Early booking discount - Baglioni Luna Hotel, Venice: save up to £110 pp – ends 31 Oct

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Highlights

  • Make the most of an extended season with a festive journey on the Orient Express
  • Explore the sights of Paris and Venice under lights
  • Take a rail journey to remember across the heart of alpine Europe
  • Experience the best in gourmet dining and white-glove service
  • Enjoy stays at two of Europe’s finest city hotels

While traditionally, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express ends its season in October, this year sees some additional departures. Running throughout December, it’s the perfect chance to pair a journey on the world’s most iconic train with luxury stays in two of Europe’s greatest cities as they make their preparations for the festive season. Indeed, having hopped across the English Channel, you’ll begin with a night in the heart of historic Paris at one of its most glamorous hotels. Then, having taken in the sights, you’ll board the train for a journey to savour, heading across the heart of alpine Europe accompanied by a full spread of art-deco fineries, bar-car delights and festive menus designed by French chef, Jean Imbert. Finally, you’ll wrap things up in Venice with two nights at the luxurious Baglioni Hotel Luna.


Day 1

London to the City of Light

Your festive journey begins at London St Pancras where you’ll board the Eurostar for a Business Premier cross-Channel hop to Paris complete with Raymond Blanc-designed meals and an accompanying glass of champagne. On arrival, a private transfer will see you to your luxury hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you’ll be perfectly placed to explore its myriad attractions, from the iconic Eiffel Tower to those delightful side-street cafes, all dressed in the season’s finery.

Hotel les Dames du Pantheon

Hotel les Dames du Pantheon

Paris in December

Paris in December

Paris in December

Paris in December


Day 2

A rail journey to remember

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before transferring to Gare de L’Est where the famous blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express await. Having been shown to your Historic Cabin, or suite if you’ve decided to upgrade, you’ll settle down to enjoy sweeping views of rural France as you head towards to Alps. It’s all accompanied by a full spread of fine-dining delights, from a sumptuous lunch to a decadent dinner, with festive menus designed by acclaimed chef, Jean Imbert. Then, as the day draws to a close, be sure to head to the bar car for night-cap drinks served to the sound of the resident pianist. Your day ends back in your cabin, which has been transformed to a sleeping compartment by your attentive steward.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Day 3

Luxury in Venice

Wake to a delicious Continental breakfast served in your cabin as the sights of Northern Italy rush by. You’ll then have time to relax before brunch and your arrival into Venice, signalled by the vast, island-dotted blue of the Venetian Lagoon. Once you’ve arrived and disembarked, a private water taxi transfer will see you to your luxury hotel – the world-renowned Baglioni Luna. You’ll have two nights here to soak up the sights and sounds of the city, from the likes of St Mark’s Square, decked out in Christmas lights, to boutique festive markets hidden among those iconic waterways. It’s also a wonderful place to pick up a few last-minute gifts for family and friends.

Breakfast included

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna

St Mark's Square, Venice

St Mark's Square, Venice


Day 4

Return to UK

After a final delicious breakfast, your private water taxi will see you to the airport in time for your flight home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is, for me, the world's finest rail holiday. So, we were delighted when it was announced that, for 2022, its season was being extended beyond its traditional end in October to include departures in both November and December. And, of course, it's the December dates that have got us most excited as, for the first time, you'll have the opportunity to pair the iconic glamour and five-star service of the train itself with stays in both Paris and Venice amid all their festive finery. It's the perfect pre-Christmas break. "

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Early booking discount - Baglioni Luna Hotel, Venice: save up to £110 pp
Offer ends 31 October

Guide price from £3,965 pp incl. flights

December 2023 from: £3,965 pp incl. flights — save up to £110 pp

Festive Departures

Paris to Venice - 20 Dec (19 Dec from London) 2022

Venice to Paris - 02 / 12 Dec 2022

Includes

  • One way Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord in Business Premier Class including a hot menu designed by chef Raymond Blanc and served with champagne
  • 1 night accommodation at Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon in Paris on a BB basis
  • Paris to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express including an exclusive menu designed and prepared onboard by chef Jean Imbert and his team
  • Arrival transfer from Venice Santa Lucia station, Venice to accommodation
  • 2 nights accommodation at Baglioni Luna, Venice on a BB basis
  • Private watertaxi transfer from accommodation to Venice Marco Polo airport
  • One way flight from Venice to UK
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