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Brussels, Belgium

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to Brussels

6-day tailor-made holiday from £2,800 pp incl. flights


Short description

The splendours of Venice meet Brussels' grand architecture


  • Disover Venice's striking architecture, beautiful bridges and winding canals
  • Recall the Golden Age of travel onboard the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Experience white-glove service and all-inclusive meals onboard the luxurious train
  • View the spectacular Swiss Alps and showcase some of Europe’s finest rural scenery
  • Sample the gastronomy of Brussels, as well as its historical and architectural UNESCO World Heritage landmarks

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Venice
  • 1 Night Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • 2 Nights Brussels


Recommended for:
April holidays | City | City-break | Food & wine | History & culture | Rail journey | Short break

This six-day journey sees you start amid Venice’s Gothic splendours, discovering frescoed cathedrals and historic piazzas while staying in a luxurious canal-side hotel. After two nights in Venice you’ll board the iconic blue-and-gold carriages of the train, enjoying discreet, white glove service and all-inclusive wine-paired meals as you traverse through the mountain meadows and chocolate box villages of the Swiss Alps, finishing your journey in Brussels. 


Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Venice

Begin your trip in style with complimentary airport lounge access before your flight to Venice. You'll be met on arrival and taken by a private water taxi for the scenic journey to your hotel, the lavish Baglioni Hotel Luna with its silk-panelled walls, frescoed ceilings and rooftop Grand-Canal views, and a short walk to the adjacent Piazza San Marco  and Doge's Palace.

Stay: Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice (Deluxe)

Day 2

You’ve got today free to explore Venice’s winding waterways and colourful streets – we recommend a walking tour to make the most of your time in this historic city. Perhaps take in famous sights such as Gothic 14th-century Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica, and follow in Hemingway’s footsteps with a Bellini at the illustrious Harry’s Bar. Perhaps enjoy some fresh seafood antipasti in one of Venice’s charming trattorias before taking a cruise out across the Venetian Lagoon to explore Burano’s vivid storybook charm, or take in the glassblowing heritage of nearby Murano, a charming microcosm of Venice itself. 

Stay: Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 3
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Leave the splendours of Venice behind today as you head to the Venezia Santa Lucia Station to board the iconic blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of sparkling champagne before taking a stroll through the train viewing the beautifully restored carriages as you make your way to enjoy a sumptuous three-course lunch in the restaurant car as you take in outside’s grandeur. Delight at chocolate box Swiss villages among the deep river valleys and rolling hills before the snow-dusted mountains and picturesque meadows dominate the landscape. Then, enjoy pastries served in your oak-panelled cabin before you prepare for your night on board. It's a special one, as you'll enjoy a four-course dinner, sampling everything from Brittany lobster to saltmarsh lamb, alongside, of course, an extensive fine wine list. 

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Arrive in Brussels

Enjoy a continental breakfast in your cabin this morning at whichever time suits you, before a brief stop in Paris Gare de l'Est Station. Feel free to stretch your legs on the platform as the train pauses to pick up supplies. As you continue towards Brussels, enjoy a delicious brunch before your time onboard comes to an end. On arrival your hotel is just a short journey from the railway station and within walking distance of the historic centre of Brussels. 

World-renowned for its fine food and café culture, follow the delicious scent of sweet treats coming from Brussels top chocolate shops. In the centre of the old town you’ll discover the ornate Grand Palace. Situated in a beautiful medieval square that is adorned with historic buildings, museums and cellar restaurants.

Stay: Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo, Brussels (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 5

Sitting at a cultural crossroads of French, Dutch and Flemish traditions, Brussels combines old-world grandeur with modern cosmopolitan charm. From Dutch guildhalls and art nouveau homes to towering glass edifices, the city’s skyline is a reflection of its multicultural roots.

The Grand Place is a natural starting point, with its ornate guild houses and gothic town hall. From there, it’s a short stroll to the Musée Magritte and the stunning BOZAR, not far from the Royal Palace, and when it’s time for a breather, order a proper Belgian hot chocolate or a swift half of the local brew. 

Stay: Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo, Brussels (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 6
Brussels to UK

Today make your way back to Brussels Midi station to board the Eurostar to speed across the English Channel, ending your journey at London St Pancras Station (alternatively ask your Wexas consultant for details of returning to the UK by plane)

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

6-day tailor-made holiday
from £2,800 pp incl. flights

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