Experience the glamour of the world's greatest rail journey
This is the world’s ultimate rail journey, bringing you in unmatched style between London and Italy’s floating city aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
It all begins with a trip on the Belmond British Pullman which, with a delicious, wine-paired lunch included, will see you in style to Folkestone and your channel crossing. Once in Calais, the glamour is taken up a notch as you step onboard those famous blue-and-gold carriages and into a world straight out of the roaring twenties. Indeed, from the elegance of your oak-panelled cabin to the art-deco splendour of the bar and dining cars, the scene will be set for a truly unforgettable experience.
Then, as you roll south towards Paris and on towards the Alps, you’ll be treated to gourmet dining inspired by the train’s route – think lobster from Brittany and lamb from Mont St Michel – and served in the very finest traditions of elegant, white-glove service. Once dinner’s at an end, perhaps head to the bar car for a night cap before setting into your cabin, which you’ll find transformed into bunks by your steward.
In the morning, you’ll wake to views of the Swiss Alps and a continental breakfast served in your cabin. Then, enjoy a leisurely time taking in the scenery, first of the Alps, then the Dolomites, as you sit down to a three-course lunch, served in the dining car, and then a sumptuous afternoon tea as you cross the Venetian Lagoon before disembarking in Venice itself. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your chosen five-star hotel, a luxurious base for exploring the treasures of Venice, the highlights of which you’ll see on an included private walking tour, complete with priority entry to the Doge’s Palace.
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