Orient Express arrives to Krakow
From July 12-14, Krakow will play host to the legendary Orient Express train. Over 100 guests attended by nearly 50 staff are aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, which is embarking on its 25th Jubilee Journey of providing today?s tourists with the historical train travel.
The Orient will arrive at the Krakow Main train station, on Platform 1 on Thursday, July 12, at 12:00. The Orient guests will be greeted at the train station, receiving welcoming gifts from a Krakovian entourage. Some 28 horse drawn carriages will await the Orient passengers near the Main Railway Station, and take the passengers to their hotel via the city center and Kazimierz.
During their stay, the Orient guests will visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Kazimierz, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wadowice and Zakopane.On Saturday, July 14, the historical train will continue its journey to Warsaw.
The Orient Express was the first trans-European passenger rail train, connecting Paris with the then Constantinople (today?s Istanbul). Its inaugural journey of 1883 opened a new chapter of passenger transport and mobility. The train?s early journeys were experiences of luxury and opulence, with carriages resembling the comforts and extravagance of the best Parisian apartments. Featured in many literary works, the Express has entered legendary status thanks to writers such as Agatha Christie and her ?Murder on the Orient Express? detective novel, in which Hercule Poirot solves the murder mystery on board.
Traveling in style, the Orient Express journey costs around 6,000 euro. The fully renovated 15 carriage train has private compartments for guests attended by cabin stewards. The train has three individually styled restaurant cars, with meals prepared by French chefs and served by Italian waiters. The Orient also includes a bar car complete with a piano offering live music, while the train?s boutique offers its guests luxury items for purchase.