Venice Simplon Orient Express

Tailor Made and Bespoke Holidays & Honeymoons on the Orient Express

The Venice Simplon Orient Express train is the ultimate in romance and nostalgia for the rail traveller!  Experience the legendary rail journey from the glamorous era of European rail travel in the 1920’s and 1930’s in authentic vintage carriages. See Testimonials & below for traveller reviews.  

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We currently have a special offer for the Venice Simplon Orient Express train and also it’s sister train the Eastern & Oriental Express

You can have lunch in England, dinner in France and wake up to breakfast passing through the spectacular Alps. A rail journey on the Orient Express can be booked as a stand alone holiday or combined with other rail networks of Europe.  The classic journey consists of two days travelling to Venice or Verona, then have a three or four night hotel stay in Italy and either return by train or fly home.

Board the British Pullman train and enjoy a three course lunch with wine and champagne as you start the journey to Folkstone in Kent. You will be escorted to your transfer through the Channel Tunnel then board the beautiful Wagons-Lits (sleeper cabins) carriages await.  Dress for dinner in your private cabin and enjoy a sumptuous meal with wine in the restaurant car, returning to your cabin which has been converted to a bedroom space.

The next day you wake in the midst of the beautiful Alps of Switzerland and take breakfast in your cabin.  Enjoy the scenery from the train during the day and prepare to disembark on crossing the Venetian Lagoon into Santa Lucia station.  The train calls at Verona Port Nuova station about an hour before terminating in Venice.

The sleeping cars are decorated with individual marquetry patterns, Art Deco floral patterns, flowers and mahogany panels. For daytime comfort there is a banquette sofa, footstool and table then at night it is converted to one upper and one lower bed. Each compartment has towels, toiletries and a wash basin, a fan, luggage racks and 24 hour steward service.  There are three restaurant cars on the Venice Simplon Orient Express, individually decorated and serving a range of cuisines. The Maitre D’ will try and seat you in different cars for each meal so that you can experience them all and the bar car is open throughout the day, late into the night with a pianist playing before and after meals. Drinks apart from coffee and bottled water must be paid for and wine with meals can be purchased from the restaurant car wine list.  The minimum requirement for dress code on the Orient Express is a suit and tie for men and equivalent standard for ladies, you can never be overdressed for dinner!

Departure dates vary, but usually you can travel by Orient Express London to Paris (or vice versa) on Thursday or Sunday and London to Venice on Thursday or Sunday.

Contact us with your requirements for this most iconic train journey, any combination of rail, road and air travel can be booked with hotels wherever you wish to extend your Orient Express journey to a longer tailor made holiday.

Contact us now on 01728 748209, link to the Live Chat on this site or fill out the enquiry form to start planning your own rail adventure.

The travel and private meet and greet transfer on arrival went smoothly (even though it was bank holiday weekend!). The hotel was lovely (Palazzo Giovanelli) and had great views - very close to the Rialto Bridge. Venice has so much to offer and plenty of restaurant choices, but as expected very expensive. The guided tours are necessary to get a real understanding of the city.
Louis & Dawn – Venice (August 2017)
September 13, 2017

We spent a week in Sicily this July all organised by Travel by Jules. This is our 4th holiday with them and as always everything has been great. Sicily is a beautiful island, everything was well organised by Jules and Mags as expected. We received some information about Sicily before hand (thank you so much for the map) and once there it felt stress free the resort chosen was very good and we took advantage of the free bus trip to Taormina. Thank you Jules and Mags it was a great holiday.
Anna Alcalde-Mills – Sicily (July 2017)
August 27, 2017

Everything was truly amazing. I've never had a holiday like it and it felt great to be honouring my parent's legacy and their last wishes which was "Go somewhere special together - hang the expense! I loved the TWJ travel wallet and luggage tags - we never felt like we were 'just a customer" or that something couldn't be done or that they were trying to hard sell me at any time. I certainly enjoyed a very special holiday indeed.
Phil & Karen Vatter – Italian Lakes (June-July 2017)
July 7, 2017

Is there anything that could be done better? Can't think of one thing… All went seamlessly – no hitches just a great short break at a brilliant location. The choice of hotel was spot on (quiet in its environment) and our hosts were fab to boot… Choice of hotel, the advice given in terms of when to travel – it was VERY early but that meant more time in Venice! And Venice itself. Glorious. Simply Glorious.
Steve & Annya – Venice (March 2017)
April 4, 2017

You found fabulous hotels that met my specification in fabulous locations, booked them and arranged train tickets and flight tickets then sent these to my elderly mum so she was confident of our itinerary and travel arrangements.
Hilary Palmen – France (Sept 2015)
December 6, 2015

In my view life is too short NOT to use Julie's experience and contacts when booking a holiday! I couldn't recommend Travel With Jules more highly.
Nicky Fussell – several destinations (July 2015)
July 3, 2015

Our holiday in Venice, taken to celebrate David’s 70th birthday, and arranged with great care by Travel with Jules was quite wonderful. We loved every moment of the performance of La Traviata which we attended at La Fenice - the cherry on the top of the holiday cake.
Annette & David (from France) – Venice (May 2015)
June 6, 2015

Thank you to Travel With Jules for co-coordinating our rail and accommodation arrangements for our rail holiday to France and Italy – I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any of our friends requiring similar help. All rail bookings were as requested  and documentation clear. In particular the Turin/Rome, Rome/Napoli and Napoli/Rome train journeys […]
Ian Brown & Family (from Australia) – Rail Holiday in Europe (Oct 2014)
May 29, 2015

I cannot thank you enough for your help in putting my recent trip to Canada together - everything was so easy for me. I will be singing your praises to everyone and would certainly like to travel more by train in the future myself. Thank you again.
Kate Macer-Wright – Canada (October 2014)
October 27, 2014

Well we are now home from our Paris trip & all 42 of us  have nothing but praise for Jules & the Kirker team! I wanted to record what a super time our group recently had over 3 days  in Paris. It all ran to schedule throughout the varied and  full itinerary and the hotel Astor […]
Hindsight Investment Club – Paris (September 2014)
September 25, 2014

As usual the whole organisation, choice of hotel, resort and weather was impeccable. And you arranged for Vesuvius not to blow it's top whilst we were there. So that's another item ticked off the list: I am amazed I've finally seen Pompeii and particularly Herculaneum. We don’t do holidays that are so relaxing that we really, REALLY, DON’T WANT TO GO HOME! AND IT WAS ALL YOUR FAULT......
Ian & Cathy Furbank – Italy, Sorrento & surrounds (October 13)
November 24, 2013

The Journey of a Lifetime on the Venice Simplon Orient Express! The whole holiday was a great success. Thank you very much for all your planning, booking and checking the finer details. We have many happy memories that will last for a long time! The Goring Hotel in London, the Pullman/Orient Express trains and Hotel Cipriani in Venice were all brilliant. Staff looked after us extremely well and were very patient.
Roger & Pat Fern – Orient Express to Venice (April 2013)
May 2, 2013

Jules took the stress out of finding a hotel at Lake Garda that was not full in September and was perfect for our requirements. It was lovely to have a friendly voice on the end of the phone. Thank you for all your knowledge and advice.
Gill Nunn – Italy (Sept 2011)
October 14, 2011

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
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