London to Florence by First Class rail on daytime trains and Florence to Paris on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – 22nd May or 10th July 2021

Prices from £2,250 per person

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London to Florence by First Class rail on daytime trains and Florence to Paris on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – 22nd May or 10th July 2021

The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers a unique travel experience.

For your trip of a lifetime embark on the classic journey from the renaissance city of Florence through the Alps to Paris.

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.

Depart from the fascinating city of Florence on board one of the world’s most iconic trains as you travel in the immaculate blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and journey through the Swiss Alps before arriving in Paris and the final leg of your journey to London.

5 night / 6 day holiday by First Class rail from London to Florence

Including 1 night B&B in a twin/double room at the Hotel Glockenhof (4 star) in Zurich, 3 nights’ B&B in a twin/double room at the Hotel Rapallo (4 star) in Florence, a twin/double compartment on the Orient Express from Florence to Paris and Eurostar from Paris to London from £2,250 per person – based on 2 people travelling together and a departure on 10th July.

For a departure on 22nd May prices are from £2,300 per person.

Upgrade to a Cabin Suite from an extra £795 per person or upgrade to a luxurious Grand Suite from an extra £4,195 per person.

Florence to Paris on the Orient-Express
Your holiday includes First Class rail travel from London to Florence, a private taxi transfer in Paris, overnight accommodation with breakfast in a twin/double room at a 4 star hotel in Zurich and 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at your chosen 4 or 5 star hotel in Florence, rail travel in ultimate style on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Florence to Paris with all meals included and overnight accommodation in a private sleeping compartment and Eurostar in Standard Premier Class from Paris to London.

Itinerary

Day 1 – London to Zurich by First Class rail

zurich by rail

Day 1 – By rail to Switzerland

Your holiday begins as you stroll into beautifully restored London St. Pancras station. Take your time to appreciate the splendour of magnificent glass roof, then sit back, relax and watch the countryside swish past as you travel by Eurostar to Paris at speeds of up to 186mph. Enjoy the light meal and drinks served on board in Standard Premier Class (formerly 1st class). On arrival at the Gare du Nord your private taxi transfer takes you across Paris to the Gare de Lyon to continue your journey by TGV through France into Switzerland.
You travel through the undulating Swiss countryside to attractive lakeside city of Zurich. It is a short walk
(600 yards) to your overnight hotel, the comfortable, welcoming and highly-rated Hotel Glockenhof (4 star).

Day 2 – Through Switzerland to Milan and onwards to Florence

After breakfast why not make a whistle-stop tour of Zurich. Most of the city’s sights lie within the compact area on either side of the River Limmat, between the main station (Hauptbahnhof) and Lake Zurich.
The churches and burgher houses of the Old Town are clustered here, as are the elegant shops along Bahnhofstrasse. The baroque Rathaus (Town Hall), Zurich’s most impressive churches – the Grossmünster, Fraumünster – and the city’s oldest, St Peterskirche (its clock face is the largest in Europe), all lie within a short distance of the River Limmat, near the point where it opens onto the lake. Then make your way back to Zurich station. Here you join the comfortable Euro City service to travel along the spectacular Gotthard route for the fabulous journey through picturesque scenery, past soaring mountain peaks and into Italy. On arrival at Milan’s imposing art-deco station change trains and join the flagship Eurostar Italia Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) service to Florence. Sit back and watch the world go by or simply revel in the romanticism of rail travel across Europe.
On arrival at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station stroll to the charming, highly-rated and family-run Hotel Rapallo
(4 star) around 1 kilometre from the station and your hotel for the next three nights.

Days 3 and 4 – Florence

View on Florence Duomo and city from Campanile tower.

The Hotel Rapallo is a charming, elegant hotel with all modern comforts in its tastefully furnished rooms.
The hotel is centrally located enabling you to visit all of Florence’s world-renowned attractions. Immerse yourself in the culture of Italy’s renaissance capital with visits to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio or the celebrated Duomo. Enjoy the culinary delights of the city or venture further afield to explore the beauty of Tuscany in Siena with its lovely shell-shaped Piazza del Campo and UNESCO world heritage medieval centre. Perhaps journey westwards to Pisa to marvel at the world-famous leaning tower or stunning Lucca, its medieval heart is an ideal size for discovery on foot. Whether you prefer the more rural appeal of the Chianti district it is good to know that all these attractive options are easily accessible by train. You could even visit the eternal city of Rome – barely more than an hour and a half away by train.

 

Day 5 Florence through to Switzerland aboard the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express

Timetable

Arrive   Depart

Day 5

FLORENCE (Santa Maria Novella station) 20:00
Day 6 PARIS (Gare de l’Est station) 11:00

This morning after breakfast you have most of the day free to further explore Florence and enjoy a leisurely lunch in this most charming of cities. Then in the early evening it is time to bid farewell to Florence as you make your way back to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station. Here you board the splendid Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Your steward will show you to your private cabin and will attend you throughout your journey. After you have settled in 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 6 – Arrival into Paris – Paris to London – Homeward bound

Breakfast is served in your cabin by your steward at a time to suit you and you have the morning to relax on board this unique train. Then all too soon the train pulls into Paris Gare de l’Est and the end of your journey back in time. From here make your own way the short distance (800 yards) to Paris’ Gare du Nord,
where you board the Eurostar for the comfortable journey in Standard Premier Class from Paris back to London. 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 leg of your journey home.

 

Your Hotels

ZURICH

The Hotel Glockenhof (4 star) is a relaxed, modern hotel only a short tram ride or a few minutes’ walk from Zurich’s main station. The hotel is situated very close to the upscale shopping on Bahnhofstrasse. The minimalist rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Other amenities include two restaurants and a bar, as well as a rustic log cabin fondue stüblis and a garden courtyard.

FLORENCE

The charming Hotel Rapallo (4 star) is located in Florence’s historic centre, just a short walk away from many of the most visited historical sites in Florence, including the Duomo (cathedral). All the comfortable en-suite rooms are tastefully furnished with the very best that Florentine aritisanal tradition has to offer. Each of the 26 rooms enjoys the tranquillity of soundproofing and blackout shades, spacious bathrooms, some featuring luxurious tubs and others fitted with large showers and are all equipped with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, LCD-screen TV with SKY, automatic safe and hairdryers. Some rooms have balconies or private access to terraces facing the brilliant Tuscan sun, the hills of Fiesole and cupola San Lorenzo. In addition to that a buffet breakfast is served every morning in the hotel breakfast room and the bar is open 24 hours a day for light drinks and meals.  station and the final leg of your journey home.

Your Hotel Train

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 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.

 

What’s Included

  • First Class rail travel from London to Florence and Paris to London (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar)
  • 1 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the Hotel Glockenhof (4 star) in Zurich
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the Hotel Rapallo (4 star) in Florence
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Florence to Paris in a twin/double compartment
    with all meals on board
  • Private taxi transfer in Paris

Departure date

  • Tailor-made to your specific requirements and built around Orient Express departure dates
  • NB – Prices in this itinerary are based on a departure from London on 10th July 2021
    (mid-season) For a departure on 22nd May prices are from £2,300 per person

Additional Information

  • Room upgrade and alternative hotels – contact us for details and prices

Deposit from £500 per person / Holiday duration is 6 days

For information and booking – Tel: 01347 825292 or email info@planetrail.co.uk