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Orient Express trains to return to Italy

Orient Express trains to return to Italy

The new Orient Express ‘La Dolce Vita’ trains will be supported by hospitality partner Accor

Ultra luxury travel options are set to widen when Orient Express trains return to Italy in 2023.

Six trains will embark on several domestic itineraries spanning eight countries, with stops at iconic cities including Rome, Paris, Istanbul and Split.

Guests on stopovers in Rome will be able to visit the first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, from 2024 when it’s opens

Supported by hospitality partner Accor, the trains will include 12 deluxe cabins, 18 suites, one ‘Honour Suite’ and a restaurant, described as “boldly celebrating the craftsmanship, design and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s”.

Accor chief executive Sabastien Bazin said: “We consider it an immense privilege to re-launch the historic Orient Express brand for passionate and discerning travellers.”

Stephen Alden, chief executive of Raffles and Orient Express at Accor, added: “It is thrilling to be bringing the refined nomadic spirit of Orient Express back to life for a new generation of travellers. As artisans of travel, we wish to revive this old-world, awe-inspiring ‘journey to elsewhere’ and reconcile certain paradoxes: a journey and a destination, astonishment and inspiration, movement and contemplation. Against the backdrop of breath-taking panoramas and a unique blend of cultures, we are convinced that travellers will have unforgettable experiences in Italy with Orient Express La Dolce Vita.”

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