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Accor announces the return of the Orient Express by 2023

The famous luxury tourist train company, Orient Express, is back in service after a break of more than twelve years since its last run. Orient Express is, without question, one of the most iconic train brands that have left their mark on the world of travel and, more specifically, the world of itinerant travel.

In 1883, the Sleeping Car Company developed a network of luxury trains, Orient Express. Almost 140 years later, Accor has announced the return of these mythical journeys, in alliance with the transalpine company Arsenale.

The company will resume service with its new "La Dolce Vita" line from 2023. The name was chosen to refer to the historic period of glamour, joie de vivre and artistic fervour that Italy experienced in the 1960s. 

Through partnerships with Trenitalia and Fondazione FS Italian, Orient Express Dolce Vita will have 6 luxury trains from its cruising year in 2025. These train lines will offer travel throughout Italy, in addition to three international destinations: Paris, Istanbul and Split. 

With 16,000 kilometres of rail lines, the trains will offer extraordinary journeys, showcasing Italian lifestyle and traditions, while adopting a more contemporary spirit of travel, and 5-star service.

Each train will recreate an atmosphere of the glorious years of La Dolce Vita and will be composed of 12 Deluxe cabins, 18 Suites and 1 Prestige Suite. In addition, the restaurant offer will be in collaboration with internationally renowned chefs and sommeliers. Italy will therefore be honoured by promoting Italian gastronomy and fine wines.

During their stopovers in Rome, travellers will discover the Minerva Hotel, the first Orient Express establishment, which is scheduled to open in 2024. 

Finally, a lounge area will be offered in Rome station, providing a warm and refined place for travellers to enjoy personalised service and refreshments before their departure. 

It is a great honour to rekindle the flame of the Orient Express, and to revive the spirit of travel so refined for a new generation of travellers. The original train route was innovative in the way it brought together East and West, history and modernity. As travel craftsmen, we will revive this inspiring journey to the other side of the world and reconcile its paradoxes: a journey and a destination, wonder and inspiration, movement and contemplation. Against a backdrop of breathtaking panoramas and a melting pot of cultures, we are convinced that travellers will have unforgettable experiences in Italy with Orient Express La Dolce Vita.

Stephen Alden, General manager Raffles and Orient Express, Accor 

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