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For the Venice Simplon Orient Express, Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:
- discount off the published prices of any journey;
- a thank-you gift for every booking;
- two complimentary nights at the legendary Hotel Cipriani on selected dates in 2014. Valid Venice to London and Venice to Paris journeys departing 19, 26 March/2, 9, 12 April/29 October/1, 5 November 2014.
Fay says, “The Venice Simplon Orient-Express plies one of the original routes of the fabled, original, Orient Express; panache, allure, continental charm, a heady mix of pre-war glamour and style combine to deliver one of the world’s top 5 train journeys. Certainly the best-known luxury train, travelling on the ‘Orient Express’ is considered an essential rite of passage for anyone seeking sophisticated experiences and life-long memories.“
Venice Simplon Orient Express – About the Train
The legendary Orient Express train is a work of art in itself and a true Art Deco icon that is famous the world over. Romance, adventure and the mystery of the past are all intimately bound up in journeys that visit some of the most alluring continental cites. As with many trains of this style, it is evocative of a more gracious, elegant age of travel. Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine with delicious afternoon teas and exquisite four course dinners along with lively on-board entertainment make a journey aboard this iconic train one of the world’s finest travel experiences.
Listed below are a sample of journeys. Also available are Budapest to London, via Paris; Prague to London, via Paris; Venice to Paris, via Budapest; Venice to Paris, via Prague. Please ask for details.
Each cabin has an original washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water, and at night-time becomes a comfortable bedroom, complete with soft towels and crisp linen. Cabins convert in moments from daytime seating to a luxurious bedroom, all performed by stewards whilst passengers enjoy a gourmet dinner in the restaurant car.
Double Cabins feature a single cabin room, whilst Cabin Suites feature the ultimate luxury of two inter-connecting cabins. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage, luxuriously appointed and maintained to the highest standards.
The Art Nouveau interior creates a wonderful evocative atmosphere, enhanced by the playing of the baby grand and the elegant dress of fellow passengers. Relax with after-dinner drinks.
Dining on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is an unforgettable delight. All dishes are freshly prepared on the train by skilled French chefs, with the finest supplies taken onboard during the train’s journey. Lunch, dinner and brunch are served by waiters in one of the three individually styled Restaurant Cars: Cote d’Azur, Etoile du Nord or L’ Oriental. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served to passengers in the comfort of their cabins.
The onboard boutique is located at the rear of the Lalique car. What better way to remember this memorable journey, than to enjoy a gift from the Collection Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. These train inspired home accessories include original art nouveau brass table lamp and hand blown French crystal. Plus classically fashioned ladies’ and gentlemens’ accessories in luxury pure silk, cashmere and velvet. So whether you are choosing something for yourself, or selecting a gift for a friend, it will forever remain a beautiful memento of your journey.
European cuisine is freshly prepared in the train’s kitchen. Fresh ingredients are taken on board at stops along the route. Look out the window and you may spot the chef inspecting lobsters from Brittany, tomatoes from Provence or saltmarsh lamb from Mont St Michel.
The set-menus are an inclusive part of your trip. Drinks and à la carte options are also available at an additional charge.
Chefs will be delighted to cater for any specific dietary requirements, provided a detailed request is made at the time of booking.
LONDON TO VENICE (OR VENICE TO LONDON)
The romantic classic, that can be done in reverse and also as a return journey.
This journey has been included in many novels, passing into history as a classic. It also gives one a chance to sample two beautiful trains. Boarding the British Pullman in London Victoria, one’s imagination is stirred by the elegance of the interior, accompanied by a feeling of being reinvigorated and pampered whilst being served a delicious brunch. The Kentish countryside blends into the English Channel, and one is seamlessly transferred to the waiting Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in France. Whilst you sample a delicious four-course dinner, your cabin is transformed into a delightful bedroom.
Awake to the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Alps as breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit. Whilst passing through Innsbruck, a relaxing morning moves into a leisurely three-course lunch, served in a beautiful restaurant cars. The afternoon sees the breathtaking Italian Dolomites come into view, and afternoon tea is served as you travel through the Brenner Pass. All too soon the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia station. A journey to remember.
London depart 10.45hrs, arrive 17.56hrs. Two days/one night.
Venice depart 10.57hrs, arrive 17.30hrs. Two days/one night.
Dates and Prices 2014
London to Venice: March 20,30. April 3,10,13,17,24. May1,11,15,18,22,29. June 8,12,19,22,26. July 17,24. August 14,21. September 18,21,28. October 5,9,12,16,26,30. November 2,6.
Venice to London: March 19,29. April 2,9,12,16,23,30. May 12,17,21,24,28. June 11,18,21. July 16,23. August 13,20. September 17,20,24,27. October 8,15,29. November 1,5.
Double Cabin - £1,975 per person sharing
Cabin Suite – £3,290 per person sharing
LONDON TO VENICE RETURN
Enjoy this five day return trip, with a two night stay in Venice (hotel at your own cost), allowing you a day in Venice to absorb the atmosphere and visit the key monuments.
London depart 10.45hrs
Venice depart 10.57hrs
Dates and Prices 2014
To be advised.
LONDON TO PARIS AND/OR RETURN
A classical way to travel to Paris. Board the British Pullman train at London Victoria station. Sit back and enjoy Brunch served with a Bellini as you travel to the Kentish coast, prior to the crossing to France where you join the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
After you have settled in, enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by skilled French chefs, before arriving in Paris in the evening. This journey may also be taken as a return.
London depart 10.45hrs, arrive 21.17hrs. One day.
Paris depart 09.30hrs, arrive 17.30hrs. One day.
Dates and Prices 2014
London to Paris: March 20,27. April 3,10,13,17,27. May 1,11,15,18,22,25. June 1,8,12,19,22,26. July 17,24. August 14,21. September 18,21,25,28. October 5,9,12,16,26,30. November 2,6
Reserved day car seat – £690 per person
Paris to London: March 20,27. April 3,10,17,27. May 1,11,15,18,22,25. June 1,8,12,19,22,26. July 10,17,24. August 14,21. September 18,21,25,28. October 5,9,12,16,26,30. November 2,6.
Reserved day car seat – £580 per person.
PARIS TO VENICE OR VENICE TO PARIS
Linking two romantic cities, board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Paris. After settling into your cabin, a delicious four-course dinner is served in one of the opulent restaurants. Enjoy after-dinner drinks in the Bar car to the accompaniment of the pianist, or retire early to your cabin, which has been transformed to a cosy bedroom. The next morning you awake to the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Alps as breakfast is served in your cabin. Spend the morning in the Bar Car chatting to fellow travellers over coffee, before enjoying a leisurely three-course lunch served in another of the beautiful restaurant cars. While away the afternoon relaxing in your cabin or the Bar Car admiring the spectacular scenery as the train travels through the Italian Dolomites. Later, afternoon tea is served in your cabin. All too soon it is time to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia station.
Paris depart 21.57hrs, arrive 17.56hrs. Two days/one night.
Venice depart 10.57hrs, arrive 08.22hrs. Two days/one night.
Dates and Prices 2014
Paris to Venice: March 20,30. April 3,10,13,17. May 1,11,15,18,22. June 8,12,19,22,26. July 17,24. August 14,21. September 18,21,28. October 5,9,16,26,30. November 2,6.
Venice to Paris: March 19, 29. April 2,9,12,16,30. May 17,21,24,28. June 11,18,21. July 16,23. August 13,20,27. September 17,20,24,27. October 8,15,29. November 1,5.
Double Cabin - £1, 670 per person sharing
Cabin Suite – £2,970 per person sharing
PARIS TO ISTANBUL OR ISTANBUL TO VENICE
This once a year classic travels via Budapest and Bucharest. Depart Paris for your overnight journey towards Budapest. Following a night in a luxury hotel and a private guided tour of this beautiful city in the morning, one rejoins the train for an overnight journey to Bucharest. Before arriving there and after breakfast, the train stops in the mountain town of Sinaia for a visit to beautiful Peles Castle, the summer house of the former King Carol. Rejoin the train to travel to Bucharest where you spend the next day and night, enjoying guided tours of the city. The following day the train crosses the Danube, travelling through the magnificent countryside of Bulgaria. Enjoy your last night and day on board as the train passes through the beautiful Thracian Plain to your last stop, fascinating Istanbul.
This same once a year journey can be taken from Istanbul to Venice, via the same route, except for the direction taken after Budapest.
Dates and Prices 2014
Paris to Istanbul: August 29 (six days/five nights – three on the train)
Istanbul to Venice: September 5 (six days, five nights – three on the train)
Cabin Suite - £5,700 per person sharing.
Single occupancy cabins for this route are subject to availability, with an applicable supplement and are on a request basis only.
VIENNA TO LONDON, VIA PARIS
Board at Vienna station and relax in your cabin before dressing for a delicious four-course dinner. The next morning, after Continental breakfast in your cabin, the train arrives in Paris where some passengers depart. For those travelling on to London, enjoy a brunch as you travel to the Channel. Here one leaves the VSOE, to cross the Channel and board the British Pullman where a traditional afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of English sparkling wine is served, before arriving at your destination, London Victoria.
Vienna depart 11.02hrs, arrive Paris 08.30hrs, arrive London 17.30hrs. One night.
Dates and Prices 2014
May 10. October 25.
Double Cabin – £1,670 per person sharing (London), £1,340 per person sharing (Paris)
Cabin Suite - £2,450 per person sharing, £2,130 per person sharing (Paris)
Prices: Include all table d’hôte meals and accommodation on board based on two people sharing and hotels where applicable. Also breakfast and afternoon tea where applicable. An à la carte menu is available for lunch and dinner, and there is a 24-hour cabin service for light snacks and refreshments. Both are at an additional cost and paid for at the time of ordering. Passengers departing from London on the British Pullman train are served lunch, together with a glass of champagne and half a bottle of wine. Passengers ending their journey in London are served afternoon tea on board the British Pullman.
Double Cabins: A private lounge during the day with a banquette sofa, footstool and small table converting to a night configuration with an upper and lower bed. All Double Cabins are private, and include washbasins with hot and cold water, luxurious towels and toiletries and a 24 hour steward service called by your personal bell. A lavatory is located in each train carriage.
Cabin Suites: Combining two private interconnecting cabins to create a private lounge with a banquette sofa, footstool and table in the first cabin, and a separate sleeping cabin with an upper and lower bed. The amenities are as for the double cabin. Cabin Suites can either be made up into a lounge and separate sleeping cabin, or two separate single sleeping cabins.
Dress code: Smart casual for the day, and smart evening wear.
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