2020 is the year to dust off your flapper dress and be transported to 1920s France, as you’re invited onboard the original Orient Express for a glamourous Murder Mystery Party.

Bespoke luxury tour company, Ariodante, is catapulting you back to the Roaring Twenties in the year 2020, with a series of murder mystery parties onboard the most famous train journies of the world.

A beautiful blend of Cluedo and the golden age of travel, this fully immersive experience will launch you into the best role-play of your life (so far!).


The journey

Orient Express

Based on Agatha Christie’s novel, The Mystery of the Blue Train, the murder mystery party will kick off at 7:30am at the Train Bleu restaurant at Paris’s Gare de Lyon station.

“That is that damned Blue Train,” said Lenox. Trains are relentless things, aren’t they, Monsieur Poirot? People are murdered and die, but they go on just the same. I’m talking nonsense, but you know what I mean.”

Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train

Once the game rules are explained, passengers will board the Orient Express around 9am, where they’ll be teleported back 100 years, for an all-day experience, complete with actors and elaborate costume.

During the immersive journey, passengers will be treated to meals, including afternoon tea and dinner in the train’s opulent dining cart.

The train ride ends in Nice at 10:45pm on the same day, meaning guests have almost 14 hours onboard the Orient Express.

Once the murder has been solved, guests will celebrate with champagne in the bar car before departing for their hotels in Nice for an overnight stay.

The experience is a one-way trip, so party-goers can choose to fly out of Nice’s airport or book a six-hour return trip to Paris on a high-speed train.


The deets

Orient Express

The trip has increased a little from the 1920’s and the Murder Mystery Party starts at $10,210 per person. This price includes a standard ticket, participation in the murder mystery, exquisite food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and champagne reception), transfers to your Nice hotel, plus a full set of photographs from an onboard photographer to remember the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you’d like to go all out, for an additional $3,850 per person, you can upgrade to the VIP package. This includes a private session with a French theater and film costume designer to get fitted for 1920s-era outfits for the party, plus a haircut and a manicure to complete your look. In addition to regular transfers, this package includes a transfer from the hotel to the train station in a vintage 1920s car.

Ariodante has hotel packages with accommodations at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris and the Westminster Hotel and Spa in Nice.

The January date has just sold out but there will be a journey end of April/beginning of May 2020 that will be released soon.

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