Highlights

  • Stay in the heart of Venice at a palatial, canal-side hotel
  • Take the train north, enjoying gourmet dining and refined service throughout
  • Marvel at majestic views as you head across Alpine Europe
  • Arrive in Paris for a luxury city-centre stay
  • Choose between flight and Eurostar for your final journey home

Travelling northbound aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, this classic journey pairs the Renaissance treasures of Venice with the sheer romance of a stay in the heart of the French capital. You’ll start among the fresco-lined buildings of Italy's floating city, with included priority entry to Doge’s Palace and a stay in an opulent canal-side hotel, a former palace complete with gilded furnishings, rare works of art and a restaurant headed up by a Michelin-starred chef. Then, after boarding the famous carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, you'll journey in style across the meadows and mountain passes of alpine Europe, enjoying multi-course gourmet dining and the very best in discreet white-gloved service as you head to Paris. Staying right in the heart of the French capital, you'll have all the attractions of the City of Lights on your luxurious doorstep.


Day 1

Depart for Venice

Start your holiday in style with complimentary airport lounge access before boarding the short flight to Venice, where you'll be met for a private water taxi transfer to your hotel – the canal-side Baglioni Hotel Luna. The likes of St Mark’s Basin, San Girogio island and Venice’s canals are perfectly taken in with private terraces, and you’re moments away from the heritage beauty of St. Mark’s Square and the Bellini cocktails of Harry’s Bar.

If you can tear yourself away from the baroque murals and marble bathrooms of your palatial room, you'll want to make the most of the award-winning Canova Restaurant, headed up by Michelin-starred Executive chef, Alberto Rossetti. The octopus salad and calamari with green tomato sauce are particularly notable, as is the extensive wine list. 

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna


Day 2

Explore Venice

Wake to an indulgent breakfast and Italian coffee at the charming canal-side Caffè Baglioni before exploring the myriad highlights of Venice. To help you make the most of your stay, we’ve included a private walking tour today with an expert guide who’ll show you the city’s treasures as well as some its lesser-known corners. You'll finish with queue-jump entry to the Doge’s Palace, where theatrical sculptures and marble décor give way to gold-encrusted frescoes.

You've then got a free afternoon to discover the rest of the city's offerings, perhaps enjoying a casual lunch in one of the many waterside trattorias before taking a gondola ride among the winding waterways or simply enjoying a glass of fine Italian wine in a piazza-side cafe. 

Breakfast included

St Mark's Square, Venice

St Mark's Square, Venice

Punting in Venice

Punting in Venice

Doge's Palace, Venice

Doge's Palace, Venice


Day 3

Across the Alps

Today sees you leave Venice behind as you take your included water taxi transfer to the Venezia Santa Lucia Station and the iconic blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll begin the journey in style as you’re welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and an exquisite three-course lunch in the restaurant car. It’s outside that truly stuns, however, as you pass through the rural fields of Northern Italy en route to the snow-capped peaks and mountain meadows of central Europe's Alpine ranges.

As the drama outside unfolds, you'll tuck into a sumptuous selection of pastries served in your oak-panelled cabin, or, the fineries of the train's new Grand Suites, which come complete with double bed and en-suite bathroom. In the evening, freshen up for a four-course dinner in the elegant dining car, where your waiter will serve the likes of Brittany lobster and saltmarsh lamb, all paired with a selection of the world’s finest wines.  

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Day 4

Arrival in Paris

Begin your last day onboard with a delicious Continental breakfast served in your cabin, as you race across France, disembarking in the heart of Paris. On arrival, a private transfer will whisk you to your accommodation, which is perfectly placed to explore the best of the French capital. Perhaps you'll choose to see the sights, from iconic Notre Dame to the grand artworks of the Louvre. Or, take a stroll along the cobblestones of Montmartre, pausing for a cafe or a glass of wine before taking in sweeping city views from the steps of the Sacre Coeur.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Paris, France

Paris, France


Day 5

Paris to London

As your journey draws to a close, transfer to Gare du Nord where you'll board the Eurostar back to London. Alternatively, speak to your specialist about flight options to a wide range of regional UK airports.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"Proving that the reverse of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's classic Paris to Venice route is just as spectacular, this itinerary pairs an overnight journey on the train – perhaps the most glamorous in world travel – with stays in two of the world's great cities. Not only have our specialists handpicked the hotels to perfection, you'll also be treated to a Venice walking tour and jump-the-queue access to the Doge's Palace. It's luxury travel at its iconic best."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £5,640 pp incl. flights

Historic Cabin 2023 - Low Season from: £5,640 pp
Historic Cabin 2023 - High Season from: £6,800 pp
Historic Cabin 2024 - Low Season from: £5,410 pp
Historic Cabin 2024 - High Season from: £5,840 pp

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates between March and December

Suites are launched from June 2023

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • One way flight between UK and Venice
  • Private water taxi from Venice Marco Polo Airport to hotel including Meet & Greet service
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Baglioni Luna Hotel, Venice on a BB basis
  • Private walking tour - Venice City Tour incl. Doges Palace priority access
  • Shared transfer from hotel to Santa Lucia Station
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to Paris
  • 1 night accommodation in Hotel Bowmann, Paris on a BB basis
  • One way Eurostar from Gare du Nord to London St Pancras in Business Premier Class

Upgrades to Suites (from June 2023) and Grand Suites available - please ask your specialist for details

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