The name Orient Express means different things to different people. For some it is the ultimate in elegance and refined travel, a glamorous way to voyage, exclusive only to the very wealthy. To others the train represents an almost mythical way to adventure and retrace the steps of spies, diplomats and secret agents. Or it is quite simply the height of romance and love, a wonderful way to spend time with a loved one on a journey that has echoed through the ages.
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Either way, the very name Orient Express, with its luxurious fittings, delicious cuisine, incredible views passing the window by the second, not to mention the fantastical tales of drama and intrigue, is one that has been the zenith of luxury train travel for more than 125 years.
From the landmark moment in October 1883 when it was launched, the Orient Express has defined railway history, and this mini guide will trace the rich history of this iconic train. It will also showcase the plethora of famous figures that graced the train, from Agatha Christie and Graham Greene to Ian Fleming, Baden-Powell and a host of famous royals.