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  • Enjoy two nights among the Art-Deco fineries of the world’s most iconic train
  • Indulge with multi-course, gourmet dining
  • End each night with a pianist-backed drink in the bar car
  • Stay in palatial luxury in Venice and Vienna
  • Finish with a trip on the equally extravagant British Pullman

By breaking up the journey, this tailor-made route not only allows you to take in two of Europe’s great cities, but it offers the chance to really indulge. Indeed, over two nights aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, you’ll be treated to everything from afternoon teas and multi-course dining to bar-car drinks and discrete butler service. The comforts also continue off the train, with water-taxi transfers and palatial stays, as you showcase Venice’s floating grandeur and Vienna’s imperial might.

Days 1 – 2

A Venetian Palace

Begin in style with a complimentary chauffeur transfer to the airport and VIP airport lounge access before your flight out to Venice, where you’ll be met by a private water taxi. It’s the most evocative way to arrive, bringing you along winding canals to your hotel’s private jetty. You’ll be staying in a historic Venetian palace – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

What’s more, its silk-panelled walls and frescoes (by Tiepolo’s pupils) are just a stone’s throw from the city’s storied highlights. And, with two days to explore, you’ll be able to take in everything from charming trattorias and gothic basilicas to lagoon islands and spectacular squares.

Breakfast included

Grand Canal, Venice

The Grand Canal

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Restaurant, Baglioni Hotel Luna

Venice Water Taxi

Water taxi transfer

Day 3

All aboard the Orient Express

Following an included transfer to Venice’s Santa Lucia Station, you’ll be greeted by your personal steward and the gleaming blue-and-gold livery of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. After being shown to your private cabin, there’s time to settle in among the cherry-wood detailing as you travel over the Venice Lagoon.

It will soon be time to change for dinner, taken in one of the beautifully restored restaurant cars; expect multi-course menus that showcase the finest ingredients from the train’s route. Then, as is tradition, perhaps retire to the bar car for a nightcap, soundtracked by the gentle tinkling of the resident pianist.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Restaurant car, Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Gourmet dining on board

Bar car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The elegant bar car

Days 4 – 5

Vienna's Baroque beauty

After breakfast served in the privacy of your cabin, you’ll roll into the Austrian capital. Once arrived, you’ll make your way to one of Vienna’s finest hotels, a 19th-century palace complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant and superb spa. What’s more, with views of the leafy Ringstraße and two nights here, you’ll be perfectly positioned to explore.

Often found topping lists of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Vienna impresses with grand palaces, cathedrals and, yes, some of the finest concert halls the world over. 

Breakfast included

St. Charles's Church, Vienna

St. Charles's Church

Day 6

Back on board

After a morning spent at your leisure, head back to the station and your luxury hotel on wheels. You’ll be shown once more to your compartment by your personal steward, where you’ll be treated to afternoon tea as rural Austria sweeps by.

It’s then time for the next of your four-course dinners, taken again among the Lalique glasswork and the black lacquerware of the restaurant cars. Perhaps end the night with a cocktail and the bar car’s baby grand before returning to your cabin to find it transformed into twin berths, complete with crisp damask sheets. 

Breakfast & Dinner included

Dining, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Food of the highest order

Private cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Private cabin

Day 7

Returning to London

This morning, a gentle rap on the door from a white-gloved hand signals that your Continental breakfast is ready. Then, after relaxing among the train’s Art Deco grandeur, you’ll take an exquisite brunch as you’re treated to the iconic sights of Paris before arriving into Calais. Here, after a channel hop, you’ll arrive back into England to the cream-and-umber beauty of the Belmond British Pullman.

Settling into its high-back armchairs and wood-panelled carriages, you’ll be transported back to a time more elegant as bubbly-accompanied afternoon tea is served as the Kent countryside rushes by. It all ends in London Victoria, where a private chauffeur will be waiting to whisk you home.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Belmond British Pullman

The Belmond British Pullman

Restaurant Car, Belmond British Pullman

Restaurant Car, Belmond British Pullman

Belmond British Pullman

Guard, Belmond British Pullman

About the itinerary

"I've put this itinerary together to allow for some extra time on the train itself, ensuring that you really get to enjoy the white-gloved service and fabulous dining experiences. And, in between it all, I've chosen a pair of superb hotels, allowing you to uncover the delights of Vienna and Venice in utter luxury. "

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £5,585 pp incl. flights

Low Season - Twin Cabin from: £5,585 pp
High Season - Twin Cabin from: £5,610 pp
Low Season - Cabin Suite from: £8,255 pp
High Season - Cabin Suite from: £8,280 pp

Valid for travel

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates on selected dates between March and November

Venice - Vienna - London 

departs from Venice 05 May / 29 Sep / 27 Oct 2021

This route will not operate from 2022 onwards (Vienna - London only)


  • Complimentary UK airport VIP lounge access
  • Outbound flight from UK to Venice
  • Private arrival water transfer from airport to hotel
  • 2 nts accommodation in 5* Baglioni Luna Hotel on a BB basis in Venice
  • 2 nts accommodation in 5* Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel on a BB basis in Vienna
  • Complimentary upgrade, plus a welcome pack of a small bottle of Sekt sparkling wine and a selection of Gugelhupf sweets at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel in Vienna
  • 2 nts on the Belmond Venice-Simplon-Orient Express (between Venice to Vienna, and Vienna to Calais via Paris including selected meals prepared by onboard French chefs
  • Luxury coach transfer between Calais and Folkestone via the Channel Tunnel
  • Folkestone to London Victoria Station on the British Pullman including afternoon tea