Verona by First Class rail and return to London on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Prices from £2,995 per person
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Journey to enchanting, vibrant Verona to be enthralled by the city’s own dolce vita, an intoxicating blend of ancient history, epicurean pleasures, exuberant style and inspirational music.
Having travelled by First Class rail via the beautiful Swiss town of Montreux, your homeward journey offers even more as you return to London on the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Step on board and re-live the glorious days of the 1920s and the golden age of luxury rail travel. With a steward to attend to your needs throughout, experience fine dining on board in the beautiful restaurant cars and enjoy a drink in the Bar Car as you travel across Europe viewing magnificent scenery and ever-changing landscapes from the comfort of your elegant cabin on this classic train.
On certain dates during the summer you can experience the magical atmosphere of a performance at the renowned Verona Opera.
5 night / 6 day holiday by First Class rail, including a night in Montreux, 3 nights in Verona and an incredible overnight journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Verona to London from £2,995 per person (based on two people travelling together).
Day 1 – London to Montreux
Your holiday begins in the heart of London at St Pancras International station. Take the time to admire the flourishes of this lovingly restored Victorian station before you join the Eurostar service to Paris. Relax and watch the countryside swish past as the Eurostar reaches speeds of up to 186mph, and enjoy the light meal and drinks served at your seat during the journey. On arrival in the French capital your private taxi transfer takes you to the Gare de Lyon where you connect with the high-speed TGV service for your onward journey through France and into Switzerland. The route takes you alongside sparkling Lake Geneva to Lausanne, where a brief change to the local rail service takes you to the nearby elegant lakeside town of Montreux. Here your hotel for tonight is the welcoming Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4 star superior), perfectly situated a few steps from the station and with fabulous views of the lake. After settling in, perhaps take a stroll alongside the lake or if time permits, visit the impressive Château de Chillon – widely regarded as the best preserved castle in Europe.
Please note additional nights are available in Montreux if you would like a longer stay in this beautiful town.
Day 2 – Through the Alps to Verona
This morning you return to the station and join the comfortable Euro City service for the journey along the beautifully scenic Simplon Pass into Italy. Sit back and admire the changing scenery as you travel through the soaring peaks of the Alps and into Italy, passing the sparkling Italian Lakes and Milan before arriving in Verona. Here you make your way to your hotel for the next three nights, the richly evocative Hotel Accademia located very close to Piazza Bra with its stylish and welcoming rooms.
Days 3 & 4 – The beautiful Roman city of Verona
Make the most of two full days to explore this attractive walled city famous for the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, and soak up the warm pastel colours of Piazza Brà, surrounded by churches, monuments and fine palazzi, built from local pink limestone. Impressive churches, such as San Zeno Maggiore, contrast perfectly with the opulence of Piazza dei Signori and Piazza Erbe close to Juliet’s balcony. Should you wish to venture further afield, you could head out to the Valpolicella vineyards, the Palladian delights of Vicenza or take to the waters of stunning Lake Garda.
Optional extra: The Verona Opera (supplements apply)
On certain dates between June and September it is possible to visit the world-famous Verona Opera during its annual festival. Savour the build up to the celebrated performance as crowds gather inside the city’s remarkable Roman amphitheatre and thousands of candles ensure the spectacle is illuminated. The opera shown will vary by the departure date, but all will provide an unforgettable evening. Please click here for a timetable and an idea of prices for departures including a performance at the festival.
Day 5 – Verona through to Switzerland on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
After a relaxed start to the morning, excitement builds as you bid farewell to Verona and make your way back to the station. Here you board the gleaming 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. Take the time to settle in as the train makes its way across northern Italy; it will soon be time to enjoy a three-course lunch in one of the beautifully restored restaurant cars. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the comfort of your cabin gazing at the beautiful passing scenery of the Italian Dolomites and the Brenner Pass, or chatting with fellow travellers in the Bar Car. As the train continues through Austria and towards Switzerland it is 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 on board by skilled chefs. After dinner you may want to linger in the bar car, enjoying the celebratory atmosphere, and 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 in to Paris and Paris to London
Enjoy breakfast in your cabin this morning, served at a time to suit you, as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express arrives in Paris. Here the train halts for 40 minutes at the Gare de l’Est; take this opportunity to stretch your legs along the platform and watch the bustling activity; passengers disembarking, 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.
In Folkestone you 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.