The world's most celebrated train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express carries passengers across Europe in the style of a bygone era. The glamorous carriages, sumptuous cuisine and personal service, which is beyond comparison, make a journey on the VSOE the perfect place for a celebration or special holiday. Bombed, shot at and marooned in snow drifts, the history of the Orient-Express is both legendary and colourful.
The carriages which today form the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express each have a history of their own, with long years of service criss-crossing the frontiers of Europe, operating for a variety of railway companies. The carriages have taken on characters of their own as intriguing as the characters of those who travelled within their cosy confines.
Why not make your trip even more special with our range of extra options. We would be pleased to arrange any of the following:
- In Venice: Gondola Serenade Private tour: If the lagoonal city is unique in the world, likewise it is for the gondola ride with music. Enjoy an excursion along the canals with 2 Venetian musicians/singers playing famous Italian songs during the ride. A serenade gondola trip is a great way to relax, celebrate a birthday, anniversary, engagement, wedding, or simply a truly unique day or night out.
- In Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands tour: Visit three islands in the Venetian Lagoon! See an expert glassblower at work in Murano, examine some of the best hand-made lace of Burano and take a walk around the ancient monuments of the sparsely populated island of Torcello.
- In Rome: Wine tasting in Rome: Spend an evening with a wine guide, tasting and discussing Italian wines in a cozy intimate group at a long established traditional wine bar near Piazza Navona and in the lively square of the Campo dei Fiori.
- In Rome: Naples and Capri – one day trip: Explore the fabled coastal resort of Capri, popular with emperors and tourists since the ancient times. See the Blue Grotto and wander around the village of Anacapri.
Day 1: Venice. Welcoming of passengers at the Venice Airport Marco Polo and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast, start with a two-hour walking tour that features all the important monuments from San Marco Square to the Rialto Bridge. You will pass through a side of the city unknown to tourists and discover the hidden side of Venice as you hear legends of Marco Polo and Casanova. After the guided tour you’ll have enough free time for yourself to enjoy Venice in the way you like. You’ll be able to walk around the canals and small narrow bridges of this unique city, to enjoy S. Marco’s Square. Accommodation in a hotel in Venice.
Day 3: Venice Simplon Orient Express. Depart from Venice in the morning for you day journey to Rome, where you arrive late afternoon the same day. After breakfast you will depart from Venice Santa Lucia station and board the immaculately restored carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Visit the Bar Car for an aperitif before your delicious three-course lunch is served in one of the beautiful restaurant cars. Relax and contemplate the beautifull Italian scenary passing by or visit the on board boutique for a last minute gift or souvenir before the train pulls into Rome Ostiense station in the afternoon. Transfer from the station to the hotel in Rome.
Day 4: Rome. After breakfast experience all of Ancient Rome with an experienced local guide, see the most recognizable landmark and one of Ancient Rome’s most vital social centers - the Colosseum Continue your walk along the “Via Sacra” or “Sacred Way” which is the main path through the Roman Forum that once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions.
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