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Highlights

  • Disover Venice's striking architecture, beautiful bridges and winding canals
  • Recall the Golden Age of travel onboard the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Experience white-glove service and all-inclusive meals onboard
  • View the spectacular Swiss Alps and showcase some of Europe’s finest rural scenery
  • Sample Brussels' famous gastronomy and walk amongst the grand architecture

Spoil yourself

  • Upgrade to a luxurious Grand Suite for complimentary caviar on arrival and free-flowing champagne

The world’s most iconic train takes on a new route in 2021, a spectacular cross-Continent trip from Venice to Brussels. You’ll start among the historic buildings and iconic waterways of Venice, where you'll take in the highlights with an expert-led walking tour and included priority entry to Doge’s Palace, coupled with a stay in a five-star Baglioni Hotel, whose gilded furnishings play host to an exquisite restaurant headed up by a Michelin-starred chef. Then, after stepping onboard the esteemed carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, you'll traverse alpine meadows and snow-capped mountain ranges, enjoying multi-course gourmet dining and the very best in discreet white-gloved service as you head, via Paris, to Brussels, a city famed for its gastronomy and grand architecture.


Day 1

Depart for Venice

You’ll start your holiday in relaxing fashion with a chauffeur-driven transfer to the airport before boarding the short flight to Venice and transferring to your hotel for the next two nights, the spectacular canal-side Baglioni Hotel Luna. The likes of St Mark’s Basin, San Girogio island and Venice’s canals are perfectly taken in with private terraces, and you’re moments away from the heritage beauty of St. Mark’s Square and the Bellini cocktails of Harry’s Bar.

If you can tear yourself away from the frescoes, chandeliers, baroque murals, gold furnishings and marble bathrooms of your palatial room, perhaps make the most of the award-winning Canova Restaurant, headed up by Michelin-starred Executive chef, Alberto Rossetti. The octopus salad and calamari with green tomato sauce are particularly notable, as is the extensive wine list. 


Chauffeur Service

Chauffeur Service

Venice Water Taxi

Venice Water Taxi


Day 2

The treasures of Venice

This morning, take the time to relax and enjoy an indulgent breakfast and Italian coffee at the charming canal-side Caffè Baglioni. Then it's time to explore dazzling Venice – we’ve included a private walking tour today with an expert guide who’ll show you the city’s treasures as well as some its unexplored gems. You'll finish with queue-jump entry to the Gothic delights of the Doge’s Palace, where theatrical sculptures and marble décor give way to gold-encrusted frescoes.

Then, you've got a free afternoon to discover the rest of the city's offerings, perhaps enjoying a casual lunch in one of the many waterside trattorias before taking a gondola ride among the winding waterways, learning about Murano’s glass-blowing heritage, or simply enjoying a glass of fine Italian wine in a piazza-side cafe. 

Breakfast included

Gondolas, Venice

Gondolas, Venice

Doge's Palace, Venice

Doge's Palace, Venice

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna


Day 3

The Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

Today sees you leave the splendours of Venice behind as you embark on an included water taxi transfer to the Venezia Santa Lucia Station where you'll step aboard the iconic blue-and-gold of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll begin the journey in style as you’re welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and an exquisite three-course lunch in the restaurant car. It’s outside that truly stuns, however, as you pass through the rural fields of Northern Italy en route to Austria and the spectacular Brenner Pass. You'll then trace the snow-capped peaks and mountain meadows of central Europe's Alpine ranges, crossing the Arlberg Pass en route to Switzerland.

As the drama outside unfolds, you'll tuck into a sumptuous selection of pastries served in your oak-panelled cabin, or, the fineries of the train's new Grand Suites, which come complete with double bed and en-suite bathroom. In the evening, freshen up for a four-course dinner in the elegant dining car, where your waiter will serve the likes of Brittany lobster and saltmarsh lamb, all paired with a selection of the world’s finest wines.  

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Piano Dining Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Piano Dining Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Cote D'Azur Dining Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Cote D'Azur Dining Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Day 4

Paris to Brussels

Begin your last day on board with breakfast in your cabin, stopping briefly at Paris’ Gare du Nord before tucking into a delicious brunch as you speed towards Brussels. On arrival make your way to centrally located hotel, close to the stunning architecture of the Grand Place, and its gastronomic haunts and cellar bars.

In the evening relax in your hotels Bar A, where stars of stage and screen have walked across its polished parquet floors, sipped well-crafted cocktails by candlelight, and left behind mementos, like the signed portraits that grace the walls today 


Hotel Amigo, Brussels

Breakfast & Lunch included

Brussels

Moules

Brussels

Grand Place Brussels


Day 5

Brussels

Sitting at a cultural crossroads of French, Dutch and Flemish traditions, Brussels combines old-world grandeur with modern cosmopolitan charm. From Dutch guildhalls and art nouveau homes to towering glass edifices, the city’s skyline is a reflection of its multicultural roots.

The Grand Place is a natural starting point, with its ornate guild houses and gothic town hall. From there, it’s a short stroll to the Musée Magritte and the stunning BOZAR, not far from the Royal Palace, and when it’s time for a breather, order a proper Belgian hot chocolate or a swift half of the local brew. 


Hotel Amigo, Brussels

Breakfast included

Brussels

Brussels Atonium

Brussels

Brussels

Brussels

Grand Place Brussels


Day 6

Brussels to UK

Make your way to the airport for your day flight back to the UK. On arrival, your awaiting chauffeur will see you home


Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"A new route for one of the greatest experiences by rail. Not only is the route impossibly scenic, but the onboard experience is truly indulgent, from the fine dining to the white-gloved service. Lastly, speak to your consultant about travelling in the Grand Suites. Introduced in 2018, these are the last word in luxury, resplendent in Art-Deco opulence and free-flowing champagne"

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Early booking discount: save up to £145 pp
Offer ends 31 January

Guide price from £3,580 pp incl. flights

2021 from: £3,655 pp incl. flights — save up to £145 pp
2022 from: £3,580 pp incl. flights — save up to £145 pp

Valid for travel:

2021

Venice to Brussels operates on 21 Jun 2021 

Brussels to Venice operates on 24 Jun 2021 

2022

Venice to Brussels operates on 11 Apr 2022

Brussels to Venice operates on 14 Apr 2022

Price includes:

  • UK chauffeur drive service
  • Complimentary UK airport executive lounge access
  • Outbound flight between UK and Venice
  • Private arrival water transfer from airport to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in 5* hotel on a BB basis in Venice
  • Private guided Venice walking tour with "skip the line" entrance to the Doges Palace
  • Venice to Brussels on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express including selected meals prepared by onboard French chefs
  • 2 nights accommodation in 5* hotel on a BB basis in Brussels
  • Inbound flight between Brussels and UK


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