Venice Simplon-Orient-Express alpine scenery.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) wait staff dining car
Dining staff on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE)
Venice Venetian Lion
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) bedroom

Venice or Verona to Paris

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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

The Tour

Take a step back in time on this overnight trip aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The Venice or Verona to Paris 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 Florence to Paris and Rome to Paris.

Beginning in 2024, this journey will end in Paris (guests will no longer have the option to disembark in London).

Depart Venice or Verona mid-day for your luxurious overnight journey to Paris, 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.

Beginning in 2024, the VSOE will operate the majority of its journeys out of Paris Austerlitz (select journeys 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: Southbound tour, beginning in Paris.

Countries Visited

  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • France

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

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, your journey’s end.

 

Dates & Prices

2024 Dates

April 23 - 24 *

April 27 - 28

May 3 - 4 *

May 10 - 11

May 29 - 30 *

June 29 - 30 *

July 16 - 17 *

July 22 - 23 *

July 28 - 29 *

August 1 - 2

August 6 - 7

August 12 - 13

August 20 - 21 *

September 10 - 11 *

September 14 - 15

September 20 - 21 *

September 24 - 25

October 1 - 2

October 10 - 11 *

October 15 - 16

October 20 - 21

October 30 - 31 *

November 5 - 6

November 17 - 18

November 21 - 22

November 26 - 27 *

December 3 - 4

December 10 - 11

Beginning in 2024, journeys will end in Paris only (ending in London will no longer be offered).

* Starred journeys indicate a special routing:

  • Apr 2-3: Venice or Rome to Paris
  • Apr 15-16: Venice to Paris (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • Apr 23-24: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • May 3-4: Venice or Rome to Paris
  • May 29-30: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • June 29-30: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • July 16-17: Venice or Rome to Paris
  • July 22-23: Venice to Paris (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • July 28-29: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Aug 20-21: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Sept 10-11: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Sept 20-21: Venice or Rome to Paris
  • Oct 10-11: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Oct 30-31: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • Nov 26-27: 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.

2025 Dates

March 5 - 6

March 13 - 14

March 18 - 19

March 27 - 28

April 1 - 2

April 8 - 9

April 14 - 15 *

April 22 - 23

April 26 - 27 *

May 3 - 4 *

May 9 - 10

May 14 - 15

June 24 - 25 *

July 16 - 17

July 21 - 22 *

August 5 - 6

August 11 - 12

August 19 - 20

August 25 - 26

September 4 - 5

September 9 - 10

September 17 - 18

October 14 - 15

October 19 - 20 *

October 23 - 24

November 15 - 16

November 20 - 21

November 25 - 26

* Starred journeys indicate a special routing:

  • Apr 14-15: Venice to Paris (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • Apr 26-27: Venice or Rome to Paris
  • May 3-4: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • June 24-25: Venice or Florence to Paris
  • July 21-22: Venice to Paris (see our Amsterdam journey page for more info)
  • Oct 19-20: Venice or Rome 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.