Luxury Venice Simplon Orient Express

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 1 Night onboard the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express Train from UK to Venice
  • 3 Nights in Venice staying in 5 star centrally located hotel
  • Romantic Gondola Ride
  • Michelin Star Chef Prepared Gourmet Tasting Dinner
  • Venice Card
  • Private train and airport transfers
  • Flight home to the UK

For those wanting to experience Venice First Class, you can do no better than viewing the European countryside on board your lavish train; the Orient Express.

Begin in London Victoria on the British Pullman Train, before transferring by coach through the tunnel, where you board the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express. Then enjoy the breathtaking scenery change as you travel through Paris and the Swiss Mountains, before arriving in Venice.

Then have some time to relax in Venice whilst enjoying the best activities on offer. These include a romantic Gondola ride, a Venice St Mark's Card providing free access to the Doges Palace and the Basilica, and a Michelin Star Gourmet Tasting dinner for 2, prepared by the Michelin Star local Venetian Chef.

This trip is perfect for celebrating either a special birthday or wedding anniversary in 5 star style!

Venice is well situated for extending your trip to Verona, Lake Garda, Milan and Florence.

Departure Dates for the Orient Express (train out, fly back):

2017:
Aug - 03, 10, 17, Sept - 17, 21, Oct - 1, 5, 8, 19, 22, 29, Nov - 2

2018:
Mar - 22, 25, Apr 05, 12, 15, 19, 26, May 03, 06, 13, 17, 20, 25, 31, Jun 07, 10, 14, 24, 28, Jul 05, 12, Aug 09, 16, Sep 13, 16, 20, 23, 30, Oct 04, 07, 14, 18, 21, 28, Nov 01

Departures from Venice to UK (fly out and train back):

2017:
Aug - 02, 09, 16, Sept - 16, 20, 23, Oct - 04, 07, 18, 21, Nov 01.

2018:
Mar - 21, 24, Apr 4, 11, 14, 18, 25, May - 02, 16, 19, 30, Jun 06, 09, 13, 20, 27, July 04, 11, Aug 08, 15, Sep - 12, 15, 19, 22, Oct 03, 06, 17, 20, 31

If you did want to take the Venice Simplon Orient Express journey for both outbound and inbound, then this is possible but at a higher cost and may include additional nights stay for the train schedule to work.

Experience Europe in Luxury!

Please click here for a sample of this iconic train
The Orient ExpressGondolas at the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute in VeniceTravelling through the Alps to Venice on the Venice Simplon Orient ExpressCabin on the Venice Simplon Orient Express TrainAerial shot over St Mark's Square, VeniceEntertainment on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train

Day 1

Depart London on the Orient Express
This morning begin your trip from London Victoria by the Belmond Pullman train.

Enjoy a light brunch as you journey through the English countryside to Folkestone where a coach takes you through the tunnel, before boarding the Orient Express.

This iconic train is synonymous with The Roaring Twenties when it first began, but has now been finished to a refined art.

The skilled French Chef will prepare a sumptuous 4 course dinner to re-awaken your taste buds!

While away the hours in relaxation as you travel through Europe. Enjoy fine dining in one of the three wonderful dining carts along with fantastic entertainment.

Overnight in a Cabin on board.

Please Click on the first photo opposite to get a taste of this wonderful journey.

Day 2

Arrive in Venice, Private Transfer to your Hotel and Gourmet Tasting Dinner
After a good night's sleep in your cabin, wake up to a delicious breakfast served in your cabin or in the Art Nouveau styled Bar Car.

Enjoy a 3 course lunch in one of the three restaurant cars - The Cote d'Azur with blue opaque glass classical figures, The Etoile du Nord with fantastic marquetry of wood, brass and ivory, or L'Oriental which has been remastered to include black lacquer panels as its trademark.

Watch the majestic mountains and countryside transform outside as your train travels through the Swiss Alps, then the Italian Dolomites before arriving at its destination at Venice Station.

On arrival in Venice, your Private watertaxi transfer will take you to Hotel Metropole. This hotel is 5 star Venetian luxury located in the centre of Venice. The hotel oozes charm from the moment you arrive when the incense sticks awaken your senses, to the moment you bid a sad farewell.

This evening head downstairs for your Gourmet Tasting Dinner, which is presented using local Venetian ingredients lovingly prepared by the Michelin Star chef.

Overnight in Venice.

Day 3

Day at Leisure
Day at leisure with your Venice Pass Card. This card provides free beat the queues access to the Doges Palace with Prison, along with the Basilica.

Alternatively, why not opt for one of our Optional Extras. We would particularly recommend the Highlights of Venice Tour, which includes your own private guide introducing you to these sights. Please see below for more information.

Overnight in Venice.

Day 4

Day at Leisure & Gondola Ride
After breakfast you have the day at leisure to explore Venice, do some souvenir shopping, or add an Optional Extra. If you don't want to limit your exploration to Venice alone, why not choice to add our Optional Extra of a tour of the islands. More information below.

This afternoon enjoy your romantic gondola ride around the lagoon. There is only one way to truly see Venice and this has to be by gondola.

Overnight in Venice.

Day 5

Private Transfer to the Airport for flight home
At leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively, if you wanted to extend your trip, then we can recommend either Florence or, if you are travelling in the Summer, why not combine with a trip to the Verona Opera.
Please click here for a sample of this iconic train
The Orient ExpressGondolas at the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute in VeniceTravelling through the Alps to Venice on the Venice Simplon Orient ExpressCabin on the Venice Simplon Orient Express TrainAerial shot over St Mark's Square, VeniceEntertainment on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train
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From £3,395 Per Person for 2017 Pricing
From £3,240 Per person for 2018 Pricing

1 night full board Venice Simplon Orient Express with 1 brunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast & 1 lunch included, 3 nights bed & breakfast Hotel Metropole, Gourmet Tasting Dinner, Gondola Ride, Venice Pass Card, Private arrival and departure transfers and one way flight back to the country.

Departure Dates for the Orient Express (train out, fly back):

2017:
Aug - 03, 10, 17, Sept - 17, 21, Oct - 1, 5, 8, 19, 22, 29, Nov - 2

2018:
Mar - 22, 25, Apr 05, 12, 15, 19, 26, May 03, 06, 13, 17, 20, 25, 31, Jun 07, 10, 14, 24, 28, Jul 05, 12, Aug 09, 16, Sep 13, 16, 20, 23, 30, Oct 04, 07, 14, 18, 21, 28, Nov 01

Departures from Venice to UK (fly out and train back):

2017:
Aug - 02, 09, 16, Sept - 16, 20, 23, Oct - 04, 07, 18, 21, Nov 01.

2018:
Mar - 21, 24, Apr 4, 11, 14, 18, 25, May - 02, 16, 19, 30, Jun 06,, 09, 13, 20, 27, July 04, 11, Aug 08, 15, Sep - 12, 15, 19, 22, Oct 03, 06, 17, 20, 31
A La Carte Optional Extras
Burano Island off VeniceTorcello Island off Venice
La Fenice, Venice's Opera HouseMusic a Palazzo in Venice
Private Highlights Tour of Venice
For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your own private guide will take you on a 4 hr tour around the Basilica and Doges Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world.

Price Per Person: £190 per person
Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
Begin this 4hr excursion sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore before disembarking on your first island of Murano. Murano is known for its glass manufacturing and the tour includes a visit to one of the factories.

Travel onwards to Burano, an archipelago of four islands, and sample the lace which Burano is famous for.

Finish the tour on Torcello, visiting the cathedral and church on this quieter island. Transfer back to Venice.

Please note this is in a small group and is not private.

Price Per Person: £20
Attend the Opera at La Fenice or Musica a Palazzo
Find your seats for the opera! You have the option of two very different experiences. The first is more traditional - at La Fenice, which like its name (The Phoenix) has risen from the ashes twice when it burnt down.

La Fenice Opera 2017 schedule:

Carmen (Bizet) – Apr 01, 02, 03
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) – Apr 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, May 02
Sleeping Beauty (Cajkovskij) – May 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
La Traviata (Verdi) - May 19, 24, 26, 28, 30, Jun 01, 03, Aug 22, 27, 29, Sep 01, 06, 10, 12, 14, 15, 21, 22
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – May 23, 25, 27, 31, Jun 04, 06
Orfeo (Monteverdi) – June 16
The Return of Ulysses (Monteverdi) – Jun 17, 20
The Coronation of Poppea (Monteverdi) – June 18, 21
The Sleepwalker (Bellini) – June 30, July 02, 04, 06, 08
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 26, Sept 03, 05, 13, 17, 19, 24
Opportunity Makes the Thief (Rossini) – Sept 02, 07, 20, 23
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Oct 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26


The second option is the Musica a Palazzo at the Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto. The opera takes place in the palace with a backdrop of frescoes by Tiepolo. The performance happens in several rooms without a stage, which means the audience become part of the scene as the singers perform around you. This leads to a more intimate setting.

Operas on offer at Musica a Palazzo:

La Traviata
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
The Barber of Seville - Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto - Fridays only

Price Per Person: From £74 to £244
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Burano Island off VeniceTorcello Island off Venice
La Fenice, Venice's Opera HouseMusic a Palazzo in Venice
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Includes:-
  • 1 night full board Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast Hotel Metropole
  • Activities as listed
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • One way flight back to most UK airports (Gatwick & Heathrow daily)
Call 01722 445900
or
Click to make an enquiry
Excellent service, very helpful staff and booking the holiday was so easy.
Helen
Firstly can I say that the trip was an experience which we shall remember fondly. The train journey was magnificent and the staff on board and the people who were on and off the trains treated us to the finest hospitality possible. The journey on Friday through Switzerland and Italy was breathtaking. Rupert our steward was outstanding. The Hotel Metropole was the finest we have ever stayed in and again the people in the hotel treated us royally. In all the package you provided was superb , done with style and quality.
William
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