Venice Simplon Orient Express stewards welcoming on board.
Looking out window of Venice Simplon Orient Express.
Colorful mosaic of a face on the Belmond British Pullman train
Woman drinking tea on the London-Paris-Venice journey
Lobster brunch on Venice Simplon Orient Express.
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Overview

The Highlights

  • Spending the evening in the lovely Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’ bar car, sipping your favorite drink while listening to live piano music
  • A gourmet four-course formal dinner prepared by skilled French chefs, served in one of the train’s three dining cars
  • Sumptuous three-course brunch served with a sparkling Bellini on the Belmond British Pullman (select London departures only)
  • Beautiful mountain scenery
  • Pampering by your personal steward
  • For departures starting in Paris, enjoy a complimentary private transfer from your hotel to the train station.
  • Complimentary shared arrival transfer to your Venice hotel for Historic Twin and Suite passengers.
  • Wine and champagne included with meals (top-shelf liquors and drinks in the bar car at additional cost)
  • Grand Suite passengers enjoy free-flowing champagne in their cabins and included private arrival and departure transfers to/from the train station, among several other special benefits.
  • Enjoying the beauty, artistry and history of these unique trains, lovingly restored in every detail

The Tour

Take a step back in time on this overnight trip aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The London-Paris-Verona-Venice route is the “Classic” journey on the VSOE, and its most frequently-run itinerary.

Beginning in 2024, this journey will begin in Paris only.

See Dates & Prices section for more information about different routings offered, including Paris to Florence, Paris to Rome, Paris to Cannes, Paris to Innsbruck, more.

Depart London mid-morning (or Paris in the afternoon) for your luxurious overnight journey to Verona or Venice, where you arrive late afternoon or early evening the next day. Soak in the train’s ambience with gourmet meals and superior service while taking in Europe’s beautiful and historic scenery.

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This is the centerpiece of our wonderful Romantic Italian Holiday itinerary. If you’re celebrating an anniversary or any special occasion, IRT can customize your luxury rail journey with iconic hotels, special sightseeing, and private transfers. Call or email us for details. And if you’re thinking of the grandest celebration of all, check out the Grand Suites – info on our blog.

This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction: Northbound tour, beginning in Venice.

Map of the London, Paris, and Venice journey

Countries Visited

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Italy

Itinerary

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Day 1: Board in London or Paris

Starting in London (select departures only)

As you board the gleaming carriages of the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria station, your steward will show you to your reserved seat. Sit back and enjoy Brunch served with a Bellini as you travel throughout the English countryside.

(If your selected departure does not include the British Pullman, you will be provided with complimentary Eurostar tickets from London to Paris and a complimentary Paris train station transfer in order to join the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.)

After crossing the Channel, board the blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Throughout your journey you will be attended by your own personal Steward. After you have settled into your comfortable private cabin, it will soon be time to dress for dinner. Why not sip a pre-dinner cocktail before making your way to one of the magnificent restaurant cars? Here you will be served a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by our skilled French chefs. After dinner you may want to linger in the bar car, listening to the sound of the baby grand piano. When you are ready, retire to your cabin, which has now been transformed into a cozy bedroom.

Starting in Paris

Mid-afternoon, privately transfer to the train station to meet the VSOE.

Shortly after boarding, the maître d’ will stop by to confirm your dining preferences and advise which of the restaurant cars you’ll visit that evening. Dinner will be served shortly following this. You’ll have enough time to settle in to your cabin and don your formal dinner clothes before heading to your assigned dining car.

Day 2: Disembark in Verona or Venice

Awaken to magnificent mountain and country scenery as breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you. (This is something we love.) Spend the morning in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests over coffee. Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch served in another of the beautiful restaurant cars. While away the afternoon with a visit to the on-board Boutique to purchase souvenirs, or relax in your cabin with afternoon tea, admiring the passing scenery.

All too soon it is time to disembark at either Verona Station mid-afternoon or enjoy the train crossing the Venetian Lagoon and into Venice’s Santa Lucia station around 6 p.m. For guests traveling on to Venice, enjoy a complimentary shared transfer to your hotel.

Please note: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express route is subject to change without prior warning due to last minute railway engineering works or similar.

Dates & Prices

2023 Dates

June 15 - 16 *

June 22 - 23 *

June 26 - 27

June 29 - 30

July 6 - 7

July 13 - 14

July 20 - 21

August 3 - 4 *

August 10 - 11

August 17 - 18

September 7 - 8

September 14 - 15 *

September 17 - 18

September 21 - 22 *

September 24 - 25

October 2 - 3

October 8 - 9

October 12 - 13

October 22 - 23

October 26 - 27 *

October 30 - 31 *

November 2 - 3 *

November 9 - 10

November 16 - 17 *

November 23 - 24 *

November 30 - December 1 *

December 7 - 8 *

December 15 - 16 *

December 21 - 22

* Starred journeys begin in Paris.

March 2023 departures do not have the option to begin in Paris.

Note the following special routings:

  • Apr 20-21: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Apr 28-29: Paris to Rome or Venice
  • May 11-12: Paris to Lyons, Cannes or Venice
  • May 25-26: Paris to Innsbruck, Geneva, Verona or Venice
  • June 22-23: Paris to Venice (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • Aug 3-4: Paris to Lyons, Cannes or Venice
  • Sept 14-15: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Sept 21-22: Paris to Rome or Venice
  • Oct 26-27: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Nov 2-3: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Nov 16-17: Paris to Rome or Venice
  • Dec 15-16: Paris to Albertville or Moutiers or Bourg St Maurice
  • Dec 21-22: Paris to Albertville or Moutiers or Bourg St Maurice
  • Please note prices are in British pounds. View approximate exchange rates.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Pricing varies based on availability and date. Prices are subject to change daily. Contact us to confirm pricing and availability for your desired departure.

2024 Dates

March 7 - 8

March 14 - 15

March 21 - 22

March 28 - 29

April 4 - 5

April 11 - 12

April 18 - 19 *

April 25 - 26

April 29 - 30 *

May 5 - 6

June 27 - 28

July 1 - 2 *

July 11 - 12

July 18 - 19 *

July 25 - 26 *

August 3 - 4

August 8 - 9 *

August 14 - 15

September 5 - 6

September 12 - 13 *

September 16 - 17 *

September 22 - 23

September 26 - 27 *

October 6 - 7

October 13 - 14 *

October 17 - 18 *

October 22 - 23

November 1 - 2

November 7 - 8 *

November 19 - 20

November 23 - 24

November 28 - 29 *

December 5 - 6

December 22 - 23

Beginning in 2024, journeys will begin in Paris instead of London.

*Starred journeys indicate a special routing:

  • Apr 18-29: Paris to Venice (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • Apr 29-30: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • July 1-2: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • July 18-19: Paris to Rome or Venice
  • July 25-26: Paris to Venice (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • Aug 8-9: Paris or Lyon to Cannes or Venice
  • Sept. 12-13: Paris or Geneva to Innsbruck or Venice
  • Sept 16-17: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Sept 26-27: Paris to Rome or Venice
  • Oct 13-14: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Oct. 17-18: Paris or Geneva to Innsbruck or Venice
  • Nov 7-8: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Nov 28-29: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Please note prices are in British pounds. View approximate exchange rates.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Pricing varies based on availability and date. Prices are subject to change daily. Contact us to confirm pricing and availability for your desired departure.

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Northbound tour also available.

Please note: This journey can be extended with our fabulous hotel partners throughout Europe. Contact us for more information about this concierge service. And for departures that are not able to begin in London or that do not include the British Pullman, contact us for information on how to extend your train time.

News: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express now offers fully en-suite cabins. Six Grand Suites and eight Suites are now available on every departure. Read more about the train’s accommodations.

Special Report: Read the first-hand report by Society owners Owen & Eleanor Hardy, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Venice-Paris-London journey.