Highlights

  • Explore the fine architecture of Verona with a luxury city stay
  • Let a guided walking tour introduce you to Shakespeare's city of love
  • Enjoy the glamour and white-glove service of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express
  • Upgrade to a luxurious Grand Suite for complimentary caviar on arrival and free-flowing champagne
  • Complete your journey to London aboard the Belmond British Pullman

As well as the classic route from London to Venice, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels across Europe, stopping in some of its most exciting and cultured cities. On this tour, you'll catch the world’s most elegant train from the Italian city of Verona to London, enjoying a matchless experience throughout. Beginning with a luxury stay in Shakespeare’s city, an included walking tour will bring you between regal streets and ramshackle piazzas to seek out Juliet’s house. But there’s much more to Verona besides star-crossed lovers, with wonderfully preserved architecture and majestic balconies (of course), operatic performances in a Roman amphitheatre and a thriving food scene. This is all just the prelude to the main event though, when you board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for one of the great travel experiences in the world.


Day 1

Depart the UK

Having flown to Verona, we’ll arrange a private driver to whisk you to your hilltop basecamp. Relais Fra' Lorenzo - a historic country house in the hills above Verona – with views over the city’s historic centre. If you can tear yourself away from your night in a living museum, let us arrange a food safari, where a local guide will take you to the city’s finest haunts; sip rich Italian coffee, nibble on delicatessen treats and enjoy perfectly-prepared pasta in a traditional trattoria. You will even visit a tiny tortellini workshop. 

Stay: Relais Fra' Lorenzo, Verona

Verona Arena, Verona, Italy

Arena di Verona

Ponte Pietra, Verona, Italy

Ponte Pietra, Verona


Day 2

Verona: Shakespeare's city

Awake to a leisurely breakfast and perhaps dip into a well-thumbed copy of Romeo and Juliet for inspiration. After we’ll arrange a walk where a local guide will lead you to Verona’s must-see sights, including the city’s most famous balcony, and secret corners. Indulge yourself with a visit to the luxury shops and boutiques on Via Mazzinia or visit the market in Piazza delle Erbe remembering to look up at the medieval and renaissance architecture that rings it. Later, people watch from a piazza to see why they’re described as the city’s ‘drawing rooms’ and indulge in an aperitivo.

In the evening, dress up so you look the part for the traditional Italian pastime of passegiata in the piazzas at dusk, stopping your slow arm-in-arm stroll for a drink at an outdoor table. 

Stay: Relais Fra' Lorenzo, Verona

Breakfast included

Bridge Ponte Pietra, Adige River, Verona

The Ponte Pietra bridge over Verona's Adige River


Day 3

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Today the curtain falls on your time in Verona. On the positive side it is only because you’re about to embark on one of the most romantic and luxurious rail journeys in the world aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. In the afternoon we’ll whisk you to the station where you’ll get your first glimpse of the classic blue and gold carriages while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. Meet your white-gloved steward who'll guide you through the beautifully restored Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to your private cabin where you'll unpack your tuxedo and evening gown. Then, order some champagne and luxuriate in the history and tradition of the train as you're treated to views of the Dolomites during a sumptuous three-course lunch in one of the elegant dining cars. Each brims with personality. Service is impeccable and the food exquisite.

Following a relaxing afternoon, dress for dinner, mingle in the Bar car and order a signature cocktail while you listen to period pieces performed on the baby grand piano. The evening meal, served with silverware, crystal glass and starched napery, is a culinary treat that’ll have you marvelling at how anyone can create such a gourmet four-course feast in such a tiny galley kitchen. Finally, satiated, return to your cabin, which has artfully been converted into a cosy sleeping compartment and retire for the night as the train eases over the Swiss Alps.


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Wending through the alps aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

White-gloved service aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Dining with Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Fine dining aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Day 4

Home 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 northern France rushes by, accompanied by a delicious brunch served before you arrive in Calais. Disembark your Art Deco bubble and take a  transfer to Lille where you'll board a Eurostar train for the hop across the Channel, ending your journey at London's St Pancras International where your chauffeur transfer will be waiting to whisk you home.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Eurostar to London

Eurostar to London


About the itinerary

"If you’re looking to do a mini-moon in style then look no further. With endless romantic connotations, Italy’s Verona makes for the perfect spot for newlyweds to celebrate the start of married life. Couple this with a luxury rail journey on the famed Orient Express and the experience in matchless. As once-in-a-lifetime experiences go, this one is a must-do. "

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £3,545 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £3,545 pp
High Season from: £3,665 pp

With limited availability in 2022, the 2023 season is now available to book

Valid for travel: 

Selected dates from March to November

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK return chauffeur transfers
  • Outbound flight between UK and Verona
  • Private transfer from Verona Airport to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in 5* hotel on a B&B basis
  • Group walking tour of Verona 
  • Verona to Calais on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express included selected meals prepared by onboard chefs
  • Luxury coach transfer between Calais and Lille
  • Lille to London St Pancras on the Eurostar in Premier Class



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