A journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express from London to Venice has to be the ultimate train journey across Western Europe. It allows you to enjoy the luxury of rail holidays as it used to be, conjuring up the romance of the Twenties and Thirties, when rail travel flourished and was deemed to be the only civilised way to journey across Europe.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express continues that tradition of elegance and refinement and is a totally delightful and memorable experience. The London to Venice train journey allows you for almost a day and a half to breathe in the style and service of a by-gone age, whilst enjoying the changing landscape as you travel across some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery. Stay in a luxurious hotel in Venice to extend your holiday.The Venice Simplon-Orient ExpressAccommodation on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is in private cabins with a washbasin cabinet. In the daytime your cabin is a seating area, then whilst you are at dinner it is transformed by the stewards to become a luxurious bedroom with one upper and one lower bed. It is also possible to stay in two interconnecting cabins, using one as a private lounge and the other as a bedroom. Meals (included in the price) are served in one of the three restaurant cars with gourmet dishes being freshly prepared by French chefs. Relax after dinner in the bar car where you can enjoy cocktails in glamorous surroundings. The train journey - London to Venice You depart from London Victoria railway station late morning on board the British Pullman train, having lunch on board before reaching the coast. You cross the Eurotunnel to Calais and then board the continental train. Dinner is taken en route to Paris and then by breakfast time you have reached the Alps. You enjoy lunch and tea on board before arriving at Santa Lucia station in Venice, reaching the Grand Canal in the late afternoon. The train journey - Venice to London You depart from Venice mid morning, heading towards Verona, the Dolomites and then the Alps. You enjoy lunch and tea on board and then by dinner time you are heading west into the sunset. Stay overnight on board and then from Paris the train heads back to Calais and the Eurotunnel crossing. You reach London Victoria station in the late afternoon. DEPARTURE DATES - LONDON TO VENICE The 2013 London to Venice departures are on 28 March, 3, 18, 21 and 25 April, 5, 9, 12, 16 and 30 May, 2, 9, 13, 20 and 27 June, 18 and 25 July, 15 and 22 August, 19, 22, 26 and 29 September, 10, 13, 17, 27 and 31 October, 7 November. DEPARTURE DATES - VENICE TO LONDON The 2012 Venice to London departures are on 27 March, 3, 17, 20 and 24 April, 8, 11, 15 and 29 May, 1, 12, 19 and 26 June, 17 and 24 July, 14 and 21 August, 18, 21, 25 and 28 September, 9, 12, 16 and 30 October, 6 November. PRICES To calculate your price for a stay in Venice plus a one-way train journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and a one-way flight either London to Venice or Venice to London, we take the price for the hotel of your choice in Venice for the number of nights you require in Venice (as detailed in our price leaflet) and then add the following supplements: £1730 per personOn certain dates you may travel between Rome and Venice overnight and between Venice and Rome in the day-time with a sumptuous 3 course lunch included. Please ask us to give you the best possible price for this journey at the time of enquiry. Please note If you are particularly interested in travelling on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, then you might be pleased to know that this legendary train also travels to Budapest, Krakow, Dresden and Istanbul. We have extensive personal knowledge of these fascinating European cities and will be pleased to put together a tailor-made holiday involving a train journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and these cities.
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CapitalRome AirportThere is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.CurrencyEuro (£1 = Euro 1.24) SizeItaly is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide Population60 million Average temperatureItaly's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps National holidays in Italy Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days: 1 January 6 January (Epiphany) Easter Monday 25 April (Liberation Day) 1 May (Labour Day) 15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 1 November (All Saints) 8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Christmas Day Boxing Day There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.
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