Venice-Simplon Orient Express Paris to Istanbul
- Travel on the famous Venice Simplon Orient Express
- Enjoy travelling in Edwardian grandeur
- Savour delicious, culinary delights
- Be inspired by Agatha Christie and Edwardian travel
- Magnificent scenery
- Colourful bazaars of Istanbul
- Fascinating cruise along the Danube
- Visit Peles Castle in Romania
- Indulgent overnight stays in Bucharest and Budapest
- 6 days from £15,000pp (one-way)
Annually in August
Each year, in the 3rd week of August, Belmond take the Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) train on a breathtaking adventure across Europe. Travel from Paris to Istanbul, or from Istanbul to Paris, or even a return trip! This exclusive annual adventure sells out quickly, a wait list is available for 2021 already, join now and you’ll be advised in spring 2020 if you have a place.
NB: You have the option of including this special rail journey as part of a Tailored Rail tour. Ffestiniog Travel can make the additional arrangements to allow you to join a VSOE journey at the beginning, during or end of a bespoke itinerary. We will organise rail and flight tickets where necessary and hotel accommodation. Please contact us at
Paris to Istanbul
Day 1 – Paris
Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Paris Gare de l’Est mid-afternoon. After being greeted by your steward you will be taken to your cabin to settle in. Dinner is served in one of the luxurious restaurant cars. Choose to enjoy a nightcap in the Bar Car, with background music provided by the resident pianist, before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Day 2 – Budapest
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 – Cruise on the Danube
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 – Bucharest
This morning enjoy breakfast in your cabin. After brunch the train arrives to the mountain town of Sinaia where you disembark to visit the 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 – Bulgaria
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 – Istanbul
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.
Istanbul to Paris
Day 1 – Istanbul
Step aboard the gleaming blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as the train departs for the first part of the journey. Dinner is a sumptuous affair. Take a seat in one of the elegant restaurant cars and savour a culinary tour de force prepared by the skilled on board chefs. Afterwards, perhaps linger in the Bar Car as the pianist plays on the baby grand piano before retiring for the night.
Day 2 – Bucharest
Start the day with a continental breakfast, served in your cabin, as the train winds its way through Bulgaria and Romania. Later return to one of the restaurant cars for a scenic brunch. On arrival in Bucharest enjoy an orientation coach tour of the city on your way to the hotel, where you will stay for one night. Dinner this evening will be in a private venue, with a smart casual dress code.
Day 3 – Peles Castle
This morning rejoin the train for a delicious brunch as your journey continues towards the mountain town of Sinaia. Disembark to visit the beautiful Peles Castle, once the home of the former King Carol. The castle was visited by the very first Orient Express guests in October 1883, at the personal invitation of the King. Return to the train in the late afternoon for a relaxing journey towards Hungary. Enjoy another delectable dinner and night on board.
Day 4 – Budapest
On arrival in Budapest, meet local guides for a short coach ride through the city. Continue your discovery with a river cruise along the Danube, ending after lunch. In the evening you will be escorted to a nearby private venue for a typical Hungarian dinner, with an overnight stay in an elegant city hotel.
Day 5 – Budapest
Rejoin the train in time for lunch, winding through the vineyards and forests of Hungary. Arrive at Balaton Lake, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Disembark for a sunset aperitif, before rejoining the train for a final dinner and night aboard.
Day 6 – Paris
Enjoy your final breakfast in your cabin while the train weaves through Germany and into France. A delicious farewell lunch is served before arriving into Paris Gare de l’Est station.
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
- 3 nights on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express
- Dedicated steward service
- Welcome glass of champagne
- Sumptuous four-course dinner each night aboard the train
- Continental breakfast served in your cabin each morning
- Delicious three course lunch each day aboard the train
- Visit to Peles Castle
- Overnight hotel accommodation in Bucharest plus city tour and private dinner
- Budapest city tour plus Danube cruise with lunch at a local restaurant
- Overnight hotel accommodation include private dinner in Budapest
- Sunset aperitifs at Balaton Lake
Price per person
From £15,000 per person for a one-way journey
2019 price and itinerary, details will be available in the spring a year prior to travel. If travelling in both directions on the train you will not have a night in Istanbul.
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