London to Paris on board the Legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Paris and return to London by First Class Rail –
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Venice Simplon Orient Express to Paris
Travel in ultimate luxury along the classic route from London to Paris, aboard the classically designed Venice Simplon Orient Express to Paris. Re-live the magic of a bygone, golden age of rail travel and enjoy incredible cuisine from the comfort of your vintage dining car.
Experience exceptional service from your personal steward, who is on hand to ensure your journey is enhanced with every comfort. They will show you to your opulent compartment of wooden marquetry and polished brass fittings, lovingly restored to its former glory. Savour the unique dining experience as you enjoy a treat of culinary excellence, in the sumptuous surroundings of the Lilique glass and wood-panelled dining cars. All the while you watch the landscape unfold as you journey through beautiful French surroundings.
Depart on the chocolate-and-cream Belmond British Pullman train from London Victoria and glide through Kentish countryside, before you cross the Channel and board the royal-blue and gold trimmed carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Enjoy your time submerged in truly elegant surroundings as you journey south to the French capital city of Paris, the “City of Lights”, for your two night stay before travelling back to London by First Class rail.
Your holiday by Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (London to Paris) including dinner and return by First Class rail on daytime trains starts from $1,649 per person based on 2 nights in a twin/double room at the Hotel Le Marianne (4 star) in Paris (based on 2 people travelling together).
London to Paris on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
Your holiday includes rail travel in ultimate style on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Paris with all meals included, private taxi transfers in Paris, two nights’ accommodation in Paris and First Class rail from Paris to London.
Day 1 – London to Paris aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express
You begin your memorable journey at London Victoria station, as you board the pristine carriages of the iconic Belmond British Pullman train. Relax in the knowledge that every detail of your journey has been meticulously planned and that your personal steward is at hand to ensure you enjoy the most comfortable of journeys. Sit back and gaze across the changing scenery as your train meanders through the North Downs at a leisurely pace. Savour your delicious Brunch with a Bellini, before you arrive into Folkestone for the next stage of your journey. Here uniformed staff are at hand to make the smooth transition via coach to Cheriton, where you board the Eurotunnel train to France. As you leave the channel tunnel you are greeted by the gleaming blue and gold carriages of the Continental Wagons-Lits, intricately detailed with the name emblazoned along the carriages.
Your personal steward will attend to you for the duration of your journey. Relax and admire your beautifully restored and comfortable private compartment before dressing for dinner. Celebrate this glorious journey in style with a pre-dinner cocktail before seating for a sumptuous four-course dinner. The art deco dining cars welcome you in with muted lighting, fine linen, French silverware and heavy crystal. Here you will be served a delicious four-course dinner, freshly prepared on board by French chefs. You might like to retire to the bar car after dinner and enjoy the accompanying sound of the baby grand piano. All too soon you arrive in Paris. Here your private water taxi will transfer you to your hotel for two nights, the Hotel Le Marianne (4 star), ideally located in the centre of Paris close to the Champs Elysées.
Day 2 – Incomparable Paris
Enjoy breakfast at leisure this morning before exploring some of the highlights of the ‘city of lights’. An ideal way to fully immerse yourself in the culture and to appreciate the diverse nature of the city, is by exploring on foot. You might like to start at the imposing Arc de Triomphe and stroll down the idyllic pedestrian mall of the Champs Élysées, frequently described as ‘the world’s most beautiful avenue’. From here wend your way through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries or along the river Seine past the impressive gothic architecture of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Perhaps marvel in the artistic treasure troves of the impressive Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, home to masterpieces including the Mona Lisa and Monet’s Gardens at Giverny respectively. Alternatively, view the city from a different perspective with a cruise aboard one of the Bâteaux Mouches (payable locally), along the Seine or with a trip up the Eiffel Tower. This evening indulge in fine French cuisine from one of Paris’s evocative brasseries for dinner.
Day 3 – Free-time in Paris – Paris to London
Savour your final morning in Paris as you stroll among the classy streets and stylish shops of Paris’ 1st or 8th arrondissements. Then in the afternoon or evening (depending on your preference) your private taxi will transfer you to the Gare du Nord for your journey back to London. Your arrival into the Gare du Nord heralds the start of your journey home. Board the Eurostar and enjoy the contrasting pace of the super-fast service, as you relax with a light meal and drinks in your comfortable Standard Premier carriage. Gaze across rapidly passing scenery as your train reaches speeds of up to 300 kmh, before passing through the tunnel into England and returning to London St. Pancras International.
Venice Simplon Orient Express
On board the Venice Simplon Orient Express you travel in a private compartment, attended by Cabin Stewards throughout your journey, where you are assured of attentive yet discreet service. Each compartment has its own original washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water and a banquette sofa, footstool and small table.