The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
8 Nights
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Trip Highlights
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Day 1
Arrive Paris
On arrival we transfer to our hotel, the well-located Starhotel Castille for two nights. Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant; afterwards why not take a stroll down the magnificent Champs Elysées?
Day 2
We begin the day with a guided tour of Paris by coach and foot, which takes in this captivating city’s most famous sights. We see the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, the magnificent monument completed in 1836 to commemorate victories by French armies. This afternoon is free for you to explore independently.
Day 3
First Class Rail, Milan
From Paris we travel on the high-speed TGV, heading southeast towards the mighty Alps. We cross the border into Italy, passing through Turin on our way to Milan, home of Italy’s stock exchange and renowned as an international fashion hub. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in the heart of Milan. After dinner tonight, take a leisurely stroll through the city or perhaps relax at a pavement cafe with a cappuccino and watch Milan come alive as night falls and the streets are set aglow.
Day 4
Milan is well known as one of the fashion capitals of Europe, but it also offers its visitors plenty in the way of history and culture. We begin our day with a guided coach and walking tour, including a visit to the incredible Duomo, which took nearly 600 years to build. We also visit the famous opera house, the Teatro alla Scala, and the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a 19th-century glass-roofed shopping arcade. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore as you wish.
Day 5
First Class Rail, Venice
Sit back and enjoy our First Class train journey to Venice, the floating city of shimmering waterways, elaborate bridges and ornate palaces. Arriving at the city’s Santa Lucia station, we are greeted by a truly glorious view of the glistening Grand Canal, before we transfer to our hotel. Your afternoon is free to relax and begin your exploration of the ‘Bride of the Sea’. Allow yourself to get lost among the winding lanes and twisting alleyways of this incredible city or take to the water to view Venice from a different perspective.
Day 6
Today we enjoy a guided tour of Venice, including the magnificent St Mark’s Square, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful city squares in the world. Overlooked by St Mark’s Basilica, the large open space is surrounded by the Doge’s Palace, the Procurator’s residence, the famous Sansoviniana Bookshop and the iconic bell tower, as well as the waters of the lagoon. With our local guide, we’ll continue exploring the narrow streets and small squares to visit more of Venice’s main sights. Among many charming highlights, we’ll see the famous Rialto Bridge that spans the Grand Canal. You are then free to spend the afternoon soaking up this extraordinary destination. One of the best ways of seeing the city is to travel along the entire length of the Grand Canal by boat, as many of Venice’s finest buildings line its banks. Perhaps take an enchanting gondola ride on the canals, or explore using Venice’s water-bound public transport network – the Vaporetti. This evening, we’ll head to a local restaurant for a night of traditional Italian fare.
Day 7
Today gives you the opportunity to further explore the sights of Venice. Perhaps visit the nearby island of Burano, famous for its lace-making and colourful streets lined with pastel-painted houses. Alternatively, you might like to venture to the island of Murano, which is renowned for its gorgeous glassware.
Day 8
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
This morning we join the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the legendary luxury train that has inspired countless writers and filmmakers over time. After your steward settles you into your comfortable compartment, all you need to do is relax and watch the stunning scenery as it passes by the window. Enjoy lunch as we journey through the magnificent Italian Dolomites and travel up through picturesque Austria over tea and pastries. It is soon time to put on your formal wear. Why not indulge in a cocktail before making your way to one of the restaurant cars, where you are served a delicious four-course meal prepared by skilled French chefs. You may want to linger over a nightcap listening to the sound of the baby grand piano, and when you are ready, you can retire to your compartment, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Day 9
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Depart Paris
A delicious continental breakfast is served in your cabin this morning as we roll into Paris. You’ll then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Additional Information
Included Experiences
  • Services of a professional Great Rail Journeys Tour Manager and expert local guides
  • First Class rail travel
  • Airport transfers and tipping
  • 7 nights in premium accommodation
  • 1 night in luxury aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Includes 14 meals – 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
Additional Information

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

  • Composed of original 1920s and 1930s carriages featuring exquisite Art Deco fittings, this iconic luxury train offers its passengers the opportunity to experience the romance and elegance of the golden age of rail travel. Each carriage has its own story, of which every guest becomes a part
  • The train offers an incomparable dining experience, with sumptuous cuisine freshly prepared on board by talented French chefs. Adding to the indulgence, a comprehensive wine list is also available
  • The lavish cabins have been carefully restored, and are attended to by a 24-hour cabin steward so you can simply sit back and relax

Begin and End in Paris

  • Your journey comes full circle in Paris. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the third, the magic never fades. It’s hard not to fall in love with a city that loves you back
Trip notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • All prices include airport transfers and tipping
  • Porterage is not included
  • An increased deposit may be required for upgrades and variations
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
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