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Istanbul to Paris, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (6 days)

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Istanbul, Turkey To Paris , France

Istanbul to Paris, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (6 days)


Day 1
Istanbul, Turkey
None Dinner

Step aboard the gleaming blue and gold Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as the train departs for the first part of your journey.

Dinner is a sumptuous affair, prepared on board by our skilled chefs and served in one of the beautifully restored restaurant cars. Afterwards you may wish to linger in the Bar Car, listening to the pianist tickle the ivories of the baby grand, before retiring for the night.

Day 2
Bucharest, Romania
Hilton Athenee Palace Bucharest Breakfast, Dinner, Snack

The next morning Continental breakfast is served in your cabin as the train winds its way through Bulgaria and into Romania. Soak up the scenery through the windows before enjoying a delicious brunch. Soon afterwards the train arrives in Bucharest, where you alight. On arrival in Bucharest, enjoy an orientation tour of the city by coach escorted by local guides on your way to the Athenée Palace Hilton Hotel. Dinner this evening will be in a private venue.

Day 3
Bucharest, Romania
None Lunch, Dinner, Snack

This morning rejoin the train and enjoy a delicious brunch in the restaurant cars as the train journeys towards the mountain town of Sinaia and its Peles Castle, the summer home of the former King Carol. This beautiful castle was also visited by the very first Orient Express guests in October 1883, at the personal invitation of the King.

Return to the train in the late afternoon for a relaxing journey towards Hungary. Enjoy another delectable dinner and night on board.

Day 4
Budapest, Hungary
Budapest Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On arrival in Budapest, local guides, after a short coach ride through the city take you on a river cruise along the Danube, ending after lunch. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as part of today's excursion will be on foot. In the evening you will be escorted to a nearby private venue for a typical Hungarian dinner.

Day 5
Budapest, Hungary
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Lunch is served as the train makes its way to Balaton Lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary, through vineyards and forests. Later this afternoon, you are invited to disembark for an aperitif by the lake at sunset before re-joining the train for dinner and your final night on board.

Day 6
Paris , France
None None

Enjoy your final breakfast in your cabin while the train travels through Germany before entering into France. A delicious farewell lunch is prepared by our skilled chefs before all too soon the train arrives into Paris Gare de l'Est station, your journey's end.

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Every moment aboard the train promises memories to last a lifetime. Dine sensationally in beautifully restored restaurant carriages. Trade stories with fellow travellers in the Bar Car as the pianist plays. Or simply sit back in your elegant cabin, take a deep breath, and watch the scenery unfold. This classic tour spirits you through some of the continent’s most enchanting sights. Lose yourself to the fairytale wonder of Peles Castle, take a fascinating cruise along the Danube, and enjoy indulgent overnight stays in Bucharest and Budapest.

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Belmond are connoisseurs in the art of luxury travel, curating an iconic global portfolio of trains, rivers cruises, hotels, and safaris. They blend enchanting destinations with vintage carriages, immersive excursions with delectable cuisine, and ultimate comfort with genuine service – you'll never have a greater escape. Their collection includes the first luxury sleeper train in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian, as well as Belmond Royal Scotsman in Scotland; their luxury day train in the U.K., Belmond British Pullman; the Eastern & Oriental Express in Southeast Asia, and, of course, the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

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The Orient Express- All that you can imagine it is.

By: John from NJ

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Our travel on the Orient Express earlier this year was its initial run from Stockholm to Copenhagen, WE had previously ridden its classic run from Paris to Venice in previous years. The carriages are classics, the service impeccable, the food wonderful. If you are wondering if its just like its depicted in the movies it is !
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Highly recommend

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

I did write a review in this trip and we. Have both spoken to man friends about doing it them selves. The greatest review I I should think Thank you again, Eleanor.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

A great family trip

By: Pompey

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2013

From London to Istanbul everything was about perfect. All the countryside was amazing, and the train was wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Great Tour

By: Harpy3

Reviewed on: 29 May 2014

Our tour from Lima to Cusco to Machu Picchu and back was very good.  Had a wonderful guide, Luis (Dias I think).  Very informative and passionate about his topic.  Arrangements--hotels and train--were very good.  A complaint would be that hotel rooms assigned to us were with 2 beds rather than a double.  We had to upgrade to get that.  We prefer to travel as the couple we are and were never asked in advance about our preference for such arrangements.  (And I'm not aware of any Virtuoso Amenities)
Travel Advisor:  Jackie Berube

A new and very pleasant experience

By: Tas Tiger & Griffin

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2014

Train delayed for two hours but we were invited to a nice platform restaurant were a meal & beverages were provided. Beverages on board well overpriced considering the cost of the journey
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker

Belmond Grand Hibernian

By: Amanda

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

We had a lovely time on the Belmond Grand Hibernian. The staff was excellent and the food was incredible. It was a low-stress way to see Ireland (no driving) and the spots selected for each day trip were great. For future travelers I would recommend: if you're on the youngish side of things (we are in our early 40s), I'd bring friends -- the train is pretty much quiet by 10pm after dinner, so we really enjoyed have friends with us to play cards and talk in the bar car at the end of the evening. Also, the trip isn't one continuous loop around Ireland - you do some back tracking each day - it's fine but doesn't give you the feeling of seeing "new" countryside with each leg of the journey.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Bassett


By: PT

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

A journey on The Orient Express is known to be a once in a lifetime experience.......and it certainly was for us.
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington

Easy travel

By: Bookie

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Load your luggage, find your seat and enjoy the ride. This was an easy way to get to. Paris from Bezier.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Battista