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VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS ANNOUNCES NEW RAIL VOYAGES INTO SCANDINAVIA FOR 2013

9th May 2012 – The iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) will embark on a series of exciting new scheduled rail voyages taking it up to Scandinavia in 2013 and visiting Stockholm for the first time in its history.

Ever since its creation nearly 130 years ago, the Orient-Express has been a symbol of intrigue and luxury and renowned for linking the far corners of Europe. Next year will see the VSOE make its debut into the heart of Scandinavia on an elegant, scenic and unique two-night rail voyage from Venice to Stockholm, via an overnight stop in Copenhagen.

Departing Venice on 8 April 2013, the VSOE will travel through Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany before heading via Copenhagen to Stockholm linking three historically rich and diverse cities by an extraordinary rail experience. 

The train will make its return journey, departing Stockholm on the 12 April for Venice, again via an overnight stop in Copenhagen. 

Gary Franklin, Managing Director of Orient-Express Trains & Cruises says that ‘it is with real excitement that we announce in 2013 the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will be travelling to Denmark and Sweden. This is the most romantic of journeys coupled with stunning scenery, elegant service and culinary treats all bound up in the original and iconic 1920’s carriages of the train. This voyage through six countries will provide memories that will last a lifetime’

The vintage 1920's and 1930's Art Deco carriages of the VSOE transport guests to a more elegant age of travel. Romance, adventure and style are all intimately bound up in journeys and tours that criss-cross Europe, rolling through sublime scenery to some of the continent’s most alluring cities including Venice, Prague, Budapest, Krakow and Dresden with one special journey to Istanbul once every year.  It is a symbol of love, romance, elegance and grandeur and transports guests on their journey in true vintage luxury. These routes to Scandinavia open up a new chapter for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and add an exciting new dimension to the schedule.  

Once guests are ensconced in their plush, marquetry panelled cabin, white gloved livered stewards will be on hand to look after their every need. Dressed in their finery, guests dine in the beautiful original Art Deco dining cars, enjoying the finest cuisine meticulously created by the Head Chef, Christian Bodiguel, with an ever changing landscape to enjoy. Delightful vintage cabins with their original features and lively on-board entertainment make a journey aboard this iconic train one of the world’s finest travel experiences.

The highlight of these new voyages is the Venice to Stockholm journey, which commences in true style with a two-night stay at Hotel Cipriani.  The hotel, an Orient-Express property, is celebrated as one of the most famous and luxurious hotels in the world and is ideally situated with superb views across the entrance of the Grand Canal to the renowned St. Marks Square. Departing Venice, the 44-hour rail voyage winds through the heart of Europe before heading up to Scandinavia, with an overnight stay in Copenhagen, and provides plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the authentic rail experience on the world’s most famous train. 

In addition, a number of exciting packages of varying duration are being offered, giving choice to the departure or arrival city, including:

VSOE departs: 
8 April Venice to Stockholm, via Copenhagen £3,800 per person
This five-night package includes two nights pre-train at Hotel Cipriani, two nights aboard the VSOE from Venice to Stockholm (and one night at the Copenhagen Mariott hotel mid journey), and includes transfers between railway station and hotel.

VSOE departs: 12 April Stockholm to Venice, via Copenhagen £3,800 per person
This five-night package includes two nights aboard the VSOE from Stockholm to Venice (and one night at the Copenhagen Mariott hotel mid journey), two nights post-train at Hotel Cipriani and includes transfers between railway station and hotel.

VSOE departs: 8 April Venice to Copenhagen £2,840 per person 
This thee-night package includes two nights pre-train at Hotel Cipriani, the two day, one night rail journey onboard the VSOE from Venice to Copenhagen and includes transfers between railway station and hotel. 

VSOE departs: 12 April Copenhagen to Venice £2,840 per person
This three-night package includes the two-day, one night rail journey from Copenhagen to Venice aboard the VSOE, two nights post-train at Hotel Cipriani and transfers between railway station and hotel.

VSOE departs: 10 April Copenhagen to Stockholm £1,300 per person
Overnight rail journey aboard the VSOE from Copenhagen to Stockholm

VSOE departs: 12 April Stockholm to Copenhagen £1,300 per person
Overnight rail journey aboard the VSOE from Stockholm to Copenhagen


For reservations please call Orient-Express on 0845 077 22 22. Information about the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is available at www.vsoe.com 
 
For further media information, please contact Anna Nash or Emma Wylde at Orient-Express on 0203 117 1377 or anna.nash@orient-express.com or emma.wylde@orient-express.com 

Downloadable high-resolution photography of the VSOE is available at www.orient-expressimages.com 

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Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture.   The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities.   Today the Orient-Express brand embraces 46 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 23 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.  The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, two river cruise operations and the ‘21’ Club, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants and watering holes.  www.orient-express.com


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