Featured holiday Luxury rail holiday on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Italy

4 nights/5 days

This is a 4-night luxury holiday with one night on the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and three nights in Venice at a choice of hotel. You can travel London to Venice or Venice to London, with one way by air or by train. Additional nights can be added in Venice or elsewhere.

Included in your Expressions holiday
  • London to Venice or Venice to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train
  • Private deluxe water taxi transfers in Venice from the station to your hotel and from your hotel back to the station or the airport
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at your chosen hotel in Venice
  • Either one-way flight from Venice to London or vice versa with British Airways
  • Or train from Venice to London via Milan, Zurich and Paris, or vice versa, with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury rail holiday on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express returning by air or rail

Highlights

Travel on the Orient Express • Three nights in Venice • Optional extra nights • Optional return journey by train with night in Zurich

I would like to thank you for all your help and planning for our trip - everything worked like clockwork. The Orient Expresswas unbelievable.
Mr and Mrs T, October 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a 2-berth cabin on the train for 1 night and a double or twin room at the Hotel Bisanzio in Venice for 3 nights.

From about

£3,570 London to Venice, return by air

£3,860 London to Venice, return by train

Holiday Code FHIT20

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury rail holiday on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express returning by air or rail

I would like to thank you for all your help and planning for our trip - everything worked like clockwork. The Orient Expresswas unbelievable.
Mr and Mrs T, October 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a 2-berth cabin on the train for 1 night and a double or twin room at the Hotel Bisanzio in Venice for 3 nights.

From about

£3,570 London to Venice, return by air

£3,860 London to Venice, return by train

Holiday Code FHIT20

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train
● Private deluxe water taxi transfers in Venice from the station to your hotel and from your hotel back to the station or the airport
● Three nights’ bed and breakfast at your chosen hotel in Venice
● Either flight from Venice to London with British Airways
● Or train from Venice to Zurich via Milan with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich (for example at the Hotel St Gotthard or the Romantik Hotel Europe or other hotels on request) and then train from Zurich to Paris, and Paris to London by Eurostar
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Timetable for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

2021 London to Venice departures

March 18, 25 | April 1, 8, 22, 29 | May 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 30 | June 3, 13, 17, 24, 27 | July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | August 5, 12 | September 2, 9, 16, 19, 23, 26 | October 7, 10, 17, 21, 24, 31 | November 4, 7

2021 Venice to London departures

March 17, 31 | April 7, 10, 14, 21, 28 | May 12, 19, 22 | June 2, 5, 23, 26, 30 | July 7, 14, 21, 28 | August 4, 11, 17 | September 8, 15, 18, 22, 25 | October 6, 23 | November 3, 6

2021 VSOE other journeys

5 May Venice to Vienna/Budapest | 8 May Budapest/Vienna to London | 26 May Venice to Vienna/Prague | 29 May Prague to London | 10 June London to Berlin | 12 June Berlin to London | 20 August Paris to Istanbul | 27 August Istanbul to Paris | 29 September Venice to Vienna/Budapest | 2 October Budapest/Vienna to London | 13 October Venice to Vienna/Prague 16 October Prague to London | 27 October Venice to Vienna/Budapest | 30 October Budapest/Vienna to London

2022 London to Venice departures

March 24, 28 | April 3, 7, 20, 28 | May 8, 19, 23, 26 | June 2, 12, 16, 20, 23 | July 7, 14, 28 | August 4, 18 | September 8, 15, 18, 22, 26, 29 | October 13, 17, 20, 27, 31 | November 3, 10

2022 Venice to London departures

March 23, 27 | April 2, 6, 19, 27 | May 10, 18, 22, 25 | June 1, 15, 19, 22, 28 | July 6, 13, 20, 27 | August 3, 17, 23 | September 17, 21, 25, 28 | October 12, 16, 19, 26, 30 | November 2, 9

2022 VSOE other journeys

3 May Venice to Vienna/Budapest | 7 May Budapest/Vienna to London | 7 June Venice to Vienna/Budapest | 11 June Budapest/Vienna to Paris/London | 26 August Paris to Istanbul | 2 September Istanbul to Paris | 4 October Venice to Vienna/Prague | 8 October Prague to Paris/London

I would like to thank you for all your help and planning for our trip - everything worked like clockwork. The Orient Expresswas unbelievable.
Mr and Mrs T, October 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a 2-berth cabin on the train for 1 night and a double or twin room at the Hotel Bisanzio in Venice for 3 nights.

From about

£3,570 London to Venice, return by air

£3,860 London to Venice, return by train

Holiday Code FHIT20

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train
• Private deluxe water taxi transfers in Venice from the station to your hotel and from your hotel back to the station or the airport
• Three nights’ bed and breakfast at your chosen hotel in Venice
• Either flight from Venice to London with British Airways
• Or train from Venice to Zurich via Milan with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich (for example at the Hotel St Gotthard or the Romantik Hotel Europe or other hotels on request) and then train from Zurich to Paris, and Paris to London by Eurostar
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journey is composed of a ride on the British Pullman from London Victoria to Folkestone, with brunch on board. Then you travel by coach from Folkestone to Calais by Eurotunnel, boarding the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Calais. You leave Victoria about 11.00 hrs and arrive in Venice about 18.00 hrs the following day. The journey can be done in reverse, from Venice to London.

I would like to thank you for all your help and planning for our trip - everything worked like clockwork. The Orient Expresswas unbelievable.
Mr and Mrs T, October 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a 2-berth cabin on the train for 1 night and a double or twin room at the Hotel Bisanzio in Venice for 3 nights.

From about

£3,570 London to Venice, return by air

£3,860 London to Venice, return by train

Holiday Code FHIT20

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train
• Private deluxe water taxi transfers in Venice from the station to your hotel and from your hotel back to the station or the airport
• Three nights’ bed and breakfast at your chosen hotel in Venice
• Either flight from Venice to London with British Airways
• Or train from Venice to Zurich via Milan with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich (for example at the Hotel St Gotthard or the Romantik Hotel Europe or other hotels on request) and then train from Zurich to Paris, and Paris to London by Eurostar
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journey is composed of a ride on the British Pullman from London Victoria to Folkestone, with brunch on board. Then you travel by coach from Folkestone to Calais by Eurotunnel, boarding the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Calais. You leave Victoria about 11.00 hrs and arrive in Venice about 18.00 hrs the following day. The journey can be done in reverse, from Venice to London.

Holiday prices

Holiday prices
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room
Date Hotel Bisanzio Ca'Sagredo Luna Hotel Baglioni Belmond Cipriani
30 Apr 2021-17 Jul 2021 £3,650 £4,090 £4,350 £5,450
18 Jul 2021-26 Aug 2021 £3,570 £3,870 £4,080 £5,450
27 Aug 2021-30 Sep 2021 £3,650 £4,090 £4,350 £5,450
1 Oct 2021-7 Nov 2021 £3,650 £4,090 £4,350 £5,050

Supplements
Supplements are per person in total
Description Date Hotel Bisanzio Ca'Sagredo Luna Hotel Baglioni Belmond Cipriani
Rail back standard class with one night in Zurich 18 Mar 2021-7 Nov 2021 £290 £290 £290 £290
Rail back first/standard premier with one night in 18 Mar 2021-7 Nov 2021 £490 £490 £490 £490


Room upgrade supplements
Supplements are per person per hotel stay in total based on two people sharing a double or twin room
Hotel Description Date Price
Hotel Bisanzio Superior double room 18 Mar 2021-7 Nov 2021 £70
Ca'Sagredo Grand canal double room 18 Mar 2021-7 Nov 2021 £450
Baglioni Hotel Luna Canal view double 18 Mar 2021-7 Nov 2021 £460
Belmond Hotel Cipriani Lagoon view room 18 Mar 2021-7 Nov 2021 £290

I would like to thank you for all your help and planning for our trip - everything worked like clockwork. The Orient Expresswas unbelievable.
Mr and Mrs T, October 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a 2-berth cabin on the train for 1 night and a double or twin room at the Hotel Bisanzio in Venice for 3 nights.

From about

£3,570 London to Venice, return by air

£3,860 London to Venice, return by train

Holiday Code FHIT20

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train
• Private deluxe water taxi transfers in Venice from the station to your hotel and from your hotel back to the station or the airport
• Three nights’ bed and breakfast at your chosen hotel in Venice
• Either flight from Venice to London with British Airways
• Or train from Venice to Zurich via Milan with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich (for example at the Hotel St Gotthard or the Romantik Hotel Europe or other hotels on request) and then train from Zurich to Paris, and Paris to London by Eurostar
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journey is composed of a ride on the British Pullman from London Victoria to Folkestone, with brunch on board. Then you travel by coach from Folkestone to Calais by Eurotunnel, boarding the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Calais. You leave Victoria about 11.00 hrs and arrive in Venice about 18.00 hrs the following day. The journey can be done in reverse, from Venice to London.

Luxury rail holiday on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express returning by air or rail

Cultural highlights of Venice

St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, The Grand Canal, Accademia, Museo Correr, Rialto Bridge, La Fenice theatre, The Church of the Redentore, The Church of Santa Maria della Salute.

Festivals in Venice

Venice’s most famous festival is the Carnevale in February, the actual dates of Carnevale vary from year to year, but it generally spans three to four weeks ending on Shrove Tuesday. Costumed and masked people parade around the streets of Venice and there are numerous private parties and dances, but the atmosphere on the final night of Carnevale itself is electric. Alternatively, there is the Regata Storica on the first Sunday in September, when boats and gondolas race against each other along the Grand Canal, or the Feast of the Redentore in mid-July to celebrate the end of the plague in the 16th century. A makeshift bridge is constructed to link the Giudecca island with the Dorsodouro island and there is a huge firework display.

Gastronomy in Venice

Venetian food is naturally fish and sea food orientated and popular dishes include the sweet and sour ‘sardee in saor’ or sardine salad, cuttlefish risotto with its black ink and ‘caparossoi a scota deo’, which are large clams cooked with lemon and pepper. Liver is also popular as are several sweet fried delicacies or ‘fritole’, popular particularly around festival time. This area is famous for its Prosecco and is the home of the ‘Bellini’ cocktail.

Travel around Venice

Gondola rides are always popular, but are expensive. The vaporetto and motoscafo services are good and will take you from A to B and are essential to reach the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello in the lagoon unless you hire a private water taxi. The services can be disrupted at high tide or ‘Aqua Alta’, which usually occurs in the autumn, or if the lagoon is particularly choppy. To cross the Grand Canal the precarious ‘traghetti’ are like large Gondolas, but you are expected to stand up in order for the maximum number of passengers to board, so it is an art, as well as an experience to remember!

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