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Overview: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The Train
Passengers are welcomed aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express by white-gloved stewards in blue and gold uniforms who take care of them throughout the trip. They are shown immediately to their exquisite, vintage cabin where their luggage will already be stowed.

The train is made up of the famous sleeping cars, three dining cars, a bar car complete with grand piano and resident pianist, and a boutique. Each carriage features polished wood, beautiful marquetry, plush fabrics and antique details such as candlesticks and hooks to hang pocket watches.

The cabins are single or twin, or two can be configured together as a suite. During the daytime a plump sofa lines one of the walls; when passengers return from dinner their cabin steward will have cleverly transformed it into cosy bunk beds with crisp sheets and fine blankets. An upholstered ladder leads to the upper berth. After breakfast, while passengers taking a stroll along the train, the steward whisks away the beds to return the cabin to a sitting area.

Cabin Suites are two twin cabins joined together, offering a choice of sitting and sleeping options. Each cabin has a washbasin conceealed in a closet, while lavatories are found at the end of each carriage.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels through continental Europe; its classic journey is the weekly overnight route to and from London and Venice via Paris, through the Alps and across the Venetian lagoon. The two routes are slightly different, allowing for different views: for London to Venice the train passes through the Gotthard tunnel and for Venice to London it goes through the Arlberg tunnel instead. For the ultimate celebration, passengers can take the London to Venice trip as a return journey.

Each journey brings its own stunning, ever-changing scenery: the Eiffel Tower illuminates the Paris skyline as guests enjoy dinner, while the snow-covered Alps greet them when they awake the following day. En route to Berlin ancient castles crown craggy cliffs as the train passes through the Rhine Gorge.

There are one-night, two-day journeys between some of Europe’s most beautiful, historic and romantic cities including Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

Four-night, five-day journeys link Venice and Paris with an overnight stay at a Budapest hotel; and Venice to Paris with two-night stays in either Prague or Vienna.

Just once a year the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express makes a five-night journey between Paris and Istanbul. This thrilling journey includes overnight stops in Budapest and Bucharest and daytime halts in Sinaia and Varna for excursions to these fascinating destinations. The train then travels from Istanbul to Venice.

A annual journey between Paris and Berlin was recently launched, linking two of Europe’s most dynamic cultural scenes.


A work of art in itself and a true Art Deco icon, the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train offers one of the most celebrated and romantic journeys in the world.

Adventure and style are all intimately bound in journeys that crisscross Europe, rolling through sublime scenery to some of the continent’s most alluring cities. Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine and lively onboard entertainment make a journey on this luxury train one of the world's finest travel experiences.

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