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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
& Belmond British Pullman:
Romantic Italian Holiday

T

he Belmond British Pullman
is a luxury, vintage day train
that completes the British leg
of Venice Simplon-OrientExpress journeys between Paris
and London. Passengers from the
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
disembark in Calais, France and
board a special Belmond bus
for the short "piggyback" train
ride through the Eurotunnel to
Folkestone. There, they board the
Belmond British Pullman for the
ride to London's Victoria station.
The Belmond British Pullman,
also operates a full array of day
trips, many of them with themes
such as castles, gardens, historic
houses, romance and Christmas.
Of special interest to railfans are
the train's steam-hauled trips.
Call for details.

Tables are set with starched white
cloth, shining silverware and
glittering crystal. Each meal is
accompanied by fine wines and
champagnes selected by the train
sommelier. A typical luncheon
menu: seasonal soup served with
chived créme fraiche; seared
fillet of herb-encrusted salmon,

Dining CarS
The Belmond British Pullman
comprises 11 lovingly restored
luxury cars from the 1920s and
1930s, all sporting an elegant
cream and burnt umber livery.
Each car seats 20-26 passengers;
the train's total capacity is 226.
Passengers are seated at tables for
two or four, although one car has
a limited number of single tables
and tables for three. Several have
private "saloons."
Each car has its own name,
décor and history. "Minerva"
and "Perseus," for example, were
used to bring foreign dignitaries
to Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. "Perseus" also was
used in Winston Churchill's
funeral train in 1965. The Queen
Mother used "Phoenix" on many
occasions, while "Audrey" was
regularly used by members of the
Royal Family between 1951 and
1964. "Zena," meanwhile, was a
star in the 1976 film "Agatha."
Dining is high art on the train.

Owen Hardy

Eleanor Hardy

Eleanor Hardy

braised broad beans and smoked
bacon, baby new potatoes with a
Noilly Prat sauce; chocolate Jaffa
Cake tart. Afternoon tea might
include finger sandwiches, warm
scones with Devonshire clotted
cream and strawberry jam, fresh
pastries; a broad selection of tea
and Columbian coffee.

Enhance Your Journey
Want more Romantic
Italian Holiday?
We have lots of ideas:
* A stay at one of our fabulous Virtuoso partner villas,
and visits to villages, with
wine-tastings in Tuscany
* A private, guided tour of
Siena
* A vespa tour of the countryside
Eleanor Hardy

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