The Orient Express

The Orient Express.

The most famous cross-continent luxury express train service is the Orient Express. It was inaugurated in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits and ran from Paris to Istanbul, but was decommissioned in December 2009. Its route were taken over by the Venice-Simpion Orient Express, a private venture by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd (now renamed Belmond Ltd), but it runs from London to Venice only. However, it is connected to other destinations in Europe, including the original route to Istanbul.

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