The Venice Simplon Orient Express
History and literature buffs will love the vintage sleeping cars on the luxury Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE). While this isn't the same train of Agatha Christie fame, the atmosphere definitely harkens back to that romantic time period.
It takes 24 hours to travel from London to Venice, and the VSOE boasts luxury travel through gorgeous scenery. Passengers enjoy gourmet meals and private sleeping cars that make the journey as memorable as the destination. As soon as the train pulls out of the station, the champagne bottles pop and you can lounge in the saloon's armchairs.
The train's cars, restored from 1920s, '30s and '50s railcars, still have that Art Deco style and many original features. Each restored car has its own story, so you might want to take the time to learn each carriage's history before setting out.