Venice Simplon-Orient-Express VSOE train exterior
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express VSOE grand suite Istanbul steward.
Dessert on the Venice-Budapest-Paris-London journey
Woman looking out an open window while on the Venice-Budapest-Paris-London journey
Looking out at city from a bridge on the Venice-Budapest-Paris-London journey

Venice-Budapest-Paris or London

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Overview

The Highlights

  • Spending evenings in the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express‘ lovely bar car, sipping your favorite drink while listening to live piano music
  • Two gourmet dinners and two lunches, prepared by French chefs, served in the train’s three dining cars
  • Beautiful scenery of the Italian Dolomites and the Alps
  • Pampering by your personal steward
  • Enjoying the beauty, artistry and history of the unique Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, lovingly restored in every detail
  • Two days in incredible Budapest, where you can visit museums, attend its lovely opera or other musical events, ride its trams, funiciulars or the charming Pioneer Railway — or just while away the time in a chic café
  • Sumptuous brunch on the Belmond British Pullman (London departures only)

The Tour

Depart from Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in the late afternoon for your overnight journey to Budapest, where you arrive the following morning for a two-night stay and time to explore the city at your leisure. After your stay in Budapest, rejoin the train in the morning for your overnight journey to Paris or London.

World-class cuisine, fine wines, spectacular scenery, faultless service, and old-world elegance combine to make this journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express one to remember.

We recommend making the journey all the way to London to experience the Belmond British Pullman afternoon tea and scenery.

Map of the Venice, Budapest, Paris, and London Journey route

Countries Visited

  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • France
  • United Kingdom

Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Board the splendid Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Venice’s Santa Lucia station for an afternoon departure. Settle in to your comfortable cabin. Throughout your journey you will be attended by your own personal steward.

Soon it will soon be time to dress for dinner. Why not sip an aperitif in the bar car, listening to the sounds of the baby grand piano before taking your seat in one of the beautifully restored restaurant cars? After a delicious four-course dinner, you may want to linger in the bar and when you are ready you can retire to your cabin, which has now been transformed into a cozy bedroom.

Day 2: Budapest

Breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you. (We love this!) Spend the morning chatting with fellow travelers over coffee in the bar car, or relaxing in the comfort of your private cabin, gazing at the beautiful passing scenery as the train heads towards Budapest.

Later, enjoy a three-course lunch in one of the other magnificent restaurant cars before arriving in Budapest in the afternoon. Transfer to your chosen hotel for two nights. (Accommodation and transfers not included.)

Day 3: Budapest

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the many attractions of Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Day 4: On board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

This morning rejoin the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and continue your journey, heading west to Paris. Enjoy another delectable lunch, and then maybe visit the on-board boutique to peruse the finely crafted gifts for purchase.

Afternoon tea is delivered by your personal steward to your cabin. A leisurely four-course dinner is served, prepared by the train’s skilled French chefs. Enjoy a brandy or liqueur with convivial company in the Bar Car before retiring for the night.

Day 5: Paris or London

Continental breakfast is served in your cabin as the train arrives Paris early morning. Disembark in Paris by 8 a.m., or (highly recommended to continue) for those continuing to London:

A delicious brunch is served in the restaurant cars as you travel on towards the English Channel. Disembark the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and cross the Channel. 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.

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

2021 Dates

May 5 - 9

September 29 - October 3

October 27 - 31

  • Please note prices are in British Pounds. View approximate exchange rates
  • All prices are per person.
  • 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%.

2022 Dates

May 4 - 8 *

June 8 - 12 *

*2022 itinerary will be London-Paris-Vienna-Budapest & return

  • Please note prices are in British Pounds. View approximate exchange rates
  • All prices are per person.
  • 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%.

More

We are delighted to arrange your hotels in Venice, Budapest, & 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.