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Venice Simplon Orient Express Special Occasion Retreat

Break Available: 25 Mar - 7 Nov 2019
22 Mar - 12 Nov 2020
4 nights

Price Per Person: From £4,395 Min 2 people

Everyone should travel on the Venice Simplon Orient Express at least once in a lifetime, and the very best time has to be for a special occasion! Travel through Paris and the majestic Alps while being entertained and dining in true Roaring Twenties style.

Then arrive in Venice where you are transported to a converted monastery hotel on an island just below St Mark’s Square. Once there you have the option of tailor-making this trip to suit you.

This break is perfect for those wanting to see Venice their way, in 5 star luxury.  Ideal for celebrating a special birthday, wedding anniversary, or just spoiling the one you love!

Highlights

  • 1 Night onboard the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express Train from UK to Venice (or alternatively can be done in reverse and return to the UK by train)
  • 3 Nights staying in 5 Star San Clemente Palace Kempinski, located on its own Exclusive Venetian island
  • Fantastic Helicopter Ride over Venice and the nearby islands
  • Flexibility to tailor your break how you want
  • Complimentary Watertaxi from the hotel to St Mark’s Square
  • All meals on the train
  • Two 3-Course Dinners in Venice hotel overlooking the lagoon
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DAY 1
Depart London on the Orient Express

DAY 1
Depart London on the Orient Express

This morning begin your trip from London Victoria on the Belmond Pullman train.

Enjoy a light brunch as you journey through the English countryside to Folkestone where a luxury coach takes you through the tunnel. Waiting for you on the other side is the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

This iconic train has been finished to a refined art and you have the choice between three types of accommodation. See below for more information.

The skilled French Chef will prepare a sumptuous 4 course dinner to re-awaken your taste buds!

While away the hours in relaxation as you travel through Europe. Enjoy fine dining in one of the three wonderful dining carts along with fantastic entertainment.

Overnight in a Cabin on board.

If you are travelling from outside of London, please enquire about our special offer on staying overnight on The Ritz on your night prior to travel. We can offer a 50% discount. You are then only a short taxi (self arranged) from London Victoria for boarding the British Pullman train.

Please click on the first photo opposite to get a taste of this wonderful journey.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to a Twin Cabin Suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • Upgrade to a Grand Suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
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Upgrade to a Twin Cabin Suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

Instead of having one room with bunk beds, the Cabin Suites give you a second room. You can either stay with the bunk beds and have one room for daytime and one for night use, or alternatively have the beds both positioned on the floor per room. The choice is yours!

Price Per Person: From £2,170

Venice Simplon Orient Express
Venice Orient Express Cabin
Twin Cabin suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

Upgrade to a Grand Suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

The Grand Suites features a double/twin bedroom, living area with space for private dining and a sofa which can be converted into an additional bed in the evening. A private en-suite bathroom includes shower, washbasin and toilet. Enjoy the celebrated 24-hour cabin service complemented by free-flowing champagne in your suite. These are the highest category of room available on the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Price Per Person: From £6,195

Double suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Venice Simplon Orient Express

DAY 2
Arrive in Venice, Private Transfer to your Hotel and 3 Course Dinner

DAY 2
Arrive in Venice, Private Transfer to your Hotel and 3 Course Dinner

After a good night’s sleep in your cabin, wake up to a delicious breakfast served in your cabin or in the Art Nouveau styled Bar Car.

Enjoy a 3 course lunch in one of the three restaurant cars – The Cote d’Azur with blue opaque glass classical figures, The Etoile du Nord with fantastic marquetry of wood, brass and ivory, or L’Oriental which has been remastered to include black lacquer panels as its trademark.

Watch the majestic mountains and countryside transform outside as the train travels through the Swiss Alps, then the Italian Dolomites before arriving at its destination at Venice Station. Waiting for you, will be your Meet & Greet Private watertaxi transfer to transfer you to 5 Star San Clemente Palace Kempinski.

Located on a private island just below Venice, this fantastic hotel was converted from a monastery. It is a perfect haven for escaping the crowds and enjoying a calmer way of life.

Waiting in your room will be a chilled bottle of Prosecco, so you can toast your arrival into Venice in style.

Why not wander out and explore the island and your home for the next four days. There is a pool, gardens, tennis courts, spa, church, and plenty more to discover.

This evening enjoy your 3 course dinner prepared by the Michelin star chef. Sample a sumptuous Venetian dinner, with stunning views overlooking the lagoon. You won’t believe you are so close to Venice and yet so far from the crowds!

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DAY 3
Helicopter Ride and 3 Course Dinner

DAY 3
Helicopter Ride and 3 Course Dinner

This morning you are in for a real treat! Take your private watertaxi transfer to nearby Lido where your helicopter awaits. Be transported over Venice and the main islands of the lagoons, on your 20mins helicopter ride.

Fly over Lido before heading over Sant’Erasmo, Burano, Torcello, Murano, San Michele, Arsenale and San Giorgio Maggiore. Then continue your flight over St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, Santo Spirito and Venice’s only golf club. Complete your tour hovering over the Palazzo del Cinema, before returning to the Lido. Your private transfer will return you to your hotel after.

You have the rest of your day at leisure. You can either take the hotel’s complimentary watertaxi into St Mark’s for lunch on the lagoon (lunch not included), add our Optional Extra Romantic Gondola Ride from the Grand Canal which takes you through the smaller canals of Venice, or cool off in the hotel’s pool.

This evening the second of your included 3 course dinners will be waiting for you.

Alternatively why not add in a night at the opera. We can recommend La Fenice Opera House for opera lover’s. Please see Optional Extras below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Romantic Gondola Ride
  • Attend La Fenice Opera
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Romantic Gondola Ride

The most romantic tour in Venice is by gondola and with good reason. See this decadent floating city in the only way it can be seen to be truly appreciated; in the water. Glide along the Venetian canals and under bridges, as your gondolier steers you around the lagoon. Sit back and enjoy the calming, peaceful ride.

Price Per Person: £65

Gondola, Venice
Venetian canals
Gondolas, Venice

Attend La Fenice Opera

Why not add a night taking in an opera in the best seats in this beautiful opera house. La Fenice has a range of well known operas, along with more diverse lesser known operas, meaning there is something for everyone!

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Mar 01, 02, 03, 05

Otello (Verdi) – Mar 22, 26, 30, Apr 04, 07

Turandot (Puccini) – May 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29

Aida (Verdi) – May 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, Jun 01

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Jun 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09

Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05

La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08

Price Per Person: From £185 with Stall (top level) tickets

La Fenice Opera House, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice Opera house, Venice
Tosca performance, La Fenice, Venice

DAY 4
Day at Leisure

DAY 4
Day at Leisure

Today is entirely up to you. We have intentionally left this day free for you to tailor-make the day to your requirements. You can go for a walk around the island, or head into St Mark’s Square by complimentary watertaxi. It’s a good excuse for some last minute souvenir shopping, or to explore the Guggenheim Museum, for example, if this was missed on a previous visit to Venice.

Alternatively, if today is a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, why not add in our Optional Extra Semi Private tour of Murano and Burano Island. Having flown over both by helicopter on the previous day, get to enjoy these colourful islands on foot.

This evening you are free to enjoy dining wherever you choose, or alternatively, enjoy a night at the opera. We can offer you La Fenice Opera House, or Musica a Palazzo. For those new to opera, Musica a Palazzo performs nightly well-known and loved operas in a stunning palace, where the opera takes place right in front of you. For those opera connoisseurs, La Fenice is definitely worth a look!

See Optional Extras below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Private Highlights Tour of Venice
  • Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
  • Attend La Fenice Opera
  • Attend Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
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Private Highlights Tour of Venice

For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your private guide will take you on a 3-4 hr tour around St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world. In the basilica, ascend to the roof where you can see the bronze horses taken from Constantinople in past battles.

Price Per Person: £190 per person

St Mark's Square, Venice
St Mark's Basilica, Venice
The Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano

The boat will collect you and take you onto both Murano and Burano with your guide. For no more than 8 people in total, this semi private tour, also includes a glass blowing demonstration on Murano.

Price: From £160 per person for the small group (up to 8 people in total), to Burano and Murano with glass blowing introduction. Please note this is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Burano Island, Venice
Murano glass blowing, Venice
Murano Island, Venice

Attend La Fenice Opera

Why not add a night taking in an opera in the best seats in this beautiful opera house. La Fenice has a range of well known operas, along with more diverse lesser known operas, meaning there is something for everyone!

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Mar 01, 02, 03, 05

Otello (Verdi) – Mar 22, 26, 30, Apr 04, 07

Turandot (Puccini) – May 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29

Aida (Verdi) – May 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, Jun 01

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Jun 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09

Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05

La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08

Price Per Person: From £185 with Stall (top level) tickets

La Fenice Opera House, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice Opera house, Venice
Tosca performance, La Fenice, Venice

Attend Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening

Whether you are a first timer to opera, introducing someone who has not been before, an opera lover wanting a new experience, or La Fenice doesn’t have any operas being performed whilst you are staying in Venice, Musica a Palazzo may well be the option for you.

Witness well-known operas performed every day of the week in a stunning palace, but with a twist;  there is no stage! The performance takes place right in front of you, making you feel like you are completely immersed in the opera.

Operas on offer at Musica a Palazzo:

La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price per person: From £100.

Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

DAY 5
Private transfer to the airport for flight home

DAY 5
Private transfer to the airport for flight home

At leisure until your private watertaxi transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively, if you don’t want your holiday to end just yet, why not travel back to the UK by overnight sleeper train. Please note this adds an extra night along and around an extra £280 per person to the guide price, but does mean your holiday continues until you reach London.

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Where You'll Stay

The Venice Simplon Orient Express Train

Venice Simplon Orient Express
Cabin at the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Venice Simplon Orient Express
Grand suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

The Venice Simplon Orient Express Train

The Venice Simplon Orient Express train has been running since the 1920's when the train was one of the first to pioneer the golden age of train travel.

Let the countryside pass you by while relaxing in style.

The Orient Express has three levels of cabin. The first is the Twin Cabin which comes with a lounge, banquette sofa and a washbasin. By night it is transformed into a bedroom with an upper and lower bed.

The second is the Twin Cabin Suite which consists of two interconnecting cabins. One room can be kept as a lounge with the second having an upper and lower berth, or make way for two single beds; one in each room.

The third, new for 2018, are the Grand Suites. Each has a double/twin bedroom, a living area with space for private dining and a sofa, which can be converted into an additional bed in the evening. A private ensuite bathroom includes shower, washbasin and toilet. The celebrated 24-hour cabin service is complemented by free-flowing champagne in your suite.

The train also has fine dining with not two but three restaurant cars. The first is the Cote d'Azure with blue opaque glass classical figures. The second is the Etoile du Nord with fantastic marquetry, and the last is L'Oriental which is stylised in black lacquer panels.

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San Clemente Palace Kempinski

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

This 5 star hotel has been recently renovated from a former monastery, and sits on its own private island. Located only 5 minutes by complimentary watertaxi transfer to Venice and St Mark's Square, this is perfect for those wanting to escape the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful trip.

The hotel has plenty to keep you amused including a Michelin starred restaurant with views overlooking the lagoon, an outdoor pool, tennis court, gardens, wellness centre and spa, and even a church. At the end of a busy day, why not recharge the batteries with a pamper session at the spa or cool down with a swim in the pool.

All the rooms have a balcony overlooking either the gardens or the lagoon.

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Optional Extras
Upgrade to a Twin Cabin Suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Venice Simplon Orient Express

Instead of having one room with bunk beds, the Cabin Suites give you a second room. You can either stay with the bunk beds and have one room for daytime and one for night use, or alternatively have the beds both positioned on the floor per room. The choice is yours!

Price Per Person: From £2,170

Upgrade to a Grand Suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Double suite on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

The Grand Suites features a double/twin bedroom, living area with space for private dining and a sofa which can be converted into an additional bed in the evening. A private en-suite bathroom includes shower, washbasin and toilet. Enjoy the celebrated 24-hour cabin service complemented by free-flowing champagne in your suite. These are the highest category of room available on the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Price Per Person: From £6,195

Romantic Gondola Ride
Gondola, Venice

The most romantic tour in Venice is by gondola and with good reason. See this decadent floating city in the only way it can be seen to be truly appreciated; in the water. Glide along the Venetian canals and under bridges, as your gondolier steers you around the lagoon. Sit back and enjoy the calming, peaceful ride.

Price Per Person: £65

Attend La Fenice Opera
La Fenice Opera House, Venice

Why not add a night taking in an opera in the best seats in this beautiful opera house. La Fenice has a range of well known operas, along with more diverse lesser known operas, meaning there is something for everyone!

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Mar 01, 02, 03, 05

Otello (Verdi) – Mar 22, 26, 30, Apr 04, 07

Turandot (Puccini) – May 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29

Aida (Verdi) – May 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, Jun 01

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Jun 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09

Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05

La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08

Price Per Person: From £185 with Stall (top level) tickets

Private Highlights Tour of Venice
St Mark's Square, Venice

For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your private guide will take you on a 3-4 hr tour around St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world. In the basilica, ascend to the roof where you can see the bronze horses taken from Constantinople in past battles.

Price Per Person: £190 per person

Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
Burano Island, Venice

The boat will collect you and take you onto both Murano and Burano with your guide. For no more than 8 people in total, this semi private tour, also includes a glass blowing demonstration on Murano.

Price: From £160 per person for the small group (up to 8 people in total), to Burano and Murano with glass blowing introduction. Please note this is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Attend La Fenice Opera
La Fenice Opera House, Venice

Why not add a night taking in an opera in the best seats in this beautiful opera house. La Fenice has a range of well known operas, along with more diverse lesser known operas, meaning there is something for everyone!

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Mar 01, 02, 03, 05

Otello (Verdi) – Mar 22, 26, 30, Apr 04, 07

Turandot (Puccini) – May 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29

Aida (Verdi) – May 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, Jun 01

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Jun 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09

Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05

La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08

Price Per Person: From £185 with Stall (top level) tickets

Attend Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

Whether you are a first timer to opera, introducing someone who has not been before, an opera lover wanting a new experience, or La Fenice doesn’t have any operas being performed whilst you are staying in Venice, Musica a Palazzo may well be the option for you.

Witness well-known operas performed every day of the week in a stunning palace, but with a twist;  there is no stage! The performance takes place right in front of you, making you feel like you are completely immersed in the opera.

Operas on offer at Musica a Palazzo:

La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price per person: From £100.

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Price Per Person: From £4,395 Min 2 people
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 1 night onboard the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express Train from UK to Venice
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast & 2 dinners at San Clemente Palace Kempinski
  • Helicopter Ride over Venice and nearby islands
  • Private airport and train transfers
  • Flights back to the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

Departure airports:

  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Most regional UK airports

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

Dates for the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train:

2019 Departure Dates for the Orient Express (train out, fly back):

Apr 14, 25, 28, May 5, 9, 12, 23, Jun 13, 20, 23, 27, Jul 4, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, Sep 5, 15, 19, 29, Oct 3, 6, 13, 17, 31, Nov 3.

2019 Departures from Venice to UK (fly out and train back):

Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 24, 27, May 8, 11, 15, 22, 26, Jun 12, 22, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 20, Sep 11, 18, 21, Oct 2, 16, Nov 2, 6.

2020 Departure Dates for the Orient Express (train out, fly back):

Mar 22, 29, Apr 02, 09, 16, 19, 23, 30, May 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 31, Jun 04, 07, 25, 28, Jul 02, 09, 16, 23, Aug 06, 13, 20, Sept 10, 17, 20, 27, Oct 04, 08, 11, 18, 22, 25, Nov 01, 05, 12

2020 Departures from Venice to UK (fly out and train back):

Mar 21, Apr 01, 08, 15, 18, 22, 29, May 13, 16, 20, 23, Jun 03, 06, 10, 17, 24, 27, Jul 08, 22, Aug 05, 12, 19, 25, Sept 16, 19, 23, 26, Oct 10, 21, 24, Nov 04, 11

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The booking process was made easy with the team answering any questions quickly and in detail. The standard of care shown on the holiday was very good and all the plans worked well. Just to let you know, I would just like to say thank you for providing the bottle of prosecco in our room - it made our anniversary celebrations that little more special. Thank you.

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