Luxury Locos

It's arguably the world's most romantic train journey—and who would want to argue, with so much romance in the air? Since 1883, the Orient Express has set the standard for a certain kind of luxury travel. Today, the train's original 1920s and '30s carriages are decorated with marquetry panels, finely cast solid brass and Art Deco paintings. The traditional London-to-Venice trip takes 31 hours and costs $2,400 one way. But the train's trophy trip, which mirrors its virgin journey from Paris to Istanbul, takes place only once a year—and costs $4,000...

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