Highlights

  • Experience a golden-age luxury aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Enjoy five-star stays in Paris and Venice
  • Sail out from the heart of Venice along the Grand Canal
  • Discover the hidden gems of Croatia and Slovenia
  • Savour multi-course menus paired with fine wines

A luxury holiday of two halves, this rail and cruise epic pairs a journey aboard the world's most celebrated train with a yacht adventure among the historic towns and cities of the Adriatic Sea. It all begins with a Eurostar hop to Paris and a night of luxury in the French capital where, the next day, you'll board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Accompanied by fine dining and the very best in white-glove service, you'll travel across the heart of alpine Europe to Venice itself, where you'll enjoy a stay at one of the city's finest hotels. Then, it's time to board your SeaDream yacht for a weeklong exploration of the Adriatic's eastern coast, pausing at Koper in Slovenia before heading south through Croatia to explore ancient Roman wonders, medieval old towns and pretty sun-kissed islands. It's all accompanied by a full spread of wine-paired meals and expert-led shore excursions. 


Day 1

London to Paris

Your journey begins with a Business Premier Eurostar hop from London St Pancras Station, across the English Channel to Paris. On arrival in the 'City of Light', a private transfer will see you to the 5-star boutique Hotel Bowmann for a relaxing and stylish overnight stay. If you prefer, your specialist can arrange a flight to Paris from your local UK airport. 

Paris, France

The Paris skyline

Hotel Bowmann Paris

Hotel Bowmann Paris


Day 2

Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and some time to explore the city before a private transfer will take you to your departure station to the famed blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll be escorted to your elegant 1920's cabin where wood-framed picture windows invite in the view and oak panelled luxury recalls the golden age of travel. Change for dinner or perhaps visit the bar car for a choice of aperitif before your four-course dinner, complemented by superb vintages and the twinkling ivories of a baby grand piano. Expect menus to reflect the train’s routes in such delicacies as Brittany lobsters and Mont St Michel saltmarsh lamb. After dinner you’ll find your private cabin transformed into sleeping berths, complete with crisp damask sheets.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Historic Cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Historic Cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient Express


Day 3

The wonders of Venice

Wake to the scenery of the magnificent Swiss Alps and enjoy a continental breakfast in your carriage as the beauty of rural Austria speeds by. A three-course lunch is then served while crossing into Italy, leaving time to browse the boutique as you pass through the Italian Dolomites, marvelling at their armoured peaks. An afternoon tea is then taken as you cross the Venetian Lagoon.

On arrival, you'll board one of those emblematic water taxis, all polished timber and sweeping curves, to transfer right to the pier of your Venetian palace hotel. The Baglioni is particularly impressive; it's the oldest hotel in Venice and features a rooftop terrace with spectacular views over the lagoon. And, you'll be perfectly poised to visit Harry's Bar, Hemingway's iconic haunt. However, we recommend a visit to Hotel Metropole for your Bellini – the service is better and the man himself preferred it.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna


Day 4

Set sail with SeaDream

Take the morning to explore Venice, perhaps visiting the magnificent Doge's Palace and spectacularly-carved Rialto Bridge dotted among the warren of cobbled alleys and canals. Then, in the afternoon an included private transfer will whisk you to your luxurious yacht. Settle in to your elegant stateroom before indulging in the first of your included gourmet dinners, served in the elegant dining room, with dishes such as filet mignon and lobster.

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Breakfast & Dinner included

Grand Canal, Venice

Grand Canal, Venice


Days 5 – 6

Koper to Krk

Sail to Slovenia’s largest town, Koper. While it remains something of a hidden gem, its historic centre is packed full of medieval delights. Tale the chance to visit the coastal its picturesque peninsulas or get lost in Tito Square as you wander down towards the water's edge.

The next day, you'll sail onto the island of Krk in neighbouring Croatia. Covering an area of 157 square miles, it's the largest island in the Adriatic, home to sprawling forests, dramatic ridges and some glorious stretches of coast. Be sure to visit the 12th-century St. Mary’s Cathedral, the seat of the Krk bishopric, and The Frankopan Castle which, built over several centuries, long acted as a fortress to protect against attacks from the sea.

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Piran near Koper, Slovenia

Piran near Koper, Slovenia

Krk island, Croatia

Krk island, Croatia


Day 7

Zadar

Sail on to Zadar, the oldest inhabited city in Croatia, full of ancient Roman ruins and medieval churches. Don't miss the chance for a stroll around the charming Old Town and a visit to the famous Sea Organ, which plays music through sea waves and tubes that lie beneath marble steps. Of course, you could always simply relax on one of the Balinese-style sun beds onboard the ship, taking the chance to for a glass of wine and a delicious seafood lunch. 

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia


Days 8 – 9

Split & Hvar

Over the next two days, you'll have the chance to explore one of the Adriatic's most fascinating historical centres, and one of its prettiest islands. You'll begin with a day in the city of Split, host to the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace – one of the Roman Empire's most impressive architectural feats – and a museum dedicated entirely to the work of the 20th-century sculptor, Ivan Meštrović. You'll have the chance to explore both on an expert-led city tour, or choose from a rafting trip on the nearby Cetina River, or a speedboat tour of the Split Archipelago.

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia


Day 10

Dubrovnik

Arrive at your final stop today – the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Dubrovnik. Enjoy everything from tours around the ancient walled city to kayaking trips around neighbouring Lokrum Island and panoramic cable car rides above the city. For your last evening on board, enjoy a final gourmet dinner before a farewell drink at the Piano Bar and a last toast to new-found friends.

Stay: SeaDream I or II

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia


Day 11

Depart for UK

After breakfast, disembark and take your included private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"This your chance to pair the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with a small-ship cruise of the beautiful Adriatic. For me, it's the perfect combination of luxury and experience, not least as it includes a rare opportunity to sail out from Venice along the Grand Canal."

Emma Sanger-Horwell

Worldwide Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £10,480 pp incl. flights

17 July 2024 departure from: £10,480 pp

Includes

  • London St Pancras to Paris on Eurostar in Business Premier 
  • Hotel Bowmann, Paris for 1 night stay with Breakfast
  • Paris to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in a Historic Cabin including selected meals
  • The Baglioni Luna Hotel, Venice 1 night stay with breakfast
  • 7-night cruise from Venice to Dubrovnik
  • Private transfers throughout
  • Flight from Dubrovnik to the UK
  • Gourmet meals throughout your cruise expertly prepared with the freshest of ingredients and paired with fine wines
  • 24-hour room service from the in-suite menu
  • Open Bar with select premium brands
  • Cruise Gratuities
  • Water “toys” from the yacht’s marina including kayaks, personal sailboats, stand-up paddle boards, snorkel gear, water skiing
  • Mountain bikes for shore side exploration
  • Crew-led shore side activities like hiking and biking with the Activities Manager, or go shopping with the Chef
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