Venice & Vienna on the legendary Venice Simplon Orient Express
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Orient Express To Vienna: London to Venice, Venice to Vienna and Vienna to London on board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – 20th October 2019
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Vienna & Venice: 7 night / 8 day holiday by First Class rail, including 3 nights on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with all meals, 2 nights in Venice and 2 nights in Vienna.
The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers a unique travel experience. For your trip of a lifetime embark on the journey from London to the magical city of Venice and on to the wonderful city of Vienna before returning back to London.
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 1920s 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 board 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 Dolomites to Vienna and continue on your journey through Europe before arriving back in London.
7 night holiday by luxury Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train from London to Venice, Venice to Vienna and Vienna to London in a double compartment for a total of 3 nights, 2 nights in a lagoon view double room at the Hotel Bucintoro (4 star) in Venice and 2 nights in a double room at the Hotel Kaiserhof (4 star) in Vienna, plus private water taxi transfers in Venice from £6,750 per person (based on 2 people travelling together).
London to Venice, Venice to Vienna and Vienna to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Your holiday includes rail travel in ultimate style on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice, Venice to Vienna and Vienna to London with 3 nights’ accommodation in a private sleeping compartment and all meals, 2 nights with breakfast in a lagoon view double room at the Hotel Bucintoro (4 star) in Venice, water taxi transfers in Venice and 2 nights with breakfast in a double room at the Hotel Kaiserhof (4 star) in Vienna.
Day 1 – London to Switzerland aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
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 a 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.
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 Switzerland and into Italy. Later, afternoon tea is served in your compartment as you travel through towards Verona. 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 for the next two nights, the Hotel Bucintoro (4 star).
|Day 1||LONDON (Victoria station)||–||10:00|
|Day 1||PARIS (Gare de l’Est station)||21:38||22:21|
|Day 1||GOTTHARD PASS|
|Day 2||VERONA (Porta Nuova station)||16:08||16:13|
|Day 2||VENICE (Santa Lucia station)||17:25||–|
Day 3 – Incomparable Venice
Step out in Venice and allow this unique and captivating city to carry you where it will. Enjoy Venice, at dusk and after dark when all the crowds have gone home. From St. Mark’s Square to the Rialto Bridge, a gondola ride on the Grand Canal to a visit inside the stunning Doges Palace, feel yourself unwind as you wander amid the myriad of canals along blissfully traffic-free alleyways and campi (squares). You have plenty of time to discover the city’s luminous quality which emanates from the colours of its painted palazzo, ornate stone bridges and Byzantine basilicas all reflected against the tapestry of canals and lagoons. A short boat ride will lead you to pretty islands on the lagoon, including Murano, home of glass-blowing and colourful Burano, where lace and linen abound.
Day 4 – Free-time in Venice – Venice to Vienna aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Today you have the whole morning and most of the afternoon free for further exploration of this captivating city. Savour your final morning in Venice before your private water taxi transfer re-unites you with the rest of the world as you return to Venice Santa Lucia station to board your luxury train once more. As you once again board the distinctive blue and gold carriages of the Continental Wagons-Lits at Venice Santa Lucia station, your personal steward will show you to your compartment and attend to you throughout your journey. You may wish to have a cocktail in the Bar Car before the next gastronomic highlight: another lavish four-course dinner, prepared on board by the skilled French chefs. After dinner you may wish to visit the convivial Bar Car for a brandy or liqueur before retiring to your cabin for the night.
|Venice (Santa Lucia station)||–||18:07|
|Vienna (Westbahnhof station)||09:36||–|
Day 5 – Arrival in Vienna
Breakfast is served in your compartment before your morning arrival in Vienna. Here you make your own way to your hotel for the next 2 nights, the highly-rated, family-run and elegant Hotel Kaiserhof (4 star), well-located in the centre of Vienna and within easy access of all the city’s principal attractions. You have the rest of the day to begin exploring this most attractive of capital cities, which boasts a wealth of attractions.
Day 6 – Discover Vienna
You have a full day to explore Vienna and visit some of the buildings and monuments that tell the story of this delightful European city. You might like to try and see the famous Spanish Riding School or head for Prater Park with its ferris wheel which featured in the film ‘The Third Man’ with Orson Welles. Alternatively discover the magnificent Baroque Belvedere Palace and the grandiose buildings that line the ‘Ringstrasse’, the fascinating inner ring road that you can travel along by tram. When you are ready for a break you should definitely try out one of Vienna’s traditional coffee houses to enjoy a Viennese coffee and cake.
Then there are attractions further afield such as the evocative Schonbrünn Palace.
Day 7 – Vienna through Europe to France
This morning after breakfast you have some free time for further exploration of beautiful Vienna or perhaps some last-minute souvenir shopping. Then make your way back to the station this afternoon to re-join the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, as you settle back into your private compartment a delicious afternoon tea is served by your personal steward in the comfort of your compartment. Choose to spend some time in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests over coffee or relax and gaze out at the changing landscape from the comfort of your seat. Later a leisurely four course dinner is served, prepared on board by skilled French chefs. Enjoy a brandy or liqueur with convivial company in the Bar Car before retiring for the night.
|Day 7||Vienna (Westbahnhof station)||–||14:04|
|Day 8||Paris (Gare de l’Est station)||07:35||08.25|
|Day 8||London Victoria||17:30||–|
Day 8 – Arrival into Paris – Paris to London
Breakfast is served in your cabin by your steward at a time to suit you. The train pulls into Paris Gare de l’Est and halts for 30 minutes. Take this opportunity to stretch your legs along the platform and watch the bustling activity; passengers boarding, chefs choosing produce for brunch, Parisians coming and going. A delicious brunch is served in the restaurant cars as you travel on towards the French coast for the Channel crossing.
Join the gleaming cream and umber carriages of the Belmond British Pullman for the journey to London. Afternoon High Tea, accompanied by a glass of champagne, is served to you at your table as you travel through the Kentish countryside. All too soon it is time to prepare to disembark as your train draws into London Victoria station and the final leg of your journey home.