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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Embark on one of the world’s finest trains – the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Travel in luxury and elegance across Europe, passing through alluring cities.

King Boris of Bulgaria once drove it through his country. A French President fell off it in his pyjamas. Isadora Duncan wore a veil (and little else) aboard it. Robert Baden Powel and Mata Hari travelled clandestinely on it. It inspired Agatha Christie, and now you could experience its magic and romance for yourself. Whether you choose to travel as yourself or incognito, its mystery will shape your journey.

The original Venice Simplon-Orient-Express first left Paris for Constantinople in October 1883 and was the most glamorous way of crossing the Continent. That much has not changed, but today there is a choice rail journeys within the Belmond collection – any of which will be the most fascinating topic of conversation at your next dinner party.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, at a glance

  • The ultimate, Art Deco-style train
  • Legendary Venice Simplon-Orient elegance
  • Cabins have period features and are quickly converted (by stewards) from elegant seating to deeply comfortable sleeping quarters
  • Cabin suites feature two interconnecting cabins
  • All carriages have individual facilities
  • Three individually styled restaurant cars serving the world class cuisine for which the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is famed


  • The Paris – Budapest – Bucharest - Istanbul is still the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express classic, but other memorable journeys include:
  • London – Paris or Venice (and return)
  • Istanbul – Bucharest – Budapest – Venice
  • Venice - Krakow – Dresden - London
  • Venice - Paris (and return)
  • Venice – Prague - London
  • Venice – Budapest - London
  • Venice – Vienna - London

  • I am notoriously difficult to please as my work colleagues and family will attest but I have to say that the organisation from your team was absolutely brilliant. From guides to drivers it was faultless.

    MO, Vietnam