Enjoyed across three unforgettable days, this itinerary is perfect for those looking to experience the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express but are short on time. You’ll begin with a flight to Italy’s floating city and a luxury stay among its iconic canals. Then, having transferred by water taxi to Santa Lucia Station, you’ll step aboard those famous blue-and-gold carriages to be transported back to travel’s golden age. Indeed, between its Art-Deco fineries, fine dining and immaculate service, there’s no better way to experience the sheer beauty of alpine Europe as you make your way across Switzerland to Paris. It’s then just a short hop via Eurostar from the French capital to London and your journey’s end.
Your holiday begins with included UK airport lounge access – a feature of all our holidays – before your flight to Venice. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your city-centre hotel – a modern, minimalist delight set within a historic building on the Grand Canal, just a short stroll from the Rialto Bridge. In fact, you’ll be perfectly placed to explore all of Venice’s wonders, from iconic St Mark’s Square to Harry’s Bar and the myriad delights of the city’s hidden waterways.
After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll take a water taxi transfer to Santa Lucia Station where the famous carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express await. Step aboard and settle into your chosen accommodation – a Historic Cabin, Suite or Grand Suite – then relax as the spectacular landscapes of Northern Italy, then Austria, unfold. It’s all enjoyed alongside a smorgasbord of culinary delights, from a sumptuous lunch to a decadent, multi-course dinner. Of course, you won’t want to miss the chance for a nightcap in the bar car before retiring to your cabin as you continue your journey north.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Wake this morning to a Continental breakfast, served in the comfort of your cabin or suite as you approach Paris. Then, on arrival in the French capital, you’ll make your way to Gare du Nord where you’ll board the Eurostar to London. Looking to extend your break? Speak to our specialists who’ll happily arrange extended stays in Venice or Paris, or switch you to a flight home if you prefer.
"While this itinerary is shorter than our classic northbound option, it still packs the same luxurious punch. Designed for those short on time, I've selected a hotel right in the heart of Venice, so you'll be perfectly placed to make the most of the city during your overnight stay. Then, it's all aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the iconic journey north, crossing the Alps to Paris. Perfection!"
Aug 2024 from: £4,870 pp
Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Sep / Oct 2024 from: £5,080 pp
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates between March and December
Venice accommodation weekend surcharges apply - please check with your specialist for details