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  • Luxury rail holidays on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

    Luxury rail holidays on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

    A journey on the legendary Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice has to be the ultimate train journey across Western Europe. It allows you to enjoy the luxury of rail holidays as it used to be, conjuring up the romance of the Twenties and Thirties, when rail travel flourished and was deemed to be the only civilised way to journey across Europe.

    The Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express continues that tradition of elegance and refinement and is a totally delightful and memorable experience. The London to Venice train journey allows you for almost a day and a half to breathe in the style and service of a by-gone age, whilst enjoying the changing landscape as you travel across some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery. Stay in a luxurious hotel in Venice to extend your holiday - click the tabs above for some sample packages to some of our favourite hotels in Venice.

    The Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express
    The Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express runs from London to Venice and from Venice to London on selected dates throughout the year.
    Accommodation on board the luxury train is in private cabins with a washbasin cabinet. In the daytime your cabin is a seating area, then whilst you are at dinner it is transformed by the stewards to become a luxurious bedroom with one upper and one lower bed. It is also possible to stay in two interconnecting cabins, using one as a private lounge and the other as a bedroom. Meals (included in the price) are served in one of the three restaurant cars with gourmet dishes being freshly prepared by French chefs. Relax after dinner in the bar car where you can enjoy cocktails in glamorous surroundings.
    Read about our Managing Director's experience on board the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express.

    Your holiday
    Combine a journey on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express with a three night stay at a luxury hotel in Venice. You may choose to travel aboard the luxury train either on the outbound or homeward journey - the route varies slightly depending on which direction you travel. Click the tabs above for full details about the different variations.

    Prices from £3,410 per person
    This includes a one-way journey from Venice to London on the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express, 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a hotel in Venice, private water taxi transfers, and flights to Venice.
    Click the tabs above for full details.

    Special Offer
    We can offer holidays on the Orient Express for 2019 at 2018 prices until further notice. As soon as VSOE notify us of any changes in rates for 2019, this offer will cease.

    Other information
    On certain dates you may travel to Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Berlin.  Details on the tab above. We have extensive personal knowledge of these fascinating European cities and will be pleased to put together a tailor-made holiday involving a train journey on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express and these cities.

    London to Venice on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

    Begin your rail holiday by travelling on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express, spending one night on board the luxury train before staying for three nights in Venice with plenty of time to explore and soak up the atmosphere. Following your stay in Venice, you have a choice of returning to London by air, travelling overnight from Venice to Paris by sleeper train and then on by Eurostar, or travelling in the daytime from Venice to perhaps Milan, Turin or Switzerland to break the journey before continuing by train the next day.

    The train journey - London to Venice
    You depart from London Victoria railway station late morning on board the British Pullman train, having lunch on board before reaching the coast. You cross the Eurotunnel to Calais and then board the continental train. Dinner is taken en route to Paris and then by breakfast time you have reached the Alps. You travel through the astonishing Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, a masterpiece of railway engineering which offers stunning views of the mountains as well as picturesque towns on both sides of the Italian border. You enjoy lunch and tea on board before arriving at Santa Lucia station in Venice, reaching the Grand Canal in the late afternoon.

    Our suggested holiday arrangements include:

    • London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train
    • Private deluxe water taxi transfers in Venice from the station to your hotel and from your hotel back to the station or the airport
    • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at your chosen hotel in Venice
    • Then either return flight from Venice back to the UK (with British Airways to London or with another airline to a UK regional airport)
    • Or train from Venice to Zurich via Milan with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich (for example at the Hotel Ambassador a l’Opera or other hotels on request) and then train from Zurich to Paris, and Paris to London by Eurostar
    Our page featuring Venice can be found here.

    Prices

    From £3,770 per person staying at the Hotel Bisanzio, a charming, traditional, boutique-style 4-star hotel a few minutes’ walk from the Riva degli Schiavoni and St Mark’s Square.
    From £3,855 per person staying at the Hotel Flora, a gem of a 3-star hotel, in a very convenient location for both St Mark’s and the Accademia.
    From £3,945 per person staying at the Palazzo Giovanelli, a 4 star hotel with just 41 rooms enjoying a very convenient location on the banks of the Grand Canal ideally placed for Rialto and the Accademia.
    From £4,180 per person staying at Ca'Sagredo, a luxurious five-star hotel in a central location which is perfect for those seeking an elegant ambience in an historic setting.
    From £4,235 per person staying at the Kempinski San Clemente Palace, a unique 5-star hotel, on its own island with gardens and outdoor swimming pool.
    From £4,330 per person staying at Hotel Luna Baglioni, a popular five-star hotel in an outstandingly convenient yet charming location near St Mark's Square.
    From £5,190 per person staying at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a legendary hotel in an exquisite location amid gardens on Giudecca Island, just across the lagoon from Venice.

    Prices are based on travelling back by train with a night in Zurich. If you choose to fly back deduct £360 per person.
    If you choose to do the holiday the other way round and travel back from Venice to London, deduct £150 per person.
    First class rail is available, at a supplement of about £250 per person, depending on the times of the trains you choose to take.

    Our page featuring Venice can be found here.

    Departure dates - London to Venice
    The 2018 London to Venice departure dates for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are:
    March 22, 25
    April 5, 12, 15, 19, 26
    May 3, 6, 13, 17, 20, 27, 31
    June 7, 10, 14, 24, 28
    July 5, 12, 19
    August 2, 9, 16
    September 6, 13, 16, 20, 23, 30
    October 4, 7, 14, 18, 21, 28
    November 1 
     
    The 2019 London to Venice departure dates for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are:
    March 21
    April 4, 11, 14, 25, 28
    May 5, 9, 12, 19, 23
    June 2, 9, 13, 20, 23, 27
    July 4, 11, 18, 25.
    August 1, 8, 15
    September 5, 12, 15, 19, 22, 29
    October 3, 6, 13, 17, 27, 31
    November 3

    Click the tabs above to find out about holidays travelling from Venice to London on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

    Venice to London on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

    Begin your rail holiday on the Eurostar from London to Paris, where you transfer to a train bound for Zurich. Stay for one night in Zurich before continuing by train to Venice where you spend three nights. Following your stay in Venice, board the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express for the homeward journey, arriving into London the following day.

    The train journey - Venice to London
    You depart from Venice mid morning, heading towards Verona, the Dolomites and then the Alps. On this journey you travel through the Brenner Pass and then the Alberg Pass. You enjoy lunch and tea on board and then by dinner time you are heading west into the sunset. Stay overnight on board and then from Paris the train heads back to Calais and the Eurotunnel crossing. You reach London Victoria station in the late afternoon.

     Our suggested holiday arrangements include:
    • Venice to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train
    • Private deluxe water taxi transfers in Venice from the station to your hotel and from your hotel back to the station or the airport
    • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at your chosen hotel in Venice
    • Then either flight from London to Venice(with British Airways to London or with another airline to a UK regional airport)
    • Or train from London to Venice via Zurich and Milan with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich (for example at the Hotel Ambassador a l’Opera or other hotels on request)
    Our page featuring Venice can be found here.

    Prices
    From £3,620 per person staying at the Hotel Bisanzio, a charming, traditional, boutique-style 4-star hotel a few minutes’ walk from the Riva degli Schiavoni and St Mark’s Square.
    From £3,705 per person staying at the Hotel Flora, a gem of a 3-star hotel, in a very convenient location for both St Mark’s and the Accademia.
    From £3,795 per person staying at the Palazzo Giovanelli, a 4 star hotel with just 41 rooms enjoying a very convenient location on the banks of the Grand Canal ideally placed for Rialto and the Accademia.
    From £4,030 per person staying at Ca'Sagredo, a luxurious five-star hotel in a central location which is perfect for those seeking an elegant ambience in an historic setting.
    From £4,085 per person staying at the Kempinski San Clemente Palace, a unique 5-star hotel, on its own island with gardens and outdoor swimming pool.
    From £4,180 per person staying at Hotel Luna Baglioni, a popular five-star hotel in an outstandingly convenient yet charming location near St Mark's Square.
    From £5,040 per person staying at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a legendary hotel in an exquisite location amid gardens on Giudecca Island, just across the lagoon from Venice.

    Prices are based on travelling by train with a night in Zurich. If you choose to fly out to Venice deduct £360 per person.
    If you choose to do the holiday the other way round and travel back from Venice to London, add £150 per person.
    First class rail is available, at a supplement of about £250 per person, depending on the times of the trains you choose to take.
    Prices
    From £3,490 per person
    staying at Ca'Sagredo, a luxurious five-star hotel in a central location which is perfect for those seeking an elegant ambience in an historic setting.
    From £3,680 per person staying at Hotel Luna Baglioni, a popular five-star hotel in an outstandingly convenient yet charming location near St Mark's Square.
    From £4,380 per person staying at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a legendary hotel in an exquisite location amid gardens on Giudecca Island, just across the lagoon from Venice.
    Prices include one way on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express Venice to London, 3 nights' bed and breakfast in Venice, private water taxi transfers from Venice Santa Lucia Station to your hotel, Eurostar London to Paris, rail travel Paris to Zurich and 1 night's bed and breakfast in a 4 star hotel in Zurich. You may stay for longer in Venice and we can also arrange for you to fly to Venice and return by Orient Express to London. We have a choice of additional hotels in Venice which can be viewed here.

    Departure dates - Venice to London
    The 2018 Venice to London departure dates are:
    March 21, 24
    April 4, 11, 14, 18, 25
    May 2, 5, 16, 19, 30
    June 6, 9, 13, 20, 27
    July 4, 11, 18
    August 1, 8, 15
    September 12, 15, 19, 22
    October 3, 6, 17, 20, 31

    The 2019 Venice to London departure dates are:
    March 20, 27
    April 3, 10, 13, 24, 27
    May 8, 11, 22, 26
    June 1, 5, 12, 19, 22, 26
    July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    August 7, 14, 20
    September 11, 14, 18, 21
    October 2, 5, 16, 30

    Hotels featured in our Venice Simplon-Orient-Express rail holiday
    Here is a summary of each of the hotels we suggest staying at on this rail holiday including the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express.
    Hotel Bisanzio - 4 star
    The Hotel Bisanzio is the perfect place from which to explore Venice, with comfortable rooms and excellent service. Situated just 300 metres from St Mark's Square, this 16th century palazzo is just the very beginning of your historic exploration of this magnificent city. The quirky Venetian style pervades throughout, with parquet floors, Murano glass lamps, walnut wainscoting, and antique furnishings that really set off this distinctive look.
    View more details on the Hotel Bisanzio
     
    Hotel Flora – 3 star
    The family-owned, 3 star Hotel Flora, with just 44 rooms, is an oasis of Venetian charm and character, situated along a short narrow alleyway just off a stylish street in a less bustling part of the city between St Mark’s and the Accademia, yet only a short distance from the Grand Canal. The pretty reception area opens onto a shady courtyard, bordered by the creeper-clad, shuttered hotel building. Here you can enjoy a refreshing drink after a day’s sightseeing and breakfast in fine weather. The rooms vary in size and style, some of the larger ones being ornately furnished in a Venetian style and others being smaller and more typical of a traditional cosy hotel. Early booking is highly recommended.
    View more details on the Hotel Flora

     
    Palazzo Giovanelli – 4 star
    A four-star superior hotel overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice, the Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli combines contemporary stylishness with the history of its setting: just a few minutes away from St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. A waterside gate also provides gondola access. Stone archways and marble floors are in keeping with the history of the building, and yet there is captivating modern and ancient sculpture and painting. Each of the guestrooms either has a view of the Grand Canal, the hotel’s pretty courtyard, the Ca’Pesaro, or the Church of San Stae.
    View more details on the Palazzo Giovanelli

    Ca’Sagredo – 5 star
    This is a luxurious palazzo hotel which overlooks the Grand Canal, opposite the historical Rialto market. The 15th century palace has been declared as a National Monument, and is perfect for those seeking an elegant ambience in a historic setting. The hotel has 42 rooms and suites, each decorated in classic Venetian styling with antique furniture, gilt mirrors and Murano glass. Enjoy traditional Venetian cuisine on the splendid panoramic terrace of l’Alcova restaurant from where you can watch the gondolas and boats glide along the water.
    View more details on Ca’Sagredo

    Hotel Luna Baglioni– 5 star
    A popular and very comfortable hotel in an outstandingly convenient location near the western edge of St Mark’s Square. While a hotel has occupied the site since the Middle Ages, the present building has recently been refurbished both inside and out. Bedrooms are home to plush carpets, high-quality furnishings, and elegant decoration, all offering a high level of general comfort. The hotel has its own landing stage for private water taxis.
    View more details on Baglioni Hotel Luna

    Kempinski San Clemente Palace – 5 star
    The Kempinski San Clemente Palace is situated on its own island, in the Venetian lagoon, and it occupies a former monastery with 12th century church and historic courtyards. A complimentary shuttle boat takes you from the hotel to the Piazza San Marco. The hotel exterior is grand and majestic and from each room, a different view across the ancient spires, opulent palaces, and narrow canal ways of Venice is possible. The room types are numerous and the suites are, almost without exception, completely unique, with different furnishings, design styles, and space arrangements in each. There is a choice of dining, three bars, verdant grounds with tennis court and outdoor heated pool, and Merchant of Venice Spa.
    View more details on the Kempinski San Clemente Palace
     
    Belmond Hotel Cipriani – 5 star deluxe
    The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a legendary hotel in an exquisite location, set amid its own beautiful gardens on the island of Giudecca. Guests can take advantage of the private motorboat service which is on call 24 hours a day to ferry them across the lagoon to St Mark’s Square, a journey which takes just five minutes. Elegantly decorated bedrooms overlook San Giorgio Island, the Casanova Garden or the lagoon, while each of the three restaurants enjoy a lovely location. The hotel is an excellent option for those who don’t want to stay in the centre of Venice.
    View more details on Belmond Hotel Cipriani

     

    Visit other European cities by Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    Here is a list of other European journeys made by the train. We can make bookings for you on any of these journeys, and also arrange hotel stays in the city with flights one way as required.
    Venice to Vienna and Budapest - 9 May, 26 September, 24 October 2018
     Budapest and Vienna to Paris and London - 12 May, 29 September and 27 October 2018
     Venice to Prague - 23 May and 10 October 2018
     Prague to Paris and London - 26 May and 13 October 2018
     London and Paris to Berlin - 21 June 2018
     Berlin to Paris and London - 23 June  2018
     
    We know each of these cities personally. Just ask us for help in choosing the right hotel and other arrangements for you.

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    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
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