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Venice Simplon Orient Express & Florence

Break Available: March - November
6 days

From £4,295 Per Person

The Venice Simplon Orient Express has been going since the Roaring Twenties and is something that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Board for your overnight stay on the most world’s most iconic train. This is a perfect special occasion break.

When you alight in Venice, there is a wide range of fantastic 5 star tours on offer,  and transferring onto Florence where you finish your trip, is no exception!

For most travellers wanting to experience more than one place, travelling between cities can look daunting, but we have managed to seamlessly blend together the best these regions have to offer, to provide you with a stress-free relaxing luxurious trip, tailor-made to you.

Please note the Venice Simplon Orient Express train runs from March – November only. 

Why Italian Short Breaks?

Highlights

  • 1 Night on board the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express Train from UK to Venice
  • 2 Nights in Venice staying in 5 star hotel within minutes from St Mark’s Square
  • 2 Nights in Florence staying in 4 star hotel overlooking the Duomo
  • Romantic Gondola Ride
  • Michelin Star Gourmet Tasting Dinner
  • Priority Line Passes for the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries
  • Venice Pass Card giving you free access to St Mark’s Square & the Basilica
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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 by the Belmond Pullman train.

Enjoy a light brunch as you cross the Channel on one of the luxurious coaches. Waiting for you as you leave the Eurotunnel is the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Dress up in style for your fantastic evening of fine dining and refined entertainment. There is no such thing as being overdressed, so really dress for the occasion, whether that includes a cocktail dress, flapper dress or tuxedo!

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.

Overnight in your Cabin on board. Alternatively, why not upgrade your room to either a Twin Suite or a Grand Suite. See Optional Extras below for more information.

Please click on the first photo opposite to get a flavour of this iconic train 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, Private Transfer to your Hotel and Gourmet Tasting Dinner

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 your 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 5 Star hotel is Venetian luxury at its best. The hotel oozes charm from the moment you arrive when the incense sticks awaken your senses, to the moment you bid a sad farewell.

Centrally located in the centre of Venice, this hotel is on the Grand Canal and opposite St Giorgio Island. Why not upgrade your room to a Deluxe Duomo View and really wake up with a view? See Optional Extras below for more information.

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.

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  • Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room
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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 £120 per person per night

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

Day 3
Day at Leisure & Gondola Ride

Day 3
Day at Leisure & Gondola Ride

Day at leisure with your Venice Pass Card. This card provides free beat the queues access to the Doges Palace and Prison, along with the 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. Please see Optional Extra below for more information.

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.

If you wanted an evening activity and love opera, why not add one of our Optional Extras below. Whether you are interested in experiencing your opera in La Fenice Opera House or in a stunning palazzo, we can offer both options!

Overnight in Venice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Private Highlights Tour
  • Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
  • 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: £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 - 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.

2020:

JANUARY:
La Traviata (Verdi) – 04, 05, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
A Hand of Bridge (Bartok) – 17, 19, 21, 23, 25

FEBRUARY:
Duse (Neumier) Ballet – 05, 06, 07, 08, 09
L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti) – 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25

MARCH:
Carmen (Bizet) – 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31

APRIL:
Carmen (Bizet) – 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 23, 26, 29

MAY:
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 02, 06, 08, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29
Faust (Gounod) – 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

JUNE:
Rinaldo (Handel) – 19, 21, 25, 27
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – 26, 28, 30

JULY:
Rinaldo (Handel) – 01, 03
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – 02, 04

AUGUST:
La Traviata (Verdi) – 27, 29
Aida (Verdi) – 23, 28, 30

SEPTEMBER:
La Traviata (Verdi) – 03, 04, 06, 08, 10, 11, 12, 20, 24, 26
Aida (Verdi) – 01, 02, 05, 09, 13
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 25, 27

OCTOBER:
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 04, 10, 13
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – 03, 08, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27

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 station for First Class Train to Florence

Day 4
Private Transfer to the station for First Class Train to Florence

At leisure until your private watertaxi transfer to Venice Station, for your First Class Train to Florence.

On arrival in Florence your private driver will be waiting to transfer you the short distance to your hotel. 4 Star Hotel Brunelleschi is located right in the centre of Florence, within easy walking distance of all the main sights.

It is also just below the Duomo, so why not upgrade your room to a Deluxe Duomo View room for A Room with a View! See Optional Extra below for more information.

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Florence - Upgrade Hotel Brunelleschi Deluxe Duomo View Room

Hotel Brunelleschi is strategically placed for fantastic views over the Florence Duomo but without an upgrade to a deluxe Duomo view room, you will not be able to enjoy A Room with a View!

Price Per Person: From £65 per person per night

External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Deluxe Duomo view room at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Dining at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Day 5
Priority Line Passes for Uffizi and Accademia Galleries

Day 5
Priority Line Passes for Uffizi and Accademia Galleries

Today with your Priority Line Passes visit the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries without the queues, on your timed entrance tickets. Once inside the Accademia Gallery marvel at Botticelli’s David whilst also enjoying other Florentine treasures.

Then head onto the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy “The Birth of Venus” amongst many other fantastic works of art. Located over several floors, the Uffizi houses one of the best and largest collections of art in the world, so make sure you allow enough time to enjoy fully.

Rest of day at leisure to explore.

Florence is the birth place of the Renaissance so there is plenty to do. Visit Santa Croce Church where most of the famous artists were buried, or take a walk around the Medici Chapels.

You can also stroll to the Palazzo Vecchio on your way to the Ponte Vecchio bridge. We recommend the Galileo Museum and for a quaint hidden extra, head to Dante’s house, now used as a museum to his memory.

Overnight in Florence.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Florence - Private Guided Duomo Tour
  • Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace
  • Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery
  • Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery
  • Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner
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Florence - Private Guided Duomo Tour

This morning your guide will take you to the Duomo for your private guided tour.

The Duomo is the main gothic style church in Florence. It was completed in 1436 with the famous dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi. To date it is still one of the largest in the world. You will see the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile, which between them are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Price Per Person: From £80

Exterior of Duomo, Florence
Interior of Duomo, Florence
Frescoed ceiling at the Duomo, Florence

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace

Your guide will take you on a private guided tour of the Pitti Palace.

The Pitti Palace was built in 1458 and was later bought by the Medici family in 1549. It then became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In this time is amassed many fine paintings. By the 18th century it became the royal palace for Napoleon. From 1919 it opened its doors to the public, showing these valuable collections.

Price Per Person: From £90

Pitti Palace, Florence
Pitti Palace, Florence
Statue at Boboli gardens, Florence

Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery

Today you will take the “Prince’s Itinerary;” the elevated passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Continue over the Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi gallery. View the Uffizi highlights of “Birth of Venus” in all her glory, before moving onto Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael’s exhibits.

Venture along the Vasari Corridor, created so that the ruling families could safely travel between government and their homes. Finish the tour at the enchanting Boboli Gardens and admire Buontalenti’s Grotto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Vasari Corridor, Florence
Uffizi gallery, Florence
Vasari corridor, Florence

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Your guide will meet you for your private guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.
The Uffizi Gallery created for the Medici family, houses some of the most impressive paintings of the western world. Along the collection is “The Adoration of the Magi”, “Madonna and Child”, “Baptism of Christ” and the world famous “Birth of Venus”.

Price Per Person: From £95

Uffizi gallery, Florence
Uffizi gallery , Florence
Birth of Venus painting, Uffizi Gallery Florence

Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner

Your private transfer will take you to the Chianti region where you can explore a castle, visit Greve and Castellina, before being taken to a characteristic tavern for an authentic Chianti dinner and wine. On the menu is Florence’s famous T-bone steak along with the following wines to sample:

-Chianti Classic
-Chianti Riserva
-Vin Santo (or Supertuscan)

Available from the 01 April – 31 October on Tuesdays and Fridays only and must be for a minimum of 2 people.

Price Per Person: From £110

Chianti grapes
Chianti tour, Tuscany
Chianti Classico Wine, Tuscany

Day 6
Private airport transfer for flight home

Day 6
Private airport transfer for flight home

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

Alternatively, if your schedule permits, why not extend your trip and add a few nights. We can recommend either heading north to Milan and Lake Como or south to Rome. If you opt for Rome, during July and August the open-air Caracalla Summer Festival takes place where popular operas, ballet and galas take place with the backdrop of the historical ruins.

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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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Hotel Metropole - Venice (5 Star)

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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Westin Europa & Regina - Venice (5 Star)

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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Hotel Brunelleschi - Florence (4 Star)

External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Deluxe Duomo view room at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Dining at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Indoor dining at Hotel Brunelleschi

Hotel Brunelleschi - Florence (4 Star)

Hotel Brunelleschi is a luxury hotel in the centre of Florence: only a stone’s throw away from the Uffizi Gallery, “Piazza della Signoria” and one of the world’s most famous shopping street.

This 4 star hotel offers 2 restaurants, a gym and 96 rooms and suites some with jacuzzi and spectacular views of the “Duomo”.

Hotel Brunelleschi was created within a circular Byzantine tower and a medieval church, reconstructed, but keeping the original characteristics. Inside you can find a private museum with the ruins discovered during the restoration. It is mentioned in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”.

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Hotel Degli Orafi - Florence (4 Star)

External view of Hotel Degli Orafi, Florence
Room at Hotel Degli Orafi, Florence
Lounge at Hotel Degli Orafi, Florence
Night view from terrace at Hotel Degli Orafi, Florence

Hotel Degli Orafi - Florence (4 Star)

The Hotel Degli Orafi is well known worldwide as the setting for James Ivory’s film “A Room with a View”.

This magnificent hotel is located in an ancient Florentine building dating back to the 13th century.

It is in the centre of the city next to the River Arno and just a few steps away from the famous Ponte Vecchio & the Uffizi Gallery.

You can enjoy original 12th Century frescoes in the modern library. From the roof terrace bar you can admire the view over Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River, the Georgofili Academy, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Vasarian Corridor & the Brunelleschi’s Dome.

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Relais Santa Croce - Florence (5 Star)

Hallway shot for Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Bedroom Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Lounge Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Intimate dining at Relais Santa Croce, Florence

Relais Santa Croce - Florence (5 Star)

A perfect balance between the luxury of a bygone era and modern comforts. In the historic centre of Florence, an eighteenth century residence hosts the exclusive, refined Relais Santa Croce.

Surrounded by its sumptuous furnishings and frescoed ceilings, you will be assisted by highly professional staff and delighted by the evocative nature of this truly extraordinary location.

The hotel restaurant, Guelfi e Ghibellini, offers innovative, seasonal regional menus. Furthermore, situated within the same building as the Relais Santa Croce is the Enoteca Pinchiorri, a three-star Michelin restaurant.

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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

Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room
Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice

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 £120 per person per night

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 - 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.

2020:

JANUARY:
La Traviata (Verdi) – 04, 05, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
A Hand of Bridge (Bartok) – 17, 19, 21, 23, 25

FEBRUARY:
Duse (Neumier) Ballet – 05, 06, 07, 08, 09
L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti) – 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25

MARCH:
Carmen (Bizet) – 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31

APRIL:
Carmen (Bizet) – 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 23, 26, 29

MAY:
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 02, 06, 08, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29
Faust (Gounod) – 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

JUNE:
Rinaldo (Handel) – 19, 21, 25, 27
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – 26, 28, 30

JULY:
Rinaldo (Handel) – 01, 03
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – 02, 04

AUGUST:
La Traviata (Verdi) – 27, 29
Aida (Verdi) – 23, 28, 30

SEPTEMBER:
La Traviata (Verdi) – 03, 04, 06, 08, 10, 11, 12, 20, 24, 26
Aida (Verdi) – 01, 02, 05, 09, 13
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 25, 27

OCTOBER:
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 04, 10, 13
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – 03, 08, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27

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.

Florence - Upgrade Hotel Brunelleschi Deluxe Duomo View Room
External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi is strategically placed for fantastic views over the Florence Duomo but without an upgrade to a deluxe Duomo view room, you will not be able to enjoy A Room with a View!

Price Per Person: From £65 per person per night

Florence - Private Guided Duomo Tour
Exterior of Duomo, Florence

This morning your guide will take you to the Duomo for your private guided tour.

The Duomo is the main gothic style church in Florence. It was completed in 1436 with the famous dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi. To date it is still one of the largest in the world. You will see the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile, which between them are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Price Per Person: From £80

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace
Pitti Palace, Florence

Your guide will take you on a private guided tour of the Pitti Palace.

The Pitti Palace was built in 1458 and was later bought by the Medici family in 1549. It then became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In this time is amassed many fine paintings. By the 18th century it became the royal palace for Napoleon. From 1919 it opened its doors to the public, showing these valuable collections.

Price Per Person: From £90

Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery
Vasari Corridor, Florence

Today you will take the “Prince’s Itinerary;” the elevated passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Continue over the Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi gallery. View the Uffizi highlights of “Birth of Venus” in all her glory, before moving onto Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael’s exhibits.

Venture along the Vasari Corridor, created so that the ruling families could safely travel between government and their homes. Finish the tour at the enchanting Boboli Gardens and admire Buontalenti’s Grotto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi gallery, Florence

Your guide will meet you for your private guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.
The Uffizi Gallery created for the Medici family, houses some of the most impressive paintings of the western world. Along the collection is “The Adoration of the Magi”, “Madonna and Child”, “Baptism of Christ” and the world famous “Birth of Venus”.

Price Per Person: From £95

Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner
Chianti grapes

Your private transfer will take you to the Chianti region where you can explore a castle, visit Greve and Castellina, before being taken to a characteristic tavern for an authentic Chianti dinner and wine. On the menu is Florence’s famous T-bone steak along with the following wines to sample:

-Chianti Classic
-Chianti Riserva
-Vin Santo (or Supertuscan)

Available from the 01 April – 31 October on Tuesdays and Fridays only and must be for a minimum of 2 people.

Price Per Person: From £110

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Testimonials

The trip was an experience which we shall remember fondly. The train journey was magnificent and the staff on board treated us to the finest hospitality possible. The journey on Friday through Switzerland and Italy was breathtaking. The hotels were the finest we have ever stayed in. In all the package you provided was superb, done with style and quality.

Chris

I had no idea what was happening up until the morning we deposited our bags at the Belmont Pullman at Victoria Station. The trip up to London the day before was also a surprise. It was all wonderful, Pullman, Orient Express and the hotels in Italy. It did not disappoint. Many thanks for making my big birthday surprise truly wonderful.

Karen

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What's Included?

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

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.

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

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