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Crystal Symphony

Orient Express, Adriatic & Greek Isles Rendezvous on Crystal Symphony

10-day rail & cruise

Summary

Short description

For one special departure, the Orient Express lines up with an ultra-luxury, all-inclusive Crystal cruise

Highlights

  • Travel on the world’s most iconic train
  • Indulge with open bars and multi-course fine dining
  • Enjoy some Greek island hopping
  • Explore Croatia’s terracotta-idyll ports
  • Sail on the most awarded cruise line, enjoying “6-star service”

In Brief

  • 1 Night Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • 2 Nights Venice
  • 1 Night Koper
  • 1 Night Split
  • 1 Night Dubrovnik
  • 1 Night Kotor
  • 1 Night Santorini
  • 1 Night Mykonos

About

Recommended for:
Ocean cruise

This unique departure marries two of the greatest experiences in travel. It begins with the world’s most luxurious train, its polished-wood private berths and Art-Deco crystal-ware seeing you over the French Alps and into Venice. Here, you’ll embark on your ultra-luxury cruise, sailing along Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro before ending with some Greek island hopping. Ancient port highlights range from Split and Dubrovnik to Santorini and Mykonos, each pairing spectacular natural settings with ancient heritage. Onboard, it’s all knitted together by open bars and all-inclusive fine dining. Favourites include the likes of wine tastings, Broadway-style entertainment and cooking classes, while the staff- and space-to-guest ratios are some of the best at sea.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
10 Sep 2020: Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in London

After making the most of the exclusive lounge, you’ll board the Belmond British Pullman at London Victoria, settling in among the same Art-Deco fixtures and wingback armchairs that have hosted royalty and heads of state. Bellinis and brunch are then served as rural Kent rolls past, before a channel-tunnel hop sees you onto the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Calais. Here, your personal white-gloved steward will show you to your private cabin, all antique fixings and rich upholstery. It’s the chance to change for dinner – a four-course affair served among the restaurant carriage’s intricate marquetry and Lalique glasswork. Expect everything from Brittany lobster to Mont Saint-Michel lamb, and be sure to cap it all off with a pianist-accompanied drink in the bar car.

Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)

Meals: L D

Day 2
Venice, Italy

You’ll wake this morning to magnificent views of the Alps, and a continental breakfast served by your steward in the intimacy of your private berth. Then, as the landscape levels out, a leisurely three-course lunch is taken in the restaurant cars, followed by pastries in your cabin as you roll over the Venetian lagoon. Here, you’ll be met by a private driver and brought aboard your luxury cruise ship, settling into your elegant accommodation to enjoy picture-window views and 24-hour room service. Indeed, your all-inclusive indulgences span from open bars and unlimited WiFi to Michelin-level dining. Expect the likes of Brazilian steakhouses, wine-paired Italian fineries and a fantastic sushi bar by chef Nobu himself.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Venice

You’ll have today to explore Italy’s floating city, wandering its alleyway maze or punting along its canals to discover a fresh basilica around each corner. Be sure to also focus on its storied sites, from the grand Doge’s Palace to the opulent Opera House. The plaza-side café scene is also fantastic. Then, returning to your ship, there are pool-side grills and afternoon teas to indulge with, while the evening brings out everything from piano bars and Broadway-style shows to latest-release films and casino fun. Don’t also miss out on the world-class lecture series or a visit to the spa. The complimentary yoga and Pilates are excellent.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Koper, Slovenia

Your first port of call is Slovenia’s Koper. Over its rich history, this port city has been ruled by Venetian, Austrian and Yugoslavian powers – a story told by its unique architecture, spanning from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Think fortified walls and a beautifully preserved, terracotta-capped old town. Excursions here include trips to medieval Bled, wine tasting on the coast and visits to Ljubljana – Slovenia’s leafy, church-spire-dotted capital.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Split, Croatia

Arriving into Croatia, Split charts its thousand-year-old heritage across impressive Roman monuments, historic city walls and the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, built in the fourth century. In the city’s surroundings, there’s also the option for horseback rides, archipelago sailings and cliff climbing. And, if you’ve been inspired by Split’s atmospheric restaurants and bars, book onto a cooking class.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Dubrovnik

The iconic orange of Dubrovnik, daring out into the glittering Adriatic, is the perfect postcard, ringed by imposing walls. They cloak an intriguing past, with Baroque architectural flourishes sitting side-by-side with a proud, Slavic culture that plays out across fantastic museums and welcoming bars. Take it all in with a ride in its super-scenic cable car. You might also want to relax on the nearby gorgeous beaches.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Kotor, Montenegro

Your next port of call is Montenegro’s Kotor, beautifully set on a fjord-like bay among towering mountains. Then, in its UNESCO-listed medieval old town, you’ll be treated to 9th-century fortifications, grand thousand-year-old cathedrals and the magnificent Prince’s Palace – a Renaissance jewel. For the most atmospheric views of it all, enjoy a walk on the city walls.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Santorini, Greece

Weaving in among the Cyclades archipelago, your approach to Santorini is utterly sublime. And, you’ll arrive on this Greek island jewel to uncover a world of whitewashed buildings, lazing windmills and egg-shell blue domes. It’s all backdropped against a spectacular volcanic landscape, criss-crossed by winding stairs and laneways. Bronze Age archaeological sites, yacht rides and Greek cooking lessons add further intrigue.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Mykonos

Once an 18th-century pirates’ hideout, today Mykonos is an island of immeasurable charm. Here, ridges are lined with windmills and the Kastro old town is a medieval quarter of balconied houses, whitewashed streets and red-domed churches. Scarlet hibiscus and green pepper trees add extra colour to it all. Perhaps also book onto a vineyard tasting, island-hopping yacht cruise or traditional farm cooking class.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Piraeus (Athens)/UK

After a final indulgent breakfast, an included private transfer will see you to the airport for your flight home. Of course, it’s always possible to extend your time in the Greek capital, taking in its ancient Acropolis wonders and creative present.

Meals: B

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