Is the Orient-Express Paris-Istanbul on your bucket list?
If so, maybe it’s time to move it from “bucket” to “book it.”
The per-person cost of a Cabin Suite on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’ once-a-year historic route is dropping $2,580: from $19,900 this year to $17,320 in 2014.
(A Cabin Suite is two adjoining Double Cabins connected by a private, interior door. A Double Cabin has a sink, plus upper and lower berths, which fold down by day into a comfortable sofa. Many IRT couples sharing a compartment prefer a Cabin Suite, so both can have a lower bed and a sink of their own.)
Also for next year, you can book Paris-Istanbul in a Double Cabin. Per-person cost is $9,000. A Cabin Suite is the only option this year.
In other words, this year, a couple can’t do this itinerary for less than almost $40,000. Next year, you and your sweetheart can “rough it” on the Orient-Express’ most sought-after route for a total of $18,000. (Just be clear who’s climbing the stairs to the top bunk.)
The 2014 prices are lower for another hot Orient-Express itinerary, Istanbul-Venice: $9,000 per person for two people sharing a Double Cabin; $17,320 per person for two people sharing a Cabin Suite. The train’s remaining itinerary prices also are less next year, although not by as much.
Finally, for those who simply can’t get enough of the world-famous, 1920s-era, Art Deco luxury train, you’ll get a discount if you book both itineraries — Paris-Istanbul (Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2014) and Istanbul-Venice (Sept. 5-10, 2014) — back to back:
The cost is $31,180 per person for two people sharing a Cabin Suite. It’s only $16,200 per person for two people sharing a Double Cabin (again, just be clear on who’s up and who’s down).
For more information or to book a trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express — or any of Society’s other “World’s Top 25 Trains®,” please call (800) 478-4881 in the U.S. and Canada or (502) 897-1725 elsewhere. For more information on the Orient-Express, please click here.
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