We did it a few years ago - it is certainly a memorable trip with attentive service and a carefully restored luxury train. Lots to eat as you are successively fed lunch, afternoon tea and dinner! The daytime journey through northern Italy and Austria is very scenic and it will probably get dark as you eat dinner travelling through Switzerland.
Whether this is worth the money is really a question for you, but it was a good way for ourselves and some friends to mark all of our significant birthdays.
thank you so much! Your reply was really helpful. We were particularly interested in whether we would be able to get much scenic viewing in given the overnight trip.
If you can afford it, do it! My husband and I have just returned from Venice on the Orient Express and it has been the most wonderful experience. The glamour, the gaiety, the music from the pianist playing the baby grand piano in the Bar Car, and the gastronomic delights served up by chef Christian Bodeguel are experiences which will stay with us forever. The train hurtles and rattles its way through tunnels and passes under and through the Alps.
Yes, I too wondered whether £1,800 for a 24 hour train journey could ever be worth it.
The train is superb, a real piece of history, the food superb, the staff excellent, scenery terrific, beds as comfortable as any 5 star plus luxury hotel.
But be careful, this train is powerful magic. In fact, I got rather more than I bargained for.
I got engaged half way through the Brenner Pass to my girlfriend of only 6 months in the corridor of S class sleeping-car number 3125, having decided the name of our first born son in our sleeper berth the previous night.
And here I am, married with a mortgage, and Nathaniel now 6 years old.
Handle with care...Edited: 24 September 2012, 23:01
How wonderful, Man-in-Seat-No6: so start saving up now for your trip to Venice in 2031! It is our Silver wedding anniversary in October so decided Venice in September would be a better time of year to visit and thought the Orient Express would be a delight. It was. It no longer goes through the Brenner Pass as it passes Lugano and goes through a different tunnel (not the Simpolon). Never mind: I find all tunnels look the same!
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