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Orient Express Orient-Express: de l’histoire à la légende


Historian Guillaume Picon delves into the storied history of Orient-Express, sharing unpublished archival materials and awe-inspiring photographs for a never-before-seen look at the legendary train. From the exploration of its origins to the wonder of its early journeys and first-of-its-kind luxury train cars, this book tells the story of Orient Express through a historical lens.

A Jewel Revealed


A Review of the Details

Throughout nearly 50 pages, photographer Benjamin Chelly shares a look at seven historic train cars restored by artisans.

The Comfort

From its refined dining cars and luxurious sleeping cabins to decorative panels signed by René Prou and René Lalique, Picon details the awe and wonder Orient-Express represented upon making its debut.


A look back at 130 years of communications, including promotional posters, travel guides and the on-board publication, High-Life magazine.

The Characters

From founder Georges Nagelmackers and author Agatha Christie, to intelligence officer Lawrence of Arabia and spy Mata Hari, Chelly looks back at the famous passengers who crossed Europe aboard Orient-Express.

Also Found in the Book

A preface written by Sir Kenneth Branagh, director and actor of the film Murder on the Orient Express (2017).