Venice Simplon - Orient-Express, Lake Garda & Venice

8 Days from £3,499

A holiday of a lifetime across Europe including an overnight stay onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Departure from: Jul 2018 - Aug 2018


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  • ​Venice Simplon-Orient-Express experience from London Victoria to Verona
  • Return flight from Venice to Gatwick with British Airways
  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels​
  • 1 night on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express on a full-board basis
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • ​Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide​



Included holiday highlights

  • Travel on the Belmond British Pullman and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Your Itinerary


DAY 1 UK/Verona

You'll make your way to London Victoria Station, where the Belmond British Pullman is waiting for you. This handsome train will whisk you through the Kent countryside as you are served brunch and a Bellini cocktail.
Once you've crossed the English Channel, you'll disembark in Calais and begin the next leg of your journey. This time you'll be welcomed aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, one of the world's most famous trains. Relax in comfort as you take in the views from your private cabin, and once you have dressed for dinner maybe head to the bar car. Here you can sip an aperitif whilst enjoying the music from the resident pianist. You can then savour a freshly prepared four-course meal in one of the elegant dining cars. End your evening back in the bar car, where you can enjoy a nightcap with your fellow guests. When it's time to retire for the night, you'll find that your cabin has been turned into a cosy bedroom by your personal steward.

DAY 2 Lake Garda

​Waking aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a wonderful way to start the day. As the train makes her way to Verona you'll have plenty of time to enjoy your exquisite surroundings, starting with breakfast served in your cabin.
You are invited to make your way to a restaurant car, where a three-course lunch is served as you take in the passing scenery. The Italian Dolomites form a splendid backdrop to an elegant afternoon tea and your unforgettable journey ends as you disembark in Verona. On arrival, you'll be met and transferred by road to Lake Garda.

DAY 3 Lake Garda

Your hotel is located on the southern shores of Lake Garda in the charming town of Desenzano. Why not get your bearings with a stroll through café-lined cobbled streets to its 11th century castle. If you would like to see Lake Garda from another perspective, we'll organise an optional cruise on board a 16th century wooden ketch boat.

Day 4 Lake Garda

​​All you have to do today is relax and enjoy your surroundings. As well as stunning lake views, your hotel boasts a pool, sun terrace and a small private beach.

DAY 5 Venice

​You're heading to Venice today via a first-class journey by train.

DAYS 6 Venice

There are so many famous sights in this extraordinary floating city, so set your own pace as you head off to see St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and more. If you want to see the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, join our optional excursion by water taxi.

Day 7 Venice

See more of Venice at leisure, maybe even treating yourself to a gondola ride.

DAY 8 Venice

​We'll transfer you to the airport today for your flight back to the UK.


Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.


Day 1 :

Venice Simplon Orient Express
The Orient Express is one of the world's most famous luxury trains. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel.

Day 2 - 4 :

Hotel Lido International
Originally a historical house in Desenzano del Garda this shore side property is full of charm. The hotel features a large garden with an elegant swimming pool which leads directly to the beach with a full view of the lake.

Day 5 - 7 :

Hotel Foscari Palace
The 4 star Hotel Foscari Palace is located on the banks of the Grand Canal in the centre of the Cannaregio region of Venice. The hotel is surrounded by morning markets, supermarkets, bar, cafes and shops. The hotel offers high quality accommodation, stylish and comfortable. Each bedroom has been furnished with attention to detail to create a homely and cosy atmosphere. Decor is modern with bleached wood furniture, pastel coloured walls and traditional furnishings. Bedrooms facilitites include; private facilitites, flat screen TV, mini bar, hairdryer, writing table, lighted mirror, safe and high speed internet.

Dates and Prices


THU 05 JUL 18

London (Victoria Station)





Orient Express

Thursday 05 July 2018


10:45 London (Victoria Station)


16:03 Verona Porta Nuonova Station

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Orient Express


THU 16 AUG 18

London (Victoria Station)





Orient Express

Thursday 16 August 2018


10:45 London (Victoria Station)


16:03 Verona Porta Nuonova Station

Operated by

Orient Express


Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Lake Garda Boat Trip - Prebookable Only

FROM £90

Lake Garda is in a glorious position set amongst olive and citrus groves, lush vineyards and soaring mountains. Italy’s largest and possibly most famous lake certainly lives up to its excellent reputation, with its tranquil location lending itself ideally to a peaceful boat trip. Enjoy a few hours in the countryside in complete silence – interrupted only by the sound of the wind blowing through the sails. Live the fascinating experience of vintage sailing on the last two-masted wooden sailing vessel to operate on the lake. With the ketch, moored in Bardolino, you can reach some of the most beautiful destinations of Lake Garda, such as Sirmione, Garda and Torri, and picturesque destinations like the Punta San Vigilio
Languet, Isola Del Garda and the Grotte di Catullo. The sailing vessel features stereo equipment, bar and toilet.

Half day – Minimal walking – Beautiful Scenery



Murano, Burano and Torcello- Prebookable Only

FROM £31

On-board a water taxi you’ll head for the three islands of Murano, Burano & Torcello. Murano is a colourful island famous for its glasswork and was once the main producer of glass in Europe. You will then move on to the island of Burano, famous for its lace and colourful houses, the colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development. You’ll then visit Torcello. This intriguing island is situated at the northern end of the Venetian Lagoon, it is the oldest continuously populated region of Venice, and once held the largest population of the Republic of Venice.

Half Day – Moderate Walking – Beautiful Scenery



Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

Local knowledge

“Escape from the crowds and enjoy superb views of Venice and the lagoons from the campanile of San Giorgio Maggiore”

Relive the golden age of travel

Travelling aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express you’ll relive the glamour and excitement of the golden age of travel, with faithfully restored 1920s and 1930s carriages offering an unsurpassed level of comfort. You’ll experience true elegance and a sense of timeless romance on what is sure to be a journey of a lifetime.

As you step aboard you’ll be greeted by your personal steward who will show you to your private cabin and look after you throughout your journey. Double cabins feature an original washbasin cabinet and upper and lower berths which are transformed by your steward into comfortable banquette seating from which to admire the passing views. Luxurious, mosaic-tiled toilet facilities are available at the end of each carriage.

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express blog by Aleksandra

Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Tour Manager Aleksandra Lena-Johnson, who led our Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Lake Garda & Venice tour in June 2016, blogs on a timeless journey to Verona on one of the world's most iconic trains

On arrival at Victoria station, there was an air of excitement and expectation among the passengers, all dressed in clothes ranging from sporty elegant to very stylish.

The staff at the check in were efficiently going about their business, never losing sight of the passengers, keeping a light and engaging conversation. Within a couple of minutes the luggage was tagged, the tickets were issued and one was all set for an experience of a lifetime.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express staffWaiting for the first leg of the journey to start, there was a buzz and palpable excitement in the air. As the Belmont train pulled into the station, some passengers wanted to board as soon as possible, whereas others took their time and documented every moment by snapping happily away with their cameras.

Our group was seated in a single carriage together at tables for two. I introduced myself to everyone and they in turn introduced themselves to each other. Instantly there was a feeling of shared expectation.

The train pulled gently out of the station, through London into the lovely countryside.

Soon we were served a sumptuous breakfast, which kept us occupied for most of our journey to Folkestone. There we were met by stewards, who assisted passengers when transferring to the coaches for the channel crossing.

On arrival in Dover we were taken to the train station where the Orient Express staff made us feel like pampered royalty as we settled into a single carriage reserved for our group. Everyone took up their cabins, while the carriage steward welcomed us with a glass of spumante.

The cabins were cosy and the attention to detail and workmanship was stunning. One of our gentlemen commented how the screws were flush with the beautiful wooden panels. You just felt transported back to the golden age of wealth and complete luxury, forgetting the world outside this amazing cocoon. Instantly there is a need to share what one has discovered, like the amazing corner wash unit, hidden behind rounded doors. There were elegant toiletries provided, soft and cuddly dressing gowns, a thoughtful compendium for letter writing, all part of the exquisite complimentary treats awaiting.

Lunch was served in one of the four restaurant carriages, decorated with a selection of finest and rarest wood panels and elegantly set tables. Comfortable chairs allowed you to sink in and be spoiled by attentive and friendly staff, serving perfectly cooked and presented dishes. The staff are finely tuned and seamlessly balance plates and trays with skill and grace in a limited space. Every mouthful is a sheer delight for the palate, leading to another sinfully delicious moment.

Tea on the Venice Simplon-Orient-ExpressThe afternoon provided free time to appreciate the copious bar choices, while chatting and getting to know members of our group. The bar carriage was elegantly decorated, with intimately grouped seating and a pianoforte for background entertainment.

Later in the afternoon, the excitement started to build as the preparation for dinner began. The clients were given the choice of seating according to their preference.

A couple of hours to dinner, the corridor of our carriage quietened down, compartment doors closed and everyone took time to present themselves in the most elegant style at the dinner table. The train arrived in Paris before dinner, where we had time to step off the train. One of our couples spontaneously treated themselves to a dance on the platform. They were dressed in a beautiful Charleston style dress and white dinner jacket with a bow tie. It was an unforgettable experience.

Most of the group preferred an earlier meal, so we made our way to one of four carriages, which served as restaurants. We were greeted by the waiter and showed to the table. The chairs allowed us to sink into the soft cushions, admiring the refined styling of the table. Looking around the restaurant, the feeling of timelessness prevailed. The elegant dresses of the ladies, many inspired by the roaring twenties, paired with intricate jewellery, and dinner suits, dress shirts and bow ties for the gentlemen, set the scene for a sumptuously delicious five course delight. Every plate was served with grace and presented as a piece of artistry. The admiration of the eye was met with the pleasure of the palate.

The evening continued with a drink and inspired conversation in the bar, accompanied by an enchanting selection of music played on the piano.

In the meantime, the carriage steward prepared each cabin and turned them into sleeping quarters. Slowly the evening came to a close and the sound of the wheels lulled us to sleep.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express carriageThe early morning was a hub of activity, as each cabin door opened, we wished each other good morning, enjoying the splendid Swiss landscape. One by one the cabins had been turned into seating. An enticing selection of pastry and jams with fruit salad, yoghurt, orange juice and coffee or tea was served for breakfast in the privacy of your cabin.

The morning was filled with lovely conversations, exploring the souvenir shop, relaxing or writing complimentary postcards, trying to find words to describe this exquisite, once in a lifetime experience.

Lunchtime came around quickly, as the train entered Italy and we marvelled at the scenery of Lake Maggiore. The lunch was another gourmet experience. The pleasure of meeting the chef, who created Michelin star meals in an exceptional environment, was an additional treat.

Returning to our cabins it was time to pack our luggage for the steward to collect. The remainder of the journey was relaxed until we disembarked at Verona, where our dreamlike, timeless and decadent journey ended.