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Iconic Luxury Venice Simplon Orient Express Trip

Break Available: 22 Mar - 12 Nov 2020
4 days

Price From £2,795 Per Person Low Season / From £3,295 Per Person High Season

For those wanting to celebrate a very special occasion, an overnight stay on the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express 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 wonderful experience with a stay in a stunning palazzo right on the Grand Canal. We have a long list of must do tours to tailor-make your trip to suit you.

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

All dates for 2020 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
  • 2 Nights in Venice staying in 4 Star Sina Palazzo Sant’Angelo right on the Grand Canal
  • The option of tailor-making your ground arrangements to suit you
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Day 1
Depart London on the Orient Express

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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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 and Transfer to your Hotel

Day 2
Arrive in Venice and Transfer to your Hotel

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 shared watertaxi transfer will take you to your 4 star hotel, Palazzo St Angelo. Located right on the Grand Canal, this hotel is the perfect place to immerse yourself in all things Venice. Close to the Rialto Bridge, you are in the main hub of traditional Venice, but also an easy walk from St Mark’s Square. Alternatively, if you really want to celebrate in style, why not upgrade to our 5 star hotel Sina Centurion Palace, located on Guidecca with incredible views. See Optional Extra below for more information.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Venice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to 5 Star Sina Centurion Palace, Venice
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Upgrade to 5 Star Sina Centurion Palace, Venice

This stunningly well located 5 star luxury hotel is right on the Grand Canal with sweeping views diagonally to St Mark’s Square. There is a tranquil traditional Venetian internal garden, which contrasts smoothly with the lively Venetian crowds, along with the cloisters of San Gregorio Monastery. The latter of which is considered the oldest part of Venice.

Also within an easy walk is the Basilica of Santa Maria della Saluta and the Guggenheim museum.

The building offers a fusion of gothic facade interlaced with contemporary design and art. The Junior Suites have an unrivalled view right over the lagoon.

Price : From £420 per person depending on the season

 

Day 3
Day at Leisure

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 the main sights. Just perfect for first timers to Venice. Alternatively, if you have been to Venice before, then our Islands Tour is the one to book.

This evening you can add in a night at La Fenice Opera house or a Gourmet Tasting Dinner at Hotel Metropole, both are great options.

Please see below for more information.

Overnight in Venice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Private Highlights Tour
  • Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
  • Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
  • Venice - Gondola Ride
  • Venice - Gourmet Tasting Meal at The Met
  • Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
  • Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
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A la Carte Optional Extras

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: £230 per person

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

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 £170 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 - Gondola Ride

Take the complimentary hotel watertaxi into Venice to start your sunset gondola ride tour. Sit back and relax seeing this floating city the only way it can truly be seen.

Head along the Grand Canal past a vista of stunning palaces and bridges, before your 30mins tour comes to a finish.

Price Per Person: £65 per person

Gondola, Venice
Gondola, Venice
Gondola ride under The Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Venice - Gourmet Tasting Meal at The Met

Enjoy a sumptuous gourmet tasting dinner  prepared by the Michelin Starred Chef at The Met restaurant in the beautiful Hotel Metropole, using locally sourced ingredients.

Price Per Person: From £165

Restaurant at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Dining at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Hotel Metropole Gourmet tasting meal, Venice

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.

2019:

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09
Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05
La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08
La Traviata (Verdi) – Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03
Don Carlo (Verdi) – 24, 27, 30 Nov, 03, 07 Dec

2020:

La Traviata (Verdi) – 04, 05, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29 Jan, 27, 29 Aug, 03, 04, 06, 08, 10, 19, 20, 24, 26 Sept
A Hand of Bridge (Bartok) – 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 Jan
Duse (Neumier) Ballet – 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 Feb
L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti) – 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25 Feb
Carmen (Bizet) – 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31 Mar, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 Apr
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 23, 26, 29 Apr, 02, 06, 08, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31 May
Faust (Gounod) – 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 May
Rinaldo (Handel) – 19, 21, 25, 27 Jun, 01, 03 Jul
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – 26, 28, 30 Jun, 02, 04 Jul
Aida (Verdi) – 23, 28, 30 Aug, 01, 02, 05, 09, 13 Sep
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 25, 27 Sep, 04, 10, 13 Oct
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – 03, 08, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27 Oct

Price Per Person: From £160 per person (ballet) to £455 per person (opening night operas)

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 2019:
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
Private Transfer to the Airport for flight home

Day 4
Private Transfer to the Airport for flight home

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

If however, you would prefer to return back to the UK by train, we can arrange the overnight sleeper train instead.

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.

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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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Sina Palazzo Sant'Angelo (4 Star) - Venice

Sina Palazzo Sant'Angelo (4 Star) - Venice

Sina Palazzo Sant'Angelo is in the perfect location right on the Grand Canal, very close to the Rialto Bridge. It is within walking distance of the Accademia Bridge, St Mark's Square, La Fenice Opera house. The  palazzo has it's own landing dock, so you can arrive in style.

This 4 star palazzo is ideal for those wanting a room with a view, whilst also being near to the heart of the main sights of this beautiful floating city.

All rooms and suites are decorated in true Venetian style and with great views over the Grand Canal.

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Sina Centurion Palace (5 Star) - Venice

Sina Centurion Palace, Venice

Sina Centurion Palace (5 Star) - Venice

This stunningly well located 5 star luxury hotel is right on the Grand Canal with sweeping views diagonally to St Mark's Square. There is a tranquil traditional Venetian internal garden, which contrasts smoothly with the lively Venetian crowds, along with the cloisters of San Gregorio Monastery. The latter of which is considered the oldest part of Venice.

Also within an easy walk is the Basilica of Santa Maria della Saluta and the Guggenheim museum.

The building offers a fusion of gothic facade interlaced with contemporary design and art. The Junior Suites have an unrivalled view right over the lagoon.

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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

Upgrade to 5 Star Sina Centurion Palace, Venice

This stunningly well located 5 star luxury hotel is right on the Grand Canal with sweeping views diagonally to St Mark’s Square. There is a tranquil traditional Venetian internal garden, which contrasts smoothly with the lively Venetian crowds, along with the cloisters of San Gregorio Monastery. The latter of which is considered the oldest part of Venice.

Also within an easy walk is the Basilica of Santa Maria della Saluta and the Guggenheim museum.

The building offers a fusion of gothic facade interlaced with contemporary design and art. The Junior Suites have an unrivalled view right over the lagoon.

Price : From £420 per person depending on the season

 

Venice - Private Highlights Tour
Autumn in St Mark's Square, Venice

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: £230 per person

Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
Murano Island, Venice

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

Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
Murano Island, Venice

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 £170 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.

Venice - Gondola Ride
Gondola, Venice

Take the complimentary hotel watertaxi into Venice to start your sunset gondola ride tour. Sit back and relax seeing this floating city the only way it can truly be seen.

Head along the Grand Canal past a vista of stunning palaces and bridges, before your 30mins tour comes to a finish.

Price Per Person: £65 per person

Venice - Gourmet Tasting Meal at The Met
Restaurant at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Enjoy a sumptuous gourmet tasting dinner  prepared by the Michelin Starred Chef at The Met restaurant in the beautiful Hotel Metropole, using locally sourced ingredients.

Price Per Person: From £165

Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
La Fenice opera house, Venice

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.

2019:

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09
Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05
La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08
La Traviata (Verdi) – Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03
Don Carlo (Verdi) – 24, 27, 30 Nov, 03, 07 Dec

2020:

La Traviata (Verdi) – 04, 05, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29 Jan, 27, 29 Aug, 03, 04, 06, 08, 10, 19, 20, 24, 26 Sept
A Hand of Bridge (Bartok) – 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 Jan
Duse (Neumier) Ballet – 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 Feb
L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti) – 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25 Feb
Carmen (Bizet) – 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31 Mar, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 Apr
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 23, 26, 29 Apr, 02, 06, 08, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31 May
Faust (Gounod) – 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 May
Rinaldo (Handel) – 19, 21, 25, 27 Jun, 01, 03 Jul
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – 26, 28, 30 Jun, 02, 04 Jul
Aida (Verdi) – 23, 28, 30 Aug, 01, 02, 05, 09, 13 Sep
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 25, 27 Sep, 04, 10, 13 Oct
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – 03, 08, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27 Oct

Price Per Person: From £160 per person (ballet) to £455 per person (opening night operas)

Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

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 2019:
La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price: £100 per person.

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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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Price From £2,795 Per Person Low Season / From £3,295 Per Person High Season
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 1 night full board Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • 2 nights bed & breakfast in 4 Star Palazzo Sant’Angelo overlooking the Grand Canal
  • Shared arrival transfer / Private departure to the airport transfer
  • 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:

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

Apr 14, 25, 28, May 5, 9, 12, 23, Jun 13, 20, 23, 27, Jul 4, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, Sep 5, 15, 19, 29, Oct 3, 6, 13, 17, 31, Nov 3.

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

Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 24, 27, May 8, 11, 15, 22, 26, Jun 12, 22, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 20, Sep 11, 18, 21, Oct 2, 16, Nov 2, 6.

2020 Departure Dates for the Orient Express (train out, fly back):

Mar 22, 29, Apr 02, 09, 16, 19, 23, 30, May 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 31, Jun 04, 07, 25, Jul 02, 16, 23, Aug 06, 13, 20, Sept 10, 17, 20, 27, Oct 04, 08, 11, 18, 22, 25, Nov 01, 05, 12

2020 Departures from Venice to UK (fly out and train back):

Mar 21, Apr 01, 08, 15, 18, 22, 29, May 13, 16, 20, 23, Jun 03, 06, 10, 17, 24, 27, Jul 08, 22, Aug 05, 12, 19, 25, Sept 16, 19, 23, 26, Oct 10, 21, 24, Nov 04, 11

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