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Venice Simplon Orient Express

THE ORIENT EXPRESS
at Christmas
VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS

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Departs London 22nd December 2024

1st class rail & 4 Star Accommodation in Venice & Montreux

5 nights / 6 days
Inc. 3 nights in Venice & 1 night in Montreux

Unique journey aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express

The magnificent Orient Express to Venice & first class return rail travel

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Holiday Highlights

The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

offers a unique travel experience, made even more special during the festive season

Our Venice Simplon Orient Express Signature Holiday At Christmas

travel on the famous Venice Simplon Orient Express from Paris to Venice with our Signature Journey

For your trip of a lifetime departing from London by Eurostar, embark from Paris on this classic Orient Express journey through the alps to the magical city of Venice where you will spend a magical 3 days enjoying Venetian festivities, before returning by First Class Rail or alternatively by air on Boxing Day.

Paris to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Your holiday includes:

  • First Class Rail travel from London to Paris.
  • Rail travel in ultimate style on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Paris to Venice with all meals included and overnight accommodation in a private sleeping compartment.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in a double room at the top-rated Al Ponte Antico (4 star) in Venice.
  • 1 night’s accommodation with breakfast in a deluxe lake view double room at the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4 star superior) in Montreux
  • First Class rail travel for your return journey from Venice to London
  • A private taxi transfer in Paris, and private water taxi transfers between the station and your hotel in Venice
  • A saving of £500 can be applied if you chose to fly back to the UK following your journey on the Orient Express
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Your Orient Express Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Paris & board the the Venice Simplon Orient Express

Your adventure begins at London St. Pancras, where you travel by First Class rail to Paris and before boarding the world-famous Venice Simplon Orient Express, with its distinctive blue and gold carriages. 

Your own personal steward is on hand to attend to you throughout your Venice Simplon Orient Express holiday.

Take the time to settle in to your comfortable private compartment, relax and admire the elaborate flourishes and spectacular marquetry of this elegant train, before dressing for dinner.

Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail before making your way to one of the magnificent restaurant cars, where you will be served a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by skilled French chefs.

Following dinner you may wish to enjoy a drink in the bar car, listening to the sound of the baby grand piano.

By now your compartment has been transformed into a cosy bedroom, which you can retire to whenever you are ready.

Orient Express Platform Check
Orient Express Exterior View

Day 2 – The Venice Simplon Orient Express signature journey through the Swiss Alps to Venice

Breakfast is served in your compartment this morning at a time to suit you; be sure to admire the stunning views of the Swiss Alps as you start the day.

You may wish to continue gazing out at the incredible scenery from your compartment, or perhaps spend the morning chatting to fellow guests over coffee.

Later you enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch served in another of the beautiful restaurant cars. Perhaps visit the on-board boutique to purchase souvenirs, while away the hours in conversation or take it easy in your compartment and admire the superb views of Lake Lucerne and Lake Como.

Afternoon tea is served in your compartment during the journey, then all too soon it is time to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and arrives at Venice Santa Lucia station.

Here a water taxi transfers you to your hotel for the next three nights. The Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente* (4 star) is an attractive, welcoming hotel located in a quiet area just 15 minutes from the Rialto Bridge with its friendly service, elegant and comfortable rooms.

*Please note other hotels are available if you prefer, according to your preferences and budget.

Days 3 & 4 – Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Venice

Enjoy two full days in Venice; make the most of the time to experience the uniqueness of this incredible city. 

You may decide to visit St. Mark’s Square, the Doges Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica or explore the market and shops in and around the Rialto Bridge. 

Perhaps wander through the hidden campi (squares) and over the countless bridges which link the criss-cross of canals, or take to the water on a romantic gondola to see a different side of Venice.

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Day 5 – Venice to Montreux through the Swiss Alps by First Class Rail

This morning your private water taxi transfer takes you back to Venice Santa Lucia station. Here you are re-united with the rest of the world as join the Eurostar Italia service for the First Class rail journey to Milan.

In Milan you change trains and bid farewell to Italy as you connect with the Euro City service for the journey into Switzerland.

This train takes you into the Alps on the spectacular journey through the Simplon Pass and on to the pretty lakeside town of Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Here you spend tonight at the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4 star superior), a charming belle époque hotel ideally located right next to the station.

Take a stroll alongside sparkling Lake Geneva and discover the attractions of Montreux.

Day 6 – Montreux to London – Homeward bound

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast overlooking the sparkling lake, you have more time to perhaps visit the beautiful Château de Chillon, one of the best-preserved castles in all of Europe.

Later you return to the station and take the train to Lausanne, where you connect with the high-speed service to Paris. Watch the rolling hills flash past or reminisce on the wonders of the past few days.

On arrival in the French capital, your private transfer takes you across the city to the Gare du Nord where you join the Eurostar to London.

Let the train take the strain as you stretch out and savour the light meal and drinks included in your Standard Premier service.

At 186mph the landscape is a blur at times, though memories abide as you return to London St.Pancras International.

Please note this holiday is also available in reverse, where you travel to Venice by First Class rail, returning to London on the Venice Simplon Orient Express. Please get in touch for more details.

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Further information

On board the Orient-Express

Travel in a private compartment, attended by Cabin Stewards throughout your journey, where you are assured of attentive yet discreet service.

Each compartment has its own original washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water, and at night-time becomes a comfortable bedroom, complete with soft towels and crisp linen.

Your double compartment converts in moments from daytime seating to a comfortable bedroom. A private lounge during the day with a banquette sofa, footstool and small table, it is transformed to night configuration with an upper and lower bed.

A washbasin with hot and cold water is enclosed in a cabinet and towels and toiletries are provided.

 

 

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