2. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Sipping on your Champagne, you look around at the polished wood, antique fixtures and lavish upholstery surrounding you. It feels as though you’ve been transported back in time to the 1920s and directly into an aura of romance & glamour.

The resident pianist plays the baby grand, as the bartender makes one of his famous cocktails. The Bar Car ‘3674’ really is the perfect place to end an eventful day, following a gourmet four-course dinner. What a surreal feeling to be on board one of the most storied trains in the world. Your travels are off to a luxurious start, on board the evocative Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. What are you doing here? Well of course to find out a clue that will help you solve the case of the missing Golden Ticket, but we also want you to enjoy this incredible two-day journey.

Getting from London to Venice seems like it must be a tough feat…there’s the English Channel and multiple countries separating the two popular cities. But the journey is seamless. A three-course brunch & Bellini through the English countryside on board Belmond British Pullman and a luxury shuttle transfer under the English Channel through a railway tunnel brought you into France, where you boarded the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Back in the bar on that first evening, you look at your list of travellers to question about the missing Golden Ticket. First on your list is Barbara. You remember what she looks like from the security footage. You scan the room of guests in suits & ties and evening dresses. You can never be overdressed on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You spot Barbara across the room, sitting on a sofa and eating the olive from her martini. You sit next to her, introduce yourself and ask if she remembered chatting to the thief. 

“Yes, I remember. I mentioned how great it was that I could travel to all the places I wanted to see by train. I remember them nodding and saying that they were going to do the same where they were headed - travel from one end of the country to the other by train”. 

Special Agent, head back to your room and get some rest. In the morning, your steward will serve you a continental breakfast in your cabin as you gaze at the passing Swiss mountain scenery and picturesque lakes of the Gotthard route. You will relax over a leisurely three-course lunch and browse the onboard boutique for exclusive, elegant gifts. Before arriving into Venice, you will savour a selection of delectable pastries in your cabin. Enjoy!

So, what now?

  • Take our Venice Simplon-Orient-Express quiz and be in with a chance to win a $100 voucher. 
  • Read the previous story & complete the quiz (if you haven't already) so you're in with a chance to win a famil.
  • Check if you were the winner of the '5 things we've done to make rail easier' quiz.
  • Put all the clues you have uncovered together so far and see if you can narrow down the location of the missing ticket. Get your colleagues on board. 

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Conditions of quiz: Answer all 5 questions correctly to be in the draw for a $100 Prepaid Mastercard voucher or similar (subject to change).  FCTG agents will receive a bounty payment in lieu of voucher. Competition is open to registered travel agents in Australia & New Zealand. All agents with a score of 100% will be placed into a draw to be randomly selected by an online generator. Winners agree to Rail Europe using their first & last name and agency details, plus image on request, for PR & marketing related use. 

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