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Luxury rail and sail with the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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Evoking a golden age of rail travel, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is an icon of art deco design, with its polished wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique fixtures.

Travel across Europe in unmatched luxury, where unique dining experiences abound, including leisurely four-course dinners, refined lunches, breakfasts served in the comfort of your cabin, and brunch or traditional English afternoon tea depending on the journey. Elegant Twin Cabins allow you to admire the passing scenery from your plush seats, and are transformed at night into inviting bedrooms, while the Cabin Suites offer extra space to unwind. The exquisite Grand Suites have interiors inspired by Paris, Venice and Istanbul and provide every modern comfort; spacious ensuites and impeccable cabin service complete the experience.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Grand Suite

There is no better way to join or return home from your cruise than this most refined of rail journeys. We have combed through the 2021 schedule, much of which has already sold out, to find the best cruise combinations with a number of different Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journeys.

1. Silversea plus London to Venice

The classic London to Venice overnight journey begins when you board the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria station. After crossing the Channel, board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and travel through magnificent mountain scenery and rolling countryside. Departing London on 5th August 2021, you'll cross the Venetian Lagoon and arrive into Santa Lucia station in time to embark Silver Shadow for a fantastic 9-night cruise along the Adriatic coast to Athens, calling at Rovinj, Zadar, Vis, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Argostoli, Amorgos, and Santorini.

Silver Shadow - Pool deck

2. Crystal Cruises plus Venice to London

The best way to avoid the disembarkation blues is to continue your holiday, and knowing that you're swapping the tiresome airport terminal for an iconic rail journey is the perfect tonic. Crystal Cruises offer a pair of sailings that combine with a 3-night stay in Venice (we recommend the Baglioni Hotel Luna) and the 28th July 2021 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journey to London. Choose between a wonderful 9-night voyage on Crystal Symphony, sailing on 16th July 2021 from Rome to Venice and visiting Sorrento, Taormina, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Split and Koper, or, for the ultimate in small ship luxury, the 7-night Dreaming of Dalmatia sailing on 18th July 2021 from Dubrovnik to Venice aboard the tiny 62-guest yacht Crystal Esprit.

Crystal Esprit in Dubrovnik

3. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection plus Vienna to London

Travelling between Europe's great cities by rail is the perfect accompaniment to a river cruise, with even more time to enjoy the continent's ever-changing scenery. Uniworld's 24th September 2021 Authentic Danube itinerary explores some of the jewels that lie along Europe's most popular river, including Regensburg, the Bavarian Forest National Park, the beautiful city of Passau and the Wachau Valley, before arriving in grand old Vienna. After an overnight hotel stay, join the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Vienna station for the overnight journey to London via Paris.

Weissenkirchen, Wachau Valley, Austria

4. AmaWaterways plus Budapest to London

AmaWaterways' Romantic Danube river cruise begins on 23rd October 2021 in Vilshofen, where you can explore the beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. From Linz opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg, stopping at the famed Basilica St. Michael en route. Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein. Explore Vienna and Bratislava and then enjoy an overnight on board in Budapest, after which you'll join the overnight Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journey to London.

AmaWaterways cruising on the Danube river in Bratislava, Slovakia

5. Oceania Cruises plus Istanbul to Paris (and London to Venice)

This extraordinary journey combines a 12-night sailing from Venice on Oceania's 684-guest Nautica, with her particularly appealing suite accommodation, and a breathtaking 5-night Venice Simplon-Orient-Express adventure across Europe, from the colourful bazaars of Istanbul to the enchanting lights of Paris. Depart Venice on 14th August 2021 to call at Ancona, Korcula, Monopoli, Santorini, Athens, Paros, Rhodes, Ephesus and Pergamum, finishing with an overnight stay on board in Istanbul, before disembarking for a further one night hotel stay in the city.

Oceania Insignia - Pool deck

Then board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and travel overnight to Bucharest, arriving just after lunch for an overnight stay at the Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel. Rejoin the train for another overnight journey to Budapest via the mountain town of Sinaia, home of the Peles Castle, visited by the first VSOE guests in 1883. Finally, travel through the vineyards and forests of Hungary and enjoy your last night on board en route to Paris, arriving after a farewell lunch. You'll complete your journey home by Eurostar. You could even add the London-Venice journey and an overnight Venice stay before the cruise to create the most amazing no-fly journey.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express dining car
Alex Loizou
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