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The Orient-Express heads to Berlin this summer for fascinating journey through time

A glamorous train ride combines all you could ever have dreamt up in a journey that takes you back in time to the flappers and Art Deco of the Weimar Republic.

The Venice Simplon Orient Express is the iconic old train that travels Istanbul, Venice, Vienna, and Prague, and is the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s famous Orient Express. 

This year, the train embarks on a new journey to Berlin taking guests on a fascinating journey through time. In the tradition of the first pioneering days of rail travel, this new route links three historic European capital cities, London, Paris and Berlin.

The original luxurious carriages are the same ones that might have been slept in by Christie’s characters complete with all the interiors and finery that have been the same since 1883 when the train embarked on its first journey.

But of course this comes with a hefty price tag.  The Berlin/London journey costs €3,050 for two days and one night.

Board the @vsoetrain this June on our new journey to #Berlin. #DiscoverBelmond

A photo posted by Belmond (@belmond) on Apr 7, 2016 at 12:04pm PDT

Upon boarding the train in Berlin a three course lunch is served in the famous dining car. Between meals guests can visit the Champagne Bar or stay within their own private and spacious cabin.

There are stewards throughout the carriages to meet your every request, whilst the Art Deco design extends even to the incredibly beautiful tiled bathrooms. Meals continue throughout that day and the next, with a choice of three dining carriages, a new bar called 3674 and a piano bar.

The luxuriously epic journey ends in London, hopefully with as little crime and drama as possible for all aboard.