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Introducing the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

If there's one name that immediately conjures up images of the golden age of rail travel, it's the Orient Express. Today, you can sample a taste of the glamour and luxury of the train's heyday aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

The sumptuous art deco interior is like a film set, with exquisite features like Lalique glass inlays and polished cherry-wood panelling. And as you make your way to your luxurious cabin, it's easy to imagine yourself as a character in a 1930s romance. 

What do I wear on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?

There is no finer way to travel than on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – and your wardrobe should reflect that. During the day, make sure you’re comfortable but presentable. Jeans are a little too casual. 
For lunch, men might like to wear a jacket and tie. Dinnertime is quite the occasion, so dress to impress. Many guests will wear black tie and evening dresses.

How long does the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journey take?

The traditional and most popular route between London and Venice takes two days, with one night on board. That’s plenty of time to get comfortable and sip champagne as the changing scenery unfolds through the window.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Do Venice Simplon-Orient-Express cabins have toilets and showers?

The beauty of travelling on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is it’s just as it was in the 1920s. Even the heating in the cabins is powered by a coal stove at the end of each carriage! Therefore, there are no standard cabins with en suite bathrooms. There are three very luxurious suites with en suites (subject to availability – and a large supplement).

However, each cabin does have a small vanity unit with basin and there are toilets at the end of each carriage. There are no baths or showers on board.

Do the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express cabins have wash bowls and power sockets?

A washbasin with hot and cold water is in a closed cabinet. Towels and quality toiletries are provided. There are European 'continental' two-pin electric sockets (230 volts) and a 115-volt socket for razors.

How do we cross the English Channel?

You will be whisked off from London aboard the Belmond British Pullman train to Folkestone where, with assistance from the hostesses, you will transfer onto the waiting luxury coaches. Your luggage will be managed by the Belmond staff throughout. The coaches will board the Eurotunnel train for the 30 minute journey to Calais.

On arrival in Calais, the famed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will be waiting for you to board.

Please note, the Eurotunnel may be replaced by the car ferry.

Will there be room in my Venice Simplon-Orient-Express cabin for my entire luggage?

The cabins on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are cosy and to save space you can take on board: one plane-sized hand luggage, one suit carrier or overnight back. You main suitcase will be stored in the baggage car and once it’s loaded on board, you’ll next see it when you reach your destination.

Is there a safe in the cabin?

There is no safe in your cabin. Cabins are locked and only you will have a key. Passports are looked after by your steward for border crossings. The Train Manager will be available for assistance throughout your journey. 

Does the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express have air-conditioning?

Air Conditioning is provided in all carriages throughout the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Cabin windows still open, 1929-style, for fresh mountain air!

Can I choose first or second sitting for Venice Simplon-Orient-Express meals?

The Chief Steward will come to your cabin to note your preference for sittings.

Approximate sitting times:  1st 18.30 and 2nd 21.45 but this depends on how full the train is and the group size.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Is the Orient-Express Wheelchair Friendly?

The train can take a limited number of wheelchairs to store- on request only. It is expected that guests are able to walk unaided on and off the train, as the corridors were not designed to accommodate modern wheelchairs.
Please note, there is no porterage at the train station in Venice.

Cabin floor plan and picture?

The first image is a floor plan of your cabin during the day with the bunk bed put away and a double seating sofa. 
The second picture shows the cabin made up for the evening with the sofa made into a single bed and the bunk bed pulled into place with a ladder to climb in. There are no standard cabins with a double bed. There are no single cabins, but single occupancy supplements are available.

Floor Plan
Floor plan

What meals are included?

All your meals on board are included but drinks are payable on departure.

Continental breakfast and afternoon tea are served in your own compartment, while a table d’hôte lunch and dinner are enjoyed in the sumptuous surroundings of the dining cars. 

The gourmet meals and discreet service are all part of the Orient-Express experience.

Does the tour manager travel with the train?

The TM will be waiting in Venice at the rail station to greet guests. On board our guests are well looked after by the train stewards.

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