|Train||Europe: Orient-Express - Venice Simplon-Orient-Express|
|Destinations||Depart Venice late afternoon for your overnight journey to Prague, where you arrive the following afternoon for a two-night stay. Rejoin the train in Prague during the afternoon for your overnight journey to Paris, where you arrive just after breakfast the following morning.|
|General Info||Board the legendary train to step back in time to a world of romance, indulgence and adventure. Dine in authentic 1920s carriages and share travellers' tales with other guests over glasses of champagne in the Bar Car. Then be lulled to sleep in a private cabin with brass lamps and marquetry panelling, awake to a breakfast in bed and roll down the windows to discover the sights outside.|
|Itinerary||Day 1 | Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Venice Santa Lucia station. After you have settled into your cabin, dinner will be served in one of our restaurant cars.
Day 2 | Spend the morning relaxing in the comfort of your cabin, enjoy breakfast at your leisure while gazing at the beautiful passing scenery as the train heads towards Prague. Later, enjoy a three-course lunch in one of the other magnificent restaurant cars. The train arrives in to Prague’s Smichov station in the afternoon. Transfer to your chosen hotel for two nights.
Day 3 | Enjoy the many attractions of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The medieval streets of the Old Town and the Hradcany Castle are in pleasing contrast to the twentieth century buildings of Wenceslas Square. Take a guided tour or wander at your pleasure, stopping at one of the many pavement cafés for coffee.
Day 4 | The morning is at your leisure before being welcomed aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Afternoon tea is served by your steward as you relax on board. A leisurely four-course dinner is served, prepared on board by our skilled French chefs. Enjoy a brandy or liqueur with convivial company in the Bar before retiring for the night.
Day 5 | Enjoy breakfast in the comforts of your cabin before your morning arrival in Paris.
|Inclusions||Includes all table d'hote meals and all taxes.|
|Guest Services||Director: Mr. Claude Ginella|
|Food and Dining||Exceptional European cuisine is freshly prepared in the train’s kitchen by Chef Christian Bodiguel and his skilled team. Fresh ingredients are taken on board at stops along the route. Look out the window and you may spot the chef inspecting lobsters from Brittany, tomatoes from Provence or saltmarsh lamb from Mont St Michel. Our set-menus are an inclusive part of your trip. Drinks and à la carte options are also available at an additional charge.
Côte d’Azur was built in 1929 as a first-class Pullman and decorated by René Lalique. The faintly blue opaque glass shows classical figures with a matching frieze of smaller panels. The stylish carriage began in the Côte d’Azur Pullman Express before switching to the Deauville Express. It returned to the Côte d’Azur for winter journeys and ran from Paris to Calais for many years, meeting the passengers from the Golden Arrow. By 1961 it was in a reserve pool used for special services and was eventually stored at the Wagons-Lits works at Villeneuve. It was rescued from a cold and dreary siding in 1981 by Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and restored at Bremen.
Etoile du Nord was built in 1926 in England, and showcases some of the most beautiful marquetry in the continental rake. It ran with the Etoile du Nord train from Paris and then switched to the Edelweiss based in Amsterdam. After running with the Lusitania Express from Lisbon to Madrid it finished service in the 1970s, travelling between Cadiz and Seville.
L'Oriental was originally a Pullman kitchen car. Built in Birmingham in 1927 in the Etoile du Nord style, it ran a luxurious service between Paris and Amsterdam. It later joined the Lusitania Express. When purchased for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the car was updated and refitted with black lacquer panels.
The Bar Car was built in France in 1931 and based at the Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris. After the war it ran as part of the Sud Express from Paris to Irún on the Spanish border and from Paris to Toulouse in Le Capitole. Today it boasts a beautiful, Art Nouveau-style interior by Gérard Gallet.
|Cabins||17 beautifully restored first-class Wagon-Lits carriages for 188 passengers with steward attendants.
Double Cabins are configured as a lounge with a banquette sofa, footstool, small table and a washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water during the day. At night it becomes a cozy bedroom with an upper and lower bed.
Cabin Suites consist of two interconnecting cabins. You can choose between single beds or keep one cabin as a lounge, with upper and lower beds in the other. A beautiful mosaic-tiled lavatory is located in each carriage.