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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

One of the most celebrated trains in the world, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express departs from Venice’s Santa Lucia Train Station in the late morning, bound to arrive in Paris the following day. You can extend your journey to London, crossing the English Channel at Calais and embarking on your final leg from Folkestone to London aboard the Belmond British Pullman.

The train has been lovingly restored in Art Deco style, with polished wood and sumptuous upholstery throughout. It consists of 83 cabins, with a bathroom on either side of each carriage, a nod toward how the train was during the 1920s.

Within each cabin, there is a small vanity unit complete with a wash basin. There are no showers in the cabins excluding the three suites. Each carriage has a dedicated steward on hand to assist throughout the journey. There are three dining cabins where lunch and dinner are served as well as a Champagne Bar and Bar Car with a resident pianist. Dressing up is encouraged, and you can never be too over dressed on board.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

Carriages contain nine twin cabins with a shared bathroom on either side. None of the cabins have shower facilities. Within the cabin there is a banquette and a table as well as a washbasin and towels. Each cabin is decorated in Art Deco style with highly polished designed wood panelling. While you are having dinner, your cabin steward will transform the sofa into a bedroom with single bunk beds. Two interconnecting twin cabins become a cabin suite which are double the size of the standard cabins and have a banquette at one side and single bunk beds on the other side. There are three suites on board the train which are the size of three standard cabins. The three suites have their own bathroom and shower.

You'll be given keys for your cabin. Wi-Fi is available throughout the train.

Location

Starting in Venice, the train travels across Europe, stopping briefly at each country border until you reach Paris. At Paris you may choose to disembark or continue across France and onto Calais where you’ll cross the English Channel and board the British Pullman until your final destination of London.

Food and drink

There are three dining carriages on the train, and you'll be allocated a specific carriage for each meal. There are two sittings for each meal. Food served is prepared on board by French Chefs. Menus are set menus and are included in your booking. Any drink costs are extra.

Facilities and activities

There is an on-board boutique shop which is located close to the Bar Car 3674 where you can purchase Orient Express memorabilia.

Our opinion

One of the most celebrated and famous train journeys in the world, a trip on the Orient is like transporting back in time to the heyday of rail travel in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Places & hotels on the map

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

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      Aman Venice

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      Bauer Il Palazzo

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      Bauer Palladio

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      Located in a 16th-century convent on the peaceful island of Giudecca just south of Venice’s central islands, the Bauer Palladio is a wonderful retreat from the bustle and crowds of Venice. The hotel features a large courtyard garden and plenty of green space in which to relax.

    • Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice

      Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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      Situated on the peaceful Giudecca Island just across the water from St Mark’s Square, this landmark hotel almost needs no introduction. Fully living up to its reputation as one of the most exclusive hotels in Venice, it is the right choice for those searching for a quiet yet lavish stay.

    • Ca' Maria Adele, Venice

      Ca Maria Adele

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      Located on the tip of the Dorsoduro area of Venice, the Ca Maria Adele is a boutique property unlike anywhere else in the city. With immaculately designed concept rooms and incredible attention to detail, it is the ideal option for those looking for something really special.

    • Ca' Sagredo Hotel, Venice

      Ca' Sagredo Hotel

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      Centurion Palace

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      With a wonderfully modern design within a historic 19th century neo-Gothic building, the Centurion Palace is an excellent choice both stylistically as well as for its location directly on the Grand Canal in the peaceful Dorsoduro district.

    • Water entrance at the Hotel Ca' D'Oro, Venice

      Hotel Ca' D'Oro

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      Located on the quieter Cannaregio side of the Grand Canal, this charming and comfortable hotel is a great option for those who want a quieter visit with lovely rooftop views and a private water taxi entrance.

    • Private water entrance, Hotel Danieli, Venice

      Hotel Danieli

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    • Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli , Venice

      Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli

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    • Bonvecchiati Palace, Venice

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    • Grand Canal Entrance, Gritti Palace, Venice

      The Gritti Palace

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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    • Panoramic boat tour of Venice
      Palace canal and Bridge of Sighs, Venice

      Panoramic boat tour of Venice

      Panoramic boat tour of Venice

      Travel along the waterways of Venice by boat, viewing the city from the water on this two hour tour. You’ll see the different areas of the city and will even have the opportunity to view the lagoons and outlying islands.

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    • St Mark's Square & Doge's Palace secret histories tour
      Veiw of St Mark's and the Doge's Palace, Venice

      St Mark's Square & Doge's Palace secret histories tour

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