London to Berlin on board the Legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Prices from £2,850
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Experience a truly unique journey of glamour and luxury on board the vintage carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Berlin. This recently-introduced route links three fascinating European capital cities and offers its guests the opportunity to re-live the romance and nostalgia of the golden age of travel.
You will be greeted by your own personal steward the moment you step on board, who will be at hand to ensure every aspect of your journey exceeds your expectations. From the decorative wooden marquetry and ornate furnishings of your compartment, to the fine dining experience from the elegant dining cars, you are sure to be left with lasting memories from this once in a lifetime voyage.
Departing from London on the gleaming chocolate-and-cream carriages of the Belmond British Pullman train, settle back into your comfortable seat as you admire Britain’s glorious countryside unfold past your window. After the Channel crossing you continue your journey aboard the royal-blue and gold trimmed carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the quintessential journey of ultimate luxury. Awake in the comfort of your compartment to the passing verdant countryside of Belgium. Luxembourg and Germany, arriving in time to spend the weekend in the enthralling city of Berlin, for your two night stay before travelling back to London by First Class rail.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Berlin
4 night holiday by luxury Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train from London to Berlin in a private sleeping compartment, 2 nights in a twin/double room at the Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof (5 star) in Berlin and an overnight stay in a twin/double room at the Be Manos (5 star) in Brussels is from £2,850 per person or stay at the Adlon Kempinski (5 star) in Berlin (featured itinerary) from £3,150 per person.
London to Berlin on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and return by First Class rail
Your holiday includes rail travel in ultimate style on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train from London to Berlin with all meals included and overnight accommodation in a private sleeping compartment, 2 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski (5 star) in Berlin, First Class rail travel from Berlin to Brussels, overnight accommodation at the Be Manos (5 star) and First Class rail from Brussels to London .
Day 1 – London to Berlin aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The glistening carriages of the iconic British Pullman adorned in umber and cream awaits your arrival at London Victoria station, for the beginning of your classic tour. Feel yourself unwind as your stewards, dressed in their immaculate uniform, welcome you on-board and show you to your seats. Sit back and relax as you depart London Victoria in the most glamorous fashion, before being whisked through the undulating hills of the North Downs. All the while you dine on a delicious Brunch with Bellini. As you arrive into Folkestone, staff are at hand to ease your transition to your coach for the journey to Cheriton and the onward journey on the Eurotunnel train to France. As you emerge from the Channel Tunnel and head to Calais station, you catch your first glimpse of the gleaming gold and blue carriages of the Continental Wagons-Lits.
After your personal Steward has escorted you to your lovingly restored private compartment, you are free to dress for dinner or enjoy a celebratory aperitif in the bar. A freshly prepared sumptuous four-course dinner is served in one of the authentic Art Nouveau dining cars, accompanied by pristine French silverware and heavy crystal, twinkling under the muted lighting. After dinner you might like to while away the evening with champagne or classic cocktails in the bar car, listening to classical melodies from the baby grand piano. As you retire to your sleeping compartment, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom, your train makes its way through the countryside of Northern France.
Awake this morning to pastoral scenery as breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you. Take this exclusive opportunity to explore this vintage train by daylight and perhaps enjoy a cocktail in the bar car or a glass of champagne in the Champagne Bar, accompanied by the enchanting tones from the resident pianist. A leisurely three-course lunch is served in one of the three wonderfully decorated restaurant cars, before an afternoon tea served in your personal cabin. All the while you admire the ever-changing view of the German countryside. All too soon it is time for you to disembark, as the train arrives in Berlin and you are transferred to your hotel for the next two nights, the legendary Hotel Adlon Kempinski (5 star), ideally situated in Berlin’s Mitte, beside the Brandenburg Gate.
Day 3 – Berlin
This morning after a leisurely breakfast make the most of your central location by exploring Berlin’s main highlights on foot. Perhaps start with one of Berlin’s most iconic symbols, the Brandenburg Gate, a striking piece of architecture which formerly acted as the city gate. Then stroll the short distance to the Reichstag, seat of the German government and also famous for its glass dome, designed by British architect Norman Foster, to symbolise Berlin as the new German capital. You might like to walk along the Unter den Linden, once Berlin’s showcase boulevard, to the famous border crossing site “Checkpoint Charlie” and the poignant remains of the Berlin Wall.
Alternatively, why not view Berlin from a different perspective, from the top of Alexanderplatz’s famous Berlin TV tower or from the leafy green Tiergarten, with its many interesting monuments, buildings and gardens, spread out over 200 hectares.
This evening choose from a wide range of dining options available to you in central Berlin.
Day 4 – Berlin to Brussels via Cologne
Savour your final morning in Berlin and perhaps make use of the relaxing amenities, including a neoclassical indoor pool and spa with Ayurveda treatments, available at the Hotel Adlon Kempinksi.
Then make your way to Berlin Hauptbahnhof to board the high-speed ICE service to Cologne, where you change trains and continue to Brussels aboard another stylish ICE train. On arrival in Brussels you are making your own arrangements for the short journey to your overnight stay at the highly regarded Be Manos (5 star).
Day 5 – Brussels to London – Homeward bound
This morning after a leisurely breakfast you have a little time to explore some of this interesting city, before you make your way back to the station for the start of your journey home. Here you say farewell to Brussels and join the Eurostar service to London. Then 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 and the final stage of your journey home.
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 a banquette sofa, footstool and small table.