Experience the journey of a lifetime aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, Europe is a magnificent train, unparalleled in reputation and grandeur, and famous for transporting royalty and celebrities in inimitable style since the golden age of travel of the 1920s.
In August 2023, board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express on a journey from Istanbul to Paris, following a timeless route that takes you from Turkey through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and France.
After the first night in Istanbul, you'll board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, where you'll stay in a Historic Cabin for three nights of this six-night journey. In Bucharest and Budapest, you'll disembark to stay overnight in luxury hotels.
Taking a seat in the dining car is a wonderful part of the experience, beginning with expertly mixed aperitifs. You'll feast on four-course menus created by exemplary chefs as the train speeds along, with a sommelier on hand with the perfect pairings and copious Champagne. After dinner, guests gather in Bar Car '3674' for an evening of cocktails and conversation. When the clock strikes twelve, midnight brunch is served as the piano plays on until the last guest retires to their cabin.
When you're not on board, your adventures are taken care of. You'll join guided city tours in Bucharest and Budapest, cruise along the Danube, and visit Peles Castle in Romania. You'll also visit a Champagne house in France -the penultimate stop before the train pulls into Paris, the journey complete.
After bidding a final farewell to this iconic train, you'll board the Eurostar to London, travelling in the comfortable Business Premier class. On arrival at London St Pancras, a transfer will meet you to take you back home.
Reasons to book
Board a legendary train
A luxurious experience
Explore European cities and countryside
Indulge in fine food and wine
Travel in style from beginning to end
Comfortable hotel nights
- Private transfer from home to London Heathrow**
- Flight to Istanbul with British Airways, in an upgraded BA Club Europe comfort seat
- Transfer from Istanbul airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the train station
- One night at Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus on a bed and breakfast basis
- Three nights in a Historic Cabin aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express between Istanbul and Paris
- Breakfast, three-course lunch, and four-course dinner onboard the train
- Lunch and dinner in Budapest, and dinner in Bucharest
- Two nights in luxury accommodation in Budapest and Bucharest
- Excursions including city tours in Bucharest and Budapest, a Danube cruise and visit to Peles Castle in Romania
- Return Eurostar from Paris to London in the Business Premier carriage
- Private transfer from London St Pancras to your home**
Day1Home to IstanbulIstanbul, Turkey
A transfer will collect you from home to take you to the airport for your Club Europe flight to Istanbul with British Airways. You'll take a private transfer to the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus on arrival.
The morning is yours to explore Istanbul. You'll be collected in plenty of time to get to the train station, ready to step aboard the iconic blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Once onboard, a steward will show you to your Historic Cabin. The train pulls away as you settle down to dinner in one of the dining cars as the resident pianist sets an elegant mood. Tonight the train crosses into Bulgaria as you sleep comfortably in your cabin.
When you wake, your steward will serve breakfast in your cabin as you watch the scenery pass by outside. You'll have the morning to enjoy the views before lunch is served and you arrive in Bucharest. You'll disembark here and be taken to a hotel by coach.
Tonight, there's a sophisticated musical evening in a private venue in Bucharest.
You'll rejoin the train this morning, relaxing over a sumptuous brunch as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express makes its way to Sinaia, a mountain town in Romania. You'll disembark to visit Peles Castle, a splendid palace built as a summer retreat for King Carol. You'll return to the train later, ready for dinner and a night onboard as the train makes its way towards Hungary.
Day6Journey through HungaryBudapest, Hungary
You'll rejoin the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express before lunch. The train makes its way through the Hungarian countryside today. A fabulous farewell dinner is planned for your final night onboard.
A French breakfast is served in your cabin before you disembark to visit a renowned champagne house. You re-board for lunch as the train pulls into Paris.
After bidding a final farewell to the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, you'll transfer to Paris Gard du Nord to board the Eurostar to London, travelling in the Business Premier carriage. On arrival in London, a private transfer will meet you to take you on the final leg of your journey home.
Venice Simplon Orient-Express
Escape into a world of timeless glamour
Enter a world of timeless glamour, where each meticulously restored 1920s carriage holds a new experience. Wine and dine in plush dining cars, and raise a toast in the iconic Bar Car '3674' as a pianist plays the baby grand. Historic Cabins are beautifully designed and finished, transforming from a banquette seating area to a sleeping berth overnight. Upgrades may be available on request.