

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3 Comments

  1. Simon Pielow says:

    FashionBite, great article!
    Even with all the luxury trains that still ply the rails in the 21st century (would you believe it?), Orient Express still produces benchmarking journeys; the British Pullman and the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express in Europe are the dowager duchesses of this noble family of trains!

  2. fashionbite says:

    Thanks for your comment Simon! Yes, we totally agree- an amazing experience and one we highly recommend!

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