This journey was both a recreation of the original route of the Orient Express and also in parts coving a journey that I last made as a student in 1987. The trip was a mixture of old and new, high speed and night trains.
London St Pancras – Paris Gare d’Nord
Paris Gare d’Est – Munich
Munich – Budapest
Train 463 “The Kalman Imre”
Budapest – Bucharest
Train 473 “The Istar”
Bucharest – Gorna Orjahovica Gorna Orjahovica – Dimitrovgad Dimitrovgrad – Kapilkule Kapilkule – Istanbul (replacement bus)
This was a much shorter than my Asian journeys. The last leg was the only difficult part of the route, involving 18 hours across Bulgaria and Turkey by worn out trains and bus.
Matthew Woodward @ 2019