Before you board
London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Board the Belmond British Pullman at London Victoria for your Channel crossing, with time to enjoy a delicious three-course brunch served with a Bellini before arriving into Paris. Then transfer to the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for your overnight journey to Venice. Enjoy the vintage cabins, incredible cuisine and lively entertainment which make this one of the world’s finest travel experiences. A lavish dinner is served whilst your cabin is transformed into a cosy bedroom, and you will awake the following morning to magnificent mountain scenery. On arrival into Venice Santa Lucia station you will be transferred to the Baglioni Hotel Luna for an overnight stay, before transferring to the port the following day to begin your cruise.
Setting sail from Venice
Venice is a city like no other, a marble maze of turquoise canals criss-crossed by beautiful bridges, overflowing with palaces, churches and charming little piazzas. No matter how many times you’ve seen it in photographs, that first glimpse of the Grand Canal will simply take your breath away.
Beyond Ancona’s gritty and somewhat unappealing port you’ll find a surprisingly attractive old town, with impressive Roman ruins and Renaissance palazzi. Ancona is also the gateway to Le Marche and the charming UNESCO-listed town of Urbino, birthplace of the artist Raphael.
Draped in vineyards and olive groves, the verdant Croatian island of Korcula is famous for its white wine and is said by some to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. The main settlement, Korcula Town, bears more than a passing resemblance to Dubrovnik, with a historic centre encircled by medieval walls and towers.
The volcanic island of Santorini (known officially as Thira) is one of the most spectacularly beautiful in the Mediterranean. The pretty village of Oia, with its whitewashed houses and windmills tumbling down the hillside, is particularly photogenic.
Greece: Athens (Piraeus)
Athens is a city awash with historical and cultural significance, but it's much more than an open air museum; this is a dynamic, bustling metropolis, and a place where history is still very much unfolding.
Paros gleams with a classic Cycladic colour palette of whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, and is famous for its ancient marble quarries, which provided the raw material for the Venus de Milo. The island is also home to some great restaurants, peaceful inland villages and lovely beaches.
Sun-kissed Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, is steeped in history; the medieval heart of Rhodes Town was once home to the crusading Knights of St John, and later fell to the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The hillside village of Lindos, with its pretty whitewashed houses, is another highlight.
Ephesus is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the Eastern Mediterranean. This was the Roman capital of Asia Minor, and the remains constitute the most complete classical city in Europe.
The North Aegean port of Dikili is the gateway to the spectacular hilltop ruins of Pergamum, a 30-minute drive away. Most of the buildings here date back to the 2nd century BC, including the main palace, the library and the Altar of Zeus, and the ruins were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.
Arriving in Istanbul
Istanbul is the place where East meets West, where Asia Minor reaches out across the Bosphorus and almost touches Europe, and the city remains a bristling, bustling cultural melting pot, the skyline dotted with magnificent minarets and domes.
Before returning home
Istanbul to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
After disembarking in Istanbul you will be transferred to the Ciragan Palace Kempinski for an overnight stay. The following day, 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 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, arriving into London St Pancras.
Your fare includes: Overnight Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train journey from London Victoria to Venice including all meals on board; 1 night pre-cruise stay at the Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice including breakfast; 12 night cruise in a Penthouse Suite including all meals, soft drinks and taxes; 1 night post-cruise stay at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul; 5 nights Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train journey from Istanbul to Paris including all meals on board; Eurostar journey from Paris to London St Pancras; all overseas transfers. Oceania OLife Choice - FREE internet and one of the following: 6 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or FREE US$600 per stateroom onboard credit.
Your home from home
Small enough to operate fascinating port-intensive itineraries, but with the space for dining options, comfortable accommodation and more, sister ships Insignia, Nautica, Regatta and Sirena are for many the perfect size.
What we love
These four boutique style sister ships carry just 684 guests apiece, with a comfortable, relaxed country house style and plenty of intimate corners. We love the alternative restaurants - Oceania is rightly renowned for great food - and the pretty little library up on deck 10.
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|Style||On Oceania it's all about the time spent ashore, so back on board it's relaxed and unpretentious, with no dressing up. Open seating throughout creates an atmosphere which is friendly and sociable.|
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Venice
The Metropole is an old favourite for its quieter location and lovely lagoon views.
See more of the Veneto
If you’ve time, take the train to Padova and visit the Scrovegni Chapel.
Our recommended hotel in Istanbul
We love the intimate Four Seasons at Sultanahmet, but – top Mundy tip! - it is so small that it’s often fully booked, so don’t hang about.
See more of Turkey
Take a few extra days and travel to Cappadocia for the extraordinary Star Wars scenery, rock caves and churches.