Enjoy exquisite meals on board the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, prepared freshly every day by the talented team of chefs.
By day watch the world go by, but once night falls the on-train team convert your cabin into a luxury sleeper with fine linen.
A city known to millions, yet with hidden nooks to get away from it all. Choose a fine hotel to compliment the journey.
Just the name conjures thoughts of glamorous days gone by...
Now consider the beautifully restored 1930's Pullman and Wagon Lit carriages that will convey you from London to Venice - and destinations beyond.
Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" is one of the world's most popular novels and was inspired by a journey the author took in 1931 when Ms Christie was stuck for 24 hours due to flooding of the track.
Journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London for a luxurious overnight trip to Venice, where you arrive late afternoon the next day.
Alternatively travel from Venice to London.
Enjoy the classic itinerary, your time on board will be wrapped in timeless romance. From the vintage carriages and liveried stewards to the refined cuisine and fine wines, each moment is sure to become a treasured memory.
Whilst the journey is an experience in itself, we recommend you combine your trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with a short stay in Venice and we can help.
Choose from a selection of luxury hotels in the city of love, many with stunning waterside locations. Add in a selection of experiences in the city from a half-day guided walking tour to 'Hidden Venice' or a Gondola Tour of the city.
Select your return journey - either make it a round trip onboard or fly back to the UK (or if you're journying from Venice to London onboard, we'll fly you out to Venice from London Heathrow or Gatwick). Airport-Hotel transfers in Venice are included.
We can also book you in to a luxury hotel in London for the start or end of your experience - so much nicer than battling through the rush hour!
By way of an example:
From £5,665 per person sharing a room or cabin, including flight to London. (Price guide: Displayed are starting prices per person, based on double occupancy, which will vary depending on date of departure)
From the 1920s to the ‘30s the carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train played a significant role in the golden age of travel. Today, every carriage has been lovingly restored to its former glory, recreating one of the finest luxury experiences the world has ever known. Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, travel has been refined to an elegant art.
Relax in an opulent cabin while a dedicated steward attends to your every need.
Double Cabins feature upper and lower berths while Single Cabins have one lower berth. During the day, the berths are transformed to offer comfortable banquette seating from which to admire the views. Crisp damask sheets and fine blankets contribute to a cosy and restful atmosphere at night.
For additional comfort and extra space, reserve a Cabin Suite formed of two interconnecting Double Cabins. By day, stretch out and relax with two lounges, while at night a choice of bed configurations are available. Inside your cabin, draw back the oak panels to reveal a washbasin.
Luxury, mosaic-tiled lavatories are available at each end of the carriage.
Experience one of the world’s most unique dining experiences and indulge in a sensational feast aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. Exceptional European cuisine is freshly prepared in the train’s kitchen by Chef Christian Bodiguel and his skilled team.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express menu features fresh ingredients taken on board at stops along the route. Look out the window and you may spot the chef inspecting lobsters from Brittany, tomatoes from Provence or saltmarsh lamb from Mont St Michel.
Set-menus are an inclusive part of your trip. Drinks and à la carte options are also available, at an additional charge. Chefs will be delighted to cater for any specific dietary requirements, provided a detailed request is made at the time of booking.
You can never be overdressed on board. Many gentlemen choose to wear black tie for dinner, with ladies opting for stylish cocktail/evening dresses. Gentlemen must wear a jacket and tie for dinner. During the day, smart casual clothing is the norm, excluding jeans and trainers.
Decorated by René Lalique, “Côte d’Azur” was built in 1929 as a first-class Pullman. The faintly blue opaque glass shows classical figures with a matching frieze of smaller panels. The stylish carriage began in the Côte d’Azur Pullman Express before switching to the Deauville Express. It returned to the Côte d’Azur for winter journeys and ran from Paris to Calais for many years, meeting the passengers from the Golden Arrow. By 1961 it was in a reserve pool used for special services and was eventually stored at the Wagons-Lits works at Villeneuve. It was rescued from a cold and dreary siding in 1981 by Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and restored at Bremen.
ETOILE DU NORD
“Etoile du Nord” was built in 1926 in England, and showcases some of the most beautiful marquetry in the continental rake. It ran with the Etoile du Nord train from Paris and then switched to the Edelweiss based in Amsterdam. After running with the Lusitania Express from Lisbon to Madrid it finished service in the 1970s, travelling between Cadiz and Seville.
“L'Oriental” was originally a Pullman kitchen car. Built in Birmingham in 1927 in the Etoile du Nord style, it ran a luxurious service between Paris and Amsterdam. It later joined the Lusitania Express. When purchased for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the car was updated and refitted with black lacquer panels.
The Bar Car was built in France in 1931 and based at the Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris. After the war it ran as part of the Sud Express from Paris to Irún on the Spanish border and from Paris to Toulouse in Le Capitole.