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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice & Rome

6-day luxury rail journey from £3,525 pp incl. flights


Short description

Experience the Art-Deco elegance of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express before luxury stays in two of Italy's city greats

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  • Recall the golden age of rail travel aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Enjoy a luxury stay in Venice with views of the Grand Canal
  • Travel by first class train to Rome
  • Explore the Eternal City with an evening tour of its historic highlights

In Brief

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


Recommended for:
History & culture | Rail journey

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the world’s great rail journeys, sweeping across Continental Europe in a blaze of Art Deco opulence and wine-paired dining. Setting out from London aboard the Belmond British Pullman, you’ll settle in with Bellini cocktails and a gourmet lunch before crossing the channel to be met by the famous blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express itself. Then, after racing across the Swiss Alps and Italian Dolomites, you’ll arrive into Venice for a luxury canal-side stay before a first-class train hop south to Rome’s ancient treasures, showcased on an included tour.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London to Paris

Your journey begins at London’s Victoria Station, where, after a private-lounge reception, you’ll step aboard the Belmond British Pullman for the journey south to Folkestone. Enjoy a gourmet lunch on board as you race through the Kent countryside before a channel-tunnel hop brings you to the famous carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. Once you’ve settled in to your 1920s cabin, complete with wood-framed picture windows and rich oak panelling, you’ll head to the dining car for a delicious four-course dinner accompanied by fine wines and the soothing sounds of a baby grand piano. Then, having picked up passengers in Paris and paused for a drink or two in the opulent bar car, you’ll return to your cabin to find it converted into a sleeping berth.  

Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)

Meals: L D

Day 2
Across the Alps

Waking up to a Continental breakfast served to your cabin, you’ll relax to views of the spectacular Swiss Alps before a three-course lunch sees you across the border into Italy. Then, having passed the Dolomites’ armoured peaks, you’ll settle in for an afternoon tea of gourmet sandwiches, cakes and pastries as you approach the Venetian Lagoon. Once in Venice itself, you’ll disembark at Santa Lucia station for a water taxi to your chosen hotel. Our deluxe option, the Baglioni Hotel Luna, is Venice’s oldest hotel, complete with rooftop terrace views of the Grand Canal, while our superior alternative – the L’Orologio – looks out across the Rialto Bridge and the city’s famous fish market. Whichever you choose, you’ll be well placed to explore Venice’s leading attractions, with Saint Mark’s Square and Hemingway’s favourite, the Hotel Metropole, just a short stroll away. 

Stay: Hotel L'Orologio, Venice (Superior) or Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 3

Today is left free for exploring the city known as La Serenissima, with an optional walking tour our recommended way of taking in its highlights. Perhaps begin with the Gothic architecture and historical artworks of the 14th-century Doge’s Palace, before marvelling at the Italian-Byzantine splendour of Saint Mark’s Basilica. Then, in the afternoon, consider booking on to a boat ride out to the Venetian Islands to compare Murano’s glass-blowing heritage with the storybook charm of Burano. Here, dotted among the brightly coloured fishermen’s houses, you’ll find local restaurants serving seafood caught fresh from the lagoon.

Stay: Hotel L'Orologio, Venice (Superior) or Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 4-5

Take a water taxi back to the station today for your first-class train journey south to Rome. Racing through Italy’s rural heartland, you’ll arrive into the capital in a little over three-and-a-half hours to be met by a private transfer to your chosen city-centre hotel. Our superior option, the superb Leon's Place, enjoys a wonderfully secluded location in the city centre. Alternatively, an upgrade to the Baglioni Hotel Regina adds in spa indulgences and a restaurant whose head chef has cooked for the likes of George Clooney and the Dalai Lama. After a free day to explore at your own pace, a Rome by Night tour, including a traditional multi-course dinner, will show off the illuminated delights of one of the world’s most iconic cities.

Stay: Leon's Place, Rome (Superior) or Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 6
Depart for UK

A private transfer will see you to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B



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

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

6-day luxury rail journey from £3,525 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £3,525 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,740 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel:

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates on selected dates between March and November. 

Price includes:

  • Complimentary use of British Pullman lounge at London Victoria Station with welcome refreshments
  • London to Folkestone on the British Pullman including three course gourmet brunch 
  • Calais to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express including selected meals prepared by on-board French chefs
  • Private transfers throughout
  • 2 nights accommodation in L'Orologio Hotel on a B&B basis located on the Grand Canal in Venice
  • 1st class rail travel between Venice and Rome
  • 2 nights accommodation in Leon's Place on a B&B basis located near to Rome Termini Station
  • Evening sights of Rome tour with three-course meal
  • Return flight between Rome and the UK

Terms & Conditions

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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