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Orient-Express to Venice

Mark and David's verdict:

The world's most romantic and evocative train journey begins when your British Pullman glides out of Victoria Station in London. Once across the Channel, you take your private compartment on the sumptuous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, reaching Paris by 9pm, waking in the Swiss Alps then rolling into Venice at around 6pm.

Recommended tour operator: Kirker Holidays

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Kirker Holidays says

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is quite simply the luxury train journey of a lifetime. Let the train – and your personal steward – take the strain whilst you sit back and travel in style through the stunning scenery of France, the Swiss Alps and the Dolomites before reaching Venice, arguably the most romantic city in the world.

  • Classic rail journey
  • Luxury hotels
  • Unique experience

A magnificent four-course dinner is served in the restaurant car on the first evening of your journey before you retire to your sumptuous compartment for the night, perhaps after a nightcap in the glamorous Bar Car.

The following morning, enjoy breakfast with a view as the train travels through the magnificent Swiss Alps. As well as admiring the pageant of scenery, you can spend time reading or chatting to your fellow travellers before sitting down to an excellent three-course lunch.

Your journey ends at Santa Lucia station where you will be met and escorted by water taxi to your hotel in Venice.

Kirker offers a wide selection of carefully-chosen hotels throughout the city, not least the legendary Danieli, located on the lagoon, and the famous Hotel Cipriani, surrounded by elegant gardens which offer a relaxing oasis away from the city centre – as well as excellent 4* properties such as the Londra Palace, and charming three-star pensione including the Hotel Flora. Our expert team will help find the right hotel for you.

What more would you expect from Kirker Holidays? We have spent more than 20 years perfecting the art of providing outstanding holidays for discerning travellers.

Find out more about our Orient Express holidays and the best time to visit Venice.

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