One of the highest-regarded train journeys in the world, which departs just once a year. Take this rare opportunity to board the Belmond Venice Simplon Orient Express train for the classic journey five night journey from Paris to Istanbul, as you experience the original Orient Express route.
Prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime as you embark on an adventure across Europe exploring an array of cities along the way. By far this is the ultimate luxury train journey and one that is extremely sought after by those who want to experience the very best luxuries while visiting multiple glorious cities, in a single journey.
Once-in-a-lifetime this journey is and one that will evoke memories for years to come and the stories you will have to share from it on your return as you experience the epitome of luxury train travel. Board the Venice Simplon Orient Express in Paris mid-afternoon, you will be greeted by Belmond stewards who will show you to your own luxury cabin. After unwinding in your sumptuous surroundings, make your way to the dining car for one of many multiple-course dinners, designed to offer you the most exquisite cuisine you will have ever tasted. After dinner, retire to the bar car for a cocktail and soak in the ambience before retiring to your cabin, seemingly transformed by the stewards into a beautiful bedroom.
The following day, the Venice Simplon Orient Express arrives in the Hungarian capital, where you will transfer to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Day three, after breakfast at the hotel you will take a guided tour, lunch at a local restaurant and a short cruise along the Danube before re-embarking the train late afternoon as you head towards Romania. After breakfast in your cabin the following morning, disembark once more for a visit to the beautiful Peles Castle and rejoin the train for a short journey to Bucharest. After a short tour, you transfer to your hotel for a private dinner in the city.
For the final day of your Orient Express journey, you will rejoin the train as it travels into Bulgaria where you will experience a brief stop to enjoy the view across the Black Sea in Varna. Experience a delicious lunch, a fine dinner, before spending your final night aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. Awake the next day in Turkey as your journey comes to an end in Istanbul.
Day 1 - Paris:
Board the Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at the Paris Gare de l’ Est. Stewards will show to your private accommodation. Dinner is served in one of the restaurant cars, after which you are free to recline in the bar car and listen to the resident pianist and enjoy your favourite beverage, before retiring to your cabin.
Day 2 - Budapest:
Wake to the beautiful European scenery as the train travels into Hungary. Continental breakfast is served in your cabin. Before lunch is taken in one of the exquisite dining cars. After some leisure time aboard the train, we arrive in Budapest where you are transferred to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3 - Budapest:
After an exceptional breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be treated to a private guided tour of the city with lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a short cruise along the Danube. Later in the afternoon you’ll rejoin the train and enjoy a beverage or two in the bar car before dinner as you travel into Romania.
Day 4 - Bucharest:
Take breakfast in your cabin and enjoy some leisure time aboard before making your way to the dining car for brunch, after which the train arrives at the mountain town of Sinaia. Here, you’ll leave the train for a visit to the beautiful Peles Castle. After your visit, rejoin the train for a short journey to Bucharest, where on arrival, you’ll enjoy a short tour as you transfer to your hotel. This evening, dinner will be enjoyed at a private venue in the city.
Day 5 - Bulgaria:
Awake in your hotel for breakfast before rejoining the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as you travel south into Bulgaria. During the afternoon, enjoy a brief stop to admire the view across the Black Sea in Varna. Enjoy a decadent lunch followed by a sumptuous dinner, as you spend your final night on board the train in your private accommodation.
Day 6 - Istanbul:
Early morning the train makes its way into Turkey and across the beautiful Thracian Plain as you enjoy breakfast. Enjoy a special Turkish-inspired lunch before the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express arrives in Istanbul.
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.