The Orient Express was a long distance passenger train that ran between Paris and Istanbul. It has long been associated with luxury and adventure. The original Orient Express no longer runs, unable to compete with high-speed trains and cheap airlines. However, a private venture called the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, using original carriages from the 1920s and 30s, continues to operate.
A journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express:
Other famous stories that feature the Orient Express include Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne, 1873), Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie, 1934), and From Russia with Love (Ian Fleming, 1957).