Take a step back in time on this overnight trip from Venice to Paris (or on to London) aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. 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. Disembark in Paris. Or, we highly recommend you extend the experience as you continue your journey to London on another of our World’s Top 25 Trains, The British Pullman. On the other end, extend your journey from Venice to Rome.
Southbound tour also available. Click here for details.
Day 1: Depart Venice
Board the splendid Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Venice Santa Lucia station mid-morning. 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. Although not a prerequisite, black-tie certainly adds to the sense of occasion and atmosphere on board. 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, when you have time, next day, to chat on the platform. 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.
Northbound Venice-Paris route description (via Arlberg) From Venice the train passes Verona, crossing the Adige river and into Bolzano, the foothills of the Dolomites. Crops and vines grow in the fields around the tracks where the valley opens out. Mountains close up around the tracks offering beautiful views as the train continues on to Brenner. Running alongside the river Isarco and passing castles, the architecture begins to change. At 1,370 meters Brenner is the highest point in the journey.
The train travels through several tunnels as it makes its way through the mountains. Lakes and picturesque towns make up the passing scenery and the train sweeps through the valley landscape. After Innsbruck the train crosses over the Arlberg Pass towards the Swiss border at Buchs. Overnight the train continues onward. The next morning French countryside greets guests as they enjoy breakfast at leisure in their cabin, before the train arrives into Paris.
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 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 5:30 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.
2019 Dates:July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 20
September 11, 14, 18, 21
October 2, 16, 19
November 2, 6
2020 Dates:March 21, 28
April 1, 8, 15, 18, 22, 29
May 13, 16, 20, 23
June 3, 6, 10, 17, 24, 27
July 8, 22
August 5, 12, 19, 25
September 16, 19, 23, 26
October 10, 21, 24
November 4, 11
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To inquire about Cabin Suite & Grand Suite pricing for 2019, and to inquire about pricing for 2019 Venice-Paris-only journey, please e-mail us at [email protected], or call us at 1-800-478-4881 (1-502-897-1725 if outside the US & Canada).
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.
NEW for 2018: For the first time ever, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is adding fully en-suite cabins. Three Grand Suites will be available on every departure, beginning in March 2018. These will 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 here.
Prices are per person and include all table d’hôte meals and accommodation as noted. A cabin suite is two double cabins connected by a private, interior door. Click here for cabin details.
Southbound tour also available. Click here for details.
Please note: This journey can be extended with our fabulous hotel partners in both Italy and London or Paris. Please call for prices and dates.
Special Report: Click here for travel notes by Society owners Owen & Eleanor Hardy, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Venice-Paris-London. We loved the Belmond hotels in Italy and the Red Carnation Milestone in London.
Booking at the last minute? Ask us about special offers on selected dates.