Venice Simplon Orient Express stewards welcoming on board.
Looking out window of Venice Simplon Orient Express.
Woman drinking tea on the London-Paris-Venice journey
Lobster brunch on Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Paris to Verona or Venice

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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
  • 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 Paris-Verona-Venice route is the “Classic” journey on the VSOE, and its most frequently-run itinerary.

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 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.

Beginning in 2024, the VSOE will operate the majority of its departures out of Paris Austerlitz (select departures will operate out of Gare de l’Est). These details will be reconfirmed before you travel.

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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.

Countries Visited

  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Italy

Itinerary

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Day 1: Board in Paris

Mid-afternoon, privately transfer to the train station to board the gleaming blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. 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.

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.

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

2024 Dates

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 12 - 13 *

September 16 - 17 *

September 22 - 23

October 6 - 7

October 13 - 14 *

October 17 - 18 *

October 22 - 23

November 1 - 2

November 14 - 15

November 19 - 20

November 23 - 24

November 28 - 29

December 22 - 23

*Starred journeys indicate a special routing:

  • Apr 18-19: Paris to Venice (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • May 12-13: Paris or Lyon to Cannes or Venice
  • May 25-26: Paris to Rome 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
  • Oct 13-14: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Oct. 17-18: Paris or Geneva to Innsbruck 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.

2025 Dates

March 10 - 11

March 15 - 16

March 20 - 21

March 29 - 30 *

April 3 - 4

April 10 - 11 *

April 17 - 18 *

April 24 - 25

April 28 - 29

May 11 - 12 *

May 24 - 25 *

June 30 - July 1

July 10 - 11

July 18 - 19

July 24 - 25 *

July 31 - August 1

August 7 - 8 *

August 13 - 14

August 27 - 28

September 1 - 2

September 6 - 7 *

September 19 - 20 *

October 11 - 12 *

October 16 - 17

October 21 - 22

October 25 - 26 *

November 6 - 7 *

November 17 - 18

November 22 - 23

November 27 - 28

December 4 - 5

*Starred journeys indicate a special routing:

  • Mar 29-30: Paris to Rome or Venice
  • Apr 10-11: Paris to Rome or Venice
  • Apr 17-18: Paris to Venice (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • May 11-12: Paris or Lyon to Cannes to Venice
  • May 24-25: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • July 24-25: Paris to Venice (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • Aug 7-8: Paris or Lyon to Cannes to Venice
  • Sept 6-7: Paris to Florence or Venice
  • Sept 19-20: Paris or Geneva to Innsbruck or Venice
  • Oct 11-12: Paris to Rome or Venice
  • Oct 25-26: Paris or Geneva to Innsbruck or Venice
  • Nov 6-7: 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.

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.