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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: A Tale of Two Cities

4-day tailor-made holiday from £3,345 pp incl. flights


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Combine the world's most iconic rail journey with luxurious nights in both Venice and London

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  • Recall the Golden Age of travel onboard the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Discover Venice's Gothic architecture and rich history
  • Stay amid the grandeur of the Venice's Belmond Cipriani
  • Travel north across the Alps, experiencing the best in white-glove service and all-inclusive meals
  • Stay in fashionable Chelsea at the Belmond Cadogan – the perfect end to this indulgent short break

In Brief

  • 1 Night Venice
  • 1 Night Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • 1 Night London


Recommended for:
City | City-break | Food & wine | History & culture | Rail journey | Short break

For the ultimate in luxury, this northbound version of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's classic route begins with a stay in Venice at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani and ends in the heart of London with a night at the newly opened Belmond Cadogan Hotel. Indeed, you’ll start with Venice’s Gothic splendours, discovering fresco-lined cathedrals, canalside eateries and historic piazzas. Then, after one night at the iconic Belmond Cipriani Hotel, you’ll board those famous blue-and-gold carriages of the train, enjoying discreet service and all-inclusive wine-paired diuning as you traverse through the mountain meadows and chocolate-box villages of the Austrian Alps, finishing your journey in London, where we've included a stay at the capital's latest luxury bolthole.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Venice

You’ll begin your trip in style with VIP airport lounge access before boarding the short flight to Venice and transferring to your hotel for your one-night stay. The lavish Belmond Cipriani, just a short water transfer from Piazza San Marco, is the perfect base to explore Venice’s winding waterways and colourful streets – Perhaps take in famous sights such as Gothic 14th-century Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica, and follow in Hemingway’s footsteps with a Bellini at the illustrious Harry’s Bar. Perhaps enjoy some fresh seafood antipasti in one of Venice’s charming trattorias or a cruise out across the Venetian Lagoon to explore Burano’s vivid storybook charm, or take in the glassblowing heritage of nearby Murano, a charming microcosm of Venice itself. 

Stay: Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 2
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Leave the splendours of Venice behind today as you head to the Venezia Santa Lucia Station to board the iconic blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine before enjoying a three-course lunch in the restaurant car as you head out across the Venetian Lagoon and across northern Italy. Delight at chocolate-box Austrian villages nestled among the deep river valleys and rolling hills of the Brenner Pass before the snow-dusted mountains and picturesque meadows of Alberg Pass dominate the landscape. Then, enjoy pastries served in your oak-panelled cabin, or Grand Suite if you've gone for the upgrade, before you prepare for your last night on board. And, it's certain to be a special one, as you'll tuck into a gourmet four-course dinner, sampling everything from Brittany lobster to saltmarsh lamb, alongside, of course, an extensive list of fine wines.

Stay: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Arrive in London

Enjoy breakfast in your cabin this morning at whichever time suits you, before a brief stop at Paris’ Gare du Nord sees you speed towards Calais to cross the channel as you indulge in brunch. Then, back on home soil, enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea on the Belmond British Pullman with a glass of English sparkling wine, ending in London Victoria.  

Stay: Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 4
Depart London

After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, enjoy exclusive access and take a morning walk in Cadogan Gardens, or enjoy some shopping in nearby Knightsbridge and Chelsea, or visit the nearby galleries and museums. Then, having checked out, it's time to head for home.

Meals: B


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

4-day tailor-made holiday from £3,345 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £3,345 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,665 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK departure lounge access
  • Outbound flight between UK and Venice
  • Private arrival water transfer from airport to hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in 5* Belmond Cipriani Hotel, Venice on a BB basis
  • Shared transfer from hotel to Santa Lucia station
  • Venice to Calais on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express including selected meals prepared by onboard French chefs
  • Folkestone to London Victoria on the British Pullman including afternoon tea
  • 1 night accommodation in 5* Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London on a BB basis

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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