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Venice Simplon Orient Express Luxury Break

Break Available: October - 12 November 2018
21 March - 5 November 2019
4 nights

Price Per Person: From £3,895 - £4,700

Begin your journey in London where you board the Pullman Train before connecting in Paris with the Venice Simplon Orient Express. Then be swept away by the beautiful, ever changing countryside as the train weaves through Europe and its dramatic mountains to it’s destination – Venice.

Once in Venice continue your luxury experience by staying at 5 star Hotel Metropole and sampling some of the best activities in the area. No trip to Venice would be complete without a romantic gondola ride and a Michelin Starred chef Gourmet Dinner.

Please note the train only runs from March – November. It is not in service December – February.

All dates for 2018 and 2019 are listed below the price box at the bottom of the break.

Highlights

  • 1 Night staying at the Venice Simplon Orient Express travelling to Venice in luxury
  • 2 Nights staying at 5 star centrally located Hotel Metropole in Venice overlooking the Lagoon
  • 1 Night Sleeper train from Venice to Paris (we can arrange a flight back instead if you would prefer)
  • Romantic Gondola Ride
  • Michelin Star Gourmet Tasting Dinner
  • Venice Pass Card providing free beat the queues access to the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Eurostar Paris to London
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DAY 1
Depart on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

DAY 1
Depart on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

Board the Belmond Pullman train at London Victoria this morning, to begin your luxury experience.

After a light lunch travelling through the English countryside before transferring to your luxury coach to travel though the Tunnel. Waiting for you on the other side is the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Click on the first photo opposite for a short video of the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Remember to dress up for dinner! Styles range from smart wear, cocktail dresses to flappers. The choice is yours. Enjoy a mouth watering 4 course dinner prepared by the skilled French Chef. Then be entertained by the pianist as you sit back and socialise with your new friends.

Relax in style as the train winds its way through Europe. Overnight in your cabin on board the Orient Express. For the ultimate way to travel, why not upgrade your cabin. You can choose from either a Cabin Suite or a Grand Suite. Please see Optional Extras below for more information.

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 Gourmet Tasting Dinner

DAY 2
Arrive in Venice, Private Transfer to your Hotel and Gourmet Tasting Dinner

After waking up refreshed in your cabin, enjoy a wonderfully lavish breakfast in either your room or the Art Nouveau styled Bar Car.

For lunch you have the choice of 3 restaurants for your 3 course meal. You can either dine in The Cote d’Azur with its blue opaque glass classical figures, head to The Etroile du Nord with its marquetry of wood design, or opt for L’Oriental which includes black lacquer panels, only recently remastered.

As the scenery changes to dramatic mountains as you traverse through the Swiss Alps, the Italian Dolomites soon come into view. This is where you depart at Venice train station.

Your private meet & greet watertaxi will be waiting to transfer you to the 5 star Hotel Metropole. This hotel oozes charm with decorative furniture and incense sticks conjuring up an evocative atmosphere. It is conveniently located overlooking at the Grand Canal, and around a 10mins walk to St Mark’s Square.

For that perfect view of San Giorgio Island when you wake, why not upgrade to Deluxe Lagoon View room. See Optional Extra below for more information.

This evening wander down from your room to The Met Restaurant conveniently located within Hotel Metropole. The Michelin Star Chef will prepare you a sumptuous gourmet tasting dinner, celebrating the main delicacies of the region, using locally sourced projects. There are two menus – we recommend you sample one of each!

Overnight in Venice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade Hotel Metropole to a Deluxe Lagoon View Room
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Upgrade Hotel Metropole to a Deluxe Lagoon View Room

Whilst Hotel Metropole has the fantastic location, why not opt for a Deluxe Lagoon view room, instead of a street view.  The Deluxe Lagoon view rooms come with a  stunning view of San Giorgio Island and are larger in size. Wake up each morning to a view like no other!

Price Per Person: From £70 per person per night

Hotel Metropole deluxe lagoon view room
Hotel Metropole, Venice
Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice

DAY 3
Day at Leisure with your Venice Pass Card and Gondola Ride

DAY 3
Day at Leisure with your Venice Pass Card and Gondola Ride

Day at leisure to explore St Mark’s Square using your Venice Pass Card. This card provides free beat the queues access to both the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica.

The Doge’s Palace was seat of the ruler of Venice and houses many treasures from the Venetian empire and previous battles with the Turks. The Room of Maps is very impressive and one to focus on, as is the golden staircase as you travel further inside. Then head downstairs for the prison, travelling over The Bridge of Sighs enroute. This bridge was named after the prisoner’s gave a sigh at their last view of the outside world. All except for Casanova who was temporarily housed as a prisoner, but managed to escape!

Then walk next door to the Basilica, and the main church in Venice. This church has a distinct Turkish feel on the exterior of the building, but is very Venetian inside, with gold being the predominant design. Be sure to pay around €3 for entrance to the roof, which affords some lovely views over St Mark’s Square and the Campanile opposite.

Alternatively, why not opt for one of our Optional Extras. We would particularly recommend our Private Guided Highlights of Venice Tour.

This afternoon enjoy a romantic private gondola ride, as you float through the canals seeing Venice in the only way to do it justice.

This evening why not add in our Optional Extra of witnessing the opera at either La Fenice Opera House, or from a stunning palazzo where the performance takes place right in front of you. For more information on all these activities, please see our Optional Extras below.

Overnight in Venice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Private Highlights Tour of Venice
  • 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

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.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Macbeth (Verdi) – Nov 23, 25, 27, 29, Dec 01

Ballet – Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev) – Dec 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

 

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Jan 04, 05, 13, 20, 26, 30, Feb 01, 03, Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

Werther (Massenet) – Jan 25, 27, 29, 31, Feb 02

Il Re Pastore (Mozart) – Feb 15, 17, 21, 23, 27

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Feb 24, 26, 28, 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 4
Day at Leisure and Board the Sleeper Train for Paris

DAY 4
Day at Leisure and Board the Sleeper Train for Paris

After breakfast you have the day at leisure to sample more of Venice, or alternatively opt for one of our Optional Extras. We would particularly recommend our trip to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Please see Optional Extras below for more information.

This evening, private transfer to the station for your sleeper train to Paris. Enjoy a whole cabin to relax in as you say arrivederci to Italy, and bonjoir to France!

Overnight on the train.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
  • Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
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Lagoon Island Regular Excursion

Begin this 4hr excursion sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore before disembarking on your first island of Murano. Murano is known for its glass manufacturing and the tour includes a visit to one of the factories.

Travel onwards to Burano, an archipelago of four islands, and sample the lace which Burano is famous for.

Finish the tour on Torcello, visiting the cathedral and church on this quieter island. Transfer back to Venice.

Please note this is in a small group and is not private.


Price Per Person: £30

Murano Island, Venice
Burano Island, Venice
Torcello Island, 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

DAY 5
Eurostar back to London

DAY 5
Eurostar back to London

Arrive into Paris Gare de Lyon. Make your own way by taxi (around 20mins drive) to Gare du Nord where you board the Eurostar train which takes you through to London St Pancras arriving around midday.

Alternatively, if you have been to Venice before and the memory of these tours is still fresh in your mind, why not opt for staying on an island just below Venice, where you can escape the crowds and take a more leisurely trip. Our Venetian Special Occasion Retreat break is just the thing!

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Accommodation

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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Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole, Venice
Hotel Metropole, Deluxe room, Venice
Tasting dinner at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Hotel Metropole, Deluxe lagoon view room, Venice

Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole is located just a few steps from St Mark's Square and overlooks San Giorgio Island. It is a stunning 5 star hotel rich in design, detail and taste.

The hotel itself is immersed in candles and incense sticks creating an evocative Venetian feel. There are also plenty of antique pieces located around the vicinity.

The rooms have an 18th century antique flavour, with oriental furniture and art deco style.

The Met Restaurant, located within Hotel Metropole, is one of the finest restaurants in Venice and features a Michelin Star Chef to prepare the true Venetian delicacies.

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Hotel Westin & Europa

Westin Europa & Regina, Venice
Standard room at Westin Europa & Regina, Venice
Dining at Westin Europa & Regina, Venice
Westin Europa & Regina, Venice

Hotel Westin & Europa

The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice is centrally located in Corte Barozzi, overlooking the Grand Canal and in the most exclusive shopping district in Venice. It is a short walk from La Fenice Opera House and St. Mark's Square.

The hotel offers traditional beauty combined with contemporary conveniences. Each of the five magnificently restored historic buildings date from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Enjoy cuisine at the waterside restaurant or simply sit on the Grand Canal terrace and breathe in the local atmosphere.

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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

Upgrade Hotel Metropole to a Deluxe Lagoon View Room
Hotel Metropole deluxe lagoon view room

Whilst Hotel Metropole has the fantastic location, why not opt for a Deluxe Lagoon view room, instead of a street view.  The Deluxe Lagoon view rooms come with a  stunning view of San Giorgio Island and are larger in size. Wake up each morning to a view like no other!

Price Per Person: From £70 per person per night

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

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.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Macbeth (Verdi) – Nov 23, 25, 27, 29, Dec 01

Ballet – Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev) – Dec 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

 

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Jan 04, 05, 13, 20, 26, 30, Feb 01, 03, Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

Werther (Massenet) – Jan 25, 27, 29, 31, Feb 02

Il Re Pastore (Mozart) – Feb 15, 17, 21, 23, 27

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Feb 24, 26, 28, 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.

Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
Murano Island, Venice

Begin this 4hr excursion sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore before disembarking on your first island of Murano. Murano is known for its glass manufacturing and the tour includes a visit to one of the factories.

Travel onwards to Burano, an archipelago of four islands, and sample the lace which Burano is famous for.

Finish the tour on Torcello, visiting the cathedral and church on this quieter island. Transfer back to Venice.

Please note this is in a small group and is not private.


Price Per Person: £30

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.

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Reviews & Feedback

Reviews & Feedback

Everything was first class. The Orient Express exceeded my expectations, starting with the welcoming glass of Champagne from our super-efficient and obliging cabin steward, to superb meals in the magnificent dining cars. Then Venice itself. Our room over the lagoon was just perfect. Thank you for organising it for us; we really did have a very happy and memorable trip.

Jenny

We had a great trip. The highpoints were the Orient Express and the tasting dinner at the Metropole in Venice. It was the holiday of a lifetime. I did not reveal where we were going until I led my wife to the queue for the Orient Express in Victoria – she was so shocked then touched, especially as she thought I was looking for the Gatwick Express.

David

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Price Per Person: From £3,895 - £4,700
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 1 night full board Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • 2 nights bed & breakfast at 5 Star Hotel Metropole
  • 1 night on the sleeper train from Venice to Paris
  • Eurostar from Paris to London
  • Activities as listed
  • Private arrival and departure transfers

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights to London.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to fly back from Venice, then this can also be arranged.

The Venice Simplon Orient Express Train Schedule:

2018 Departure Dates for the Orient Express (train out, fly back):

Oct 21, 28, Nov 01, 08

2018 Departures from Venice to UK (fly out and train back):

Oct 20, Nov 07

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

Mar 21, Apr 4, 11, 14, 25, 28, May 5, 9, 12, 19, 23, Jun 2, 9, 13, 20, 23, 27, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, Sep 5, 12, 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, 13, 24, 27, May 8, 11, 22, 26, Jun 1, 5, 12, 22, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 20, Sep 11, 14, 18, 21, Oct 2, 16, Nov 2.

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