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6 Day Luxury Orient Express Train Paris to Istanbul

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6 Day Luxury Orient Express Train 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.

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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.

Day by day

First Day

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.

Second Day

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.

Third Day

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.

Fourth Day

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.

Fifth Day

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.

Sixth Day

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. 

Travel 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

Luxury Cabins

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train is quite unlike anything you will ever experience....

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Travel

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Travel 

From the 1920s to the ‘30s the carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train played a significant role in the golden age of travel.

Today, every carriage has been lovingly restored to its former glory, recreating one of the finest luxury experiences the world has ever known.

Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, travel has been refined to an elegant art. Relax in an opulent cabin while a dedicated steward attends to your every need.

Floor Plan

floor plan Cabins

Our Twin Cabins feature upper and lower berths while Single Cabins have one lower berth. During the day, the berths are transformed to offer comfortable banquette seating from which to admire the views. Crisp damask sheets and fine blankets contribute to a cosy and restful atmosphere at night.

For additional comfort and extra space, reserve a Cabin Suite formed of two interconnecting Twin Cabins. By day, stretch out and relax with two lounges, while at night a choice of bed configurations are available.

Inside your cabin, draw back the oak panels to reveal a washbasin. Luxury, mosaic-tiled lavatories are available at each end of the carriage.

Dining

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 

Menus

Our set-menus are an inclusive part of your trip. Drinks and à la carte options are also available at an additional charge. 

Chefs will be delighted to cater for any specific dietary requirements, provided a detailed request is made at the time of booking.

Restaurant Cars and Bar 

Enjoy the unique ambience of each of the three beautifully restored 1920s restaurant cars. Côte d’Azur, boasting Lalique glass panels, Etoile du Nord with its beautiful marquetry, and L' Oriental, decorated in black lacquer. 

At the heart of the train, our stylish Bar Car offers a welcoming environment in which to relax over cocktails or coffee. Chat to fellow guests or enjoy music by our resident pianist.

Restaurant Cars

Cote D'azur 

Restaurant Car, Cote d'Azur, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Decorated by René Lalique, “Côte d’Azur” was built in 1929 as a first-class Pullman. The faintly blue opaque glass shows classical figures with a matching frieze of smaller panels.

The stylish carriage began in the Côte d’Azur Pullman Express before switching to the Deauville Express. It returned to the Côte d’Azur for winter journeys and ran from Paris to Calais for many years, meeting the passengers from the Golden Arrow.

By 1961 it was in a reserve pool used for special services and was eventually stored at the Wagons-Lits works at Villeneuve. It was rescued from a cold and dreary siding in 1981 by Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and restored at Bremen. 

Etoile Du Nord 

Restaurant Car Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train

Etoile du Nord” was built in 1926 in England, and showcases some of the most beautiful marquetry in the continental rake. It ran with the Etoile du Nord train from Paris and then switched to the Edelweiss based in Amsterdam.

After running with the Lusitania Express from Lisbon to Madrid it finished service in the 1970s, travelling between Cadiz and Seville.

L'oriental

Restaurant Car, L'Oriental, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

L'Oriental was originally a Pullman kitchen car. Built in Birmingham in 1927 in the Etoile du Nord style, it ran a luxurious service between Paris and Amsterdam. It later joined the Lusitania Express.

When purchased for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the car was updated and refitted with black lacquer panels. 

3674

Bar Car 3674 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train

Named after the original number given to the carriage, our bar car ‘3674’ celebrates the history of this storied train. Vibrant blue and gold interiors reflect the train’s marquetry, providing the perfect place to enjoy the selection of classic cocktails.

Originally built in France in 1931, it ran as part of the Sud Express after the war. Routes included Paris to Irún on the Spanish border and from Paris to Toulouse in Le Capitole.

New Champagne Bar 

Sample the finest champagnes in our exclusive bar. Art deco interiors and Lalique glassware conjure the romance and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. 

Vintages include Taittinger, Laurent Perrier Rosé and Louis Roederer Cristal, perfectly chilled and served in glimmering crystal.

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