Immerse yourself in a bygone era as you relish an unforgettable journey on board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, paired with enchanting hotel stays across the Italian Lakes.

In London, you’ll board the opulent Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for an experience of a lifetime. Quite possibly the most iconic train journey in the world, this stunning locomotive exudes sumptuous Art-Deco glamour as it glides through some of Europe’s most stunning scenery. Embrace the opulence of the beautifully restored 1920s carriages, unwind with fellow passengers as you savour the sounds of the baby grand piano and indulge in delectable fare complete with Lalique glass and polished silverware, and relish refined evenings dressed in full formal attire.

As twilight falls and glittering lights appear on the passing hillsides, you’ll spend your evening sipping cool cocktails in the Bar Car, accompanied by a pianist’s soulful playing, while chocolate box villages and towns pass you by.

Disembarking in Venice, you will transfer to the Italian Lakes to begin your grand tour of the beguiling Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. Surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes of jagged, snow-draped mountains, rolling hills peppered with flares of vibrant colour, sprawling vineyards and charming towns; the epochal Italian Lakes are renowned for being one of the most beguiling regions in the world and are truly something to behold.

Explore the charming waterside villages, palatial villas and historic islands within the Lakes and enjoy a magical escorted tour on the extraordinary Centovalli railway between Italy and Switzerland to cap off this remarkable adventure.

Your Route


Embark on a journey from London to Venice on board the magnificent Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

One of the most iconic train journeys in the world, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a work of art. Harking back to a more elegant age of travel, you’ll journey through the countryside in original 1920s carriages, featuring Lalique glass panels, wood marquetry and wood burning stoves. Experience the gracious service as you dine in the sumptuous restaurant car on a menu of delectable cuisine, returning to your compartment to discover that your private lounge has been effortlessly converted into a bedroom with upper and lower berths. A sequence of unforgettable moments, barely changed by time, make this voyage one of the world’s finest travel experiences, admired by many but enjoyed by few.



Made up of sleeping cars dating back to the 1920s and 30s, plus three dining cars, a bar car with an elegant baby grand piano which is played every evening before and after dinner, and an on-board boutique. There is also a baggage carriage for storing outsize bags that will not fit in your cabin.


The restored 1920s sleeper cabins are some of the most luxurious train accommodations in the world. Each one is beautifully appointed with exquisite craftsmanship, such as bespoke soft furnishings and polished wood. There are a choice of cabins - all featuring a washbasin with hot and cold water, towels, bathrobes and slippers, plus dual voltage plugs to stay connected.


The cuisine on board is truly exceptional – its presentation is as such it’s hard to believe that it has been created on board a moving locomotive. Executive Chef Christian Bodiguel has honed his menus on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for over 30 years, and takes inspiration from local, seasonal produce, dependent on the route that the train takes.

Your Seven Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

17 September 2023

Embark the epochal Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for your luxurious journey to Venice

Opulent rail travel doesn’t come any more prestigious than the much-loved Venice Simplon-Orient-Express overnight service across mainland Europe, immortalised by Agatha Christie and perhaps the continent’s ultimate luxury treat. The Art Deco-styled carriage interiors, liveried staff and gourmet meals work seamlessly together, putting on a 1920s-era dining experience par excellence before you head to the bar car to enjoy cocktails and champagne with your fellow travellers - finally retiring to your room to slip into luxury linen and be gently rocked to sleep.

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Day 2

18 September 2023

Disembark the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Venice and transfer to Lake Garda for your hotel stay at the Hotel Savoy Palace

Spend the morning relaxing in your cabin or in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests, before enjoying a leisurely three-course lunch served in another one of the beautiful restaurant cars. In the afternoon, admire the passing scenery as the train glides through the Italian Dolomites. Later, afternoon tea is served in your cabin and then it will soon be time to disembark as this luxurious train arrives in Venice. From here, you’ll transfer to Lake Garda to begin your three-night hotel stay.

The largest lake in Italy, this staggeringly beautiful body stretch of water has a universal charm that attracts people from all walks of life. Enjoy every second of it with this superb three-night hotel stay. The lake’s southern region has olive groves, Roman architecture and lakeside beaches, while the north is characterised by its dramatic scenery, hemmed in on both sides by the majestic Alps.

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Day 3

19 September 2023

Delve into the depths of Lake Garda with a day at leisure to explore

A day at leisure is yours to explore this fascinating lake. Pay a visit to magical Sirmione, blessed with thermal springs, a water-side castle and the ruins of a Roman villa. Nature lovers could enjoy a day walking in the hills and admiring the jaw-dropping views over the lake, or perhaps taking a boat out to another town on its shores. You could also delve into history at Riva del Garda with its cobblestone streets and pretty waterfront backed by soaring mountains.

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Day 4

20 September 2023

Sample the delicious fresh food and wine of the region during your final day in Lake Garda

The countryside around Lake Garda is one of Italy’s finest wine-making regions with vineyards galore, producing such world-famous wines as Bardolino and Pinot Grigio. Why not embark on a wine tour where you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of these mouth-watering flavours, as well as get to marvel at the bucolic landscape with which this beautiful part of Italy is synonymous. It promises to be one of the highlights of your Italian lakes experience.

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Day 5

21 September 2023

Transfer to your second Italian Lakes stay in magical Lake Maggiore

Located just south of the Alps, this is the second-largest lake in Italy and extends into Switzerland. It’s characterised by its colourful fishing villages, the tiny Borromean Islands off its south-western shore and the delicious cuisine found in the villages around it. Blessed with a mild climate all year round, the surrounding landscapes burst with a mesmerising array of Mediterranean vegetation and exotic plants.

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Day 6

22 September 2023

Savour a scenic rail journey on board the remarkable Centovalli Express

Today you’ll enjoy a picturesque panoramic train journey from Domodossola to Locarno. This unforgettable experience will take you through the stunning Centovalli, “One Hundred Valleys”, as you pass by deep gorges and crevices with glittering, cascading waterfalls; and venture across colourful alpine meadows, over numerous bridges and through vineyards and forests of chestnut trees. Upon arriving on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore, you’ll enjoy some time to embrace the atmospheric surroundings and explore the treasures within.

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Day 7

23 September 2023

After a day of excitement, enjoy a day at leisure exploring the wonders of Lake Maggiore

The day is yours to explore the enchanting lake views and natural attractions. Delve into the depths of the art and culture encased within the landscapes. Head to Isola Bella and be transported to a bygone era where the baroque architecture blends with the lush green gardens. Wander through the palace, passing elegantly furnished living rooms and gaze out at the splendid views of the lake or, lose yourself in the paradise of the Italian Baroque Garden. Filled with statues, terraces, stairways, balustrades and beautiful flora, you’ll enjoy a blissful atmosphere and glimpses of a time of days gone by.

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Day 8

24 September 2023

Your spellbinding holiday complete, today you’ll transfer to Milan for your flight home

Bid farewell to the majestic surroundings of Lake Maggiore as today you’ll transfer to Milan for your flight home.

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Your Holiday Summary





Rail Journeys

  • 2 day full-board luxury Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train journey from London to Venice: 
  • Dedicated steward service
  • Gourmet brunch, four-course dinner, continental breakfast and three-course lunch
  • Scenic rail journey through Centovalli on board the Centovalli Railway

Hotel Stays

  • 3 night four-star stay in Lake Garda at the Hotel Savoy Palace
  • 3 night four-star stay in Lake Maggiore at the Zacchera Hotels or similar
  • All hotel stays include breakfast 

Inbound flight & transfers included