Highlights

  • Indulge in the all-inclusive glamour of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Swap Venice for the Golden Eagle Danube Express as you traverse Italy's splendours
  • Marry Slovenia's Old-World charm and Budapest's spectacular architecture
  • Head on private guided tours and enjoy VIP entry to Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Enjoy the delights of gourmet dining, champagne bar cars & onboard pianists

This unforgettable, tailor-made itinerary will see you marry two of the world’s most iconic, luxury rail journeys – the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the Golden Eagle Danube Express. You'll begin among the all-inclusive luxury of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, pairing gourmet, three-course meals with indulgent champagne menus as you pass the rolling hills of the Alps. Arrive into Venice’s storied splendour, enjoying included tours and entry to the likes of Doge's Palace, before you're whisked away to embark the Golden Eagle. Medieval towns and hidden beaches introduce to you to glamorous Italy before Slovenia's Old-World beauty and Budapest’s splendorous architecture take over. It's all perfected with five-star hotels, included gourmet meals and transfers throughout.


Day 1

The iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

After a chauffeured drive to London’s Victoria Station, begin your journey in style as you sip champagne at a private reception and board the resplendent carriages of Belmond’s British Pullman. Speed through the charming Kent countryside alongside a gourmet lunch before arriving in Calais for your first glimpse of those iconic blue-and-gold train carts. As you step through each painstakingly-restored carriage, notice the exquisite marquetry, their splendour truly taking you back to the roaring 20s. Settle in to your oak-panelled cabin – or for an indulgent upgrade, opt for a spectacular Grand Suite, each themed to represent the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’ most iconic destinations – Istanbul, Paris and, of course, Venice. This is a wonderful opportunity to get dressed to the nines as you meet your fellow passengers in the opulent Bar Car, the tinkle of the onboard pianist your accompaniment, alongside pre-dinner signature cocktails or a glass of vintage champagne. Then the feast begins in one of three lovingly-restored restaurant cars, where everything from Brittany lobsters to salt marsh lamb from Mont St Michel is offered alongside only the best wines. After a nightcap, retire to your cabin which will have been expertly converted into a sleeping compartment as you head overnight towards the snow-dusted Alps. 

Lunch & Dinner included

Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Day 2

Snow-capped beauty & Venice's storied splendours

Wake to an indulgent breakfast served in your cabin before peering outside to witness the rolling hills and jagged peaks of the Swiss Alps rush past. Later, head back to the dining car, enjoying a gourmet three-course lunch as the peaks of the Dolomites introduce you to Italy. Afternoon tea is the final indulgent treat before you arrive in Venice and, on arrival, are whisked away to one of Venice’s most spectacular hotels, the Baglioni Luna. As a Leading Hotel of the World, expect fine service and Michelin-star chefs among exquisite frescoes and chandeliers. You’re perfectly poised to explore Venice, from the Bridge of Sighs to the Piazza San Marco, but you’ll definitely want to make time to indulge at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, Canova. A wonderful fusion of tradition and modernism, dishes such as egg yolk tagliolini, crispy shrimps and octopus salad are served in the grandest of ballrooms alongside a world-class selection of wines.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna


Day 3

The sparkling Bay of Mazzaro

After breakfast, transfer to Venice airport for your flight to Catania. On arrival you'll be met and transferred to the luxurious Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, located on the Bay of Mazzaro in Taormina, for a one-night stay. Old-world glamour is the order of the day here; take advantage of your private balcony that looks over the bay, pebbled beach or stunning terraced garden, accompanied by the gentle clink of the harbour's yachts. A cocktail reception and welcome dinner in the elegant surroundings of the hotel makes for a wonderful introduction to the beginning of your Italian adventure.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Bay of Mazzaro, Taormina

Bay of Mazzaro, Taormina


Day 4

The Golden Eagle Danube Express

After breakfast you’ll begin your journey on the Golden Eagle Danube Express as you embark and leave Taormina. Unpack and settle in to your sparkling wood cabin, your own personal butler on hand at all times. Sprawling seating areas and panoramic windows allow you the best views of the stunning Italian shores as you're truly filled with nostalgic allure for the Golden Age of Travel, traversing the ultra-scenic coastal line across southern Italy to arrive in the turquoise Adriatic port of Bari alongside champagne drinks and a delicious lunch. Later, enjoy dinner in Bari's beautiful old town, Barivecchia, all ancient boulevards, opera houses and pebbled beaches dotted with traditional trattorias.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Golden Eagle Danube Express

Golden Eagle Danube Express

GEDE exterior (6) Golden Eagle Danube Express

Golden Eagle Danube Express


Day 5

San Marino’s clifftop delights

After breakfast, you'll head to the mountains of San Marino and its UNESCO-listed capital, where narrow cobblestone streets make up a charmingly medieval walled Old Town. A visit to The Three Towers, castle-like citadels from the 11th century, are a particular highlight, perched atop Titano’s rolling hills. It’s a spectacular setting for lunch where you’ll enjoy the country’s famous Torta Tre Monti or ‘Cake of the Three Towers’. Tonight, dig out your finery and head to the intimate Bar Lounge Car, the convivial hub of the train and the perfect place to enjoy a glass of fine champagne. Get to know your fellow guests before enjoying a gourmet, three-course meal prepared by the onboard executive chef.

Breakfast & Dinner included

San Marino

San Marino


Day 6

A fusion of historic elegance & contemporary gems in Ljubljana

After a gourmet breakfast this morning in the comfort of your cabin, cross the border into Slovenia and let rolling hills and old towns introduce you to Ljubljana, all green spaces, curving rivers and charming outdoor cafes. For history and art buffs there are also several museums, from the country's National Museum to the Museum of Modern Art. Highlights today include visits to the bustling Preseren Square, medieval Three Bridges and icon of the city, the Dragon Bridge, before you return to the Golden Eagle Danube Express for an indulgent three-course lunch as you begin the final part of the journey across Slovenia to Budapest. Tonight, take the chance to dress up and enjoy mingling in the bar car with a cocktail before a final farewell dinner on board. The delights don't end there, though, as you arrive into Budapest to the five-star Kempinski Hotel Corvinus in the centre of the city, just moments from all the main attractions and home to two splendid restaurants.

Stay: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest 

Breakfast & Dinner included

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia


Day 7

Grandeur old and new in Budapest

Today you’ve got a day to explore Budapest and its delights. Perhaps head on a private tour of the city’s halves – the rolling hills of Buda and its iconic Fisherman's Bastion and the vibrant buzz of Pest. Budapest’s baths are iconic and easily reached throughout the city, making for a wonderfully relaxing few hours. Your hotel's luxury offering doesn't disappoint, either – perhaps indulge in a treatment before your final night of the holiday. Start the night off with a pre-dinner tipple in the intimate lighting of the Blue Fox The Bar or the elegant Nobu Lounge before perhaps indulging at its next-door restaurant of the same name, offering refined Japanese classics, or ÉS Bisztró, all creative interiors perfectly matched with contemporary Hungarian-Viennese dishes. There's myriad restaurant offerings in the city too, with everything from fine dining to traditional goulash in cosy family eateries.

Stay: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest 

Breakfast included

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

Chain Bridge, Budapest

Chain Bridge, Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary


Day 8

Depart for home

After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your flight back to the UK.

Breakfast included


Guide price from £6,540 pp incl. flights

Year Round from: £6,540 pp

Validity : This itinerary departs on 12 Sep 2019 from London

Includes

  • Welcome refreshments in the British Pullman lounge at London Victoria Station
  • London to Folkestone on the British Pullman on the British Pullman including three course gourmet brunch accompanied by an iconic Bellini cocktail
  • Folkestone to Calais on Eurotunnel on luxury coach
  • Calais to Venice on the Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient Express including selected meals prepared by onboard French chefs
  • Return private water taxi transfers in Venice with Meet and Greet service at the airport
  • 1nts accommodation in the Baglioni Luna Hotel on a B&B basis
  • 2 hours private guided walking tour of Venice with "skip the line" entrance to the Doges Palace
  • Flight from Venice to Catania, Sicily
  • Arrival transfer from Catania to Taormina
  • 1nt accommodation at the Belmond Sant'Andrea Hotel in Taormina
  • Taormina to Budapest on the Golden Eagle Danube Express including 2nts onboard
  • Train-Ferry crossing from Sicily to Italian mainland
  • Dinner in Barivecchia, the old town of the Adriatic port of Bari
  • Excursion to San Marino including lunch in its Old Town including the country's famous Torta Tre Monti
  • Excursion to Ljubljana, Slovenia including Preseren Square, Three Bridges and Dragon Bridge
  • Farewell Dinner on board as you arrive into Budapest
  • 2nts accommodation in the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest on a B&B basis
  • 3hr Budapest Guided City Tour including Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes Square and the Chain Bridge
  • Private transfer from Budapest hotel to airport
  • One way flight from Budapest to London
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