東方快車 一趟小說中的傳奇之旅
The Orient Express A Legend Tour in the Novel


「他的身體好比一架鐵籠子,處處顯得威嚴體面,可是在那鐵欄桿裏的,卻是一頭兇猛可怕的野獸。」英國推理小說大師阿嘉莎.克里斯蒂於1934年寫成
《東方快車謀殺案》,自始人們對此列車充滿着憧憬與想像。今天在高鐵與飛機像打車一樣方便的年代,東方快車正讓我們重新感受十八世紀優雅年代的貴族式出行。
“The body – the cage – is everything of the most respectable – but through the bars, the wild animal looks out.”《 Murder on the Orient Express》
masterpiece of English detective novelist Agatha Christie in 1934, has inspired great imaginations for the express. As high-speed rail and aircraft are
facilitating our lives nowadays, the Orient Express takes us back to the aristocratic life during the elegant 18th century.


巴黎到伊斯坦布爾
From Paris to Istanbul

原祖版古董列車

威尼斯辛普倫東方快車是充滿歷史氣息的列車,「東方快車」由1883年開始行駛在歐洲大陸上,當年《費加羅報》對這華麗列車的全新體驗有這樣的描述:「東方快車這個招牌歸法國鐵路公司享有,具有很高的附加值。它承載了夢、情感和穿越時空的祈願。」經歷過兩次世界大戰,東方快車一度消失世上,然而1974年著名小說《東方快車謀殺案》被拍成電影,重新引起火車愛好者詹姆斯.舍伍德的熱情,他透過拍賣尋回兩卡古董車廂,經過多年的搜尋與重修,百年歷史的奢華列車得以「重生」,完全依據原初的列車重新佈置裝飾,全新的東方快車被譽為長達1.5公里的「移動古董」。旅客坐上這文物列車上,彷彿就置身於一部歷史小說當中。

這列全新的東方快車,裝潢跟車廂服務保留了二、三十年代的原有風味,服務員一身筆挺制服並戴上白手套,跟酒店管家一樣為客人拿行李、送早餐等隨時服務,這裏每一節車廂都有着無窮的故事:著名的2869號餐卡更是裝飾藝術時代遺留下來的設計,全車廂以紅木鑲飾,處處都是砌木花卉的紋飾,流露一片爵士年代的氛圍。列車上的餐飲往往被乘客喻之為媲美米其林的傑作。旅客午餐和晚餐的時間都會換上華麗衣裳,投入英式貴族生活,在樂手的鋼琴悠韻下,享受美味的歐式佳餚,彷彿回到了1920 年代瑰麗的氛圍。

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, created in 1883, has become the synonymous of history. The train service was interrupted due to the two World Wars. Nevertheless, ignited by the movie Murder on the Orient Express, Sherwood bought at auction two original carriages and started his trace of other carriages. The relaunched 1.5 km Orient Express, also called as Moving Antique, has been restored to its original grandeur. Travelling in this train is like wandering in novel of history.

The brand new Orient-Express retains the style in 1920s. Dressed in trim uniform and white gloves, stewards are ready to provide travelers caring services such as taking luggages and serving breakfasts. Numerous stories happened on every single carriage. Decorated with redwood sculptures of flowers, car 2869 known as a dining car elaborates the prosperity of the 1920s. Passengers would sit at the table in fine clothes and savor the European delicacies with piano melodies.


緩慢速度賞歐陸

「 藍色車廂 」為另一卡1929 年建造的車廂,全車沿用古典的萊儷水晶燈、上漆的花卉牆紙、法式水波西卡檬木鑲蕨的牆壁、紅木酒吧等,昔日是皇公貴族指定的包廂。東方快車提供一系列精彩行程路線,旅客可自由選擇出發地點或目的地,當中最經典的路線必然是從巴黎到伊斯坦布爾。行程途經整個古老歐州大陸,穿越匈牙利首都布達佩斯和羅馬尼亞首都布加勒斯特,旅客在兩個地方都可以下車到城裏走走,當中羅馬尼亞的佩雷斯城堡更是不容錯過,城堡於1873 年建造,過去是羅馬尼亞貴族的度假勝地,被譽為歐洲最美的城堡之一。

列車在第五天早上穿越充滿文藝氣息的多瑙河,進入保加利亞的瓦爾納欣賞黑海的美景,而在抵達目的地土耳其伊斯坦布爾前還可一睹色雷斯平原一望無際的綠色草原,為行程畫上圓滿的句點。每年3 月至11 月之間每周僅有一班行駛,對於古典列車的熱愛,加上對昔時貴族生活的懷緬,十天的東方快車之旅絕對是一次時光倒流的難得經歷。

Built in 1929, Train Bleu was once exclusive carriage for the royals. It is notable for the sycamore paneling, Lalique flower bouquets and mahogany bar. The train carries travelers from Paris to Istanbul, during which they can explore many historic cities. Among these destinations, Peles Castle, erected in 1873, used to be the vacation spot for Romanian royals and is now regarded as one of the exquisite castles in Europe.

On the 5th day, train will travel across the Danube, run along the Black Sea in Varna, Bulgaria, come through boundless Thrace plain and terminate at Istanbul. Every year from March to November, there will be one Orient Express available for lovers of classic trains and aristocratic lives.

土耳其伊斯坦布爾 Istanbul, Turkey

羅馬尼亞佩雷斯城堡 Romanian Peles Castle






海參崴到莫斯科
From Vladivostok to Moscow

 金鷹號重回帝俄時代

被譽為「移動的五星級酒店」的西伯利亞金鷹號列車在2007年正式營運,當日還是由英女皇堂弟邁克尔親王蒞臨剪綵,被喻為全球最奢華八大列車線之一,也被《國家地理雜誌》選為「一生必遊的500經典路線」之一。往來於俄羅斯的莫斯科、海參崴和蒙古烏蘭巴托之間,全程11,000公里,約1/3地球圓周長度。列車於2月至9月行駛,行走世界最長的史詩式鐵路,整個旅程需時17天,沿途共有9個停靠點。每個停靠點旅客均可自行在城內遊覽,在莫斯科的金鷹號的火車站,單是候車室已經別樹一格的雄偉華麗,一隊俄羅斯軍用銅管樂隊為旅客作歡迎演奏,在月台隨之送上香檳美點,大家在一片興奮的心情踏上美麗旅程。

金鷹號共有21個車廂,分為金和銀兩個等級的華麗套房,以沙皇時期裝飾風格打造,回到昔時帝俄時期的奢逸迴廊,每個車廂均有管家24小時隨時候命,以及配有暖氣及可隨時浸個熱水澡的私人浴室,即使車外風雪紛飛,車廂內還是可享受暖融融的豪華生活。提到俄羅斯,不得不嘗嘗當地著名的伏特加酒,車上光是伏特加已有好幾十種,配以行程中供應的俄國料理、新鮮的魚子醬、貝加爾湖聞名的歐姆魚,一邊饗用着伏特加配魚子醬,一邊看着車廂外白雪飄飄,猶如置身移動皇宮一般。

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, inaugurated in 2007 by Prince Michael of Kent, has been hailed as one of the world’s eight most sumptuous trains as well as one of the “500 classic routes of lifetime”. The 11,000 miles journey carries the passengers from Moscow to Vladivostok via Ulaanbaatar, one third of the way around the world. Available from February to September, the train brings travelers a 17-day adventure and stops at 9 cities. In Moscow train station, the magnificent reception room warmly welcomes passengers with military brass band and champagnes.

The Golden Eagle has 21 czarist style golden and silver suites, on which stewards are on call at any hour. Equipped with heating system and private bathrooms, the carriages are luxury sanctuaries against the outside blizzard. Dozens of famed local vodkas, Russian cuisines, fresh caviar and omul from Lake Baikal, along with the swirling snow, present you a feast of senses and mind.

列車停靠莫斯科時,可遊覽城內的聖瓦西里大教堂 。
Visit Saint Basil’s Cathedral when the express stops at Moscow.

貝加爾湖Lake Baikal

 藍眼睛貝加爾湖

來到海參崴這個馳名的軍港,可看看著名的二戰傳奇無敵潛艇C-56博物館,此潛艇總共擊沉了10艘敵方艦艇,亦重創了另外4艘,扭轉了整個海上戰線,另外也可以在烏蘭巴托一睹蒙古草原的大漠風情。眾多景點中,最令人期待的該屬世界最深的淡水湖貝加爾湖,這裏絕色的風景被形容為「西伯利亞的藍眼睛」。金鷹列車在此停靠車站,夏天時份一片翠綠如茵,走到湖畔吸一口新鮮空氣,或者泛舟湖上。直到冬日貝加爾湖結成冰,湖畔的樹林掛上白色新衣,彷彿走進動畫《冰雪奇緣》的場景之中,為這個地方添上神秘浪漫的感覺。也可干脆躺坐到溫暖如春的酒吧車廂,搖盪着酒杯,傾聽伴隨旅程鋼琴家與豎琴家的演奏,窗外的湖水恰似流動的畫框。

若感覺行程意猶未盡,更可自由選擇特備節目,如一覽展示蘇聯時代坦克、飛機、及裝甲火車的軍事博物館,又或是選擇保存十九世紀末的火車和機車的西伯利亞優秀鐵路博物館。不想涉足外邊零下30-60度的旅客,則可選擇在美麗車廂中學習俄語,或者來到餐車的廚房重地,在大廚的指導下學習製作獨特的俄式午餐,美侖美奐的金鷹號以其浩瀚的雪原景色足教人畢生難忘。

In the military port Vladivostok, guests can visit the C-56 Submarine Museum which wrecked 10 fascist ships during World War II. In Ulaanbaatar they will get close with Mongolian endless grassland and desert. The major highlight of the journey should be Lake Baikal, the deepest fresh water lake in the world and known as the Pearl of Siberia. In summer travelers may ride a boat to tour the Jade-like lake and breathe in fresh air. In winter Lake Baikal is like the fairyland in Frozen with icy surface and snow-capped trees. It would be the biggest leisure in life to have some drink in the bar carriage and enjoy the running scenes through the window with performances of pianists and harpists.

If your want to try out more, the special menu supplies a military museum which exhibits the tanks, airplanes and armored trains of the Soviet era, and the Siberian Great Railway Museum with locomotives of the late 1800s. For those who prefer escaping from the chill, it is rather joyful to learn Russian language in the lovely carriage while viewing the vast snowfield.


泰國華欣 Hua Hin of Thailand

新加坡到泰國
From Singapore to Thailand

 殖民時代逸樂風情

火車旅遊不是歐陸地區的專利,亞洲開設的東方快車路線由新加坡駛至泰國,沿途欣賞東南亞的熱帶風光。亞洲東方快車於1993年啟行,全年行駛,以奢華的格局來遊走新加坡、馬來西亞與泰國之間。車廂設計上極富東方色彩,原木嵌畫、泰式牆雕和刻花鏡等,風味十足。甫入寬敞的車廂即充滿着新鮮的茉莉花來充當香氛,天天更換不同的鮮花帶來天然的飄逸香味。浴室還有手工檸檬草肥皂,充滿亞熱帶風味。

7天行程之中,列車沿途會經過泰國的華欣、馬來西亞的檳城、怡保和新山,旅客正式登上列車時都會換上正式晚裝參加歡迎派對,跟列車上的乘客喝個雞尾酒聊聊天;其後列車攀上馬來半島最高位置的金馬倫高原,一嘗當地著名的山茶,舉目欣賞馬來西亞的壯麗景色,相當寫意。值得一提的是這條路線還特意增設了一節特別的觀景車廂,有着寬廣的全景車窗、柚木地板、加上藤製家具,恍若置身昔時殖民時代優雅風情中。

列車停靠的三個地方都深受旅客歡迎,於馬來西亞的吉打州可擁抱大片稻田,體會當地傳統高腳屋,融入馬來人的生活;檳城的熱帶雨林和湖泊;華欣的海邊小鎮,都可一一盡情感受。當然絕對不能錯過當地的燒烤海鮮、海南雞飯、沙嗲等東南亞美食,也可來個市內五星級貴族水療驅走長途車的疲累,像昔日皇族一樣盡情體味豐饒的熱帶,讓身心盡情放鬆,細意回味舊日的時光,也感受一下慢生活的滋味,為下一個旅程或下一站的人生旅程打打氣。

In addition to Europe, Eastern Oriental Express launched in 1993 enables passengers to glance at the tropical Southeast Asia. Running from Singapore to Malaysia and Thailand all year round, the luxury carriages are designed in notable oriental style, with paintings embedded in the log, Thai carvings and engraved mirrors. Jasmine flowers are replaced every day to create a flowing natural fragrance. Moreover, handmade lemon grass soaps fill bathrooms with a unique subtropical flavor.

In the 7-day journey, the train passes by four stops: Hua Hin of Thailand, Penang, Ipoh and Johor Bahru of Malaysia.While boarding, passengers all suit up to attend the welcome party at night, and chat over the cocktail. You will then survey the magnificent landscape and taste the local camellia when the train reaches Cameron Highlands. Equipped with spacious panoramic window, teak floor and rattan furniture, the sightseeing coach arouses a graceful atmosphere of the colonial times.

You can fully enjoy while embracing the paddy field in Kedah of Malaysia and integrating into Malays’ life in local stilt houses, touring Penang rainforest and visiting the seaside Hua Hin. Don’t miss local barbecued seafood, Hainan Chicken Rice, satay and other Southeast Asian cuisines. Or choose a fivestar spa to remove the exhaustion of long distance travel and experience the fertile tropics like former royal families. To cheer for the next journey of your life, just immerse yourselves in the speed of slow life.


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