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Venice Simplon Orient Express journey: two Australian’s adventure

By | March 16, 2022

Traveling couple venture on one of the world's most luxurious trains

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Venice Simplon Orient Express journey: A dining room table in a luxurious rail car.

Join Jess and Stephen (or Stephen and Jess?!) for a full-review experience of the luxury Venice Simplon Orient Express journey by train from Venice, Italy, to London, U.K.

The Australian family maintains a travel blog, Flying The Nest, where they detail their globe-trotting experiences, mostly out of a converted van. They’ve traveled throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

The couple’s 2019 journey begins with a lightly narrated tour of Venice and water taxi-ride to the Venice train station. Stephen and Jess are wowed by the polished wood features in their compartment and the furnishings.

They spend the next several days recording their experiences, including visiting the dining car, in-car amenities and, of course, their views from the train as they move leisurely through Europe.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the original Orient Express train ran between 1883 and 1977 connecting the Calais, France, on the English Channel and Istanbul, Turkey. Intermediate points included famed European cities. That earlier train was the scene for the Agatha Christie murder mystery novel, “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Trains reviewed a recent movie adaption in 2017.

Stephen, Jess, and their daughter, Hunter, recently explored Amtrak’s Silver Meteor from New York City to Orlando, Florida. The video is available at

These videos have been re-posted from YouTube with permission and made free to all.

Venice Simplon Orient Express journey: A dining room table in a luxurious rail car.
An image from the Stephen and Jess journey on the Orient Express in 2019. Screen-capture image: Flying The Nest via YouTube.

One thought on “Venice Simplon Orient Express journey: two Australian’s adventure

  1. The modern Venice-Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) is kind of a joke on VSOP, an expensive Cognac.

    The original Orient Express had its heyday between 1883 and 1914, when England, France and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were vying for an alliance with the Ottoman Empire (Turkey.) Control of the Dardanelles and thus the Black Sea (sea access to the Russian Empire) were at stake.

    The Brits could and did go to Constantinople by ship. (Brittania ruled the waves) (Istanbul is Constantinople’s current name) so the CIWL (Wagon-Lits Co,) operated the ultra-posh Orient Express to link Paris and Vienna with Constantinople. Initially the train ran Paris-Vienna-Varna with a Black Sea ship connection to Constantinople from 1883. In 1887 the RR was completed to Istanbul and the train was rerouted via an all-rail route. Germans could connect from Berlin to Strasburg (In Alsace, not Pennsylvania) Munich or Vienna.

    There’s your intrigue: three nations competing for the favor of the Turks all riding the same train. Again, the English could travel on one of their ships so the Calais/Boulogne-Paris connection was not that important.

    The problem was solved in 1914 when the German SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau steamed to Constantinople and joined the Ottoman Navy, complete with German Admiral and crews.

    After the Great War, the Orient Express resumed but without the glamour of the international intrigue and rerouted via the Simplon Tunnel and Venice.

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