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ELEGANT JOURNEYS

7

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A Captivating Italian Rail Adventure with Belmond

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Journey Highlights

In an age where speed is everything, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express moves to a different tempo – slowing the jet-setting pace of modern day to a gentle amble by recapturing an era when travelling was a pleasure and not simply a necessity. In addition to the hugely successful London to Venice routes which run between March and November, there are additional journeys to some of the most romantic destinations in the world such as Paris to Prague and Vienna. Allow diligent Stewards to whisk your luggage away and escort you to your cabin, while you completely absorb a world that is first-class from beginning to end; enjoy silver-service fine dining with five-course à la carte menus, followed by nightcaps in the carriage bar with dreamy piano keys sending you swiftly off to bed.

Luxury City Breaks Dining & Gourmet Luxury Rail Travel
Perfect for:

A romantic journey of celebration

Guide Price:

Prices from £4,750 per person. The price includes a night on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, accommodation, flights and private transfers.

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Your journey at a glance

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    Board the British Pullman from London
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    1 night Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient Express
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    2 nights Venice, Italy
  • 4
    2 nights Florence, Italy
  • 5
    2 nights Portofino, Italy
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The train operates from April until November, with May being an excellent time to travel.

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Board the British Pullman from London

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Board the British Pullman train in London Victoria and head to Folkstone, where you will cross the English Channel. Then, board the Venice Simplon-Express in Paris for your overnight journey to Venice. Take a romantic journey through time on the historic Venice-Simplon Express - travel through the beautiful lands of France and Switzerland whilst heading for Venice on Italy's north-east coast. Experience the glamour of a bygone era, enjoy superlative service and fine dining, all whilst admiring the stunning scenery.

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Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient Express

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Disembark the British Pullman in Paris and board the iconic Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Venice. In an age where speed is everything, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express moves to a different tempo – slowing the jet-setting pace of modern day to a gentle amble by recapturing an era when travelling was a pleasure and not simply a necessity. In addition to the hugely successful London to Venice routes which run between March and November, there are additional journeys to some of the most romantic destinations in the world such as Paris to Prague and Vienna. Allow diligent Stewards to whisk your luggage away and escort you to your cabin, while you completely absorb a world that is first-class from beginning to end; enjoy silver-service fine dining with five-course à la carte menus, followed by nightcaps in the carriage bar with dreamy piano keys sending you swiftly off to bed.

Private boat transfer to Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Arrive at Santa Lucia railway station and board your private boat for the twenty-minute transfer to Belmond Hotel Cipriani, situated on Giudecca Island.

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Venice, Italy

Staying at

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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Once in Venice, you’re faced with an assortment of riches. How many other areas of not much more than five square kilometres can boast artistic and architectural marvels in such concentration? With its one-hundred and fifty canals, four-hundred bridges and magnificent 16th and 17th century palaces and piazzas, it is no surprise that Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a popular city break destination year-round. Venture off the well-beaten trails and into the backstreets, for it’s here that many of Venice’s most rewarding, lesser-known treasures lie.

Highlights

Enjoy a two-night stay at the glamorous Belmond Hotel Cipriani, located away from the main tourist area on Giudecca Island. Loved by the Hollywood glitterati, this iconic Venetian hotel plays host to countless celebrities and movie stars throughout the year, particularly during the Venice Film Festival, and was the hotel of choice for George Clooney and his entourage when he was married in Venice in 2014. It certainly provides a wonderfully peaceful retreat away from the inevitable crowds that flock to the neighbouring islands and their famous sights, yet offers a convenient base from which to explore those same sights, while the views of the lagoons and St Mark's Square from the hotel are simply sublime. During your stay, you may wish to spend your days relaxing around the hotel's magnificent Olympic-size swimming pool, play a game of tennis on its clay court or head out to explore on a guided tour or wine-based excursions that visit local vineyards - even tour Venice's lively and unusual Bacari wine bars. For an entirely different perspective, it is possible to kayak your way around the lagoons or pootle along them on one of the hotel's amusing water bikes.

Staying at

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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From the moment you arrive, you feel the sense of calm that pervades Belmond Hotel Cipriani – a true classic. This mood continues through the gardens, where the kids' club is located – where works of art and sculpture are often showcased and where Casanova once held his clandestine trysts – onwards into the hotel’s vineyards and the hotel itself. Interiors are bedecked with delicately blown-glass and precious fabrics, where beautifully appointed rooms and suites all offer garden or lagoon views. Palazzo Vendramin and Palazzetto, reached via an ancient courtyard and flowery passageway, offers additional privacy in butlered rooms and suites, with even more spectacular views of the lagoon and Piazza San Marco.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Located on an island four minutes from central Venice
  • Feature:A free boat service takes you close to St Mark's Square
  • Rooms:95 rooms & suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Venice Airport
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Take a high-speed train from Venice to Florence


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Florence, Italy

Staying at

Belmond Villa San Michele

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A small city with a bumper-sized line-up of artistic treasures, Florence is like a living museum. Little wonder it’s a magnet for tourists.

Book tickets in advance for the Uffizi Gallery, stuffed with priceless Renaissance art from giants like Michelangelo, da Vinci and Botticelli. Also to see Michelangelo’s marble statue of David on display at the Accademia Gallery.

Mooch about the piazzas and hidden backwaters brimming with character. Check out the churches of Santa Maria Novella, San Marco and Santa Croce. Admire Brunelleschi’s dome of Il Duomo, a mesmerising edifice of the Renaissance and illustrious city landmark.

Sample classic Florentine food in heaps of quality restaurants and authentic trattorias. Follow fashion in dedicated costume museums and in haute couture boutiques along the Via de' Tornabuoni.

Florence is at her most beautiful at dusk when the sun casts a warm glow over Ponte Vecchio and the terracotta roofs of this totally absorbing city. A time to enjoy aperitivi in a pavement café and socialise over cocktails and finger food.

In just a few days you’ll get to know this city well. Leaving time to seek out the hills of Fiesole and other idyllic haunts of the Tuscan countryside.

Highlights

Arrive in Florence and enjoy a private car transfer to your next fabulous accommodation, located on the outskirts of the city. Belmond Villa San Michele is a magnificent 15th century Franciscan monastery that offers an incredible overview of Florence and its surrounding countryside from its lofty position in the hills. As with Belmond Hotel Cipriani, this property has the advantage of being a convenient distance from all that Florence has to offer, whilst allowing its guests peaceful respite from the crowds that flock to the historic city. While here, you can mix things up by taking the hotel's, frequently running, courtesy shuttle bus down into the city to explore (with options for a range of private guided tours, including of the Vassari Corridor in the Uffizi Gallery), picking it up later on in the day to enjoy the facilities back at the hotel, which include an open-air swimming pool ideally located for appreciating how spectacular Florence looks from afar as you take a swim.

Staying at

Belmond Villa San Michele

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A 15th century Franciscan monastery with amazing views of Florence and boasting a façade by Michelangelo – Belmond Villa San Michele, fully restored and voted one of the world's most beautiful hotels, promises a rare experience indeed. There can be no more quintessential Italian experience, than a stay here, especially if you opt for the Michelangelo Suite, the Limonaia Suite or the  Garden Suites. Alternatively, splash out and treat yourself to a stay at Villa Limonaia for a true villa-within-a-villa experience. Chianti, the Medici Villas, San Gimignano, Siena, the breathtaking Tuscan countryside with its picture-book villages and, of course, the Renaissance splendour of Florence, with its museums, churches, art galleries and designer shopping, are all on your doorstep.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Originally a 15th century Franciscan monastery
  • Feature:Learn about Italian cuisine at the superb cookery school
  • Rooms:45 rooms & suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Florence Airport
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Take a private car transfer to Portofino


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Portofino, Italy

Staying at

Belmond Hotel Splendido

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A firm favourite of the jet-set, the 'great and the good' flock to Portofino on the Italian Riviera; a picturesque, half-moon-shaped seaside village with pastel-coloured houses lining its harbour, chic shops, excellent restaurants, elegant cafés and fabulous hotels. Its crystalline green water reveals a myriad of aquatic life, while the castle sits on the hill overlooking the village. The headland is surprisingly quiet; a protected park with pine and chestnut woods, fragrant plants and flowers. There are also opportunities for hiking, diving and boating. Portofino isn't an obvious family resort, as it is most geared to style-loving couples wanting a quiet break.

Highlights

Arrive at Belmond Hotel Splendido, which enjoys a prime location high on a lush hillside overlooking Portofino, the incredibly pretty, bijou fishing village whose charming exterior belies the understated glitz and exclusive persona that has made it so popular with the rich and famous for a number of years. As with the other two Belmond properties you will have stayed at during your trip, Hotel Splendido stands away from the centre of Portofino, meaning guests have the best of both worlds, in terms of being conveniently close to the village's central piazzetta, whilst being far enough away to offer an exclusive peaceful ambience within its grounds - and its elevated position only accentuates this. During your two-night stay, you can take the courtesy shuttle bus down into the village to enjoy designer shopping, people-watching, casual lunches and leisurely walks - even hire a yacht or kayak to explore the picturesque coastline.

Staying at

Belmond Hotel Splendido

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With beautiful guest rooms and a guestbook that reads like a celebrity ‘who’s who’, the elegant Belmond Hotel Splendido attracts visitors from far and wide. Over the years, it has acted like a magnet to a fashionable and celebrated clientele, pictures of whom grace the walls of its lobby. It offers the highest standards of international hotel keeping, whilst cleverly managing to retain a relaxed Mediterranean ambience. Pretty pathways lead down to the yacht-strewn harbour, with its indigo waters, while many of the rooms boast tiled terraces or balconies, allowing guests to take full advantage of the enviable setting. Each guest room is slightly different, although antiques and handpainted trompe l'oeils are de rigeur. Belmond Hotel Splendido is sister hotel to Belmond Splendido Mare, located on the harbourside, and a complimentary bus service operates between the two.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Very popular amongst its celebrity clientele
  • Feature:Set on a pretty hillside overlooking Portofino harbour
  • Rooms:67 rooms & suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Genoa Airport
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Fly home from Genoa Airport to London Heathrow


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Our expert Travel Consultant, Debbie says ...

Our Experts

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Perfect for an anniversary, special birthday or surprise celebration this is an incredible journey to remember. The superb service and captivating scenery are just part of the attraction - explore the splendour of Venice, visit Italy's beautiful coastline and lose yourself in this romantic landscape.

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