Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with a journey on board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, paired with remarkable stays in Venice and Crete.

Climb on 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 1920 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’ll transfer to the NH Collection Venezia Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi for a two-night hotel stay. Set in the calm residential quarter of Sestiere Cannaregio, this five-star accommodation provides an authentic Venetian retreat. Found in the 17th-century Rizzo-Patarol palace, it’s within a pleasant distance of the city’s iconic sights and with access to a private pier that boasts views of the island of Murano.

For the next part of your holiday, you’ll fly to Crete where you’ll spend seven nights in all-inclusive ultra-luxury at the Grecotel LUX ME White Palace, a stunning accommodation facing the glittering blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

You’ll find well-lit, spacious rooms tastefully decorated to evoke the timeless villages of the Greek islands, as well as first-class amenities and wide-ranging culinary options, from authentic Greek to Italian. You could even indulge in an impressive choice of wellness treatments while admiring the beautiful ocean view.

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.



The train is 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 10 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 for your hotel stay at the Grand Palazzo in Venice

On arrival in Venice, you’ll depart the train for a two-night stay at the glamorous NH Collection Grand Hotel Dei Dogi. Located in the calm residential quarter of Sestiere Cannaregio, and within reach of local artisanal shops, you’ll be able to enjoy a true Venetian experience. Immerse yourself in the hotel’s refined elegance and landmark status as you admire its ornate furnishings and lavish touches of Carrara marble and Murano glass chandeliers. Venture out on a pleasant walk to explore the city’s main attractions, such as the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco; gaze upon the fairy-tale scenes of the lagoon and private garden – the oldest of its kind in Venice, and indulge in authentic Venetian cuisine from the hotel’s chic restaurant, Il Giardino Segreto.

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Day 3

19 September 2023

Relish at day at leisure to explore the charms of beautiful Venice

Discover the romance of Venice through its enchanting atmosphere, iconic landmarks and intricate architecture. Glide through the labyrinthine canal streets on a gondola as you admire the remarkable Renaissance and Gothic palaces, lining their path. Head to the heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square, home to impressive St. Mark’s Basilica and marvel at its ornately decorated luminous Byzantine mosaics or pay a visit to Doge’s Palace – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Shop for a souvenir Venetian mask, visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of Europe’s greatest art collections, enjoy a stroll over the striking Rialto Bridge, sample the famous Venetian cuisine, a plate of baccala mantecato perhaps, or a risotto al nero di sepia.

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Days 4-5

20-21 September 2023

Fly to Crete for an all-inclusive hotel stay at the White Palace resort by Grecotel LUX ME

Upon arrival into Crete, you’ll be transferred to the five-star White Palace resort by Grecotel LUX ME, for your all-inclusive hotel stay. This luxury hotel is set alongside a 1000-metre-long Blue Flag beach on the north coast of Crete. Savour your blissful surroundings and chic, contemporary rooms tastefully decorated in the sky-blue and brilliant white colour palette of Greek island villages. The expansive beach has bamboo umbrellas and soft-mattressed loungers, which are all free to use, as well as an adults-only area.

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Days 6-8

22-24 September 2023

Savour a few days in your glorious hotel doing as much or as little as you like

A few more days here offers the chance to indulge in more of the delights of this superb hotel. Get to know your fellow guests with group games including Boccia, Darts and Petanque, dive beneath the warm cerulean waters to discover the majestic marine life or escape to the Hippie Wellness – a unique space brimming with spa suites, sauna and lifestyle boutique. Come evening, there are six exquisite restaurants in which to awaken your tastebuds. Sample traditional Greek fare in Tavernaki, enjoy Italian poolside or experience the breathtaking sunsets at the adults only THE WHITE fine dining.

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Days 9-10

25-26 September 2023

Venture out to explore the enchanting surroundings of Crete

The largest and most populous of the Greek islands, Crete was the centre of Europe's first advanced civilization, the Minoans, and is characterised by high mountain ranges, fertile plateaus and plenty of ancient sites that date back millennia. Explore its coastline, take to the hills on a hike or relax in a family-run taverna sipping the local fire-water, Raki.

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Day 11

27 September 2023

Your European retreat complete, today you’ll fly to the airport for your flight home

Bid a fond farewell to your all-inclusive escape and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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Luxury Hotel Stays

NH Collection Venezia Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi

Standing pride of place in a landmark building, nestled in the charming Sestiere Carraregio quarter, the NH Collection Venezia Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi is the ideal choice in which to enjoy an authentic Venetian retreat. Close to local artisanal shops, immerse yourself in the quaint neighbourhood to experience welcoming and friendly Italian charm. As you step through the doors of this historical building, you’ll be awe-struck by the lavish décor of antique furnishings, and refined, period-style rooms. Be enthralled by the views of the shimmering lagoon, which you can explore on a boat trip from the hotel’s own private pier. Venture out to explore the city’s most-loved attractions including Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco, lose yourself in the spectacular surroundings of the 18th-century botanical garden that affords views over the lagoon and dine on authentic Venetian cuisine from the on-site restaurant.

Grecotel LUX ME White Palace

The Grecotel LUX ME White Palace resort lies on the islands’ stunning north coast, nestled beside the shores of the Aegean Sea, where you’ll have access to a spacious Blue Flag beach. This stunning five-star accommodation offers bright and tastefully decorated rooms in the sky-blue and brilliant white colour palette of Greek island villages. It features open-style public spaces and generous light-filled accommodations that mirror the easy elegance of a Grecotel luxury resort lifestyle. Delight with world-class restaurants – that serve up everything from authentic Greek fare to Asian to alfresco Italian at Fico D’India, sunset lounges, stunning pools and lagoons and a hippie wellness centre; all in sophisticated sea view premises.

Your Holiday Summary





Luxury Rail Journey

  • 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

Five Star Hotel Stays

  • 2 night five-star stay in Venice at the NH Collection Venezia Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi with breakfast
  • 7 night all-inclusive five-star hotel stay in Crete at the Grecotel LUX ME White Palace

Inbound flight & transfers included