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Venice Simplon Orient Express

VENICE to AMSTERDAM
on the
ORIENT EXPRESS

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Our Signature Journey

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

6 night / 7 day holiday across 3 iconic European locations

Unique journey aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express

London to Venice by First Class rail on daytime trains, Venice to Amsterdam on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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Orient Express

Holiday Highlights

The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

offers a unique travel experience.

For your trip of a lifetime embark on the classic journey from the Italian city of Venice through the Alps to Amsterdam.

Step aboard the Orient Express and you step back in time to a bygone age of luxury rail travel.

Depart from the incomparable city of Venice on board one of the world’s most iconic trains as you travel in the immaculate blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and journey through the Swiss Alps before arriving in Amsterdam.
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2024 departure dates

Travelling on the Orient Express from Venice to Amsterdam on the:

  • 15th April
  • 22nd July

Please note this holiday is also available in reverse

Travelling on the Orient Express from Amsterdam to Venice on the:

  • 18th April
  • 25th July

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Venice to Amsterdam on the Orient Express

Your holiday includes: 

  • First Class rail travel from London to Venice

  • Overnight accommodation with breakfast in a deluxe lake view room in Montreux

  • 3 nights’ accommodation at a top quality 4 or 5 star hotel in Venice

  • Water taxi transfer to/from Venice Santa Lucia station to your hotel,

  • Rail travel in ultimate style on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to Amsterdam with all meals included and overnight accommodation in a private sleeping compartment

  •  overnight stay in Amsterdam. 

  • A saving of up to £600 can be applied if you choose to fly to Venice

Your Orient Express Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – London to Montreux by First Class rail

Your holiday begins as you stroll into beautifully restored London St. Pancras station.

Take your time to appreciate the splendour of magnificent glass roof, then sit back, relax and watch the countryside swish past as you travel by Eurostar to Paris at speeds of up to 186mph.

Enjoy the light meal and drinks served on board in Standard Premier Class (formerly 1st class).

On arrival at the Gare du Nord a private taxi will transfer you across the city to the 
Gare de Lyon.

Here you continue your journey by TGV through France into Switzerland, alongside sparkling Lake Geneva to the elegant lakeside town of Montreux. 


On arrival in Montreux your hotel for one night is the recently refurbished, belle époque Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4 star superior) located right next to the station.

You might like to stroll around Montreux and stretch your legs 
or board the trolley bus for the short journey to the stunning medieval Château de Chillon (payable locally). 


As you marvel at the spectacular setting, twixt sparkling lake and breath-taking mountains, 
spare a thought for the prisoners of this 13th century castle, considered to be one of the best-preserved in Europe. 


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Day 2 – Through the Swiss Alps to Venice

This morning after breakfast make your way across to the station. Here you board the Euro City train as it snakes its way through picturesque scenery, past soaring mountain peaks, up the spectacular Rhône Valley into Italy. 
 You change trains in Milan and continue to Venice. On arrival at Venezia Santa Lucia station walk out of the station and enter a different world. Your water taxi will transfer you in the best possible style to your chosen hotel for the next three nights.

Days 3 and 4 – Incomparable Venice

Step out in Venice and allow this unique and captivating city to carry where it will. Enjoy Venice, at dusk and after dark when all the crowds have gone home. From St. Mark’s Square to the Rialto Bridge, a gondola ride on the Grand Canal to a visit inside the stunning Doges Palace, feel yourself unwind as you wander amid the myriad of canals along blissfully traffic-free alleyways and campi (squares). Experience the city’s luminous quality which emanates from the colours of its painted palazzo, ornate stone bridges and Byzantine basilicas all reflected against the tapestry of canals and lagoons. A short boat ride will lead you to pretty islands on the lagoon, including Murano, home of glass-blowing and colourful Burano, where lace and linen abound.
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Day 5 – Venice through to Switzerland aboard the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express

This morning after breakfast it is time to bid farewell to Venice and your luxury hotel as your water taxi transfers you across the lagoon to Venice Santa Lucia station. Here you board the splendid Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and your historic twin compartment. Throughout your journey you will be attended by your own personal Steward. After you have settled into your comfortable compartment it will soon be time for a leisurely three-course lunch served in one of the beautiful restaurant cars. This afternoon you may choose to visit the on board Boutique to purchase souvenirs, while away the hours in conversation or take it easy in your cabin and admire passing scenery and breath-taking views of the Dolomites, Brenner and Arlberg Passes. It will soon be time to dress for dinner. Why not sip a pre-dinner cocktail before making your way to one of the magnificent restaurant cars? Here you will be served a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by skilled French chefs. After dinner you may want to linger in the bar car, listening to the sound of the baby grand piano. When you are ready, retire to your compartment, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Day 6 – Arrival into Paris and onto Brussels and Amsterdam

This morning breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you. After breakfast you may choose to visit the on board Boutique to purchase souvenirs, while away the hours in conversation or take it easy in your compartment and admire passing scenery and charming views as you travel northwards through Europe. Enjoy another leisurely three-course lunch served in another of the beautiful restaurant cars. Choose to spend the afternoon in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests over coffee or relax and gaze out at the fabulous views from the comfort of your seat. Later, coffee and pastries are served in your compartment. All too soon it is time to prepare to disembark as the train pulls into Amsterdam Centraal. From here you are making your own arrangements to your overnight hotel, the elegant Kimpton De Witt (4 star), just 400 metres from the station.


Day 7 – Free-time in Amsterdam and your own arrangements – Homeward bound

Make the most of your time in this beautiful city.

You may decide to explore Amsterdam on foot and wend your way along the enchanting network of canals or take to the water on a Dutch barge (payable locally).

Amsterdam has some colourful and lively markets, including the pretty flower market or you might like to stroll around the attractive Vondelpark.

Perhaps visit the Anne Frank House (payable locally) or seek out some of Amsterdam’s lesser-known and interesting quarters such as the Jordaan or the Pijp.

The Museum Quarter gives you an excellent choice of cultural highlights, including the fabulous Van Gogh museum.

You might prefer to simply amble across the criss-cross of bridges and canals from bar to café and soak up Amsterdam’s truly relaxing atmosphere.

Then make your way to Centraal station to herald the start of your journey home as you join the Eurostar back to London.

Sit back and relax with a light meal and drink as the train reaches speeds of up to 186 mph before your arrival into St Pancras International and the final leg of your journey home.

 

 

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.

 

 

POSSIBLE VARIATIONS AND UPGRADES

Travel in a Suite on the Orient Express
from £7,890 per person

You may wish to upgrade your twin/double cabin on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express to a cabin suite.

Formed of two interconnecting double cabins, the cabin suite offers additional comfort and extra space.

By day, guests can stretch out and relax with two lounges, and by night a choice of bed configurations are available depending on your preferences.

The cabin suite is available from an additional £2,350 per person (based on two people travelling together), depending on departure date – please contact us for more details.

Travel in a Grand Suite on the Orient Express
from £10,890 per person

Why not make your journey of a lifetime on the world’s most famous train even more special, by travelling in one of just three exclusive Grand Suites?

Each luxurious suite is beautifully appointed with its own individual theme, and comes with its own private bathroom, double bed and spacious living area. Other additional touches are also included.

Grand Suites are available from an additional £4,495 per person (based on two people travelling together), depending on departure date – please contact us for more details.

Orient Express questions?

If you have a specific Venice Simplon-Orient Express question – why not review our Venice Simplon Orient Express FAQs here ? 

For information and booking:
Tel: 01347 825292 or email info@planetrail.co.uk

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