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Journey from Paris to Istanbul

10 nights

This journey of a lifetime takes you from the City of Lights to the very edge of Europe. An uncontested icon of the rails, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has long captured the imagination of glamorous guests. Begin your adventure in Paris before rolling into Budapest, Romania and Bulgaria, with sojourns at luxury hotels along the way. Enjoy curated tours in captivating cities across the continent before disembarking in Istanbul with a heart full of memories. Book the itinerary below, or contact us to help arrange the adventure of your dreams.

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Day 1-2

Paris

Arrive in Paris via Eurostar and check into the Hotel San Regis. Explore on a half-day tour, including the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Visit Les Invalides where Napoleon is buried, followed by the historic Place de la Concorde and Île de la Cité.

Day 3

Paris

Transfer to Gare de l'Est and board the gleaming Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. Settle in your private cabin and prepare for a glamorous four-course dinner.

Day 4

Budapest

After a continental breakfast served in your cabin, watch the stunning scenery pass by. Enjoy lunch in one of our opulent dining cars as we arrive in Budapest. Disembark and check in to the Gresham Four Seasons for an overnight stay.

Day 5

Budapest

Tour the treasures of Budapest, from the river Danube to the stunning Buda castle. Sample local cuisine in one of the city's eateries before rejoining the train in the late afternoon. Sample an aperitif in the bar car as the journey continues into Romania.

Day 6

Romania

Today, the train arrives in the mountain town of Sinaia after breakfast. Disembark to discover stunning Peleș Castle. Rejoin the train down to Bucharest. On arrival, transfer to the JW Marriott Hotel before a short sightseeing tour in the afternoon.

Day 7

Bulgaria

This morning, rejoin the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as we travel south across the Danube into Bulgaria. During the afternoon, we make a stop in this pretty, rural country. Enjoy your last evening on board before we reach Istanbul.

Day 8-11

Istanbul

After lunch, arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the Four Seasons Sultanahmet Hotel. Enjoy a full-day tour, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar. Spend your final days at your own leisure, or ask us to arrange excursions for you.

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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.

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