The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is back in Istanbul.
The Çırağan Palace has just completed a decade of catering Ottoman food onboard the world-renowned Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for its arrival to Istanbul.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which inspired Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock and many others, departed from Paris on Sept. 2, 2011, and will arrive in Istanbul this week, after a journey through Budapest, Bucharest and Varna.
Every year, the Çırağan Palace team meets the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Kapıkule, on the Bulgarian border with Turkey, to prepare an exclusive lunch on board with the chefs of the train, as the train heads to Istanbul.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express passengers have been enjoying the “Palace food,” with carefully prepared traditional Turkish dishes, for a decade. The hotel also hosts the majority of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express passengers during their stay in Istanbul, taking them on a scenic boat trip on the Bosphorus from the historic Sirkeci Train Station to the hotel.