Highlights

  • Experience the unashamed glamour of the world's most famous train
  • Upgrade to a Grand Suite for the ultimate in on-board luxury
  • Discover the splendours of Venice with an included tour and queue-jump entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Stay in palatial luxury in the centre of Venice
  • Witness the beauty of the Austrian Alps as you cross river valleys and high mountain passes

The world’s most iconic rail journey from London to Venice is just as spectacular in reverse, pairing the Art Deco elegance of its restored 1920s carriages with views out to some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery. You’ll start among the fresco-lined buildings of historic Venice, with included priority entry to Doge’s Palace and a stay in a palatial hotel whose gilded furnishings play host to an exquisite restaurant headed up by a Michelin-starred chef. Then, after stepping onboard the esteemed blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, you'll traverse Austria’s 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 London.


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. 

Baglioni Hotel Luna entrance

Baglioni Hotel Luna entrance

Baglioni Hotel Luna dining room

Baglioni Hotel Luna dining room


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

Venice canals

Venice canals

Doge's Palace, Venice

Doge's Palace, Venice


Day 3

Across the Austrian Alps

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

Restaurant, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Restaurant, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Austrian Alps

Austrian Alps

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Day 4

Paris to London

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 Calais and your channel crossing. Finally, in Folkestone, step aboard the restored carriages of the Belmond British Pullman for a delicious afternoon tea and glass of English sparkling wine as you head through the Kent countryside to London’s Victoria Station and your included chauffeur transfer home.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Belmond British Pullman in Kent

Belmond British Pullman in Kent


"While the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's classic southbound route takes you right across the Swiss Alps, the return journey is just as spectacular. You'll begin with a five-star stay in Italy's floating city – expert guide and priority Doge's Palace entry included – before boarding those famous blue-and-gold carriages – for me a real trip highlight. It's then that this journey really comes into its own as you head north towards Austria and the high mountain passes of Brenner and Arlberg, before dropping down through Switzerland and Paris en route to London."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Guide price from £3,130 pp incl. flights

Low Season Twin Cabin from: £3,130 pp
High Season Twin Cabin from: £3,325 pp
Low Season Cabin Suite from: £4,505 pp
High Season Cabin Suite from: £4,700 pp

Departures: The Venice-Simplon-Orient Express departs between 21 Mar and 07 Nov 2019

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK return chauffeur transfers
  • Outbound flight between UK and Venice
  • Private water taxi transfer from Venice Airport to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in 5* hotel on a B&B basis
  • Private walking tour of Venice including priority entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Venice to Calais on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express included selected meals prepared by onboard chefs
  • Folkestone to London on the British Pullman including three course gourmet brunch accompanied by an iconic Bellini cocktail
  • Transfers throughout

Please note: the companion fare offer is valid for April 2019 departures only – all other valid months have sold out. Enquire now to avoid missing out.

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