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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The Highlights

  • Sumptuous three-course brunch served with a sparkling Belini on the Belmond British Pullman (London departures only)
  • 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
  • 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 from London (or Paris) to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Depart London mid-morning (or Paris just before dinner) for your luxurious overnight journey to Venice, where you arrive early evening the next day. Luxuriate in the train’s ambience, 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: Venice-Paris-London.

Map of the London, Paris, and Venice journey

Countries Visited

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Italy


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Day 1: Board in London or Paris

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.

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.

(Optional to board in Paris rather than London. Note, for those boarding in Paris: Departure is about 10 p.m. with dinner served immediately after. Arrive dressed for dinner.)

Day 2: Venice (Italy)

Awaken to magnificent mountain and country scenery as breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you. 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 prepare to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia station around 6 p.m. Enjoy a shared, complimentary transfer to your hotel.

Dates & Prices

2022 Dates

October 13 - 14

October 17 - 18

October 20 - 21

October 27 - 28

October 31 - November 1

November 3 - 4

November 10 - 11

  • 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.

2023 Dates

March 16 - 17

March 23 - 24

March 30 - 31

April 13 - 14

April 17 - 18

April 25 - 26

May 6 - 7

May 18 - 19

May 29 - 30

June 1 - 2

June 4 - 5

June 26 - 27

June 29 - 30

July 6 - 7

July 13 - 14

July 20 - 21

July 27 - 28

August 3 - 4

August 8 - 9

August 31 - September 1

September 7 - 8

September 10 - 11

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

  • 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.


The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express now offers fully en-suite cabins. Up to six Grand Suites are now available on every departure. These include a private bathroom with shower, washbasin, and toilet, living area with space for private dining, and a sofa which can be converted into an additional bed in the evening. See a full description of the Grand Suites and other VSOE accommodations.

Northbound (Venice-Paris-London) tour also available.

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