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Luxury Venice Simplon Orient Express Trip

Break available: 22 March - 1 November 2018
21 March - 3 November 2019
5 days

For those wanting to experience a 5 Star trip ideal for celebrating a special occasion, this is the one.

The Venice Simplon Orient Express is synonymous with the Roaring Twenties, and today you get to dine for dinner on this iconic train. With three dining cars and everyone dressed to impress, you will be transported back into the bygone age.

But your trip doesn’t end in Venice. Once you alight the train, we continue your 5 star experience with a whole host of fantastic activities, all of which can be tailor-made to suit you.

Please note the train only runs from March – November. It is not in service December – February.

All dates for 2018 and 2019 are listed below the price box at the bottom of the break.

Highlights

  • 1 Night onboard the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express Train from UK to Venice
  • Romantic Gondola Ride
  • Michelin Star Chef Prepared Gourmet Tasting Dinner
  • 3 Nights in Venice staying in 5 star centrally located hotel
  • Venice Card
  • Private train and airport transfers
  • Flight home to the UK
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 

Day 1
Depart London on the Orient Express

This morning begin your trip from London Victoria on the Belmond Pullman train.

Enjoy a light brunch as you journey through the English countryside to Folkestone where a luxury coach takes you through the tunnel. Waiting for you on the other side is the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

This iconic train has been finished to a refined art and you have the choice between three types of accommodation. See below for more information.

The skilled French Chef will prepare a sumptuous 4 course dinner to re-awaken your taste buds!

While away the hours in relaxation as you travel through Europe. Enjoy fine dining in one of the three wonderful dining carts along with fantastic entertainment.

Overnight in a Cabin on board.

Please click on the first photo opposite to get a taste of this wonderful journey.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice Simplon Orient Express - Upgrade to a Twin Cabin Suite
  • Venice Simplon Orient Express - Upgrade to a Grand Suite
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Venice Simplon Orient Express - Upgrade to a Twin Cabin Suite

Why not upgrade to a Twin Cabin Suite. Instead of having one room with bunk beds, the Cabin Suites give you a second room. You can either stay with the bunk beds and have one room for daytime and one for night use, or alternatively have the beds positioned on the floor per room.

Price Per Person: From £2,170

Suite Cabin on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Venice Simplon Orient Express twin cabin suite schematic
Cabin on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

Venice Simplon Orient Express - Upgrade to a Grand Suite

The Grand Suites features a double/twin bedroom, living area with space for private dining and a sofa which can be converted into an additional bed in the evening. A private en-suite bathroom includes shower, washbasin and toilet. Enjoy the celebrated 24-hour cabin service complemented by free-flowing champagne in your suite.

Price Per Person: From £6,195

Steward on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Venie Simplon Orient Express Grand Suite
Venice Simplon Orient Express Grand Suite

Day 2
Arrive in Venice, Private Transfer to your Hotel and Gourmet Tasting Dinner

After a good night’s sleep in your cabin, wake up to a delicious breakfast served in your cabin or in the Art Nouveau styled Bar Car.

Enjoy a 3 course lunch in one of the three restaurant cars – The Cote d’Azur with blue opaque glass classical figures, The Etoile du Nord with fantastic marquetry of wood, brass and ivory, or L’Oriental which has been remastered to include black lacquer panels as its trademark.

Watch the majestic mountains and countryside transform outside as the train travels through the Swiss Alps, then the Italian Dolomites before arriving at its destination at Venice Station.

On arrival in Venice, your Private Meet & Greet watertaxi transfer will take you to Hotel Metropole. This hotel is 5 star Venetian luxury at its best, and is located in the centre of Venice. The hotel oozes charm from the moment you arrive with the incense sticks which will awaken your senses, through to the moment you bid a sad farewell.

This evening head downstairs for your Gourmet Tasting Dinner, which is presented using local Venetian ingredients lovingly prepared by the Michelin Star chef.

Overnight in Venice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room

Hotel Metropole is ideally located on the grand canal, but only a deluxe lagoon view room will provide you with a fantastic vista of San Giorgio Island and the lagoon. The rooms are larger and feature further intricate Venetian design and detail.

Price Per Person: From £70 per person per night

Outdoor dining at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Executive room with lagoon view at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Day 3
Day at Leisure

Day at leisure with your Venice Pass Card. This card provides free beat the queues access to the Doges Palace with Prison, along with St Mark’s Basilica.

Alternatively, why not opt for one of our Optional Extras. We would particularly recommend the Highlights of Venice Tour, which includes your own private guide introducing you to these sights. Just perfect for first timers to Venice.

If you have been before but only stayed in Venice, why not consider our Islands Lagoon tour. Please see below for more information.

Overnight in Venice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Private Highlights Tour
  • Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
  • Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
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Venice - Private Highlights Tour

For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your own private guide will take you on a 3-4 hr tour around the Basilica and Doges Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world.

Price Per Person: £190 per person

Autumn in St Mark's Square, Venice
Gondola, Venice
Venice Basilica

Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House

This evening attend the opera at La Fenice in your top seats. La Fenice, (The Phoenix) is aptly named as it has burnt down twice in its lifetime. It has been recently re-mastered to its current glory as one of the most famous theatres in Europe.

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

The Merry widow – Feb 2, 4, 8, 10, 13
The Barber of Seville – Feb 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, Sept 2, 4, 15, 19, 23, 27, Oct 4, 6, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30
La Boheme – Mar 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Madame Butterfly – Apr 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, Aug 31, Sept 5, 14, 20, 22, 29
Orlando Furioso – Apr 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
L’elisir d’amore – Apr 20, 28, May 6, 12, 18, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, Jun 3, 5
Signor Bruschino – Apr 27, 29, May 4

La Traviata –  May 5, 11, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30, Jun 1, Aug 25, Sept 1, 6, 9, 13, 16, 18, 21, 28, 30

Norma – May 13, 16, 19
Il Regno della Luna – May 15, 17, 18
Richard III – June 29, Jul 01, 03, 05, 07
Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Price Per Person: From £175 with Stall (top level) tickets

La Fenice opera house, Venice
La Fenice opera house, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice opera house, Venice

Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening

Whether you are an opera lover wanting a new opera experience, or someone wanting a taster of the opera, this is a great option. Located just along the Grand Canal, this opera takes place right in front of you. There is no stage but only a limited number of chairs, with the singers performing right in front of you!

Click on the first photo for a short video.

Schedule 2018:
La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price: £100 per person.

Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

Day 4
Day at Leisure & Gondola Ride

After breakfast you have the day at leisure to explore Venice, do some souvenir shopping, or add in an Optional Extra.

This afternoon enjoy your romantic gondola ride around the lagoon. There is only one way to truly see Venice and this has to be by gondola.

Why not spend your final night enjoying the opera at either stunning La Fenice Opera house, or alternatively in a palace. See below for more information.

Overnight in Venice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
  • Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
  • Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
  • Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion

Begin this 4hr excursion sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore before disembarking on your first island of Murano. Murano is known for its glass manufacturing and the tour includes a visit to one of the factories.

Travel onwards to Burano, an archipelago of four islands, and sample the lace which Burano is famous for.

Finish the tour on Torcello, visiting the cathedral and church on this quieter island. Transfer back to Venice.

Please note this is in a small group and is not private.

Price Per Person: £30

Murano Island, Venice
Burano Island
Torcello, Venice

Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano

The boat will collect you and take you onto both Murano and Burano with your guide. For no more than 8 people in total, this semi private tour, also includes a glass blowing demonstration on Murano.

Price: From £160 per person for the small group (up to 8 people in total), to Burano and Murano with glass blowing introduction. Please note this is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Murano Island, Venice
Burano Island, Venice
Glass blowing, Murano

Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House

This evening attend the opera at La Fenice in your top seats. La Fenice, (The Phoenix) is aptly named as it has burnt down twice in its lifetime. It has been recently re-mastered to its current glory as one of the most famous theatres in Europe.

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

The Merry widow – Feb 2, 4, 8, 10, 13
The Barber of Seville – Feb 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, Sept 2, 4, 15, 19, 23, 27, Oct 4, 6, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30
La Boheme – Mar 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Madame Butterfly – Apr 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, Aug 31, Sept 5, 14, 20, 22, 29
Orlando Furioso – Apr 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
L’elisir d’amore – Apr 20, 28, May 6, 12, 18, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, Jun 3, 5
Signor Bruschino – Apr 27, 29, May 4

La Traviata –  May 5, 11, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30, Jun 1, Aug 25, Sept 1, 6, 9, 13, 16, 18, 21, 28, 30

Norma – May 13, 16, 19
Il Regno della Luna – May 15, 17, 18
Richard III – June 29, Jul 01, 03, 05, 07
Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Price Per Person: From £175 with Stall (top level) tickets

La Fenice opera house, Venice
La Fenice opera house, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice opera house, Venice

Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening

Whether you are an opera lover wanting a new opera experience, or someone wanting a taster of the opera, this is a great option. Located just along the Grand Canal, this opera takes place right in front of you. There is no stage but only a limited number of chairs, with the singers performing right in front of you!

Click on the first photo for a short video.

Schedule 2018:
La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price: £100 per person.

Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

Day 5
Private Transfer to the Airport for flight home

At leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively, if you wanted to extend your trip, then we can recommend either our Venice Orient Express & Florence trip or, if you are travelling in the Summer, why not combine with a trip to the Verona Opera.

From £3,480 Per Person

What's Included?

  • 1 night full board Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast Hotel Metropole
  • Activities as listed
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • One way flight back to most UK airports  with 1 hold bag per person (Gatwick & Heathrow daily) (alternatively, fly out and train back)

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

Dates for the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train:

2018 Departure Dates for the Orient Express (train out, fly back):

Mar – 22, 25, Apr 05, 12, 15, 19, 26, May 03, 06, 13, 17, 20, 25, 31, Jun 07, 10, 14, 21, 24, 28, Jul 05, 12, Aug 02, 09, 16, Sep 06, 13, 20, 23, 30, Oct 04, 07, 14, 18, 21, 28, Nov 01

2018 Departures from Venice to UK (fly out and train back):

Mar – 21, 24, Apr 4, 11, 14, 18, 25, May – 02, 16, 19, 30, Jun 06, 09, 13, 20, 27, July 04, 11, 18, Aug 01, 08, 15, 21 Sep – 12, 15, 19, 22, Oct 03, 06, 17, 20, 31

2019 Departure Dates for the Orient Express (train out, fly back):

Mar 21, Apr 4, 11, 14, 25, 28, May 2, 12, 16, 19, 26, 30, Jun 9, 13, 20, 23, 27, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, Sep 5, 12, 15, 19, 22, 29, Oct 3, 6, 13, 17, 27, 31, Nov 3.

2019 Departures from Venice to UK (fly out and train back):

Mar 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 24, May 1, 15, 18, 29, Jun 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, Sep 11, 14, 18, 21, Oct 2, 5, 16, 30, Nov 2.

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Room service, Simplon Orient Express
Twin bed cabin on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Around the piano on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Cabin on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

The Venice Simplon Orient Express Train

The Venice Simplon Orient Express has been running since the 1920's when the train was one of the first to pioneer the golden age of train travel.

Let the countryside pass you by while relaxing in style.

The Orient Express has three levels of cabin. The first is the Double Cabin which comes with a lounge, banquette sofa and a washbasin. By night it is transformed into a bedroom with an upper and lower bed.

The second is the Cabin Suite which consists of two interconnecting cabins. One room can be kept as a lounge with the second having an upper and lower berth, or make way for two single beds; one in each room.

The third, new for 2018, are the Grand Suites. Each has a double/twin bedroom, a living area with space for private dining and a sofa which can be converted into an additional bed in the evening. A private en-suite bathroom includes shower, washbasin and toilet. The celebrated 24-hour cabin service is complemented by free-flowing champagne in your suite.

The train also has fine dining with not two but three restaurant cars. The first is the Cote d'Azure with blue opaque glass classical figures. The second is the Etoile du Nord with fantastic marquetry, and the last is L'Oriental which is stylised in black lacquer panels.

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Standard double room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Executive room with lagoon view at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Restaurant at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Hotel Metropole - Venice (5 Star)

An unforgettable view over the lagoon, only a few steps from Piazza San Marco, within easy reach of the most stylish shops, and close to the Art and Architectural Biennales.

This hotel offers exclusive suites and elegant salons.

It has a web of enchantment, a seductive ambiance and an aura of mystery and exoticism. The hotel has period furniture, soft music and relaxing perfumes, which enhance your feeling of relaxation.

The Michelin Star Chef at The Met restaurant conjures up an experience for even the most discerning of palettes.

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External shot of Westin Europa and Regina, Venice
Room with balcony at Westin Europa and Regina, Venice
Outdoor dining at Westin Europa and Regina, Venice
View of St Marks from Westin Europa and Regina, Venice

Westin Europa & Regina - Venice (5 Star)

The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice is centrally located in Corte Barozzi, overlooking the Grand Canal and in the most exclusive shopping district in Venice and a just short walk from the La Fenice Opera House and St. Mark's Square.

The hotel offers traditional beauty combined with contemporary conveniences.

Each of the five magnificently restored historic buildings date from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Enjoy cuisine at the waterside Restaurant or simply sit on the Grand Canal Terrace and breathe in the local atmosphere.

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Testimonials

It was a perfect, hassle, stress free experience. From checking in at Victoria Station for the Orient Express to being picked up by water taxi for our return flight home, everything went like clockwork - you definitely delivered a unique experience.

Frances Shaw

The combination of the Orient Express and the Hotel Metropole in Venice which was suggested was absolutely perfect, as was the Michelin star taster meal The organisation and transfers all went completely smoothly. The hotel even provided a free bottle of sparkling wine on the evening of the special meal.

Keith Faulkner

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