If the first thing that springs to mind when you hear ‘The Orient Express’ is ‘murder’ followed by ‘Agatha Christie’, this one’s for you. Luxury Bespoke Tour company Ariodante is launching a series of 1920s immersive murder mystery parties onboard The Orient Express. Moustache and Homburg hat at the ready…
Murder Mystery on The Orient Express 2020
The Orient Express murder mystery events will take place on the rarely used iconic Grade 1 listed train, which lists Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Winston Churchill and F. Scott Fitzgerald amongst its former passengers. The first event will take place on Saturday 18 January, departing from Paris to Nice in the French Riviera. Alive with the spirit of Agatha Christie, the adventure will be based on the novel Mystery of the Blue Train, with guests donning 1920s costumes to be fully immersed in the story.
Starting at the Train Bleu restaurant at Gare de Lyon in Paris, the rules of the game will be explained to all the guests on board. The Orient Express will depart at 9am, where guests will need to play Hercule Poirot and solve the Mystery of the Blue Train before reaching their destination in the Côte d’Azur. Actors disguised as guests and train staff will be part of this immersive experience, offering clues and red herrings along the way.
The Orient Express Dining Experience
A day on The Orient Express wouldn’t be complete without a side-helping of fine dining, and the gastronomic experiences have been designed to complement the 1920s theme. A Parisian breakfast will be followed by a Burgundian inspired lunch with paired wines, afternoon tea in the bar and dinner. To celebrate the revelation of the murderer and solving of the crime guests join together for a champagne reception at the bar accompanied by live jazz. There will, naturally, be a prize for the winner to add a competitive edge to proceedings.
Ticket prices start from £7,950 and hotel packages are available from £21,475 with accommodation provided at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris and the Westminster Hotel & Spa in Nice.
Included within the standard ticket price at £7,950 per person is Orient-Express style luggage pick-up at the hotel and delivery in the hotel room in Nice, Orient-Express train ticket and participation in the murder mystery, Parisian gastronomic breakfast, 1920’s inspired Burgundian gastronomic lunch with specially selected wines, afternoon tea with a jazz concert at the bar, dinner onboard the train, Champagne reception, full set of photographs from the onboard photographer, VIP transfer to the hotel in Nice and free joining fee when signing up to Ariodante’s Elite Membership program (worth £2,500)
Included within the VIP package at £21,900 per couple (available when you buy two tickets) is a VIP transfer from Paris airport or train station, half-day chauffeur service in Paris, Orient-Express train ticket and participation in the murder mystery, full costume experience (choosing the costumes in a private session with a well-known French cinema and theatre costume designer & personalised fitting session), haircut and manicure in one of the most prestigious salons in Paris located in a historical private town house, transfer from the hotel to the train station in a vintage authentic 1920’s car, VIP transfer from hotel to the Nice airport, 50% discount on Ariodante’s fees for all experiences in Paris and in the Riviera, 15% discount on the annual Elite Membership fees when subscribing (worth £1,500)
The event will run from 7.30am – 10.45pm. Guests will meet at the Train Bleu restaurant in Paris at 7:30am and will be taken to the Orient Express where they will depart at 9:15am. The train will arrive in Nice at 10:45pm where guests will be taken to their respective hotels.