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6 Day Luxury Orient Express Train Tour Paris to Istanbul

Departing just once a year, embark on this classic journey and explore an array of romantic cities aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express; Paris, Budapest, Bucharest and Istanbul.

On board, moments to treasure follow one after another. Mingle with fellow travellers over cocktails in the bar car. Savour stunning regional cuisine in the restaurant car. Or simply relax in your vintage cabin and watch the scenery unfold.

Depart Paris for your overnight journey towards Budapest. After an overnight stay in Budapest, rejoin the train for an overnight journey to Bucharest, where you spend the next day and night. On rejoining the train the next day stop in the fascinating country of Bulgaria. Enjoy your last night and day on board as the train travels to your last stop, Istanbul.




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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
  • Overnight hotel accommodation including private dinner in Budapest
  • Budapest city tour plus Danube cruise with lunch at a local restaurant
  • Visit to Peles Castle
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Bucharest plus city tour and private dinner
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Board Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train in Paris

Day 2

Budapest

Day 3

Budapest and Romania

Day 4

Sinaia, Peles Castle and Bucharest

Day 5

Bulgaria

Day 6

Turkey Istanbul

Day 1

Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train at Paris Gare de l’ Est, mid afternoon.  After being greeted by your steward, settle into your cabin.

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

Enjoy the sublime scenery as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train travels into Hungary.

Continental breakfast is served in your cabin and lunch will be taken in one of the opulent dining cars.

On arrival in Budapest, transfer to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a private guided tour of the city, with lunch at a local restaurant and a short cruise along the Danube.

Rejoin the train late afternoon and perhaps enjoy an aperitif in the Bar Car before dinner as the train travels into Romania.

Day 4

This morning enjoy breakfast in your cabin.

After brunch the train arrives at the mountain town of Sinaia, disembark for a visit to beautiful Peles Castle.

Rejoin the train to complete the short journey to Bucharest. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour as you transfer to your hotel.

Dinner this evening will be enjoyed at a private venue in the city.

Day 5

This morning, rejoin the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train as it travels south across the Danube and into Bulgaria.

During the afternoon, a stop is made to enjoy the view across the Black Sea in Varna.

Lunch and dinner are served on board the train, as your journey continues.

This final night is spent on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.

Day 6

Early this morning the train enters Turkey and crosses the beautiful Thracian Plain.

After breakfast and a special Turkish-inspired lunch on board, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express arrives in Istanbul.


Sightseeing 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


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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