Venice Simplon-Orient-Express alpine scenery.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) wait staff dining car
Dining staff on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE)
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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) bedroom
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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
  • Gourmet three-course lunch and four-course dinner prepared by French chefs, served in the train’s beautiful dining cars
  • Beautiful scenery of the Italian Dolomites and the Alps
  • Breakfast served in the privacy of your compartment
  • Pampering by your personal steward
  • Wine and champagne included with meals (top-shelf liquors and drinks in the bar car at additional cost)
  • Complimentary shared transfer from your Venice hotel to the train station.
  • 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
  • Afternoon tea on the Belmond British Pullman (London arrivals only)

The Tour

Take a step back in time on this overnight trip aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. This is the most frequently-run itinerary of the train — and several different city combinations are possible.

Depart Venice or Verona mid-day for your luxurious overnight journey to Paris (or on to London), where you arrive late afternoon the next day. Luxuriate in the train’s ambience, gourmet meals, and superior service while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Italian Dolomites and the Swiss Alps.

Though it’s possible to disembark in Paris, we recommend staying on through to London so you get to enjoy another of our World’s Top 25 Trains, the Belmond British Pullman.

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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: Southbound tour, beginning in London or Paris.

Map of the Venice, Paris, and London journey

Countries Visited

  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • United Kingdom

Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart Venice or Verona

If you’re boarding in Venice, enjoy a complimentary shared transfer from your hotel to the train station. (Grand Suite guests will enjoy a private transfer.)

Board the splendid Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Venice Santa Lucia station late morning or Verona Station early afternoon.

Your steward will show you to your private compartment and will attend you throughout your journey. After you have settled in, enjoy a three-course lunch in one of the beautifully restored restaurant cars. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the comfort of your compartment gazing at the beautiful passing scenery of the Italian Dolomites and the Swiss Alps, or chatting with fellow travelers in the Bar Car. Afternoon tea is served in your compartment.

The maitre d’ will take your reservations for dinner. Sip an aperitif in the Bar Car, listening to the sounds of the baby grand piano before taking your seat in another of the magnificent restaurant cars. A leisurely four-course dinner is served, prepared on board by French chefs who are not only skilled but friendly, too. After dinner you may want to linger in the Bar and when you are ready, retire to your compartment which has now been transformed into a cozy bedroom.

Day 2: Arrive Paris or London

Breakfast is served in your compartment by your steward at a time to suit you. (This is something we love.) The train pulls into Paris Gare de l’Est. You may end your journey here.

Or, for those continuing to London, take this opportunity to stretch your legs along the platform and watch the bustling activity; passengers boarding, chefs choosing produce for brunch, Parisians coming and going. The whistle will blow, and it’s time to hop back on board. A delicious brunch is served in the restaurant cars as you travel on towards the French coast for the Channel crossing.

Join the cream and umber carriages of the Belmond British Pullman for the journey to London. A traditional English afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of champagne is served to you at your table and you watch the gentle scenery of Kent pass by. Suddenly, you are drawing into London Victoria Station (arrival around 6 p.m.). It may be the end of your journey but the memories will last a lifetime.

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

March 8 - 9 *

March 22 - 23

March 29 - 30

April 4 - 5 *

April 12 - 13

April 16 - 17

April 19 - 20 *

April 24 - 25

April 27 - 28 *

May 1 - 2

May 9 - 10 *

May 17 - 18

May 24 - 25 *

May 30 - 31 *

June 28 - 29

July 5 - 6

July 12 - 13

July 19 - 20

July 26 - 27

August 1 - 2 *

August 16 - 17

August 22 - 23

September 13 - 14 *

September 16 - 17

September 20 - 21 *

September 23 - 24

September 27 - 28

October 7 - 8

October 11 - 12

October 17 - 18

October 25 - 26 *

October 29 - 30 *

November 1 - 2 *

November 8 - 9

November 21 - 22 *

November 28 - 29 *

December 5 - 6 *

* Starred journeys end in Paris and do not continue on to London.

Note the following special routings:

  • Apr 19-20: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Apr 27-28: Venice or Rome to Paris
  • May 24-25: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Sept 13-14: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Sept 20-21: Venice or Rome to Paris
  • Oct 25-26: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Nov 1-2: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Please note prices are in British Pounds. View approximate exchange rates
  • All 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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Southbound 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 or 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.