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6 Day Luxury Orient Express Train Tour Istanbul to Venice

Step back in time with this classic journey. Departing from Istanbul, you’ll travel through Turkey, Bulgaria and Austria as you experience the romance of three stunning cities; Bucharest, Budapest and Venice.

Your time aboard the train promises to be every bit as enchanting as the destinations. From the moment you settle into your private cabin you will be transported to a world of indulgence, marked by stunning cuisine and peerless service.




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Tour Highlights

  • Three nights aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train
  • Dedicated steward service
  • Welcome glass of champagne
  • Sumptuous four-course dinner each night aboard the train
  • Seasonal table d’hôte menu, including cheeseboard, coffee, tea and petits fours
  • Continental breakfast served in your cabin each morning
  • Delicious three-course lunch each day aboard the train
  • Bucharest city tour, private dinner and overnight hotel accommodation
  • Delightful three-course brunch Visit to Peles Castle
  • Budapest city tour, Danube cruise with lunch, private dinner and overnight hotel accommodation
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul Board Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

Day 2

Bucharest

Day 3

Sinaia and Peles Castle

Day 4

Budapest and Danube River

Day 5

Hungary

Day 6

Austria and Venice

Day 1

Check in at Istanbul’s Sirecki station and board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.

Dinner is served in one of the luxurious restaurant cars.

Choose to enjoy a nightcap in the Bar Car, set to the sound of the resident pianist, before retiring to your cabin for the evening.

Day 2

Continental breakfast is served in your cabin as the train travels through Bulgaria and on into Romania.

After lunch on board, you arrive in Bucharest. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city on the way to your hotel.

Dinner this evening will be at a private venue, after which you’ll return to the Athenée Palace Hilton Hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 3

Rejoin the train for the short journey to the mountain town of Sinaia, enjoy a delicious three-course lunch en route.

Visit Peles Castle, the summer home of the former King Carol. Return to the station late afternoon as your journey continues towards Hungary.

A leisurely four-course dinner is served, prepared on board by our skilled French chefs.

Enjoy a liqueur with convivial company in the Bar Car before retiring for the night.

Day 4

Continental breakfast is brought to you by your steward in the comfort of your private cabin before arrival in Budapest. This morning and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this city split into two parts by the Danube river.

A Danube cruise with lunch, before transferring to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Dinner will be taken at a private venue in the city.

Day 5

Transfer to the station mid morning to rejoin the train.

Lunch is served as the train makes its way to Balaton lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary, through vineyards and forests.

Later this afternoon, you are invited to disembark for an aperitif by the lake at sunset before re-joining the train for dinner and your final night on board.

Day 6

Enjoy your final breakfast in your cabin while the train travels through Austria via the scenic Arlberg route before entering into Italy.

A delicious farewell lunch is prepared by our skilled chefs before all too soon the train arrives into Venice Santa Lucia station.

Complimentary transfers, shared with your fellow passengers are provided to hotels or the airport for your own onward arrangements.


Dining Highlights

  • Experience one of the world’s most unique dining experiences and indulge in a sensational feast aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
  • Exceptional European cuisine is freshly prepared in the train’s kitchen by Executive Chef Christian Bodiguel and his skilled team.
  • The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express menu features fresh ingredients 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. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Menu.


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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