Venice Simplon-Orient-Express VSOE wait staff dining car
Clock tower on the Venice-Prague-Paris-London journey
Woman looking out window on the Venice-Prague-Paris-London journey
Dining staff on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express VSOE
Prague Streetcar

London/Paris to Prague and return

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Overview

The Highlights

  • Two nights aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, luxuriating in the train’s amenities and atmosphere
  • Afternoon tea on the Belmond British Pullman while traveling through the English countryside (London departures only)
  • Free time in Prague to explore this exquisite European capital on your own
  • Delicious on-board meals and charming entertainment
  • Pampering by your personal steward
  • Spending evenings in the lovely bar car, sipping your favorite drink while listening to live piano music

The Tour

This fabulous journey includes two nights on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and two nights Prague (independently), plus a glorious afternoon on the Belmond British Pullman luxury day train.

Soon after departing London or Paris (your choice of embarkation city), it’s time to dress for dinner on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The next day, travel through Austria into the Czech Republic, and then into Prague, where you spend two nights (hotel accommodations not included) exploring this gem of a European capital.

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Reboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the return trip to Paris or London, with another jolly overnight on board, arriving Paris the following morning. Disembark here or continue to London. After crossing the Channel, board the Belmond British Pullman luxury day train for your journey into London.

Trip is also available London or Paris to Prague only; Prague to Paris or London only.

Countries Visited

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic

Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart London

Board the Art Deco Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, in London, and savor a delicious brunch with a refreshing Bellini as you make your way through the Kent countryside to Folkestone. Here, you are escorted by coach to Cheriton, where you board the shuttle to Calais.

At Calais Ville Station, the legendary Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express await. Settle into your comfortable private cabin before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in one of the magnificent dining cars. Later, you may wish to linger in Bar Car ‘3674’, listening to the resident pianist play the baby grand and chatting to fellow passengers before you retire for the night.

*Note you may also board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Paris, around 9 p.m., with a late dinner served upon boarding.

Day 2: Arrive Prague

Your steward serves Continental breakfast in your cabin as you gaze at the beautiful scenery through your window. Germany’s lush forested hills and broad river valleys greet you as you relax over a leisurely three-course lunch in the dining car.

The train pulls in to Prague mid-afternoon. Transfer to your chosen hotel for two nights. (Accommodation and transfers not included.)

Day 3: Prague

Enjoy the many attractions of Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, at your leisure. The medieval streets of the Old Town and the Hradcany Castle are in pleasing contrast to the 20th-century buildings of Wenceslas Square.

Tonight, enjoy a second night’s stay in your chosen hotel.

Day 4: Depart Prague

Spend the morning further exploring the city before rejoining the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express bound for Paris. Afternoon tea and pastries are delivered by your steward as you relax in your private cabin.

A leisurely four-course dinner is served, prepared on board by skilled French chefs. Enjoy a brandy or liqueur with convivial company in the bar car before retiring for the night.

Day 5: Arrive Paris or London

Continental breakfast is served in the comfort of your cabin as the train arrives Paris early morning. Disembark in Paris by 8 a.m., or continue to London:

A delicious brunch is served in the restaurant cars as you travel on towards the French coast. At Calais Ville Station, disembark the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and board a private coach to the shuttle terminal at Coquelles before traveling onward through the Channel Tunnel.

Then board the cream and umber carriages of the Belmond British Pullman for the rest of the journey to London. A traditional afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of champagne is served to you at your table as you watch the gentle scenery of Kent pass by before arriving at your destination, London Victoria Station (approximately 6 p.m.).

Dates & Prices

2022 Dates

October 5 - 9

  • Please note prices are per person, in British Pounds. View approximate exchange rates
  • Pricing varies based on availability and is subject to change daily. Contact us to confirm pricing and availability for your desired departure.
  • Deposit required: 15%.

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IRT recommends boarding in London to enjoy the Belmond British Pullman, and more time on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express — and the convenience of not having to come to the Paris train station dressed in your formal wear for dinner!

We are delighted to arrange your hotels in Prague, Paris, or London, as well as transfers and touring, to meet your requirements. Contact us for more information about this concierge service.

Special Report: View travel notes by Society owners Owen & Eleanor Hardy, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice-Paris-London.