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You could take a luxury champagne train from France to Italy this summer

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Veuve Clicquot on this ridiculously opulent trip

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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For some people, there’s no such thing as too much champagne. Forget just drinking it – you’d bathe and swim in the stuff if you could. If that’s you, here’s the perfect trip. Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is taking over legendary train the Orient Express to celebrate its 250th anniversary this summer.

The trip starts in Reims, France, and over the next two days and nights, guests will be served an obscene amount of bubbly. You’ll start with lunch in Clicquot’s cellars, then board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and follow the shipping route of the company’s first bottles.

Guests can expect two days filled with sumptuous pairing menus, curated by top chef Jean Imbert, as well as plenty of revelry in the train’s Bar Car 3674. The carriages are exactly as you’d expect of the Orient Express, i.e. very grand and very flashy. This ain’t some grotty intercity stopper, that’s for sure.

Veuve Clicquot’s celebration will finish at the Hotel Cipriani, one of Venice’s most luxurious places to stay. There, guests can indulge in another night of extravagance at the Sunset Ball, a boozy bash with stunning views out over the Venice lagoon.

All that sound like your kind of thing? You’ll have to have quite a bit of cash handy. Veuve Clicquot’s Orient Express trip runs from June 5 to 7, with prices starting at a pretty steep $8,432 (£6,241) per person. Contact invitation@belmond.com to book or find out more.

Did you know you can travel through Mexico on an all-you-can-drink tequila train?

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