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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

A journey of timeless elegance

Venice Simplon-Orient Express Luxury Rail Holidays

Introduction

The iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has long been defined by luxury, opulence, and timeless elegance, remaining unchanged for decades. Rather than simply emulate times gone by, it truly transports guests into a world where they are constantly reminded of its rich heritage, from Art-Deco design to stylish furnishings and impeccable service.


The train's 1920s and 30s Art-Deco carriages have all been lovingly restored to their original glory, and each with a different décor, the origins of which are described in plaques throughout. And, it all still manages to feel exclusive and luxurious, from the elegant bar car to the classic suites, more of which later. With speed of the utmost importance in today’s day and age, both in travel and daily life, the Orient Express offers a wonderful antidote, where the journey really is as important as the destination. Tick off Europe’s most romantic and enchanting cities as the train sweeps through Europe's central Alps and past the armoured peaks of the Italian Dolomites en route to the canals of Venice or the architectural wonders of Budapest. There are also routes between London and Vienna, Paris and Berlin, while once a year, guests have the chance to retrace the Orient Express' original 1883 journey on an annual nine-day jaunt to Istanbul.

Life on board

As guests step onboard, impeccable service from white-gloved stewards, dressed in those iconic blue hats, transports guests to a time more civilised and refined. And, they're just a press of a button away as you sit back and watch Europe's  landscapes rush past. It's all enjoyed from the comforts of your in-cabin seating, which, as an exquisite dinner is served in the dining car, is discreetly transformed into upper and lower berths, made up in crisp damask sheets and with bathrobes and slippers provided. Dining, a formal affair as exquisite and refined as the service, is enjoyed in one of three restaurant cars, from the hand-carved designs of Etoile du Nord to the glass-panelled Lalique or black lacquer of L’Oriental. Wherever you dine, be sure to visit the bar car for a champagne cocktail before settling down to a meal that might include the likes of Mont St Michel saltmarsh lamb and fresh lobsters from Brittany coast.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Grand Suites

Even more luxurious are the cabin suites, where two interconnecting cabins allow you to choose two lower berths for sleeping. Oak panelling, lacy doilies, washbasins and mosaic-tiled lavatories at the end of the carriage all add to part of the historic charm, but for the ultimate in luxury, Grand Suites offer en-suite bathrooms, a plush double bed and opulent design. It’s all Art-Deco patterns combined with visual cues taken from their namesake suite names, Istanbul, Venice and Paris. There’s embossed leather and exotic motifs in the Istanbul suite, glass ornaments in Venice, while Paris’ elegance is embodied in fanned lamps and chic furnishings. And it’s all enjoyed with in-suite private dining and free-flowing champagne.

The new Grand Suites of Belmond's Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

4-day luxury rail journey from £3,280 pp

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Early booking discount - must book 45 dys prior to departure – Save up to £60 pp
Book by: 31 August 2018

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – the very name conjures up images of 19th-century splendour, of silent film stars and Agatha Christie. All of the glamour and mystique still lingers, the white-gloved service as faultless as one could hope for from the world's most famous train ride.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London

4-day tailor-made journey from £2,855 pp

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Free upgrade to Cabin Suite – Save up to £1115 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

This 4-day journey is the just-as spectacular reverse of London to Venice onboard the esteemed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll start in Venice’s Gothic splendours, staying in a charming canalside hotel, before enjoying white-glove service as you speed through the picturesque Austrian Alps.

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Top itineraries in Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

4-day luxury rail journey from £3,280 pp

Special
offer

Early booking discount - must book 45 dys prior to departure – Save up to £60 pp
Book by: 31 August 2018

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – the very name conjures up images of 19th-century splendour, of silent film stars and Agatha Christie. All of the glamour and mystique still lingers, the white-gloved service as faultless as one could hope for from the world's most famous train ride.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London

4-day tailor-made journey from £2,855 pp

Special
offer

Free upgrade to Cabin Suite – Save up to £1115 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

This 4-day journey is the just-as spectacular reverse of London to Venice onboard the esteemed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll start in Venice’s Gothic splendours, staying in a charming canalside hotel, before enjoying white-glove service as you speed through the picturesque Austrian Alps.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London–Istanbul

9-day luxury rail journey from £8,740 pp

Each year, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express takes an exclusive few on its original route, sweeping though France, Hungary and Romania to end in Istanbul. You’ll travel in the utmost opulence throughout, enjoying fine dining, champagne-bar delights and curated stops for expert-led tours.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Verona–London

4-day luxury rail journey from £2,945 pp incl. flights

Simply put, this is one of the greatest experiences in world travel. Whether it’s fine dining in the restaurant car or personalised service in your private cabin, you’ll be pampered throughout the journey over the Alps and back to London. It all starts with a luxurious palace stay in Verona.

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Hark back to the golden age of travel with opulent private berths, fine dining experiences and stunning scenery.

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express articles

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