The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the unmatchable cross country vessel that, through design and experience, transports passengers back to the splendour of the Golden Age of travel. The luxury train exudes opulence, from its art deco style and polished wood finishes, to the exquisite detailing of the upholstery and furnishings, formerly only experienced by royalty.
Having been transferred from London Victoria to Folkestone on the grand Belmond British Pullman, passengers will cross the channel to Calais via the Eurotunnel, where they will step aboard the stunning Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Engulfed by scenic views throughout the journey, disembark at Venice’s Santa Lucia Station and benefit from our traveller’s guide. Travel like a local Venetian on a gondola ride down the Grand Canal, hopping off to see the grandiose Byzantine Basilica in St. Mark’s Square or the mysteriously gothic Doge’s Palace.
After a day of exploring, our selection of centrally situated Venice hotels is the perfect place to rest and start your day.
Step back in time aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, travelling to Verona, the home of the opera.
Take the Eurostar from London to Paris, and after a comfortable but fleeting journey be ready to say bonjour to the city of lights. You may choose to stop over for an evening and soak up the romance of this magical city in the Hotel Washington Opera; a delightful townhouse that was once the home of Madame de Pompadour, located just around the corner from the Louvre. Alternativly Hotel Mademoiselle offers a touch of elegance located in the heart of Paris, just a short walk away from the Grands Boulevards, Opera and Sacré Coeur.
Step on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Paris and unwind, soaking up your opulent surroundings and stunning views. Fair Verona is just a train ride away, the setting of the greatest love story ever told.
Verona is a slice of contemporary chic, famed for its excellent cuisine, cosmopolitan café culture and thriving nightlife, but its pretty streets are teeming with Renaissance gardens, courtly squares and Gothic churches. See our collection of centrally located Verona hotels.
Arriving in Verona in the late afternoon, opera fans can book tickets for a magnificent performance in Verona's iconic 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, with its excellent acoustics.
Take a relaxing flight home, and start planning your next trip to this romantic city.
An unforgettable trip through Europe's countryside before arriving in style at the romantic city of Venice.
Your journey starts at London Victoria and your holiday begins the moment you step off the platform and board the gleaming carriages of the Belmond British Pullman. Enjoy your brunch with a Bellini as you travel through the Kentish countryside towards Folkestone, where you will board a coach for your channel crossing on the Eurotunnel shuttle.
After crossing the Channel you will board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the journey of a lifetime. Enjoy a four-course dinner in one of the magnificent restaurant cars and visit the Bar Car to listen to the resident pianist play, before retiring back to your cabin which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom for the night.
Awake to the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps as a delicious continental breakfast is served in your cabin. After spending the morning relaxing in your cabin or in the Bar Car, enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch served in one of the beautiful restaurant cars. Admire the passing scenery as the train travels through the Italian Dolomites towards Venice. Afternoon tea is served in your cabin and then it is time to disembark at Venice's Santa Lucia Station. For a first-hand review of the journey, take a look at our traveller's guide to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Take a water taxi to the islands and prepare yourself for the Gothic delights of the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica in St. Mark's Square. See our collection of centrally located Venice hotels.
When you have exhausted this ancient city, fly back to London.
Dining on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is simply unforgettable. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served in the comfort of the passenger's luxury cabins and lunch, dinner and brunch are served by the waiters in one of the three individually styled restaurant cars: Cote d'Azur, Etoile du Nord or L' Oriental. All dishes are freshly prepared on the train by skilled French chefs, with the finest ingredients taken on board along the route.
Situated in the heart of the train is the Bar Car; here guests are invited to indulge in cocktails and coffee while enjoying the music from the resident pianist. There's also a champagne bar and you can choose to upgrade your breakfast to to a special champagne breakfast that's served in the dining car (an extra charge will apply). The Maitre D' comes to your cabin to take your lunch and dinner reservations in advance, and there is also an à la carte menu and 24-hour compartment service available at an additional cost.
Passengers will travel in private cabins, all exquisitely restored to their former glory; a truly unique travel experience complemented by impeccable personal service.
Cabins convert in moments from daytime seating to a luxurious bedroom, all performed by the cabin stewards while dinner is being served. A private lounge during the day with a banquette sofa, footstool and small table, converts to a night configuration of an upper and lower berth for Double Cabins, while Single Cabins have one lower berth.
All double cabins are private, and include a washbasin with hot and cold water, luxurious towels, linen and toiletries and a 24-hour steward service. Luxury, mosaic-tiled lavatories are located at the end of each carriage of the train. For additional comfort and extra space, Cabin Suites are available on request. These are formed of two interconnecting Double Cabins; by day stretch out and relax with two lounges, and at night a choice of bed configurations are available.
How much luggage can I take onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?
Due to space constraints luggage is limited, per person to; one suitable piece of hand luggage and one suit carrier or overnight bag (to be placed in your cabin) and one suitcase to be checked through for storage in the baggage car (where it will not be accessible until you reach your destination). Please note that your tickets and passports must be kept in your hand luggage at all times and not stored in the cabin or stored luggage.
What time do we need to check-in before we depart?
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has a check-in lounge at London Victoria Station on Platform 2. Check-in is open from 8.30am. You will need to check in by 10am at the latest. Boarding commences about 15 minutes prior to departure.
What do I need to do if I have a special diet?
If you have any special dietary requirements or requests such as food allergies, vegetarian, vegan, no shellfish, no red meat etc, these must be fully advised at least ten days prior to departure in order to avoid disappointment.
Can I smoke anywhere?
No. Both the Belmond British Pullman and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are non-smoking throughout in accordance with European governmental regulations (this includes the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems) and there aren’t any smoking carriages.
What do I wear onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?
You can never be overdressed on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. During the day, smart daywear is appropriate to ensure that the experience on the train is enjoyed by all. Jeans, shorts, t-shirts and trainers are forbidden. In the evenings, the minimum requirement for gentlemen is a jacket and tie and an equivalent standard for ladies.
Will I need a passport or visa?
Yes you will need to take a passport, plus a visa if necessary.
When do we board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?
If you are travelling from London Victoria, your journey will begin aboard the Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, you will remain onboard until you reach Folkestone. You are then escorted by our hostess to a luxury coach for the Channel crossing on the Eurotunnel shuttle. At Calais Ville Station you will disembark the coach and board the luxury carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
What meals and drinks are included in the price?
All table d’hôte meals are included in the train fare. All beverages excluding tea and coffee are at an additional cost and should be paid for at the time of ordering. There is an a la carte menu available for lunch and dinner at a supplement. There is also a 24-hour cabin service available for light snacks, refreshments and alcoholic drinks while the Bar Car is open. Guests departing from London Victoria are served brunch at their table on the Belmond British Pullman, together with a complimentary Bellini. Guests ending their journey in London will be served afternoon tea on board the Belmond British Pullman.
Do the cabins have facilities to charge laptops and electric razors etc?
All cabins have a dual voltage plug, 230/115 volts for electric razors and two 220 volts continental sockets suitable for hairdryers and laptops etc.Can we book a cabin with forward-facing seats?
Unfortunately forward-facing seating cannot be arranged as the train’s direction changes several times during the journey.
What wash facilities are available in the cabins?
All of the cabins have their own wash-basin cabinet with hot and cold water, towels and soap. Bathrobe and slippers are available in the cabin for you to use and bathrobes can also be purchased onboard in the Boutique. A lavatory is situated at the end of each carriage. There are no shower facilities on board.
Are the cabins air-conditioned?
The cabins have individually controlled radiators but do not have air conditioning. For extra ventilation, the windows can be rolled down.How many different types of cabins are there?
There are three types of cabins; Single Cabins which have one lower berth, Double Cabins with an upper and lower berth, and Cabin Suites which are two interconnecting Double Cabins.Can I travel if I am in a wheelchair?
The dimensions and layout of the Belmond British Pullman and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are not suitable for wheelchair users. Passengers with slight walking difficulties can be accommodated but it is recommended that they are escorted by an able-bodied passenger. Please make any special requirements known at the time of booking so that requests can be made; such as reserving a cabin closer to the Restaurant Cars (this is subject to availability).
Is there a wi-fi connection on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is not currently fitted with wi-fi technology.
If we are celebrating a birthday or special occasion, can we take a cake onboard?
It is not possible to take any food or beverages onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, however special arrangements can be made for birthday/ celebration cakes to be purchased. The cakes will not be individually decorated however. This can be arranged in advance by contacting one of our Italy Experts.
What currency is accepted on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?
Prices are quoted in Euros and it is recommended that passengers have a small number of Euros for onboard purchases. However, most major currencies are accepted, as well as travellers’ cheques, Eurocheques and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB). The exchange rate on board is displayed in the Bar Car.
Will I need to tip the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express staff?
Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.
Will I need insurance for my trip?
As with all holidays and trips abroad, it is advisable to have travel insurance. Our Italy Experts will be able to advise you.
Can I do any shopping on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?
There is an on-board boutique which has an exclusive range of specially designed gifts. These can be gift wrapped and brought to your cabin on request.