Exclusive savings: save up to £455 pp – ends 30 Jun


  • Experience the unashamed glamour of the world's most famous train
  • Upgrade to a Grand Suite for the ultimate in on-board luxury
  • Discover the splendours of Venice with an included tour and queue-jump entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Stay in palatial luxury in the centre of Venice
  • Witness the beauty of the Austrian Alps as you cross river valleys and high mountain passes

The world’s most iconic rail journey from London to Venice is just as spectacular in reverse, pairing the Art Deco elegance of its restored 1920s carriages with views out to some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery. You’ll start among the fresco-lined buildings of historic Venice, with included priority entry to Doge’s Palace and a stay in a palatial hotel whose gilded furnishings play host to an exquisite restaurant headed up by a Michelin-starred chef. Then, after stepping onboard the esteemed blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, you'll traverse Austria’s alpine meadows and snow-capped mountain ranges, enjoying multi-course gourmet dining and the very best in discreet white-gloved service as you head, via Paris, to London.

Day 1

Depart for Venice

You’ll start your holiday in relaxing fashion with a complimentary lounge access before boarding the short flight to Venice and transferring to your hotel for the next two nights, the spectacular 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 frescoes, chandeliers, baroque murals, gold furnishings and marble bathrooms of your palatial room, perhaps 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 entrance

Baglioni Hotel Luna entrance

Baglioni Hotel Luna dining room

Baglioni Hotel Luna dining room

Day 2

The treasures of Venice

This morning, take the time to relax and enjoy an indulgent breakfast and Italian coffee at the charming canal-side Caffè Baglioni. Then it's time to explore dazzling Venice – 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 unexplored gems. You'll finish with queue-jump entry to the Gothic delights of the Doge’s Palace, where theatrical sculptures and marble décor give way to gold-encrusted frescoes.

Then, you've 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, learning about Murano’s glass-blowing heritage, or simply enjoying a glass of fine Italian wine in a piazza-side cafe. 

Breakfast included

Venice canals

Venice canals

Doge's Palace, Venice

Doge's Palace, Venice

Day 3

Across the Austrian Alps

Today sees you leave the splendours of Venice behind as you embark on an included water taxi transfer to the Venezia Santa Lucia Station where you'll step aboard the iconic blue-and-gold 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 Austria and the spectacular Brenner Pass. You'll then trace the snow-capped peaks and mountain meadows of central Europe's Alpine ranges, crossing the Arlberg Pass en route to Switzerland.

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

Restaurant, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Restaurant, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Austrian Alps

Austrian Alps

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Day 4

Paris to London

Raise the blind to look out over an entirely different landscape. Take breakfast in your cabin after your private steward has turned it back into a plush seating area in a trice. Then, relax as the scenery of France rushes by, accompanied by a delicious brunch served before you arrive in Paris.

As your journey draws to a close, make your way 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 & Lunch included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Bar Car, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

About the itinerary

"While the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's classic southbound route takes you right across the Swiss Alps, the return journey is just as spectacular. You'll begin with a five-star stay in Italy's floating city – expert guide and priority Doge's Palace entry included – before boarding those famous blue-and-gold carriages – for me a real trip highlight. It's then that this journey really comes into its own as you head north towards Austria and the high mountain passes of Brenner and Arlberg, before dropping down through Switzerland and Paris en route to London."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Exclusive savings: save up to £455 pp
Offer ends 30 June

Guide price from £4,845 pp incl. flights

May 2024 from: £5,840 pp incl. flights
Jul / Aug 2024 from: £4,845 pp incl. flights — save up to £445 pp
Oct / Nov 2024 from: £4,985 pp incl. flights — save up to £450 pp
Mar 2025 from: £5,045 pp incl. flights — save up to £445 pp
Apr / Aug 2025 from: £5,185 pp incl. flights — save up to £450 pp
Jun / Oct 2025 from: £5,390 pp incl. flights — save up to £455 pp
May / Sep 2025 from: £5,845 pp incl. flights

Valid for travel:

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates on selected dates between March and December.

Special offer departures - available dates


16 Jul, 01 Aug, 06 Aug, 20 Oct, 21 Nov 2024 departures


05, 13, 18, 27 Mar / 01, 08, 22 Apr / 16, 29 Jul / 05, 11, 19, 25 Aug / 04, 09, 17 Sep / 14. 23 Oct 2025 departures

(Special offer not valid for May and September departures 2025)

Price includes:

  • Flight between UK and Venice
  • Meet & Greet service and Private water taxi from Venice Marco Polo airport to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in 5* hotel on a B&B basis
  • Private guided walking tour of Venice includes entry to the Doges Palace
  • Shared water taxi from hotel to Santa Lucia Station
  • Venice to Paris on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express including selected meals prepared by onboard French chefs
  • Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras on Eurostar in Business Premier Class

Upgrades to Suites and Grand Suites on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express available - please ask your specialist for details

During the Paris Olympics (26 Jul - 11 Aug) and Paris Paralympics (28 Aug - 08 Sep), accommodation and Eurostar journeys will be in high demand, and longer minimum stays may be required at Paris hotels.