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- Indulge with the white-gloved service of the world’s greatest rail journey
- End the evening with a bar car piano recital
- Enjoy fine dining luxuries in the restaurant carriage
- Showcase some of Europe’s finest rural scenery
- End with a palace stay in Venice
- 1 Night Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
- 2 Nights Venice
Bucket-list holidays | City | History & culture | Honeymoon | March holidays | Rail journey | Short break
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express remains the journey of a lifetime. Its rich heritage, stunning interiors and world-class food have enamoured the world over and its journeys can't fail to capture the imagination. And, this route between London and Venice – also available vice versa – remains the perennial favourite. Following a journey from London aboard the Belmond British Pullman, you'll hop across the Channel to Calais where you'll step aboard those famous carriages to enjoy wine-paired, multi-course dining as you sweep through rural France before waking to giant Alpine scenery. You’ll then be greeted in Venice by one of its iconic water taxis, which will see you to your luxury two-night stay.
*Please note, historic cabins are now sold out for this itinerary in 2023. The advertised price is for a Suite with private bathroom.
Day by day itinerary
London to Paris
Your journey begins at London Victoria station where the Belmond British Pullman will be waiting to whisk you across the Kent countryside to Folkestone, accompanied by a delicious Bellini-paired brunch. Then, after a hop across the Channel, you'll arrive in Calais to be greeted by the blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll be escorted to your Suite where wood-framed picture windows invite in the view and oak panelled luxury recalls the golden age of travel. Change for dinner or perhaps visit the bar car for a choice of aperitif before your four-course dinner, complemented by superb vintages and the twinkling ivories of a baby grand piano. Expect menus to reflect the train’s routes in such delicacies as Brittany lobsters and Mont St Michel saltmarsh lamb. After picking up passengers in Paris, head to the Bar Car for a night cap before retiring to your elegant accommodation.
Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)
Meals: L D
Wake to the scenery of the magnificent Swiss Alps and enjoy a continental breakfast in your Suite as the beauty of rural Austria speeds by. A three-course lunch is then served while crossing into Italy, leaving time to browse the boutique as you pass through the Italian Dolomites, marvelling at their armoured peaks. An afternoon tea is then taken as you cross the Venetian Lagoon. On arrival, you'll board one of those emblematic water taxis, all polished timber and sweeping curves, to transfer right to the pier of your Venetian palace hotel. The Baglioni is particularly impressive; it's the oldest hotel in Venice and features a rooftop terrace with spectacular views over the lagoon. And, you'll be perfectly poised to visit Harry's Bar, Hemingway's iconic haunt. However, we recommend a visit to Hotel Metropole for your Bellini – the service is better and the man himself preferred it. Alternatively, the L'Orologio sits on the upper Grand Canal with views of the Rialto Bridge and famous fish markets, which can be reached by the lesser--known traghetti gondola ferries.
Meals: B L
Succumb to the romance of Italy’s dolce vita with a full day left free to explore Venice either under your own steam or on an optional excursion. We particularly recommend our walking tour, which includes a two-hour visit with a private guide to the Doge’s Palace, once the Republic of Venice’s seat of government. Originally constructed in the 14th century, the building is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and a treasure trove of Venetian history – mythic statues line grand staircases and whole walls are adorned with historic artworks. What's more, you'll beat the crowds with priority queue-jump tickets. Then, in the afternoon, perhaps take a trip out to the Venetian islands, with lazing boat rides bringing you across teal-blue waters to reach Murano's blown-glass marvels and Burano's colourful charm. The two are Venices in miniature. Contact our specialists for other excursion ideas and the most up-to-date prices.
Take some time to explore Venice further, perhaps with a gondola punt or canal-side café, before a second water taxi will bring you, along the twisting waterways, to the airport and your return flight home.
This itinerary also operates in reverse. Please contact one of our consultants to discuss this further.
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Historic Cabin - Deluxe 2023
This option includes accommodation aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) in a Historic Cabin
2023 - remaining availability in Aug / Sep and Oct 2023 only
Valid for travel: Selected dates between mid-June and December
- British Pullman from London Victoria Station to Folkestone
- Luxury coach transfer through Channel tunnel
- Calais to Venice via Paris on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express in a Historic Cabin
- Selected meals and drinks prepared by onboard chefs
- Private transfer from train to Venice hotel
- 2 nights accommodation in 5* Baglioni Luna Hotel, Venice on a BB basis
- Private water taxi transfer between your hotel and Venice airport
- Flight from Venice to the UK
Please ask for details of upgrades to Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Grand Suites.
Terms & Conditions
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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