Split Placed on Luxury La Dolce Vita Orient Express Route

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, the La Dolce Vita Orient Express train, which is a luxury vehicle, launched 150 years ago by Georges Nagelmackers, will soon return to function in tourism, and Croatia will be on one of the future routes from Italy through as many as eight countries.

It is a luxury railway tourism project that is being realised in cooperation with the investors Arsenale SpA and the hotel Accor group, and the first train, La Dolce Vita, will welcome its first passengers in 2023.

The six trains will offer several itineraries, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. The concept of the new La Dolce Vita Orient Express trains pays homage to the historical period of glamour, joie de vivre and the famous artistic glow which encompassed Italy during the 1960s, and the journeys will be complemented by Accor Group hotel facilities at various train destinations.

Thus, the first Orient Express Minerva hotel will open in Rome in 2024. In Split, guests will be greeted by two Accor hotels, the boutique Hotel MGallery Fermai, which opened earlier this year, and the first Mövenpick hotel in the country, which plans to open with about 150 rooms in the spring of 2023 and will be ready for Orient Express train guests.

The Rome-Venice-Split route includes a trip along the coast, from Venice to Trieste, along the Dalmatian coast to Split, meaning that the La Dolce Vita Orient Express route will follow part of the historic route it once took. “The journey continues along the Dalmatian coast, overlooking the Adriatic sea and surrounding islands, and finally the train will arrive in the City of Split, a city known for its fine arts and culture,” reads the announcement of the organisers.

The train, which is primarily designed to promote everything that bears the stamp “Made in Italy”, is also promoted as an environmentally friendly adventure of “slow tourism”, which explores forgotten roads, discovers hidden treasures and stunning architecture. Sustainability will also be implemented with the use of green and innovative technologies, such as hydrogen energy to reduce the impact on the environment, and the gastronomic offer will offer local products and wines.

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