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
  • 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

This 4-night luxury rail holiday with the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and 3 nights in Venice is a dream combination of classic, luxury train and time spent in the magical city of Venice. A journey on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice or vice versa is considered 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. Combine a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with a three night stay at a luxury hotel in Venice. You may choose to travel aboard the luxury train either on the outbound or homeward journey - the route varies slightly depending on which direction you travel.

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 and a double or twin hotel room for 4 nights.

From about

£3,570 Venice to London

£3,720 London to Venice

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

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 whilst having dinner, your cabin steward transforms your day cabin into your cosy sleeping quarters for the night.

By breakfast time you are in Switzerland and depending on the route, may watch Lake Zurich pass as the train continues on its journey towards the Arlberg and Innsbruck. This is a spectacular journey and lunch is enjoyed before you cross the Brenner into Italy before descending towards Verona. There is time for tea on board before you reach Venice Santa Lucia station in the late afternoon. Upon arrival in Venice you are transferred to your hotel in the city, by private deluxe transfer.

You have two full days in Venice to enjoy this magical city. More than a city, Venice “La Serenissima” is an enchantress. Take the time to discover her winding streets, canals, quiet squares and lively waterfronts. To make the most of your time in Venice, it’s worth dividing the city into areas or themes. The obvious place to start is at St Mark’s Square, best appreciated whilst sipping a Venetian coffee at Florian’s. St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Campanile can all be visited. The magnificent churches of Venice are worth seeking out: Santa Maria della Salute, Ss Giovanni e Paolo, and Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (with works by Titian), Santa Maria dei Miracoli and the Gesuiti. The Jewish quarter can be found just off the Strada Nova to the north of the city and gives you a rare insight into the history of the Jewish community in Venice. There is a clutch of art galleries to be enjoyed including the Ca’ Pesaro, the Ca’ d’Oro, the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Scuola di San Rocco and for modern art, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The streets of Venice also contain a treasure trove of tiny artisan shops selling glassware, masks, lace and silk, and shoes. To absorb the magic of Venice from the water, treat yourself to a ride in a gondola. Across the lagoon, and reached by vaporetto, are the islands of Burano, home to lace-making and fishermen, and Murano, where master craftsmen offer demonstrations of glass-making before you enter their shops.

There are a number of options for your journey home. We can include a one-way flight with British Airways from Venice Marco Polo to London or to a regional airport of your choice, or we can arrange for you to travel back to London by train, breaking the journey with an overnight stop in Zurich before the last leg with the fast Lyria service to Paris and on to London St Pancras by Eurostar. This option adds another night and day to the holiday.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a 2-berth cabin on the train and a double or twin hotel room for 4 nights.

From about

£3,570 Venice to London

£3,720 London to Venice

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 return flight from Venice back to the UK (with British Airways to London or with another airline to a UK regional airport)
● Or train from Venice to Zurich via Milan with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich (for example at the Hotel Ambassadeur a l’Opera 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

2020 London to Venice departures

March 22, 29 | April 2, 9, 19, 23, 30 | May 10, 14, 21, 24, 31 | June 4, 7, 14, 18, 25, 28 | July 2, 9, 16, 23 | August 6, 13, 20 | September 10, 17, 20, 27 | October 4, 8, 11, 18, 22, 25 | November 1, 5, 12

2020 Venice to London departures

March 21, 28 | April 1, 8, 15, 18, 22, 29 | May 13, 16, 20, 23 | June 3, 6, 10, 17, 24, 27 | July 1, 8, 15, 22 | August 5, 12, 19, 25 | September 16, 19, 23, 26 | October 10, 21, 23 | November 4, 11

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a 2-berth cabin on the train and a double or twin hotel room for 4 nights.

From about

£3,570 Venice to London

£3,720 London to Venice

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 return flight from Venice back to the UK (with British Airways to London or with another airline to a UK regional airport)
• Or train from Venice to Zurich via Milan with one night’s bed and breakfast in Zurich (for example at the Hotel Ambassadeur a l’Opera 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

Expressions Holidays includes these hotels in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
Venice
Belmond Hotel Cipriani

The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a 5-star deluxe, legendary hotel in an exquisite location in Venice. The excellent spa facilities, tranquil gardens and waterfront dining offer guests an indulgent retreat after a day spent enjoying Venice's sights.

Garden view double room

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna is an award-winning, 5-star boutique hotel in an outstandingly convenient yet charming location. The award-winning restaurant and opulent Venetian style afford guests a luxurious retreat after a day soaking up the cultural and historical delights of Venice.

Superior double room

Hotel Bisanzio

Hotel Bisanzio is an elegant 4-star hotel, which exudes historical charm, in an excellent position for exploring the main sights of Venice.

Classic double room

From about Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a 2-berth cabin on the train and a double or twin hotel room for 4 nights.

Holiday Code FHIT20

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

About Venice

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Venice is the chance to visit an enchanting and historical city. Venice, or ‘La Serenissima’ as it has been known for centuries, is truly unique and must be visited at least once in a lifetime. It is essentially a floating museum and was the main centre of trade for the north of Italy from the 13th century right through until the 17th century. The Venetian Republic was one of the richest in Europe and was presided over by the Doge who was elected by the Council of Ten, or the most powerful members of the governing families. The art and architecture that can be seen throughout the city is really a tribute to centuries of patronage and wealth. The Venetian lagoon also has numerous other islands, inhabited and uninhabited which used to grow crops and produce to feed Venice itself and which also used to house some of the cities’ industries such as glass making and lace making.

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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