PARIS - ISTANBUL Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Departs at 15:50/Fri, 20 Aug 2022 from Paris Gare de l'Est
Arrives at 15:18/Wed, 25 Aug 2022 to Istanbul Sirkeci
Departing just once a year, embark on this classic journey and explore an array of romantic cities aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express; Paris, Budapest, Bucharest and Istanbul.
On board, moments to treasure follow one after another. Mingle with fellow travellers over cocktails in the bar car. Savour stunning regional cuisine in the restaurant car. Or simply relax in your vintage cabin and watch the scenery unfold.
Three nights aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train Dedicated steward service Welcome glass of champagne Sumptuous four-course dinner each night aboard the train Continental breakfast served in your cabin each morning Delicious three-course lunch each day aboard the train Overnight hotel accommodation including private dinner in Budapest Budapest city tour plus Danube cruise with lunch at a local restaurant Visit to Peles Castle Overnight hotel accommodation in Bucharest plus city tour and private dinner.
FIND OUT ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO A HOST OF LUXURY DESTINATIONS ABOARD THE VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS TRAIN.
Can I smoke on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?
No. To comply with Italian and other European regulations, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train operates a no smoking policy on board both the Belmond British Pullman and the continental train.
What do I wear on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?
You can never be overdressed on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. For dinner, we ask that men wear a suit and tie and women dress in smart attire, but many guests like to don black tie or evening dress for the occasion. During the day the dress code is smartcasual. At lunch, for example, a jacket and tie is suitable for men. Jeans are not acceptable at any time.
What languages do staff on board the train speak?
French, English and Italian are spoken by most stewards on board the continental train.
What to Wear For daytime?
Excursions and relaxing on board, we suggest casual, comfortable attire. In the evening, we recommend a jacket and tie for dinner.#
What currency do I need on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?
Prices are quoted in Euros and it is recommended that passengers have a small number of Euros for onboard purchases. However, most major currencies are accepted, as well as travellers’ cheques, Eurocheques and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB). The exchange rate on board is displayed in the Bar Car.
How long does my journey take?
Journeys on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train can last from one to several days. The traditional and most popular route between London and Venice takes two days, with one night on board. See Journey Search for details of our other departures.
Will I need insurance for my trip?
As with all holidays and trips abroad, it is advisable to have travel insurance. Your Belmond Reservations Office will be able to advise you.
Will there be room in my compartment for all my luggage?
Despite having luggage racks in our cabins, space constraints require that luggage is limited, per passenger, to: one suitable piece of hand luggage, one suit carrier or overnight bag (to be placed in your cabin), and one suitcase to be stored in the baggage car, where it will not be accessible until you reach your destination.
Will I need to tip the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express staff?
Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.
Passport and Visas
With the uncertainty surrounding 'Brexit', we would recommend (and it may become law) the following for all travel requiring passports:
1. You should ensure you have at least 6 months’ validity left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to both adult and child passports.
2. If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe. While the law is only likely to change for UK and EU passport holders, we recommend that all passport holders check with your national government agency for up-to-date information. We would also note that security and immigration checks are likely to be increased, adding time to your journey at entry and exits points within Europe and the UK, so we would recommend you allow extra time at these points.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the most storied set of carriages in the world.
An icon of art deco design.
Rekindle the romance of the rails as you travel between Europe’s most captivating cities
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the most storied set of carriages in the world. It promises to take you not just across Europe, but to transport you back in time. With its polished wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique fixtures, the train epitomises the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel.
Be swept away by rolling razzmatazz and glamour on a grand tour through Europe
Step aboard the historic carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and uncover a hidden jewel, glittering and timeless.
An uncontested icon of the rails, this train has long captured the hearts and imaginations of glamorous guests. Three elegant dining carriages exude culinary sophistication, from Lalique glass inlays in Cote d’Azur to black lacquer panels in L’Oriental. A steward in blue and gold livery waves with a white-gloved hand, welcoming you on board with a knowing smile. Settle in to your cabin, adorned with art-deco details and French-polished cherry wood, and sit back as a grand voyage begins.
In 1977 Belmond’s founder, James B Sherwood, purchased two vintage train carriages at a Monte Carlo auction.
Recognising a renewed appetite for sophisticated travel, he searched far and wide to unearth stately rail relics in private gardens, museums and railway sidings. Cars from famous vintage trains, including Le Train Bleu and the Rome Express, deserved a noble return to service, but required a specialised level of craftsmanship to be restored. Luckily a handful of artisans were found for the task, and they began the painstaking process of returning the carriages to their former glory.
Following years of careful restoration, the iconic midnight-blue cars finally rolled onto the rails in 1982, ready to escort guests in peerless luxury on a classic journey between London and Venice.
Take the classic route from London to Venice, the gateway to the Orient. This breathtaking journey through rural French farmlands and Swiss Alpine valleys can be travelled in either direction, or both. Go further afield with Paris to Istanbul, an authentic adventure over six days to the edge of Europe. Delve into culture with stops in Budapest and Bucharest before arriving in soulful Istanbul.
Paris to Berlin is the newest journey in the repertoire, a thrilling voyage connecting two of Europe’s most vibrant cultural hubs. The tradition of the grand tour thrives with a luxurious escape on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Escape into a world of timeless glamour
Relax in carefully restored 1920s cabins, rich with craftsmanship. After a leisurely breakfast, your steward whisks away the beds to return the cabin to a sitting area. Plush sofas provide the perfect spot to watch the scenery unfold. At night, climb the upholstered ladder to your upper berth or cosy up under crisp sheets on the bottom bunk.
- Single, twin, double or interconnecting Cabin Suites
- Day and night configurations
- Hot and cold water
- WCs at either end of each sleeping car
- Bathrobes & Slippers
- Dual voltage plug
- 230/115 volts for electric razors
- 2x 220-volt continental sockets.
A Very Grand Adventure
On a train where peerless luxury class is the standard, the exquisite Grand Suites command an almost euphoric sense of grandeur. Be swept up in a sense of unbridled indulgence, previously known only to travel royalty of the golden age.
- Double or twin configuration available
- Free flowing champagne
- Private in-cabin dining
- 24-hour butler service
- Spacious marble en-suites
- Plush lounging area
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Dual voltage plug
- 230/115 volts for electric razors
- 220 volt continental sockets
DELVE INTO THE DETAILS
Interiors inspired by Paris, Venice and Istanbul embody art deco indulgence while providing every modern comfort. Spacious ensuites and impeccable cabin service complete the experience. Head into the Atelier of the Grand Suites for a closer look, and uncover every ornate detail.
Three beautiful suites make up the collection, each named for Europe’s most alluring cities; Paris, Venice and Istanbul. In honour of the train’s inaugural route through the heart of continental Europe, the Grand Suites embody the soul of each city.