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December 2, 2021 Susie Rutz

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Uncover a hidden jewel, glittering and timeless

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, Europe is the most storied set of carriages in the world. It promises to take you not just across Europe, but to transport you back in time. With its polished wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique fixtures, the train epitomises the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel.

An uncontested icon of the rails, this train has long captured the hearts and imaginations of glamorous guests, and it’s sure to capture yours as you pass through rural French farmlands and Swiss Alpine valleys on your way from London to the gateway to the orient, Venice, or vice versa. Scroll down to learn more about the train and each route option, which we have paired with an equally luxurious pre- or post- experience stay at Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice.

Escape into a world of timeless glamour

Relax in carefully restored 1920s cabins, rich with craftsmanship. After a leisurely breakfast, your steward whisks away the beds to return the cabin to a sitting area. Plush sofas provide the perfect spot to watch the scenery unfold. At night, climb the upholstered ladder to your upper berth or cosy up under crisp sheets on the bottom bunk.

Take your seat for the culinary adventure of a lifetime

Three elegant dining carriages exude culinary sophistication, from Lalique glass inlays in Cote d’Azur to black lacquer panels in L’Oriental. The Bar Car glows with a champagne sparkle while the resident pianist fills the air with sweet melodies. A steward in blue and gold livery waves with a white-gloved hand, welcoming you on board with a knowing smile.

As you journey across Europe in style, unique dining experiences abound. Local, seasonal produce stars as fresh ingredients are taken on board at stops along the route. Glance through the window and you may spot the skilled team inspecting lobsters from Brittany or salt marsh lamb from Mont St Michel.

Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice: The True Venetian Classic

Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice is a legendary retreat in Venice. Located on leafy Giudecca Island, it is just five minutes from St Mark’s Square by courtesy shuttle launch. This relaxing haven offers exquisite accommodation, Michelin-starred dining, fragrant gardens and the only Olympic-sized pool in central Venice. Exclusive activities immerse guests in unique and authentic aspects of Venice and the lagoon.

Option #1: London – Venice

Day One

Board the art deco British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, Europe, and savour a delicious brunch with a refreshing Bellini as you make your way through the Kent countryside to Folkestone. Here, you are escorted by coach to Cheriton, where you board the shuttle to Calais.

At Calais Ville Station, the legendary Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, Europe await. Settle into your comfortable private cabin before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in one of the magnificent dining cars. Later, you may wish to linger in Bar Car ‘3674’, listening to the resident pianist play the baby grand and chatting to fellow passengers before retiring.

Day Two

Your steward serves Continental breakfast in your cabin as you gaze at the passing Swiss mountain scenery and picturesque lakes of the Gotthard route. Relax over a leisurely three-course lunch and browse our onboard boutique for exclusive, elegant gifts. Before arriving in Venice, savour a selection of delectable pastries in your cabin.

3 night experience, begins 6 July 2023
6 July Venice Simplon-Orient-Express London to Venice
7 July stay at Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice for 2 nights

Option #2: Venice  – London

Day One

Board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, Europe and settle into your comfortable cabin. Sit down to a sumptuous three-course lunch in one of the beautiful dining cars and gaze at the changing scenery as we course through the Italian Dolomites and, after Innsbruck, the picturesque Arlberg route.

During a relaxing afternoon, take time to relax before enjoying indulgent pastries in your cabin, served by your steward. As evening falls, stroll along to the convivial Bar Car ‘3674’ for a refreshing aperitif. Dinner is a lavish four-course feast, prepared on board by the expert team of chefs. Afterwards, you may wish to return to the bar, where the resident pianist is playing the baby grand. Order a liqueur and mingle with your fellow passengers before retiring to your cabin, now transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Day Two

Your steward serves Continental breakfast in your cabin before the train pulls into Paris. Feel free to stretch your legs on the platform while we pause to pick up new passengers and supplies. As we continue onwards towards the Channel ports, enjoy a delicious brunch in one of the dining cars. At Calais Ville Station, board a private coach to the shuttle terminal at Coquelles before travelling onward through the Channel Tunnel. Uniformed hosts will look after you throughout the journey.

At Folkestone, you join the art deco British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England, sister train of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, Europe for the journey to London. Indulge in a traditional English afternoon tea, accompanied by a glass of sparkling English rosé, as the train courses through the verdant Kent countryside. Disembark at London Victoria station for your onward arrangements.

3 night experience, begins 10 April 2023
10 April – stay at Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice for 2 nights
12 April – Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Venice to London
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