The glamorous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - London to Venice
Delicious lunch served in the restaurant cars

Superb meals on board

Enjoy exquisite meals on board the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, prepared freshly every day by the talented team of chefs.

Your day cabin converts to a sleeper

Day cabin or bedroom?

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.

Enjoy your destination - Venice!

Venice

A city known to millions, yet with hidden nooks to get away from it all. Choose a fine hotel to compliment the journey.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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.

About the journey

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.

London - Venice journey, 2 day - 1 night.
From £2210 per person, based on 2 sharing a twin berth cabin.
Single cabins available, from £3660.

The Signature Package

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:

  • Day 1: London - The Ritz: Spend the night in the glamour of The Ritz Hotel. The excitement of the West End is at your doorstep: theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, art at The Royal Academy, a stroll through Hyde Park, shopping in Bond Street...
  • Day 2: France - Venice Simplon-Orient-Express After breakfast, transfer to London Victoria station and depart on the vintage carriages of the Belmond British Pullman train. The magical sight of the gleaming navy and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will greet you in France. After settling into your private Cabin Suite, change for dinner and mingle in the Bar Car over an aperitif.
  • Day 3: Venice - Belmond Hotel Cipriani: Awake in the Swiss Alps and, after a continental breakfast in your cabin, relax and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery as it unfolds. Lunch is served as the train enters Italy. Pass picturesque vineyards and villages before arriving in Venice that evening. Continue by boat along the city’s magnificent canals, and over the lagoon, to the world-renowned Belmond Hotel Cipriani for a three-night stay.
  • Day 4, 5: Venice - Belmond Hotel Cipriani Relax and enjoy one of the world's most romantic destinations. On a morning of your choice, explore the city with a specialist guide on a private walking tour. Say "arrivederci" to Venice with dinner in the sumptuous surroundings of the Cip's Club.
  • Day 6: London: After a relaxed breakfast your transfer will be waiting to take you to the airport for your flight home.

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)

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Board the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria station, your steward will show you to your reserved seat.

Sit back and enjoy Brunch served with a Bellini as you travel through the Kentish countryside.

After crossing the Channel board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.

Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by our skilled French chefs.

After dinner retire to your cabin, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Day 2

You awake to the magnificent mountain and countryside scenery as breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you.

Spend the morning relaxing in your cabin or in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests.

Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch which is served in another one of the beautiful restaurant cars.

While away the afternoon admiring the passing scenery.

Later, afternoon tea is served in your cabin.

All too soon it is time to prepare to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia station.

Cabins

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.

Dining

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.

Dress Code

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.

Restaurant Cars & Bar

COTE D'AZUR

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

“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.

BAR CAR

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.