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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express tour

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Great Rail Journeys
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 5,838 $ 649 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Beautiful Paris including a city tour
  • A guided tour of Milan
  • Entrance to La Scala
  • Tour of Venice with a local guide
  • An iconic overnight journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • A celebratory Champagne reception

Short Description

Board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to step back in time to a world of romance, indulgence and adventure. This wonderful tour takes in seductive Paris, vibrant Milan and Venice - the most beguiling of cities.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City EUROSTAR
End City VENICE

Trip Includes

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated departure office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • A celebratory Champagne reception
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
  • 1 night on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners
  • Tour of Paris with a local guide
  • City tour of Milan with a local guide and time to explore
  • Guided tour of Venice and time to explore the floating city
  • Supplement for single occupancy throughout including single cabin: £835 (Mar), £875 (Apr, May), £975 (Jun, Sep), £955 (Oct)
  • Supplement for single occupancy throughout including a twin cabin: £2,655 (Mar), £2,695 (Apr, May), £2,795 (Jun, Sep), £2,755 (Oct)

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - TO PARIS ON THE EUROSTAR
Eurostar
We meet at our dedicated departure office at St Pancras International, then take the Eurostar to Paris in Standard Premier Class, with a complimentary meal and drinks served on board. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for two nights, the Starhotels Castille, Dinner is included tonight in a local restaurant; afterwards why not take a stroll down the magnificent Champs Elysées?

DAY 2 - DISCOVERING PARIS ON A GUIDED TOUR
Paris at night
We begin the day with a guided tour of Paris by coach and on foot, which takes in this captivating city's most famous sights. We see the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, the magnificent monument completed in 1836 to commemorate victories by France's armies. This afternoon is free for you to explore independently. Perhaps take a trip up the city's most famous monument, the Eiffel Tower. From the top of its 320 metre spire, enjoy glorious views of the city sprawled below. An elevator is used to ascend to the summit, but if you're feeling adventurous, you can climb two-thirds of the way up. For a more leisurely afternoon, pay a visit to the Jardin du Luxembourg, a stunning collection of gardens dedicated to the children of Paris by none other than Napoléon. With 23 hectares to explore, these treasured gardens boast apple orchards to the south, with lemon and orange trees sprouting behind the Musée du Luxembourg, which overlooks the park.

DAY 3 - THROUGH THE ALPS TO ITALY BY FIRST CLASS RAIL
Milan
From Paris we travel on the high-speed TGV, heading southeast towards the mighty Alps. We cross the border into Italy, passing through Turin on our way to Milan, Italy's fast-paced and fashionable economic capital. On arrival we transfer to our hotel, the Starhotels Ritz, for a twonight stay. After dinner take a leisurely stroll through the city or perhaps sit at a pavement café with a cappuccino and watch Milan come alive as darkness envelops this lively city.

DAY 4 - A SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF MILAN
Milan
Milan is well-known as one of the fashion capitals of Europe, but it also offers its visitors plenty in the way of history and culture. We begin our time in Milan with a guided tour, by coach and on foot, including a visit to the incredible Duomo - the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. We visit the world's most famous opera house, the 'Teatro alla Scala', and the beautiful 19th century glassroofed shopping arcade, the 'Galleria Vittorio Emanuele'. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore. One option is to visit the Museo del Novecento, overlooking the Piazza del Duomo. Once Mussolini's Arengario, the building now houses a fine collection of 20th century art, including works by Umberto Boccioni, Campigli, de Chirico and Marinetti.

DAY 5 - JOURNEY TO VENICE IN FIRST CLASS
The Grand Canal, Venice
Sit back and enjoy our First Class train journey to Venice, the floating city of shimmering waterways, elaborate bridges and ornate palaces. Arriving at the city's Santa Lucia station we are greeted by a truly glorious view of the shimmering Grand Canal, before we transfer to our hotel, the Splendid Venice. Your afternoon is free to relax and begin your exploration of Venice. This wonderful city is steeped in rich history and offers spectacular sights from almost every aspect. Allow yourself to get lost among the winding lanes and twisting alleyways of this incredible city or take to the water to view Venice from a different perspective.

DAY 6 - GUIDED TOUR OF VENICE
Venice
Today we enjoy a guided tour of Venice, including the magnificent St Mark's Square, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful city squares in the world. Overlooked by St Mark's Basilica, the large open space is surrounded by the Doge's Palace, the Procurator's residence, the famous Sansoviniana Bookshop and the iconic bell tower, as well as the waters of the lagoon. Our local guide takes us on a walking tour of the city, leading us around the narrow streets and small squares to visit some of Venice's main sights, the famous Rialto Bridge, completed in 1591 and an architectural gem that spans the Grand Canal. You are free to spend the afternoon soaking up more unforgettable sights. One of the best ways of seeing the city is to travel along the entire length of the Grand Canal by boat, as many of Venice's finest buildings line its banks. Take an enchanting gondola ride on the canals, or explore using Venice's water-bound public transport network - the Vaporetti. This unique form of public transport is an affordable way to see the city from its glorious waterways. Tonight we dine in a local restaurant.

DAY 7 - A DAY AT LEISURE EXPLORING VENICE
Venetian gondolas
Today gives you the opportunity to further explore Venice. Perhaps visit the nearby island of Burano, famous for its lacemaking and full of colourful streets lined with pastel-painted houses, or the island of Murano, which is renowned for its gorgeous glassware. Explore Murano's sparkling art history at the Museo del Vetro, which houses some of the best examples of locally-produced glass artworks. With Roman pieces dating back 1500 years, to 17th century works adorned with delicate gilt work, to modern-day pieces and an explanation of the glass-making process available in an adjoining salon, this is the best way to experience Murano's greatest claim to fame.

DAYS 8-9 - THE VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
This morning we join the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the legendary luxury train which has inspired countless writers and film-makers. After your steward settles you into your comfortable compartment, all you need to do is relax and watch the stunning scenery as it passes by the window. Enjoy lunch as we pass through the magnificent Italian Dolomites and travel up through picturesque Austria over tea and pastries. It is soon time to dress for dinner - why not sip a cocktail in the bar car before making your way to one of the restaurant cars, where you are served a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by a skilled French chef. The minimum dress requirement in the evening is a suit and tie for gentlemen and an equivalent for ladies. You may want to linger over a nightcap listening to the sound of the baby grand piano, and when you are ready, you can retire to your compartment, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.On Day 9 A continental breakfast is served in your cabin today as we pull into Paris on our last day. From here we transfer to Paris Nord to catch our onward Eurostar to London St Pancras International. Alternatively, you may be tempted by the option of continuing by the Orient Express Pullman train to London Victoria. On arrival into London, our holiday concludes.

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Just returned from Cologne Christmas Markets, had a great time despite the very wet evenings! The Trip by Wyndham Hotel was ideal. Very close to the station & Cathedral yet very quiet for such a central location. My only comment would be that the day trip on the Monday to Wuppertal could be reduced to just a half day, giving more time in beautiful Cologne.
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Just returned from the Golden Triangle in India. We had a fantastic tour manager Roger Marsden who was very organized with a great sense of humor. We were very impressed with the overall organization of the trip and the sights that we saw. We would recommend this trip.
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Just back from the golden triangle India tour. very well organised and the tour manager Ed was terrific. We stayed in wonderful hotels in Delhi, Shimla, Agra and Jaipur and saw some stunning sights. We used the recommended company to obtain visas - this was extremely expensive and I would not use them again - it is difficult, but not impossible, to get evisas yourself or there are companies that will do it for you at a fraction of the cost GRJ charge. We also upgraded our flights through GRJ - never again - the cost was £1400 instead of £1000 direct through BA. One small gripe on the tour itself - we were taken to three different wholesale outlets which was too many - the time would have been much better used with trips to other sights with only one, or at most two, wholesale outlets
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We went on the golden triangle trip to India in October 15 ! It was an amazing holiday and very well organised 10/10 to our tour manager Alan for an excellent trip! Hotels were very nice and all our excursions well planned and very interesting thanks to our Indian guide Dilip! Thus is our second trip with Great Rail and we would highly recommend them, a bit more expensive than some other companies but well worth it when you don't have to worry about getting to your next destination ! We have also done coast to coast USA and would highly recommend this tour as well ! Would like to see some younger people on these trips and you don't have to be a rail enthusiast to go !
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Just back from tracks of deep south tour a must for any music fan had a fantastic time with a jam packed itinerary and a big thanks to the hard working Ken our tour guide

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Just returned from Discovering Japan tour. Fantastic time, Tour Manager was Lydia Boyd, excellent organiser and lovely personality. Tour was well planned and hotels/porterage very good. Had previously done Golden Triangle and preferred the eating arrangements on that trip with evening meals in hotels included - we got a little weary of trawling round restaurants this time. Would have liked an extra evening towards the end of the holiday as it becomes a bit rushed. Will certainly use GRJ again.
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MERCURE TOUR EIFFEL, PARIS
The 4-Star Mercure Tour Eiffel Hotel is located in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, only two minutes' walk from Paris' iconic monument. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and café, with a lounge and outdoor terrace. There is also a small garden and gym. Room facilities include air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

HOTEL SPLENDID, VENICE
In Venice we stay at the 4-Star Hotel Splendid Venice, located in the heart of the city within easy walking distance of St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. The modern contemporary hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar where you can relax and watch the world drift by through the meandering canals. Rooms are equipped with many amenities, including Wi-Fi, satellite television and a safe.

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