In partnership with the Belmond's Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express, a work of art in itself and a true Art Deco icon, discover one of the world's most celebrated travel experiences. Adventure and style are intimately bound in journeys that crisscross Europe, gliding through sublime scenery to some of the continent's most alluring cities. Along the way guests relax in sumptuous vintage cabins, enjoying gastronomic cuisine
and a lively onboard atmosphere.
Steeped in history and buzzing with culture, Europe is as unique as it is dazzling. What better way to discover this singular continent than on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?
An icon of Art Deco design and an enduring symbol of luxury, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels between some of Europe’s most iconic cities every year from March to November.
London’s architecture alone gives you a sense of this city’s great spirit. Here, modern skyscrapers such as The Shard overlook historic sites including the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. In the City of Light, the Eiffel Tower casts a magical glow at night. By day, stroll along Paris’s beautiful Grands Boulevards and visit sunny pavement cafés.
Vibrant and fabled Istanbul bridges east and west, old and new, while Budapest links two ancient cities across the River Danube. Elegant Prague is as beautiful as it is rich in history. Venice is the continent’s most romantic destination, breathtaking in its beauty, from the Grand Canal to St Mark’s Square. Grand palaces and pristine parks characterise classical Vienna, Austria’s capital. For cutting-edge music and culture, Berlin offers chic sky bars, buzzing galleries and stunning contemporary architecture.
Your voyage of discovery on these storied carriages brings together aspects of Europe’s extraordinary lineage with the ultimate in style and comfort.
Life on board
Experience the golden age of travel as you step on board this iconic train and become part of its incredible history. Prepare for an adventure.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a truly unique set of vintage carriages. It offers an experience that promises to take you not just across Europe, but to another world entirely. With its sumptuous decor, this legendary train draws you into the opulence and elegance of a bygone era.
Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and you are embarking on an adventure embraced by film stars, royalty and even spies, from Grace Kelly to Lawrence of Arabia. As part of one man’s mission to bring the train back to life, the vintage carriages were bought in 1977 and carefully restored for the train’s relaunch in 1982. Today, it is still one of the most desirable travel experiences in the world.
Authenticity is everything here, from the ornate original marquetry by the Art Deco master René Prou to engraved glass panels by René Lalique.
The train comprises the original sleeping cars of the 1920s and 30s, along with three Restaurant Cars and the elegant Bar Car ‘3674’, complete with a baby grand piano and a boutique. Evening dress for dinner is an integral part of the glamorous mood on board.
This experience is all about the journey. As you glide through lush countryside and majestic mountains, you will savour every moment.
Passengers may choose from one of 85 twin cabins or stretch out in a cabin suite, formed of two interconnecting twin cabins with a lower berth bed in each or using one as a living area and the other for sleeping. By day relax on plush banquette seating. Come evening, while you dine, your cabin is transformed into cosy upper and lower berth beds, complete with damask sheets. For those looking for an almost euphoric sense of grandeur, more room and en-suite facilities, our six exquisite Grand Suites offer unbridled indulgence.
Each of the three beautifully restored 1920s Restaurant Cars has its own unique ambience. Côte d’Azur boasts gorgeously detailed Lalique glass panels, Étoile du Nord impresses with its beautiful marquetry, and L’Oriental dazzles in black lacquer. Decisions, decisions! Besides feasting your eyes, you’ll be indulged with famed cuisine. Each dish is lovingly prepared by Executive Chef Christian Bodiguel, a true culinary master who has honed his craft on the train over three decades. He takes his inspiration from what’s seasonal and local, using the finest ingredients selected from the lands the train travels through.
To savour aperitifs and nightcaps, head to Bar Car ‘3674’, where the history of this storied train comes to life. Be serenaded by our resident pianist who plays the sleek onboard baby grand as you sip our signature cocktail, The Guilty 12, which takes its name from the characters in the renowned thriller for which the train was inspiration. Lovers of bubbles adore our Champagne Bar, located in the Côte d’Azur Restaurant Car, with stunning Lalique glassware.
'The journey not the arrival matters' - T.S Eliot
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