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Verona Opera & Venice Simplon Orient Express Splendours

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4 days

Price Per Person: From £3,630

For those wanting the ultimate in romantic breaks, would could be better than travelling to Verona on board the luxurious Venice Simplon Orient Express?

You arrive in the city famous for Romeo & Juliet, staying at the romantically located Relais Il Sogno di Giulietta in the same courtyard as Juliet’s Balcony. Combine this with a visit to the Verona Opera at the Arena di Verona in Central Stall seats, and you have a wonderful romantic break.

We are currently offering a Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Gold Central Stall seating at the Verona arena.

London to Verona 2019 (train outbound, flight inbound):                                          
8 Aug, 15 Aug

Verona to London 2019 (flight outbound, train inbound):
14 Aug, 20 Aug

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Highlights

  • 1 night on the Venice Simplon Orient Express journeying to Verona
  • 2 nights at 5 star Il Sogno di Giulietta, arguably the most romantic hotel in the world!
  • Central Stall tickets for open-air Arena di Verona (Complimentary Free Upgrade to Gold Central Stall tickets)
  • Verona Pass Card giving you free access to most museums and churches
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 

Day 1
Depart London on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

Day 1
Depart London on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

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

Enjoy a light brunch as you cross the Channel on one of the luxurious coaches, before boarding the Venice Simplon Orient Express in France.

While away the hours in relaxation as you travel through Europe.

Get dressed up twenties-style for your evening of first class entertainment. Cocktail dress, flapper dress, tuxedo; all are likely to be seen in the dining cars tonight! It is not mandatory for you to follow suit, but you must be in smart attire. The skilled French Chef will prepare a sumptuous 4 course dinner to re-awaken your taste buds.

Please click on the first photo opposite to get a taste of this iconic train.

Overnight in a Cabin on board.

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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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 Verona & Private Transfer to your hotel

Day 2
Arrive in Verona & Private Transfer to your hotel

After a relaxing 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 your train travels through the Swiss Alps and the Italian Dolomites before arriving at its destination in Verona.

Your private transfer will be waiting at the station to take you the short distance to your five star hotel, the Relais Il Sogno di Giulietta. This romantic hotel is located within the courtyard housing Juliet’s statue, which is said to bring you love. It also features the balcony known from the famous scene from the play.

For a sample of this romantic hotel, please click on the photo opposite.

Waiting for you at hotel reception will be your Verona opera tickets and your Verona Pass Card. The Verona Pass Card allows free access to many of the local churches and museums. It also comes with a map so you can see where the main sights of interest are located and plan your time accordingly.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Romantic Drinks/3 Course Meal overlooking Juliet's Balcony
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Verona - Romantic Drinks/3 Course Meal overlooking Juliet's Balcony

For those wanting to celebrate a special occasion, this is certainly a unique option! Once the courtyard has been closed to the visitors, guests of Il Sogno di Giulietta can enjoy drinks served by your dedicated waiter under Juliet’s balcony.

Alternatively, why not enjoy a 3 course meal with your dedicated waiter serving each course to you.

Price: From £45 per person for a bottle of Prosecco for 2 and Canape/finger food with your dedicated waiter.

Price: From £200 per person for a 3 course meal with your dedicated waiter. Please note the price will vary between the different menus offered.

il sogno di giulietta romantic meal
Il Sogno di Giulietta Romantic drinks under balcony
Juliet's balcony, Verona

Day 3
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Day 3
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Spend the day exploring Verona. You can enjoy Juliet’s Balcony and Tomb, Castelvecchio, the National History Museum, the Opera Museum and the various museums and churches all free with your Verona Pass Card.

We would also recommend you see the arena during the day before the stunning sets are erected. If you want to buy the libretto for your opera tonight, head to the Arena Shop located within the arena.

This evening attend the opera at the Arena di Verona in your Central Stall seats. We are currently offering a Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Gold Central Stall tickets. These are the very best seats in the arena. Located around halfway back on the ground, these afford the perfect view of the stage.

For a flavour of this spectacle please click on the photo link to the right.

The Verona Opera 2019 schedule runs from 21 June – 7 September (Please note we are now fully booked for all but the August dates):

La Traviata – 8, 17, 22, 30 August

Aida – 9, 18, 25, 28, 31 August

Carmen – 24, 27 August

Carmina Burana – 11 August

Video and Photos 2-8 inclusive opposite, copyrighted to Fondazione Arena di Verona.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip
  • Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
  • Verona - Byblos Spa Day
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. You take a private transfer to the pier where you will join a public boat, to be taken across the scenic lake arriving at the privately owned Isola del Garda.

Once there you will be given a tour of the island, perhaps even by the Borghese Cavazza family themselves, and get to learn the history of the island. The tour will include the neo gothic Venetian style villa, the landscaped luscious gardens and the fantastic view over the lake, along with tasting some of the local wine and olive oil.

After arriving back on the mainland, your private transfer will take you to Sirmione, a mediaeval castle town where you can wander at your leisure through the town, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy lunch. We recommend La Speranzina Restaurant which boasts beautiful views over the lake.

Your private transfer will return you to your hotel late afternoon.

Price Per Person: From £245

Garda Island
Sirmione, Lake Garda
Sirmione, Lake Garda

Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £90 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £100 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Meal in the wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

Verona - Byblos Spa Day

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £255

Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Day 4
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer home

Day 4
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer home

At leisure until your private airport transfer for your flight home at the end of your Romantic Verona Opera & Orient Express Break.

Alternatively, if you have more time, why not extend and explore more of Italy. We can recommend our Milan and Lake Maggiore trip for another fantastic opera and some relaxation on the lake – bliss!

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

The Venice Simplon Orient Express Train

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 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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Il Sogno di Giulietta - Verona (5 Star)

Il Sogno di Giulietta - Verona (5 Star)

Opposite Juliet’s balcony, in the courtyard of her house, this isn't a hotel, but an historical house destined to welcome the most romantic couples and to envelope them in a night of dreams. Il Sogno di Giulietta is a centrally located hotel.

It is now possible to stay in the kingdom narrated by Shakespeare in one of his most famous works, the lovers’ nest par excellence.

The refined rooms are situated on both sides of the residence, some even having a direct view of Juliet’s balcony.

All rooms are luxuriously decorated with antique rugs, magnificent drapes and jacuzzis.

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Optional Extras
Venice Simplon Orient Express - Upgrade to a Twin Cabin Suite
Suite Cabin on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

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

Venice Simplon Orient Express - Upgrade to a Grand Suite
Steward on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

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

Verona - Romantic Drinks/3 Course Meal overlooking Juliet's Balcony
il sogno di giulietta romantic meal

For those wanting to celebrate a special occasion, this is certainly a unique option! Once the courtyard has been closed to the visitors, guests of Il Sogno di Giulietta can enjoy drinks served by your dedicated waiter under Juliet’s balcony.

Alternatively, why not enjoy a 3 course meal with your dedicated waiter serving each course to you.

Price: From £45 per person for a bottle of Prosecco for 2 and Canape/finger food with your dedicated waiter.

Price: From £200 per person for a 3 course meal with your dedicated waiter. Please note the price will vary between the different menus offered.

Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip
Garda Island

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. You take a private transfer to the pier where you will join a public boat, to be taken across the scenic lake arriving at the privately owned Isola del Garda.

Once there you will be given a tour of the island, perhaps even by the Borghese Cavazza family themselves, and get to learn the history of the island. The tour will include the neo gothic Venetian style villa, the landscaped luscious gardens and the fantastic view over the lake, along with tasting some of the local wine and olive oil.

After arriving back on the mainland, your private transfer will take you to Sirmione, a mediaeval castle town where you can wander at your leisure through the town, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy lunch. We recommend La Speranzina Restaurant which boasts beautiful views over the lake.

Your private transfer will return you to your hotel late afternoon.

Price Per Person: From £245

Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £90 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £100 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Verona - Byblos Spa Day
Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £255

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

Truly a great way to celebrate Michelle birthday and something that we will never forget. The Orient Express was just breath taking, every aspect had been so well thought out. In Verona the hotel was truly lovely - our room was brilliant. The Opera was so much better than others that we have seen - the seats were great. Thank you for everything and making it so special!!

Phil & Michelle

Mark arranged this holiday for my 50th birthday and it was absolutely fantastic!! It has given us some fabulous memories so thank you so much for your professionalism, local knowledge and attention to detail. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved.

Louise

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What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 1 night on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express in your own cabin
  • 2 nights with breakfast at Relais Il Sogno di Giulietta
  • Central Stall Verona Opera seats (Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Gold Central Stall tickets
  • Verona Card
  • Return Flight to the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)
  • Private airport transfer

Alternatively fly out and train back.

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

For/From Verona Airport:
Gatwick
Manchester – Wed & Sat only
London Stansted – Wed & Sat only

Dates for the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train:

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

Aug 8, 15

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

Aug 14, 20

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