Orient Express, the legend back on track


Almost 140 years after the first luxury Orient Express trains changed train travel forever, the legend continues. Orient Express, craftsman of travel since 1883, announces the return of its legendary train and a new and unique format.

With the support of Accor and the impetus of its CEO Sébastien Bazin, Orient Express has entrusted architect Maxime d’Angeac with a crucial and historic new mission: to revive the legend, by reinterpreting the decor of Nostalgie-Istanbul Orient -Express . In 2024, just in time for the Olympic Games in Paris, the first cars designed in collaboration with the best French craftsmen will unveil the new charms of the Orient Express.

This contemporary vision of luxury and extreme comfort will invite travelers to relive the legend aboard 17 original Orient Express cars dating from the 1920s and 1930s, adorned with exceptional decor. This set of cars, more recently known as the Nostalgia-Istanbul-Orient-Express, was a dream cruise train inaugurated in the early 1980s by Swiss tour operator and businessman Albert Glatt, which linked Zurich to Istanbul. Under the name of Extreme-Orient-Express, the train made the longest journey ever made between Paris and Tokyo, before stopping a few years later and disappearing.

In 2015, Arthur Mettetal, a researcher specializing in industrial history, carried out a global inventory of the Orient Express for the SNCF. During his research, he discovers surprisingly well-preserved famous cars. The interiors retain the same Morrison and Nelson marquetry and Lalique panels, emblematic of the Art Deco style. After two years of negotiations, the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express was sold to Orient Express. A dantesque convoy brings the 17 cars – 12 sleeping cars, 1 restaurant, 3 lounges and 1 van – back to France.

Maxime d’Angeac, architect says: “The rebirth of the Orient Express is a technological challenge, meeting scientific, artistic and technical criteria, where the entire project has been designed as a work of art. From the bolts stamped with the Orient Express signature to the innovative concept of the suites, an exact science of detail will allow travelers to rediscover the great splendor of the Orient Express. Entrusted to the best craftsmen and decorators specialized in their unique fields, this embassy of French luxury will reveal a absolute refinement, faithful to the art of made-to-measure This will be an incomparable train travel experience, imagined through a contemporary vision of comfort and extreme luxury.

About Orient Express

Artisan of travel since 1883, Orient Express sublimates the Art of Travel with its luxury trains, its unique experiences and its collections of rare objects. And soon: its first hotels around the world, with the opening of the Orient Express La Minerva in Rome and the Orient Express Palazzo Don Giovannelli in Venice in 2024. An additional project has been announced in Riyadh, the first city of the Middle East to announce the arrival of an Orient Express hotel. In parallel with the launch of the Nostalgia-Istanbul-Orient-Express, Orient Express La Dolce Vita will welcome its first passengers aboard its luxury trains in early 2024, forming a complete universe that will offer Orient Express travelers a complete ultra-luxury journey. live.

About Accor

Accoris a leading global hotel group comprised of 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage locations in 110 countries. The group has one of the most diverse and integrated hotel ecosystems in the industry, comprising more than 40 luxury, upscale, midscale and budget hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unparalleled position in lifestyle hospitality One of the fastest growing categories in the industry is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, in which Accor holds a majority stake. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial, founder-driven brands with purpose at their heart. Accor has an unrivaled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 230,000 employees worldwide. Members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program ALL – Accor Live Limitless a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group focuses on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusiveness. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information, visitgroup.accor.comor follow Accor onTwitter,Facebook,LinkedInandinstagram.

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