Venice Simplon Orient Express Holidays – London to Venice or Venice to London Aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express – Signature Journey for 2017
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Venice Simplon Orient Express Signature Journey – London to Venice or Venice to London on board the legendary Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) and by First Class rail on the outbound or return Journey – 2017 Orient Express Holidays
This 5 night / 6 day holiday includes a journey on the legendary Venice Simplon Orient Express from London to Venice in a twin/double compartment and return by First Class rail, with an overnight stay with bed and breakfast in a deluxe lake view double room at the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic in Montreux (4 star superior) and 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a double room at the Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente (4 star) and is from £3,095 per person based on 2 people travelling together or:
- from £3,150 per person at the UNA Hotel Venezia (4 star)
- from £3,195 per person at the Hotel Bucintoro (4 star), or the Hotel Canal Grande* (4 star) or the Locanda Orseolo (3 star)
- from £3,295 per person at the Ruzzini Palace or Hotel Al Ponte Antico (both 4 star)
- from £4,195 per person at the Hotel Cipriani (5 star)
*Water taxi transfer from the Hotel Canal Grande back to the station is not included as this hotel is only 400 yards from the station.
Travel on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice on various dates from March to November 2017.
Alternatively, travel by First Class rail from London to Venice and return from Venice to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) and you step back in time to a bygone age of luxury rail travel.
Travelling on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers so much more; your personal steward is on hand to attend to your every comfort and show you to your exquisite compartment of wooden marquetry and polished brass fittings in original 1920’s detail, with soft towels and crisp linen. Experience fine dining as white linen, French silverware and heavy crystal create a marvellous setting for your gourmet meals. All the while you travel across Europe viewing magnificent scenery and ever-changing landscapes from the comfort of this classic train. History of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train.
The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers a unique travel experience. For your trip of a lifetime embark on the classic journey from London to Paris and onto the magical city of Venice.
Embark on the Belmond British Pullman from London and cross the Channel before boarding the immaculate blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Enjoy life on board one of the world’s most iconic trains as you travel through the towering Swiss Mountains before arriving in the magnificent city of Venice.
Your holiday includes rail travel in ultimate style on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train from London to Venice with all meals included and overnight accommodation in a private sleeping compartment, water taxi transfer to/from the Venice Simplon Orient Express at Venice Santa Lucia station to your hotel, 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at the Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente (4 star) in Venice and First Class rail travel from Venice to London with overnight accommodation en route on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. .
Day 1 –On board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – London to Switzerland
As you board the gleaming carriages of the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria station, your steward will show you to your reserved seat. Sit back and enjoy Brunch served with Bellini as you travel through the Kentish countryside.
On arrival in Folkestone you are escorted by uniformed staff via coach to Cheriton to board the Eurotunnel train to France. After crossing the channel board the distinctive blue and gold carriages of the Continental Wagons-Lits and the World Famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Throughout your Orient Express holiday you will be attended by your own personal steward. After you have settled into your comfortable private compartment it will soon be time to dress for dinner. Why not sip a pre-dinner cocktail before making your way to one of the magnificent restaurant cars? Here you will be served a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by skilled French chefs. After dinner you may want to linger in the bar car, listening to the sound of the baby grand piano. When you are ready, retire to your compartment, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.
Day 2 – Through the Swiss Alps to Venice aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express
You awake to the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Alps as breakfast is served in your compartment at a time to suit you. Choose to spend the morning in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests over coffee or relax and gaze out at the fabulous views from the comfort of your compartment. Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch served in another of the beautiful restaurant cars. This afternoon you may choose to visit the on-board boutique to purchase souvenirs, while away the hours in conversation or take it easy in your compartment and admire the passing scenery and breathtaking views of Lake Lucerne and Lake Como. Later, afternoon tea is served in your compartment. All too soon it is time to prepare to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Venice Santa Lucia station where a water taxi transfers you in style to your hotel for the next three nights, the Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente (4 star), an attractive, welcoming hotel located in a quiet area just 15 minutes from the Rialto Bridge with its friendly service, elegant and comfortable rooms.
|Day 1||LONDON (Victoria station)||–||10:45|
|Day 1||PARIS (Gare de l’Est station)||21:38||22:21|
|Day 2||GOTTHARD ROUTE|
|Day 2||VERONA (Porta Nuova station)||16:08||16:13|
|Day 2||VENICE (Santa Lucia station)||17:25||–|
Days 3 & 4 – Venice
You have two full days in Venice to experience the uniqueness of this incredible city. You may decide to visit St. Mark’s Square, the Doges Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica or explore the food market and shops in and around the Rialto Bridge. Perhaps wander through the hidden campi (squares) and over the countless bridges which link the criss-cross of canals, or take to the water on a romantic gondola to see a different side of Venice.
Day 5 – Venice to Montreux by First Class Rail
Savour your final morning in Venice before your private water taxi transfer re-unites you with the rest of the world as you leave Italy behind and board the Eurostar Italia service for the First Class journey to Milan.
From here join the comfortable Euro City service as you head in to the Alps on the spectacular journey through the Simplon Pass and on to the pretty lakeside town of Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here you stay one night, including breakfast, at the belle époque Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic located right next to the station. Take a stroll alongside Lake Geneva and, time permitting, visit the beautiful Château de Chillon.
Day 6 – Montreux to London – Homeward bound
This morning, after a leisurely breakfast overlooking the sparkling lake, you have further time to explore the attractive resort of Montreux. Then walk across to the station and continue to Lausanne to board the TGV to whisk you back to Paris. Watch the rolling hills flash past or reminisce on the wonders of the past few days. Your private transfer takes you to the Gare du Nord and the last leg of your journey. Here you join the Eurostar and let the train take the strain as you stretch out and savour the light meal and drinks included in your Standard Premier service. At 186mph the landscape is a blur at times, though memories abide as you return to London St.Pancras International.
Your stay on-board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
On board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express you travel in a private compartment, attended by Cabin Stewards throughout your journey, where you are assured of attentive yet discreet service befitting of luxurious Orient Express holidays
Each stunning compartment has its own original washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water with soft towels and toiletries provided.
A private lounge during the day with a banquette sofa, footstool and small table, your compartment is transformed in moments to a comfortable bedroom with an upper and lower bed and crisp linen.
AVAILABLE ORIENT EXPRESS DEPARTURE DATES IN 2017
LONDON TO VENICE – 2017
VENICE TO LONDON – 2017
|Departure Date By First Class Rail for Orient Express Signature Journey is normally 4 days earlier|
|March 23rd and 30th||March 22nd and 26th|
|April 6th, 9th, 20th and 27th||April 5th, 8th, 19th and 26th|
|May 4th, 14th, 18th, 21st and 28th||May 3rd, 17th, 20th and 31st|
|June 4th, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 25th and 29th||June 7th, 14th, 21st, 24th, 28th|
|July 13th and 20th||July 5th and 19th|
|August 3rd,10th and 17th||August 2nd, 9th and 16th|
|September 14th, 17th, and 21st||September 16th, 20th and 23rd|
|October 1st, 5th, 8th, 19th, 22nd
|October 4th, 7th, 18th and 21st|
|November 2nd||November 1st|