Prices from £2,750 per person
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London to Venice on board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and return by First Class rail
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.
Step aboard the Orient-Express and you step back in time to a bygone age of luxury rail travel. Travelling on the 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.
Embark on the 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 and Austrian Alps before arriving in the magnificent city of Venice.
5 night holiday by Orient Express (London to Venice) and First Class return rail compartment from £2,750 per person in a double room at the Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente (4 star) or from £2,795 per person at the Canal Grande Hotel *, Una Hotel Venezia or Palazzo Giovanelli (all 4 star) or from £2,850 per person at the Locanda Orseolo (3 star),
Hotel Bucintoro or Ruzzini Palace (both 4 star) or from £2,950 per person at the Hotel Al Ponte Antico (4 star).
London to Venice on the Orient-Express
Your holiday includes rail travel in ultimate style on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice with all meals included and overnight accommodation in a private sleeping compartment, private water taxi transfer to/from Venice Santa Lucia station to your hotel, 3 night’s accommodation with breakfast at your chosen hotel in Venice, First Class rail travel from Venice to London with overnight accommodation en route.
Day 1 – London to Switzerland aboard the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express
As you board the gleaming carriages of the British Pullman train at London Victoria station, your steward will show you to your reserved seat. Sit back and enjoy a three-course lunch with wine and a glass of champagne 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.
Throughout your journey 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
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 seat. 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 passing scenery as the train travels through the Italian Dolomites. Later, afternoon tea is served in your compartment as you travel through the Brenner Pass. 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 private water taxi transfers you in style to your hotel.
|Day 1||LONDON (Victoria station)||-||10:45|
|Day 1||PARIS (Gare de l’Est station)||21:17||21:44|
|Day 2||INNSBRUCK (Hauptbahnhof)||11:42||12:12|
|Day 2||VERONA (Porta Nuova station)||16:03||16:20|
|Day 2||VENICE (Santa Lucia station)||17:56||-|
Days 3 and 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
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 Eurocity service as you head in to the Alps 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
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.
Each compartment has its own original washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water, and at night-time becomes a comfortable bedroom, complete with soft towels and crisp linen. Your double compartment converts in moments from daytime seating to a comfortable bedroom. A private lounge during the day with a banquette sofa, footstool and small table, it is transformed to night configuration with an upper and lower bed. A washbasin with hot and cold water is enclosed in a cabinet and towels and toiletries are provided.