Classic Orient Express: London to Venice
- 5 Days
- From £2,999
- Choose your departure date for the classic Orient-Express route to Venice
- Scenic journey through the Alps via the heart of Switzerland and the Gotthard Pass
- The canals, gondolas and culture of Venice
- Return via a different route, passing Lake Maggiore and the Swiss Alps, staying overnight on Lake Geneva
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Double cabin on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London Victoria to Venice
- Transfer from the station to your hotel in Venice
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations on your return journey
- 3 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Make your way to London Victoria station and board the British Pullman coaches. You will be served a delicious lunch in the restaurant car as you travel through the countryside of Kent.
Once you are in France, board the Continental Wagon-Lits carriages and enjoy a sumptuous dinner as you head south towards Paris. After dinner, head to the bar for a nightcap where you will be serenaded by a baby grand piano, then make your way back to your cabin, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.
Awake this morning to the splendid scenery of the Alps and enjoy breakfast in your cabin, brought to you by your steward at your own convenience. The train twists and turns as it climbs up to the top of the Gotthard Pass, then down into Italy. Enjoy afternoon tea as you pass through the fair city of Verona and eventually into your final destination, the unique city of Venice.
Upon arrival, make your way down the Grand Canal to the Hotel Bisanzio (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Enjoy Venice in all its splendour. Gravitate towards St Mark’s Square, the regal piazza that opens out onto the mouth of the Grand Canal and the Venetian Lagoon. Don’t miss the Accademia art collection or a boat trip to Murano or Burano, or even over to Venice Lido.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Extend your holiday in Venice by a night or two to take in more of this magical city. Why not combine Venice with the culture and history of Florence, only 1.5 hours away by train?
Choose from either a morning or afternoon departure today as you travel across the plains of northern Italy to Milan. Here, you change onto a EuroCity Train, which runs north through Stresa on Lake Maggiore and through the Simplon Tunnel into Switzerland. Glorious scenery unfolds before you as you gradually approach the shores of Lake Geneva.
Disembark at Lausanne, where you will have an overnight stop at the lakefront Angleterre et Residence Hotel (or similar).
Depart Lausanne at lunchtime today after a morning exploring this beautiful lakeside city. Watch the pretty scenery of the Jura Mountains pass the windows and before you know it you’ll be at the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Make your way across to the Gare du Nord, where you catch a Eurostar service back to London St Pancras.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Combining the traditional Venetian style with a great location and modern facilities, the Hotel Bisanzio is a great base in Venice, just 10 minutes’ walk from St Mark’s Square. Guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi, wooden floors and Murano-glass lamps. There is also a delicious buffet breakfast served daily.
Consisting of six pavilions dating from the 18th, 19th and 21st centuries, this unique hotel features contemporary décor in a historic, lakefront setting. Apart from fine dining in the Italian restaurant, guests enjoy preferential access to the gourmet restaurant at the nearby Beau-Rivage Palace.
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Located just off the famous St Mark’s Square, this splendid hotel is an icon of Venice. The hotel consists of the Bauer L’Hotel, the Casanova Rooms annexe and the palatial Bauer Il Palazzo, which fronts onto the Grand Canal. The De Pisis restaurant is known throughout the city for its quality and service.
One of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Luna Baglioni is simply the best in Venetian opulence. Housed in a magnificent Venetian Palace, the hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant, Canova, as well as Caffe Baglioni, where delicious coffees and pastries are available throughout the day.
The Beau-Rivage Palace has built a reputation as one of Europe’s favourite hotels both for its service and amenities. Located in 10 acres of parkland, the elegant belle époque buildings of the Beau-Rivage Palace command breathtaking views across Lake Geneva to the majestic French Alps.