As well as the classic route from London to Venice, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels a number of other routes across Europe, stopping in some of its most exciting and cultured cities. On this luxury break you'll take the world’s most elegant train from the Italian city of Verona to France and on to London aboard the Belmond British Pullman, 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 shady piazzas to seek out Juliet’s balcony. But there’s much more to Verona besides star-crossed lovers, with wonderfully preserved architecture, a magnificent Roman amphitheatre and a thriving food scene. This is all just the prelude to the main event though – a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
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'll even visit a tiny tortellini workshop.
Stay: Relais Fra' Lorenzo, Verona
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
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
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, so relax as you race across northern France towards the Channel, pausing briefly at Paris’ Gare du Nord en route. Then, back on home soil, you'll be treated to a wonderful afternoon tea on the Belmond British Pullman, complete with a glass of English sparkling wine, ending in London Victoria.
Breakfast & Lunch included
"If you’re looking for a stylish short break, and to tick one of the bucket list, look no further than this four-day break which pairs one of Verona's finest hotels with the luxuries of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Experience the sheer romance of Shakespeare's city, the perfect complement to the world's ultimate rail journey. To make this trip even more special, we've included a trip on the Belmond British Pullman to see you into London in style."