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Venice Simplon Orient Express - 2015

 

  

This train service was first offered in October 1883, long before the advent of scheduled flights to Europe. The original route was Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul) via the Alps, Budapest and Bucharest. In England at that time many young men, on completing their university education, undertook a “Grand Tour” of Europe and this luxury train was considered the best way to get there. What better way to enjoy the rugged landscape of the Alps and the legends of the countries through which they passed.

 

 

 

Offering unheard of luxuries, such as soap by the wash hand basins, the train’s fame rapidly spread as reports swiftly came back of its exquisite food, excellent wine and impeccable service.

  

 

Soon the legendary train was carrying King’s and Queen’s as well as the nobility and politicians of the age. This legendary train continued to carry celebrities and the well heeled between great European cities up until its heyday - which is considered to be the 1920s.

 

Many of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's current carriages date from this era. After World War II other forms of transport nudged it into decline. Its last service as a regular passenger train was in May 1977.

 

The Rebirth

 

A rail enthusiast, and luckily an entrepreneur as well, named James B. Sherwood was the saviour of the old carriages, he heard that they were languishing in a siding and were to be auctioned at Southeby’s. In 1977 he bought two of the train's carriages at the auction in Monte Carlo. The next few years and $16 million were spent locating, purchasing and restoring some 35 vintage carriages.

In May 1982 the legend was reborn when the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express made its maiden run from London to Venice. Today, the gleaming carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train continue to transport passengers across Europe in exquisite surroundings on one of the most celebrated and romantic journeys in the world. It is now offering several choices of route, The Orient Express can take you to some of the iconic cities of Europe that includes London, Paris, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Bucharest, Istanbul, Warsaw, Krakow, Copenhagen and now even Stockholm.

 


London to Venice and back

5 Days 4 Nights

 

 

 

Departure Dates 2015

 June 14:    September 20;    October 4, 25: November 1:

 

 

Departure Dates 2016

 

April 17;    May 15;     June 19:    September 18;    October 2, 16,   30: 

 

A return journey on board  the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. Depart London mid-morning for your luxurious overnight journey to Venice, where you arrive late afternoon the next day. Spend 2 nights in Venice (hotel not included) before embarking on the return journey to London.

 

 

 

Daily Itinerary

 

 

 

Day 1                             London – Embark The Pullman train to France

 

Board the British Pullman train at London Victoria station, your steward will show you to your reserved seat.

 

Sit back and enjoy Brunch served with a Bellini as you travel through the Kentish countryside.

 

After crossing the Channel board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

 

Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, in the beautifully restored restaurant cars.

 

After dinner retire to your cabin, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

 

 

 

Day 2                             Aboard The Venice Simplon Orient Express

 

You awake to the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Alps as breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you.

 

Spend the morning relaxing in your cabin or in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests.

 

Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch which is served in another one of the beautiful restaurant cars. While away the afternoon admiring the passing scenery as the train travels through the Italian Dolomites. Later, afternoon tea is served in your cabin.

 

All too soon it is time to prepare to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia station.

 

Begin a two night stay in Venice.*

 

 

 

Day 3                             Venice

 

Enjoy your time in Venice at leisure.

 

 

 

Day 4                             Venice and The Venice Simplon Orient Express

 

After two glorious days in Venice, board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Venice Santa Lucia station.

 

Your steward will show you to your private cabin and will attend you throughout your journey.

 

After you have settled in it will soon be time to enjoy a three-course lunch in one of the restaurant cars.

 

Spend the afternoon relaxing in the comfort of your cabin gazing at the beautiful passing scenery.

 

Afternoon tea is served in your cabin.

 

A leisurely four-course dinner is served, prepared on board by our skilled French chefs.

 

After dinner retire to your cabin which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

 

 

 

Day 5                             The Venice Simplon Orient Express - Paris - London

 

Breakfast is served in your cabin by your steward at a time to suit you.

 

The train pulls into Paris Gare de l’Est and halts for 40 minutes, take this opportunity to stretch your legs along the platform.

 

A delicious brunch is served in the restaurant cars as you travel on towards the French coast for the Channel crossing.

 

Join the British Pullman for the journey to London.

 

A traditional afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of Champagne is served, before arriving at London Victoria station.

 

*Hotel accommodation and transfers not included - these can be booked seperately during booking process.

 

Timetable

Arrive  

Depart


 

Day 1

London (Victoria station)

-

10:45

Day 1

Paris(Gare de l'Est station)

21:17

21:44

Day 2

Innsbruck(Hauptbahnhof)

11:42

12:12

Day 2

Verona(Porta Nuova station)

16:03

16:20

Day 2

Venice(Santa Lucia station)

17:56

-

Day 3

Venice

-

-

Day 4

Venice(Santa Lucia station)

-

10:57

Day 4

Verona(Porta Nuova station)

12:32

13:00

Day 4

Innsbruck(Hauptbahnhof)

17:22

17:46

Day 5

Paris(Gare de l'est station)

08:22

09:29

Day 5

London (Victoria station)

17:30

-

 

 

 

Please note: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is scheduled to operate via different routes, please see below for details. All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.

 

 

 

 

Prices

 

Prices are per person and include all table d'hôte meals and accommodation on board based on two people sharing.

 

 

 

As the price varies with the season, the number of persons  and the class of cabin taken, please contact us with your dates of travel and information about the number of guests travelling.

 

 

 

N.B.

 

 Please note: Itineraries are subject to change and all timings shown are for your guidance only. Confirmed itineraries and timings will be supplied with your travel documents.

 

 

 

This is a suggested Itinerary only, it can be lengthened or shortened to suit your available travel dates. It can also be made to include other destinations in the United Kingdom or Europe.