Embark on a journey of unparalleled luxury and culinary excellence with “Veuve Clicquot and Belmond’s Luxurious Train Journey: From Vienna to Reims.” This summer, the iconic champagne house Veuve Clicquot, in collaboration with luxury hotel and leisure company Belmond, invites guests to experience a voyage like no other aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient Express.
Set to commence in July 2024, the Veuve Clicquot Solaire Journey promises an adventure steeped in culture, gastronomy, and the effervescent spirit of Veuve Clicquot. The journey begins in the historic city of Vienna, offering guests two days immersed in a world of artistic and culinary delights. The highlight of the Vienna stay is an exclusive dinner on the second evening, curated by the renowned chef Jean Imbert. As the Head Chef at Plaza Athénée, Monsieur Dior, and the Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, and appointed chef of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express in 2022, Imbert brings a touch of culinary magic to the journey. His menu, crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients, will be exquisitely paired with the finest cuvées from Veuve Clicquot, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.
As the train winds its way from Vienna to Reims, guests will be enveloped in the timeless luxury of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. Known for its opulent interiors and impeccable service, the train itself is a testament to the golden age of travel, offering a unique blend of historical grandeur and modern comfort. Each carriage tells a story, with art deco designs and vintage details that transport passengers back to a more glamorous era.
Upon arrival in Reims, the historic heart of the Champagne region and home to Veuve Clicquot since 1772, guests will be treated to a tour of the revered vineyards in Verzy. This experience not only offers insight into the meticulous process of champagne making but also provides an opportunity to taste some of the Maison’s most esteemed cuvées. The journey reaches its zenith with a first-ever dinner in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gallo-Roman chalk quarries. This extraordinary event, orchestrated by starred chefs Mory Sacko and Jean Imbert, promises to be a gastronomic revelation, set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most unique dining locations.
This collaboration between Veuve Clicquot and Belmond marks a new chapter in luxury travel, combining the art of French cuisine and champagne with the romance of rail travel. Following the success of their previous journeys between Reims and Venice, and the announced adventures in Peru and from Singapore to Malaysia, this journey from Vienna to Reims is poised to be an experience of a lifetime.
For those seeking an escape into a world of elegance, history, and culinary excellence, “Veuve Clicquot and Belmond’s Luxurious Train Journey: From Vienna to Reims” offers an unparalleled opportunity. It’s not just a journey; it’s an exploration of the senses, a celebration of the finer things in life, and a testament to the enduring allure of luxury rail travel.