Ariodante, the luxury bespoke tour company has launched a series of exclusive 1920s immersive murder mystery parties onboard the iconic, Grade 1 listed, The Orient Express train.
Based on Agatha Christie’s novel, Mystery of the Blue Train, guests will be transported back in time, looking the part themselves donning 1920s costumes, on an unforgettable adventure across France. With its polished wood, sumptuous upholstery, antique fixtures and luxurious masterpieces by René Prou and René Lalique, The Orient Express epitomises the glamour and elegance of the 1920s. This unique experience onboard this rarely used historic train (it only ran once last year) lets guests follow in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Winston Churchill and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who were amongst its passengers.
The mystery will start at the Train Bleu restaurant at Gare de Lyon in Paris where the rules of the game will be explained. From there the group will be taken to The Orient Express where the train will depart at 9am. Onboard, guests will step into Poirot’s shoes and solve the mystery of the Blue Train before they reach their destination in the Côte d’Azur. Spread across the whole train with actors disguised as guests and train staff, the murder mystery will be the first of its kind, offering a fully immersive 1920s experience.
As much thought has gone into the menu as the mystery itself. Throughout the day a series of inspired gastronomic experiences from that era will be served including a Parisian breakfast, Burgundian inspired lunch paired with wine, afternoon tea and dinner. To celebrate the revelation of the murderer and solving the crime, guests join together for a champagne reception at the bar accompanied by live jazz music. The winner will be awarded an annual Ariodante membership, as well as some secret gifts.
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.