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Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Silversea Cruise

15-day rail, stay & cruise


In Brief

  • 1 Night London to Verona
  • 2 Nights Verona
  • 4 Nights Venice
  • 1 Night Pula
  • 1 Night Dubrovnik
  • 1 Night Brindisi
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Chania
  • 1 Night Rhodes
  • 1 Night Santorini
  • 1 Night Piraeus (Athens)


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All-inclusive | Ocean cruise

Start your Adriatic adventure in luxury as you embark the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train from London to Verona. Enjoy two days in this romantic city before making your way to Venice for a further two nights prior to embarking your all-inclusive 6-star cruise on Silversea. Nothing matches a Venice sailaway as you cruise the rugged coastlines and historic harbours of the Adriatic and Aegean.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London to Verona

Embark the Belmond British Pullman luxury train at London Victoria and enjoy a three-course brunch before arriving at Folkestone and onward to Calais where you embark the famed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train for an overnight journey to Verona.

On board, enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a four-course dinner before retiring to your luxury accommodation on board.

Day 2
Verona, Italy

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your cabin as you watch the the Swiss scenery passing by. Relax on the train before a three-course lunch sees you traveling through the Italian countryside before arriving in Verona.

Debark the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in the afternoon and take your private transfer to your hotel for a two night stay, the Hotel Palazzo Victoria, on a room only basis.

Day 3

Enjoy a small group walking tour of this romantic and beautiful city.

Day 4
Verona & Venice

Take your private transfer to Venice, about 80 mins drive, and check into your hotel for a two night stay, the Bagliona Luna, on a room only basis.

Day 5
Venice, Italy

Enjoy a full day tour of Venice.

Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you'll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

Days 6-7

Check out of your hotel and take you private transfer to the port and embark Silver Shadow. The ship remains overnight allowing you plenty more time to explore this vibrant city.

Day 8
Pula, Croatia

Today an industrial port town and Istria's chief administrative center (pop. 58,000), as well as a major tourist destination, Pula became a Roman colony in the 1st century BC. This came about a century after the decisive defeat by the Romans, in 177 BC, of the nearby Histrian stronghold of Nesactium, prompting the Histrian king Epulon to plunge a sword into his chest lest he fall into the hands of the victors, who indeed conquered all of Istria.

Day 9
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is one of the world's most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and splendid fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes, and elegant bell towers. In the 7th century AD, residents of the Roman city Epidaurum (now Cavtat) fled the Avars and Slavs of the north and founded a new settlement on a small rocky island, which they named Laus, and later Ragusa. On the mainland hillside opposite the island, the Slav settlement called Dubrovnik grew up.

Day 10
Brindisi, Italy

Life continues in Brindisi as if the 21st century hadn’t arrived. Visually, the landscape is as stunning as one would expect in southern Europe. Villages set on sunlit hilltops rise like islands above a rolling landscape of olive groves and vineyards. The coastline is a striking mixture of ruggedly beautiful cliffs and grottoes interspersed with a scattering of long, sandy beaches. Together with the wealth of historical artefacts and spectacular landscapes, Brindisi is one of Italy’s best kept secrets.

Day 11
At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 12
Chania, Crete

The second-largest city in Crete and capital of the Homonym Prefecture, Chania is located in Minoan Kidonia at the end of the Homonym Gulf between the Akrotiri and Onicha peninsulas. Chania City is divided into two parts; the Old Town, which is comprised of several connected districts built around the old Venetian Harbour, and New Town, a larger, more modern city whose centre is situated next to, and south of, the Old Town.

Day 13
Rhodes, Greece

Early travelers described Rhodes as a town of two parts: a castle or high town (Collachium) and a lower city. Today Rhodes town—sometimes referred to as Ródos town—is still a city of two parts: the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that incorporates the high town and lower city, and the modern metropolis, or New Town, spreading away from the walls that encircle the Old Town.

Day 14
Santorini, Greece

Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route, with sensational sunsets,  fascinating excavations, and the dazzling white towns. Called Kállisti (the "Loveliest") when first settled, the island has now reverted to its subsequent name of Thira, after the 9th-century-BC Dorian colonizer Thiras. The place is better known, however, these days as Santorini, a name derived from its patroness.

Day 15

Debark the ship in Pireaus and take your private transfer to Athens airport for your onward flight to the UK.


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