The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express adds a new destination

The legendary Pullman will travel on to Berlin, taking in the Rhine

The dining carriage on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The dining carriage on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express | Image: © Belmond

“Poor but sexy” may be how former mayor Klaus Wowereit once described Berlin, but these days it has boasting rights to a luxury that few other places in the world do: Belmond’s legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (www.belmond.com; from £4,420 per couple) has debuted a new route, with the gritty-chic German metropolis as its final disembarkation point.

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Guests travel on the venerable Belmond British Pullman in London for the journey south across Kent, meeting the VSOE in Calais after a luxury transfer through the tunnel, then spend two days and a night in the considerable comfort to which Belmond habitués are accustomed: from the decorative panelling and gleaming brass in the cabins to cut crystal and black tie in the dining room; meandering through Paris and along the Rhine, it’s quintessential old-school luxury.

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