Enter the time machine that takes you back to the golden ages of travel. The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is a spectacular train service that invites you on a journey between classic European cities. It's essentially a historic hotel on wheels and it offers one of the world’s finest travel experiences. Get ready to experience exquisite food, excellent wine, and impeccable service.
James Blair Sherwood, the American-born, British-based businessman, was the mastermind behind this vintage railway project. In 1977 he bought two original carriages at an auction that were withdrawn from the Orient Express service. Over the following years, he spent 16 million dollars to purchase 35 sleeper, restaurant, and Pullman carriages. These vintage trains date back to the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Then on 25 May 1982, the first London–Venice Orient Express rolled into service.