If you're travelling to any of our resorts in the Austrian Tyrol or beside Italy's Lake Garda, you can travel out from London on the Venice Simplon Orient-Express and return by air from either Innsbruck or Verona. Alternatively, you can do the journey in reverse, travelling out by air and then returning home on the train.
On October 4th 1883, the Orient Express made its maiden journey from Paris to Romania with just 40 VIP passengers on board. With its luxury tapestries, velvet curtains and sparkling crystal goblets, the train soon became a talking point amongst high society and the ultimate in prestige and chic. In many ways not much has changed in the last 130 years but today the Venice Simplon Orient-Express, with its original 1920’s cars, follows part of the old 1919 Arlberg-Orient Express route through spectacular scenery on its journey from London, via Innsbruck and Verona, to Venice. A trip on this iconic train remains high on many people’s ‘must do’ list of travel experiences and we’re delighted to be able to make that dream come true!
Thursday: Board the British Pullman at London Victoria in the late morning. Settle back in your reserved seat and relax with a Bellini and a delicious brunch as you travel through the Kent countryside to Folkestone. Here you move briefly back into the 21st century with your Eurotunnel crossing to Calais, where you join the Venice Simplon Orient-Express train. Once you have settled in to your plush cabin, sample an apéritif in the bar before a memorable four course fine dining experience in one of the three elegant restaurant cars, where the tables are graced with crisp white tablecloths and crystal glassware. After dinner, retire to the Bar Car to enjoy the live piano music and convivial atmosphere in the company of your fellow passengers. When it's time for bed, you'll find that your cabin has been transformed into a comfortable bedroom, ready for you to retire for the night.
Friday: When you awake, draw back the blinds and you'll be greeted by beautiful Swiss mountain scenery. Breakfast will be served in your cabin by your steward, after which you can relax there or in the Bar Car, as the train travels through the Arlberg towards Innsbruck, where you will arrive late morning. (Guests staying in the Austrian Tyrol will disembark here.) Guests travelling on to Lake Garda or Venice will be served a three course lunch in the restaurant car, from where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Italian Dolomites. All too soon, the train will arrive in Verona in the mid afternoon, where Lake Garda guests will disembark. The train then completes the final leg of the journey, with a delightful afternoon tea served en route, before arriving late afternoon / early evening in Venice.
Onward Travel Arrangements: On arrival in Innsbruck, guests for Austrian resorts will be met and escorted to a four or five star hotel in Innsbruck - normally the 5 Star Hotel Europa, conveniently close to the station - for a one night stay (bed & breakfast included), before transferring on to your chosen resort on Saturday. Lake Garda guests disembarking in Verona follow a similar arrangement, staying one night on bed & breakfast here, normally at the 4 Star Hotel Firenze, just a short stroll to the bustling Piazza Bra and the Roman Arena. We can even arrange for you to visit the Opera during the season, before transferring on to your chosen resort after breakfast the following morning. Guests travelling all the way to Venice arrive at the city's Santa Lucia station and we have a choice of hotels and lengths of stay available, depending on how long you wish to spend in Venice before moving on to beautiful Lake Garda. Please call our experienced team on 01483 79 11 17 so we can tailor-make your Venice stay to meet your wishes.
Homeward Bound on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Guests may also choose to travel home to the UK from either Venice, Verona or Innsbruck, in which case the departure will be on Wednesdays, arriving back in London Victoria on Thursday afternoons, and essentially following the above itinerary in reverse.
Cabins: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express carriages are the original 1920s models, and offer a choice of three cabin types:
During the day, the berths are transformed to offer comfortable banquette seating from which to enjoy the passing scenery. All cabins have their own wash-basin cabinet, hot and cold water, towels, soap and a dual voltage razor plug. Robes and complimentary slippers are available in your cabin for use on board. A w.c. is situated at the end of each carriage but there are no shower or bath facilities on board. Please note that Single Cabins are located at either end of the train and do not interconnect with Double Cabins.
The Bar Car: The Bar Car stays open as long as guests wish but may be temporarily suspended for border or Customs formalities. All prices are in Euros, and drinks may also be ordered to enjoy in your cabin. There is also a small boutique on board, carrying a selection of elegant souvenirs of your journey.
Dress Code: In keeping with the spirit and atmosphere of the occasion, many gentlemen choose to wear a dinner jacket in the restaurant and ladies opt for stylish cocktail/evening dresses. At the very least, gentlemen are asked to wear a suit and tie for dinner. Smart casual wear is the norm during the day but jeans and trainers are not permitted.
Meals On Board: Table d'hôte meals are included in the fare. On the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express itself, there are normally two sittings. The Maitre D' will visit your cabin after boarding to take your reservation. Wine and drinks are not included but may be purchased on board.
Baggage Allowance: One piece of hand luggage plus one suit-carrier or overnight bag per person may be taken into the cabin, and one further suitcase per person can be checked in for storage in the baggage car.
Gratitudes: Gratuities are at guests' discretion.
A useful Passenger's Guide to the train will be sent with your booking confirmation.
Holidays incorporating travel on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express can only be booked by telephone through our Reservations Centre on 01483 79 11 17 or through your travel agent. We regret that it is not possible to book online.
Your booking will initially be held as an option, whilst places on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are re-confirmed with the train company.
Bookings will usually be confirmed back to you within 24 hours.
Once your reservation is confirmed by Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, we will contact you to confirm the booking, at which point payment of our standard deposit of £130 per person, plus 25% of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express supplement, will be required.
Payment of the balance will be due in accordance with our standard Terms & Conditions.
Holiday Code: ATXX3050
Holiday Code: ITXX3050
|Thursdays||Wednesdays||Outward Homeward||Outward Homeward|
|May 9, 16||May 15||£1,849 £1,779||£2,035 £1,965|
|Jun 13, 20, 27||Jun 12, 19, 26||£1,865 £1,789||£2,085 £1,979|
|Jul 11, 18, 25||Jul 17, 24||£1,899 £1,789||£2,099 £1,979|
|Aug 15, 22||Aug 14, 21, 28||£1,899 £1,825||£2,085 £1,999|
|Sep 19||Sep 18||£1,899 £1,825||£2,085 £1,999|
|Supplements per person: Cabin Suite £1,075, Sole Occ (Innsbruck hotel) £36, Sole Occ (Verona hotel) £52.|
|Prices shown are an 'add-on' to your Inghams holiday price and include a deduction for the outward or homeward flight not utilised. Prices as per person based on occupancy of a Double Cabin. No single supplement applies if occupying a Single Cabin. Prices include Friday night in a min 4 Star hotel on bed & breakfast in Innsbruck or Verona and transfers to your resort on Saturday.|