Brussels To Become New Venice Simplon – Orient – Express Destination

The iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will add a new destination to its regular schedule in May 2014, visiting Brussels for the first time. Departures to and from the Belgian city are available from Venice, Vienna, and Budapest, with 5 new itineraries ranging from 1- to 4-nights included in this season’s timetable.

Beginning on 17 May 2014, the luxury train departs Venice at mid-morning enroute to Brussels through the German, Austrian, and Swiss countryside. Selected journeys between London and Venice will offer guests the opportunity to stopover in Brussels for a more detailed visit to the city.

The decision to include Brussels to the train’s timetable is fitting given Belgium’s role in its history. Luxury train travel has its roots in the country when Belgian-born Georges Nagelmackers created the original Orient Express service between Paris and Vienna in 1883.

Several restored carriages from that classic train form the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, together with the carriages of various luxury train services of the 1920s and 1930s.

Onboard, guests are treated to fine dining, a personal steward service and exceptional scenery from the comforts of their cabin. Each cabin features a lounge area that is converted into a comfortable bedroom at night by the steward, with an original hot-and-cold water washbasin cabinet.

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