A work of art in itself and a true Art Deco icon, the legendary Venice Simplon Orient-Express offers a journey unlike any other. Step aboard and you enter a more gracious, elegant age of travel. Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine and lively on-board entertainment make a journey aboard this iconic train one of the world’s finest travel experiences-a sequence of unforgettable moments as the beautiful countryside passes by outside.
Gourmet cuisine prepared by French chefs is served in one of the three individually styled Restaurant Cars – Cote d’Azur, Etoile du Nord or L’Oriental Breakfast and afternoon tea are served in the train’s luxury cabins.
Attentive cabin stewards are on hand to cater for every need. Overnight the train travels towards Paris, with breakfast served in your compartment, and then on towards the French coast for the Channel crossing. Finally, guests board the cream and umber British Pullman, enjoying afternoon tea and champagne before arriving into London Victoria.
Day 1: London; Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express
You will be welcomed aboard the classic British Pullman train by smart uniformed staff at London Victoria station to commence your journey with a departure to Folkestone. Relax and enjoy brunch served with a bellini as you travel through the Kent countryside before transferring by coach to board the Eurotunnel shuttle for the short crossing to France and on to Calais Ville. Here the wonderful Wagon-Lit Carriages of the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express train await you. Following dinner, enjoy relaxing music from the resident pianist over a nightcap before retiring to your private cabin, which has been transformed into a bedroom by your dedicated steward. Stay: Venice- Simplon-Orient-Express. L, D.
Day 2: Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express; Venice
By morning you will have crossed the border into Switzerland and you’ll wake to breathtaking alpine scenery. This is the perfect backdrop to accompany your delicious continental breakfast, served in your cabin. Speed through the lovely Austrian countryside and enjoy a magnificent lunch. Later, you can enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea as you travel through the beautiful Bremmer Pass at the border of Italy and Austria and then traverse the mighty Italian Dolomites. The train will make a final, brief stop at the attractive riverside city of Verona before arriving in Venice in the early evening. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a two night stay. Stay: A hotel of your choice. B, L.
Day 3: Venice
Spend the day at leisure exploring Venice, one of the world’s few truly unique cities. Don’t miss the quintessential Venice experience, a romantic ride on a gondola through narrow canal streets, gliding past ornate bridges and breathtaking architecture that spans centuries. The heart of Venice is found in the San Marco sestiere (neighbourhood) which is home to the famous Renaissance-style St Mark’s Square, a great spot for people-watching and soaking up the atmosphere of this vibrant city. Have your camera ready to capture the exquisite and iconic buildings such as Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica, and the clock tower, Torre dell’Drologio, that border the famous piazza. Just a short stroll from the square lies the atmospheric waterfront promenade Riva degli Schiavoni which is home to a number of bars and restaurants. Stay: A hotel of your choice. B.
Day 4: Venice
Today transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. B.