Highlights

  • Experience the glamour of the Orient Express
  • Enjoy priority entry to the Arena di Verona
  • Sail in style among the islands of the Venetian Lagoon
  • Make pasta in Italy's foodie capital – Bologna
  • Explore the culinary delights of Venice in the company of the ship's chef

This holiday pairs the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with the chance to explore Venice and its surrounds in-depth on a luxurious river cruise. It all begins with an overnight journey on board the world’s most elegant train, where you’ll be treated to the very best in gourmet dining featured in included brunches and dinners that showcase the finest ingredients from along your route. You’ll follow that with a five-star stay in beautiful Verona, including priority entry to the city’s Roman arena, now a world-renowned opera venue. It’s then time to head on to Venice for your luxury river cruise, taking in the unique culture, incomparable cuisine and delightfully colourful towns of the Venetian islands. It’s an experience made all the better with a series of included tours and the gourmet dining and spa delights of the newly renovated S.S. La Venezia


Day 1

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Enjoy a relaxing start to your holiday with an included chauffeur drive transfer to London Victoria station. Head for the Belmond departure lounge, then board the iconic British Pullman for the first leg of your journey – a brunch-and-Bellini-paired dash across Kent. Next you’ll cross the Channel to Calais where the blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will be waiting to welcome you. Settle into your wood-panelled cabin as you race across rural France before heading to the dining car for a four-course gourmet meal, served by attentive, white-gloved waiters. End your day with a drink or two in the bar car, then retire to your cabin, which you’ll find transformed to a bedroom by your steward.

Lunch & Dinner included

The Belmond British Pullman

The Belmond British Pullman

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Dining aboard Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Dining aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Days 2 – 3

Discover Verona: Shakespeare’s city

Wake to a delicious breakfast of pastries, juices and fresh coffee in your cabin as first the Swiss Alps and then the Italian Dolomites rush by. Disembark in Verona, where you’ll be met for a private transfer to your five-star hotel and prepare for two memorable days exploring the delights of ‘Shakespeare’s city’. Indeed, be sure to take in the likes of Juliet’s balcony before enjoying skip-the-line access and a private tour of one of Italy’s most prestigious music venues – the Arena di Verona. 

Breakfast included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy


Day 4

Verona to Venice

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take a private transfer to Venice where you’ll board your ship – the S.S. La Venezia. Fully refurbished, and with decks named after the islands of the Venetian Lagoon, it’s an opulent home to three restaurants, a spa, a lounge and bar – the perfect home-from-home for your cruise through northern Italy.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast & Dinner included

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy


Day 5

Venice: Italy’s floating city

Before departing Venice, you’ll have a day to explore the myriad wonders of Italy’s floating city, as an expert guide helps you to untangle the secrets and myths of its iconic waterways. There’s also time for a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon and a very special after-hours private tour of St Mark’s Basilica. End the day in style with a Captain’s Welcome Reception and delicious celebratory dinner.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Grand Canal, Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

St Mark's Square, Venice

St Mark's Square, Venice


Day 6

Chioggia – Little Venice

Located at the far-southern end of the Venetian Lagoon, Chioggia is often referred to as ‘Little Venice’. Having cruised passed the colourful fishermen’s houses of Pellestrina, you’ll be met by a local guide to uncover the unique charms of this traditional port community. Alternatively, take the chance to spend more time on the water with a boat tour to harvest mussels in the lagoon and then enjoy them as part of a delicious lunch. Whichever you choose, you’ll meet your fellow guests back on board for sundowners on the upper deck – sheer perfection.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

View over channel with boats, houses and reflections in Chioggia

Chioggia, Italy

Chioggia, Italy

Chioggia, Italy


Day 7

Polesella: Bologna or Ferrara

Today you’ll have a choice of tours. Perhaps take in the culinary joys of Bologna, where you’ll learn how to make pasta before having it cooked and served as part of a traditional lunch, or head to World Heritage-listed Ferrara. Explore its medieval city walls and its impressive Gothic cathedral before retuning to the ship where the bar or onboard spa provide the ideal spots for a relaxing wind-down.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

Making pasta

Making pasta

Ferrara, Italy

Ferrara, Italy


Day 8

Chioggia to Burano

Return to Chioggia today for a new perspective, taking the chance to explore one of Europe’s largest wholesale fish market and enjoying an expert-led tour of Corso del Popolo, where traders meet to sell everything from textiles to trinkets. Pick up some souvenirs, then sail on to Burano for a guided evening stroll among its colourful buildings and pretty canals.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Chioggia fish market

Chioggia fish market

Burano, Italy

Burano, Italy


Day 9

The Venetian Islands: Torcello, Mazzorbo & Burano

Today offers a chance to explore three of Venice’s islands, places which tend to escape the attention of many visitors to the city. Setting out in the morning, you’ll begin with Torcello, a once-bustling city now home to a handful of locals and home to an 11th-century mosaic of the Last Judgement, for which you’ll be treated to early access without the crowds. It’s then on Mazzorbo, where you’ll have the chance to tour an estate to learn about the island’s wine-making heritage, before returning to Burano where you’ll visit a lace-making atelier to see this well-practised tradition in action, and perhaps pick up a souvenir.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Torcello, Italy

Torcello, Italy

Mazzorbo vineyards, Italy

Mazzorbo vineyards, Italy

Street with colorful buildings and canal in Burano island, Venice, Italy

Burano island


Day 10

A return to Venice

Cruise back to Venice for a choice of superb excursions – the first a ‘do as the locals do’ appreciation of the city’s markets and culinary hotspots in the company of a guide, often the ship’s head chef. You’ll even have the chance to add on a gondola ride before re-joining your guide at a local bacaro wine bar for the Venetian version of happy hour. Alternatively, take a walking tour to Rialto Bridge and visit the sites made famous by renowned intellectual and part-time playboy – Casanova. In the evening, a Captain’s farewell reception and dinner will see you end your cruise in style.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Rialto Bridge, Venice


Day 11

Depart for home

Disembark after breakfast and head to the airport for your flight to the UK, where you’ll be met for your included chauffeur transfer home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the world's great travel experiences. But, while the classic route from London to Venice remains a favourite of mine, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy this incredible journey. And, this combo is right up there, as you combine the historical delights of Verona with a luxury cruise among the Venetian Islands and a host of excursions, from wine tasting to pasta making. My tip? Don't miss out the after-hours tour of St Mark's Basilica. Taking it all in without the crowds is a truly memorable experience."

David Warne

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £5,945 pp incl. flights

Low Season 2021 from: £5,945 pp
High Season 2021 from: £7,105 pp

Includes pre-cruise

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express overnight train to Verona

Private overseas transfers throughout

2-nights accommodation at 5-star hotel in Verona

Private tour to Arena di Verona

Private transfer to Venice pier

Includes on board SS Venezia

Choice of daily excursions

Delicious farm-to-table cuisine

Unlimited beverages, including many premium spirits and wines

Outstanding service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of any cruise line

Elegant and well-appointed riverview staterooms, with the finest linens, towels and Savoir® beds

Onboard fitness center, plus exercise and wellness classes

Shipwide Internet and Wi-Fi access

Onboard entertainment and enrichment

Includes post-cruise

Private transfer from pier to Venice airport

Flight from Venice to UK


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