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 with paired wines, afternoon tea 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. 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.

Included within the standard ticket price at £7,950 per person

  • 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
  • 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 2 tickets)

  • 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.

Dates for further Murder Mystery Orient Express parties will be announced shortly.

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