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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Return to Venice

5-day luxury rail journey from £5,660 pp


Short description

Travel as Europe’s nobility before you, with a palace stay bookended by return legs on the world’s most iconic train

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  • Spend two nights onboard the world’s greatest train
  • Indulge with multi-course fine dining
  • Stay minutes from St Marks Square in a luxurious Venetian palace
  • Explore with an included walking tour
  • Enjoy included trips in private water taxis

In Brief

  • 1 Night Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • 2 Nights Venice
  • 1 Night Venice-Simplon-Orient Express


Recommended for:
City-break | No-fly | Rail journey

Travelling both legs by train offers the chance to experience the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in all its glory. With two nights onboard, you’ll get to fully soak up the Alpine scenery, along with the multi-course full board, white-gloved service and piano-accompanied bar-car drinks. In between, you’ll enjoy a luxury palazzo stay in Venice, an included city walking tour and a pair of private water-taxi transfers – the finest way to arrive in Venice.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Boarding the Belmond British Pullman in London Victoria, your suited steward will see you to your wingback armchair as you set off through the Kent countryside in carriages favoured by the Queen Mother and Winston Churchill. As you sip a Bellini and indulge with a gourmet brunch, you’ll notice the train’s exquisite marquetry and brass detailing. Then, following a Channel-Tunnel hop, a white-gloved steward will see you to the polished-wood fineries of your private cabin aboard the fabled Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. A four-course dinner awaits, perhaps capped with a piano-accompanied drink in the bar car before you retire to your cabin, transformed into Egyptian-cotton berths by your host.

Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)

Meals: L D

Day 2
Arrive in Venice

You’ll wake to views of the Swiss Alps and breakfast served in the intimacy of your cabin. After some time to enjoy the views, a three-course lunch is taken under the Lalique glasswork of the restaurant carriages, followed by an afternoon at leisure and a selection of pastries, again served in your cabin. Then, after rolling over the Venetian Lagoon to Santa Lucia station, a private water taxi will whisk you along winding waterways to your canal-side palace’s private pier. Here, you’ll be treated to ceiling frescoes, Murano chandeliers and views of the Grand Canal.

Stay: Metropole Hotel, Venice (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 3

While your hotel’s indulgent breakfast is the perfect introduction to Venice’s fine Italian dining, your included walking tour is the perfect introduction to its storied sights. In the company of an expert guide, you’ll wander between lesser-known basilicas and winding alleys before turning to the city’s famous highlights, concluding with a skip-the-queue entry to the Doge’s Palace. Its stern Gothic exterior hides artwork by Renaissance masters. Whether you want to spend the rest of the day on a gondola, exploring Venice’s outlying islands or enjoying a piazza-side glass of wine, this afternoon is left at leisure.

Stay: Metropole Hotel, Venice (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 4
Depart Venice on the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express

With a private water taxi once more meeting you at your hotel’s pier, you’ll be brought back to the iconic gold-and-blue of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Settling in to the dark-wood beauty of your private cabin, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the Lagoon and Italy’s rural north as you enjoy a three-course lunch. Then, as you wind up into the Alps, a leisurely four-course dinner is served, with the likes of Brittany lobster and Mont Saint-Michel lamb expertly prepared onboard by French chefs. Of course, it’s all best suffixed by live music and drinks in the opulent bar car.

Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Arrive in London

After a Continental breakfast, served in your cabin at a time that suits you, the train will sweep through rural France for a leg-stretching pause in Paris’s magnificent Gare de l’Est station. It was from here in 1883 that the Orient Express first departed, the station’s colonnaded façade as grand today as it was in the 19th century. Continuing to the French coast, the Channel Tunnel will see you onto the Belmond British Pullman for an afternoon tea and glass of Champagne as the Home Counties slide past. It all ends back in London Victoria Station.

Meals: B L



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

5-day luxury rail journey from £5,660 pp


Low Season Twin Cabin

from £5,660 pp.

High Season Twin Cabin

from £5,835 pp.

Low Season Cabin Suite

from £8,740 pp.

High Season Cabin Suite

from £8,910 pp.

The Venice Simplon-Orient Express operates between 17 Mar and 7 Nov 2021


  • Meet & Greet plus check-in at the British Pullman lounge at London Victoria station 
  • London Victoria Station to Folkestone on the British Pullman including three course gourmet brunch accompanied by an iconic Bellini cocktail
  • Calais to Venice (via Paris) on the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express including meals prepared by onboard chefs
  • Arrival water transfer from Venice Station to hotel
  • 2 nts at the Metropole Hotel, Venice on a B&B basis in a Grand Lagoon view room
  • Venice private guided walking tour
  • Departure water transfer from hotel to Venice Station
  • Venice to Calais (via Paris) on the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express
  • Folkestone to London Victoria Station on the British Pullman

Low Season: 14 Feb - 25 Mar / 01 Nov - 30 Dec 2021

High Season: 30 Apr - 03 Jul / 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2021

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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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