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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips


Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips
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  • Average7%
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A glittering icon of the rails, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express arrives at Europe’s most vibrant cultural hubs in glamorous style. Unwind in plush cabins boasting authentic art deco details, or make your way to the lively Bar Car for cocktails as...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
4 Battle Bridge Lane | Shackleton House, London SE1 2HP, England
+44 845 077 2222
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 May 2009

No real spot to review luxury train travel on Tripadvisor, but I'll give it a go. I've always dreamed of taking a luxurious train trip, and this route was recommended in the book '1000 things to do/see before you die' - so we gave it...More

164  Thank dm125
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 5 November 2013

This is my first post. I generally write reviews on my own blog, but I feel compelled to express my absolute disappointment at the company in charge of the Venice Simplon Orient Express. I had booked travel on the British Pullman and VSOE from London...More

63  Thank Aussietraveller1984
TrainManager, General Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2013

Please allow us to address your concerns and offer our feedback to your post. We appreciate your disappointment in not being able to travel as planned on 22 June 2014 between London and Venice. Please accept our apologies for the disruption to your holiday plans....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Finally it happened. It was the most comfortable, luxurious journey I ever made. The food was exceptionally good, the staff were wonderful and the cabin was a little retreat on wheels. Ah heaven. The welcome in Venice was a very good start. The train started...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the Venice-Budapest and then to Paris and the Orient Express is one of our top travel experiences. Everything from boarding to departure was best of best travel experiences and the service and food was top of the charts. Warning --it is very expensive...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in Vienna for 2 nights on a surprise trip for my husbands 60th birthday...how I kept it secret for a year, I’ll never know...I was so excited! Especially knowing that we were returning via the Orient Express.... in the Paris Grand Suite, no...More

Thank valencia01
Bruno J, Train Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear valencia01, Congratulations on surprising your husband with such a magical experience and letting us play a part in his 60th birthday celebration. Indeed, both the craftmen and designers spent a lot of time to ensure that the Grand Suites would totally match with the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Hi - we had a great time overall and would echo many of the comments of other reviewers (great staff, marvellous scenery, superb food but bar too crowded) - however, we think that shuttle bus journey could be considerably improved without much effort. - The...More

Thank cheam1
Bruno J, Train Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear cheam1, Thank you for traveling with us and for your feedback. I am truly sorry to read that your Channel crossing was delayed on the day of your journey and do understand the additional frustration of not having regular updates. I have noted your...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of course, it is quite expensive but what an experience !!! We took the train in Paris to Venice. Imagine a place where you spend less than 24 hours and have the impression that you have been there for several days. The Orient Express is...More

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Bruno J, Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear BrunoBibou, Thank-you for traveling with us and posting a review. Indeed, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is like a time capsule, taking you back to the heyday of of the 1920's... Thank-you so much for your kind words, the team and I are extremely happy and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! What an amazing experience. I loved every minute of it. Amazing surroundings, itinerary and fantastic staff. It is everything it promises to be and more. I was celebrating my 50th birthday and most people aboard were celebrating something special; birthdays, anniversaries etcMore

Thank Diane D
Bruno J, Train Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Diane D, Thank you for celebrating your 50th birthday with us. The team and I are really proud to read that you enjoyed an amazing experience. Thank you again for posting a review and we all look forward to welcoming you back on another...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We boarded at Verona for the trip back to London Victoria. My husband was celebrating his 60th birthday the day we boarded. We were met by Rupert who was helpful, cheerful and a joy to meet. He is clearly passionate about his job which was...More

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Bruno J, Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear ChippenhamWoodies, Thank-you very much for your kind words and for celebrating your husband 60th birthday with us. The team and I are very pleased and proud to read your comments and to know that you experienced such a fantastic time. I will forward a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read the reviews and bearing in mind its reputation, our expectations were very high. The cabin was beautifully finished and our minor concerns about the shared toilet facilities were soon allayed (although I did not enjoy my 4am trip there!) We were given a...More

3  Thank 626wmp
Bruno J, Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear 626wmp, Thank-you for your review and traveling with us. I am truly sorry to read that you were disappointed by some aspects of your journey. The train does offer a variety of single & double cabins. Most of them do connect offering the opportunity...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just had the most magical trip on the Orient Express. We expected something extra special, but it was so much more. We immersed ourselves fully in the 1920s ambience of luxury rail travel and for us the whole experience didn’t disappoint. Everyone on board made...More

2  Thank Emma H
Bruno J, Train Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Emma H, Thank you for celebrating your 10th wedding anniversary with us. We are all so pleased to read that you experienced such a magical trip. Thank you for mentioning the team members that really shined during your journey, I will send them a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can’t fault the attentive staff or the quality of coach restoration and upkeep. Truly superb. But there are a few things that let this journey down. The banquettes in the cabins are uncomfortable after a while. Too hard to the point where you’re better...More

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Bruno J, Manager at Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Dahowlett, Thank-you very much for traveling with us and for your feedback on the impeccable service from the team and the condition of the carriages that our technical team maintains with such a pride. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express just returned to Venice tonight from its...More

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2 October 2018|
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Response from Jennifer G | Reviewed this property |
For exact times of sittings you would need to Enquiry diectly or ask your travel agent. We’re seniors and opted for 1st sitting. There was plenty of time e.g. andonly guessing 1st sitting dinner around 6 second sitting... More
29 September 2018|
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Response from Tom E | Reviewed this property |
It's going to be crowded in the bar car as you get closer to the start of either seating. Think about it. The width of the car is limited. Most seats are on small sofas with a small table in front. There are a few small... More
7 September 2018|
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Response from Salsasiobhan | Reviewed this property |
We ordered and paid for a bottle of champagne before our trip. It was waiting for us in our cabin when we got on the train. We had a glass and then asked them to take it away so we could have the rest with dinner. One way to... More