Top Five Train Journeys Around the World
An incredible journey to or from Venice by train, perfect for those who yearn for the golden age of travel. One can never be overdressed with guests encouraged to don their finery as they dine in the Cote d’Azur carriage or unwind in the Champagne Bar.
At a Glance
A trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has to be one of the most romantic journeys one can take
Hark back to the glory days of the roaring 1920s aboard this remarkable train
Guests are encouraged to wear black tie for supper so this meal is no ordinary affair
Passengers enjoy an array of stunning vistas as the train journeys through Alpine scenery and of course you can enjoy a different view of Venice as you wind your way to or from this remarkable city
When booking your train ticket you can choose to depart from London or from Venice
Each sleeping carriage is served by a 24-hour cabin steward
On the Venice to London route, enjoy a fabulous lobster and champagne brunch. As you roll into Paris you will see chefs loading the catch onto the train, later to be presented on your plate!Pippa Carey
Make sure you wander down to Sleeping Car 3309. This carriage was once stuck in a snow drift for 10 days as part of the original Orient Express, the story inspiring Agatha Christie to write Murder on the Orient Express.Pippa Carey
No need to draw straws over who gets the top bunk! A cabin suite will afford you not only the extra space, but two bottom bunks to keep everyone happy.Pippa Carey
Each meal is served in a different carriage ensuring you get to experience each of the carriages exquisite decoration that reflects when they were built.Scott Dunn team
Weighted glassware features on board to avoid mishaps whilst the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is on the moveScott Dunn team
Step back in time to a bygone era and the golden age of travel, aboard the opulent Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, part of Belmond Collection. Steeped in history, the train has been beautifully restored with stand-out 1920s features, and each carriage oozes the glamour and sophistication of the era thanks to the authentic Art Deco style.
Guests can relax in their own beautifully-appointed private cabin, which by day is set up as a lounge with a plush sofa, footstool and table, and in the evening is transformed into a bedroom with upper and lower beds. Each has a small washbasin facility, hidden behind beautiful oak panels and containing a host of luxury amenities. A dedicated steward looks after each carriage, and ensures your every need is attended to. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own cabin or in one of the restaurant cars.
Dining on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is an unforgettable experience, offering exquisite European cuisine, using the freshest local ingredients picked up at stops along the route, and a fantastic list of wines to be enjoyed in sumptuous surroundings. Dinner is an elegant affair, with guests encouraged to wear tuxedos or glamorous dresses to experience an authentic 1920's evening on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
The bar, 3674, is a must - sip on champagne before dinner and a little digestif after dinner whist enjoying the pianist and listening to other travelers’ tales. Brunch, lunch, supper and afternoon tea are all served as you journey from the heart of London to the heart of Venice. The three restaurant cars on board are each refined and sophisticated, from the black lacquer-clad L'Oriental to the René Lalique-inspired Côte d'Azur. The Art Deco champagne bar makes for the perfect place to relax after dinner, and sip the finest champagnes from sparkling Lalique crystal.
With a wide variety of journeys on offer, from the classic one-night trip between London and Venice, to the five-night tour to Istanbul, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express explores a range of destinations, with something to suit each traveler.
In total, there are 99 cabins on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - 88 doubles, eight singles and three Grand Suites. During the day each twin cabin is configured as a lounge with a banquette sofa, footstool, small table and a washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water. At night it becomes a cosy bedroom with an upper and lower bed.
During the day each twin cabin is configured as a lounge with a banquette sofa, footstool, small table and a washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water. At night it becomes a cosy bedroom with an upper and lower bed. A mosaic-tiled lavatory is located at the end of each carriage, so the cabins themselves are not en-suite.
Cabin Suites consist of two interconnecting standard cabins. During the day both are set up as lounges with a banquette sofa, footstool, small table and a washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water. At night you can choose between single beds on the lower bunks in each cabin or you can opt to keep one cabin as a lounge, with upper and lower beds in the other. A mosaic-tiled lavatory is located at the end of each carriage, so the cabins themselves are not en-suite.
The three Grand Suites are the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express' most luxurious cabins, each inspired by the architecture of either Paris, Venice or Istanbul. Each Grand Suite has a double or twin bedroom, a living area and an en-suite bathroom complete with bespoke bathroom amenities. Guests in these suites benefit from free-flowing champagne during the journey, as well as additional inclusions.
Children are welcomed on board, however this experience is quite adult-focused.
There are three restaurant cars on board, each decorated in a different style, all serving delicious meals using fresh, local produce. Côte d'Azur has beautifully plush blue seats, with fabulous René Lalique glass engravings adorning the walls. Etoile du Nord is a vision in green, its beautiful wooden panels showcasing the most delicate marquetry. Finally, L'Oriental takes its inspiration from the Far East, with its intricate black lacquer panels. 3674, the bar car, is the perfect place for a coffee, or to enjoy after-dinner drinks around the piano. The Art Deco style champagne bar is also adorned with René Lalique, and has some of the finest champagnes on offer.
Each carriage on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is serviced by a dedicated steward.
Location & Directions
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will depart from London Victoria or Venice Santa Lucia stations, depending on the route chosen.
When to go
Venice is a city that can be enjoyed at all times of the year, although summer tends to be a busy time to visit. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to travel to Venice, as the city is less crowded and the temperatures are pleasant. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express runs departures between London and Venice from March to November.