Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Soon to Unveil Its 2017 Schedule
The train whose name whispers “elegance” — the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) — opened for its 35th season several weeks ago.
As always certain trips sell out more quickly than others. The longer, once-a-year Istanbul trips — Paris-Istanbul and Istanbul-Venice — always are in short supply.
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“Those truly interested in an Istanbul trip need to plan far in advance,” says IRT’s president, Eleanor Hardy. “We’re taking names for fall, 2017.” (Contact us now to get on the ‘list.’) If the past is any indication, next year’s trips should be announced soon.
Other limited runs include: Venice-Prague-Paris-London, Venice-Vienna-Paris-London and Venice-Budapest-Paris-London. Also popular with IRT guests: IRT’s Romantic Italian Holiday, which includes the VSOE between London or Paris and Venice.
Then come two nights each at over-the-top, five-star hotels: the Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the Villa San Michele in Florence. Both are operated by Belmond (as is the VSOE).
In other news, the VSOE has air-conditioned its three dining cars as well as its bar car, which also has been redecorated.
And Head Barman Walter Nisi has added tantalizing specialties to his bar menu. See the full story here.