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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 Eurostar from Paris

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 central basecamp. The Due Torri - just a few steps from 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. 

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. 

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

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 northern France rushes by, accompanied by a delicious brunch served before you arrive in Paris. 

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 & Lunch included


About the itinerary

"If you’re looking to do a mini-moon or short break in style then look no further. With endless romantic connotations, Italy’s Verona makes for the perfect spot for newlyweds or those seeking to celebrate an anniversary or special birthday. 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

Exclusive savings: save up to £800 pp
Offer ends 30 June

Guide price from £4,255 pp incl. flights

May 2024 from: £5,075 pp incl. flights
Jul / Aug 2024 from: £4,485 pp incl. flights — save up to £440 pp
Oct / Nov 2024 from: £4,550 pp incl. flights — save up to £440 pp
Mar / Nov / Dec 2025 from: £4,255 pp incl. flights — save up to £790 pp
Apr / Aug / Oct 2025 from: £4,500 pp incl. flights — save up to £800 pp
May / Sep 2025 from: £4,930 pp incl. flights — save up to £435 pp

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates between March and December

Special offer departures

2024

16 Jul, 01 Aug, 06 Aug, 20 Oct, 21 Nov 2024 (subject to availability)

2025

Mar / Apr / Jun / Jul / Aug / Oct / Nov departures (not valid May and September)

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • One way flight between UK and Verona
  • Private taxi from Verona airport to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Due Torri Hotel on a BB basis
  • Small Group walking tour - Verona City Tour
  • Departure transfer from hotel to Verona station
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Verona to Paris
  • Transfer between stations in Paris
  • Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras on Eurostar
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