Take the return leg of the original Orient Express journey from Istanbul to Paris. This is one of the most magical luxury train journeys one could embark on.
Take this fabled journey crossing the length of Europe in absolute luxury onboard the Belmond Venice Simplon Orient Express. Select from a choice of cabins starting with a twin cabin, which allows your Orient Express journey from Istanbul to be one in comfort with upper and lower berths, transformed during the day by the stewards to offer banquette seating. The cabin suites are a popular choice, offering extra space, allowing two interconnecting doubles, therefore you have the room to stretch out with two lounges and a choice of configurations, of which the stewards will attend to. Then, the ultimate luxury for an Istanbul Orient Express journey to Paris is the grand suite, offering a twin or double bedroom setup that has a good sized living area, plenty of room for private dining and also includes an en-suite bathroom with bespoke amenities and complimentary shower robes. With a Grand Suite you are also treated to free flowing Champagne.
Heading off from the bright bustling bazaars of Istanbul, you'll take the most luxurious journey throughout Europe, able to admire some of the continent's most celebrated sights, such as Peles Castle, home to Dracula. You will also cruise the Danube before arriving to see glamorous Parisian streets.
Day 1 - Istanbul:
Dinner will be served in one of the three beautiful restaurant cars. After dinner, take some time to listen to the resident pianist in the Bar Car.
Day 2 - Bucharest:
The Venice Simplon Orient Express arrives in Bucharest. After journeying throughout the night through Bulgaria and Romania, you'll arrive in Bucharest to spend the day. You will stay in the Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel for the night and enjoy dinner at a private venue, where there is a smart dress code required.
Day 3 - Bucharest:
You'll rejoin the Venice Simplon Orient Express train for brunch as the train continues your journey towards the mountain town of Sinaia. After Brunch you'll have the wonderful opportunity of visiting the beautiful Peles Castle. The castle was also visited by the very first Orient Express guests in October 1883, at the personal invitation of the King.
Day 4 - Budapest:
The Venice Simplon Orient Express will arrive in Budapest. You will meet up with your local guide for a short coach ride through the city. Continue your discovery of the city with a river cruise along the famous Danube River. You will stay in the city for the night at one of Budapest's top hotels, you'll also dine at a fantastic Hungarian restaurant where you will sample some of the country's typical dishes.
Day 5 - Budapest:
Again, you will rejoin the Venice Simplon Orient Express to continue your European adventure, travelling through Hungary passing by the fine vineyards and enchanting forests.
Day 6 -Paris:
Breakfast served in your cabin, you will journey through Germany and into France. You will enjoy your final dinner aboard this wonderful luxury train before your Orient Express journey from Istanbul concludes as you arrive into the French capital.
All prices shown are for one adult ticket based on sharing accommodation for sleeper journeys or shared table for day trips. Single occupancy of cabins may incur additional charge. Prices are set by the operator and may change at short notice. We endeavour to ensure prices are always accurate and update our own website as soon as possible. All timings and details of included tours and activities are for guidance only and will only be confirmed in your travel documents that will be posted to you 7 days before departure. For any questions including discounts, offers or group pricing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.