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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 £3290 per person
    Prices include a one-way journey on the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express, 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a hotel in Venice, private water taxi transfers from Venice Santa Lucia Station to your hotel. Also included is the Eurostar from London to Paris or vice versa, rail travel from Paris to Zurich and one night's bed and breakfast in a 4 star hotel in Zurich. You can also return from Venice in a sleeper train or we can arrange for you to fly back to the UK. Any number of nights in Venice are possible.
    Click the tabs above for full details.

    Other information
    On certain dates you may travel between Rome and Venice overnight and between Venice and Rome in the day-time with a sumptuous 3 course lunch included. You might also be pleased to know that this legendary train also travels to Budapest, Krakow, Dresden and Istanbul. 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, travel by sleeper train to Paris then end your holiday on the Eurostar to London.

    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.

    Prices
    From £3290 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 £3475 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 £4145 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, 3 nights' bed and breakfast in Venice, private water taxi transfers from Venice Santa Lucia Station to your hotel, Venice to Zurich by train, one night's bed and breakfast in a 4 star hotel in Zurich and return train travel from Zurich to London via Paris and Eurostar. Or, we can arrange for you to fly home from Venice. You may also stay in Venice for longer.

    Departure dates - London to Venice
    The 2017 London to Venice departure dates for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are:
    March 23, 30
    April 6, 20, 23, 27
    May 4, 14, 18, 21, 28
    June 4, 22, 25, 29
    July 6, 13
    August 10,17
    September 14, 17, 21, 24
    October 1, 5, 8, 15, 19, 22, 29
    November 2


    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.

    Prices
    From £3290 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 £3475 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 £4145 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.

    Departure dates - Venice to London
    The 2017 Venice to London departure dates are:
    March 22, 29
    April 5, 8, 19, 22, 26
    May 3, 17, 20, 31
    June 21, 24, 28
    July 5, 12
    August 2, 9, 16
    September 13, 16, 20, 23
    October 4, 7, 18, 21
    November 1

    Hotels featured in this rail holiday

    Below is some information regarding each of the hotels we would suggest staying at on this rail holiday including the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express. A wide range of alternative hotels are also available in Venice - ask us for details.

    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.
    See more details on Ca’Sagredo

    Baglioni Hotel Luna – 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.
    See more details on Baglioni Hotel Luna

    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.
    See more details on Belmond Hotel Cipriani 

    Bauer Palazzo - 5 star
    Bauer Palazzo is located at the heart of Venice’s most famous attractions. At around a five minute’s walk from San Marco, the hotel is ideally located and has its own dock. The lustrous colours and textures used to decorate each of the rooms balance a combination of art-deco style and the building's 18th century Venetian heritage. Many rooms have balconies or terraces that overlook the Grand Canal, and on the ground floor, the hotel boasts of three bars and two restaurants, which combine innovative new flavours with traditional Mediterranean dishes.
    See more details on the Bauer Palazzo

    Hotel Bisanzio - 3 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 wainscotting, and antique furnishings that really set off this distinctive look.
    See more details on the Hotel Bisanzio

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    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
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    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

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