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Climb aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the world's most famous luxury train, for an unforgettable excursion this spring focusing on Italyís most precious art treasures. Orient-Express has hitched up to The National Gallery in London
for a new series of The Art of Travel Journeys
, headlined by the "Renaissance Rivals - Leonardo and MichelangeloĒ journey.
The epic nine-day/eight-night tour offers an insiderís look at Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangeloís finest works in the cities where they were created. The excursion, priced at about $13,000 for a double cabin, begins in London on May 16, 2012 and ends in Florence.
Highlights include an exclusive viewing of the British Museumís collection of drawings by Leonardo and Michelangelo which are not normally on view to the public, followed by a visit to the National Gallery, London; a viewing of Leonardo da Vinciís famous fresco in Milanís 15th-century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, The Last Supper
; a visit to Milanís Ambrosiana Library to see Leonardoís Codex Atlanticus, a 12-volume collection of drawings and writings; and a tour of the Accademia Gallery in Florence where Michelangeloís original David
Luxe accommodations include the Goring Hotel in London, the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, and Villa San Michele hotel in Florence.†To book, contact Orient-Express Centre, The Americas, Trains & Cruises at 800-524-2420 or email GreatJourneys@oeh.com
. For more information, visit Orient-Express.com