Travel to Venice in exquisite style.
I had the pleasure of travelling to Venice on the Venice Simplon Orient Express and Wow what an experience it was, prepare to take a step back in time.
The Cabins are comfortable with an upper and lower bed and are identically sized with a washbasin in a cupboard, but two can be connected to give more space and make a suite. I was surprised to hear on the trip people who didn’t realise there are no private facilities onboard. Toilets are at the end of your carriage and there are no showers; passengers are buying an experience of period travel. The bar car with piano is the social hub of the train with great cocktails and there is a small shop of souvenirs to purchase.
The food is superb cuisine and is easily to Michelin-star standard, and the meals are served with silverware, crystal glass and posh napkins. All the courses were out of this world although we did have to bail out after so many courses and when the clock struck midnight we just couldn’t manage anymore of the superb food. All the meals are provided, and a continental breakfast is served to you in the cabin. The service by all staff was exceptional.
To make the most of the experience, dress up. Most passengers make the effect with black tie and evening dresses for dinner and smart casual during the day. Some parties dress were actually dressed in period fashions. Jeans and trainers are definately a no no!!.
I’m sure this is one journey that many passengers were ticking off their ‘To do Travel List’. Is this journey expensive? Yes of course however its an unique experience that many are willing to pay to experience. It’s a journey I would probably only take once but only because frankly there are so many other journeys I wish to experience along my travel path.
A few shots of the scenery enroute
And the style continued when we arrived into Venice with a stay at the breathtaking Danieli Hotel. The hotel is conveniently located overlooking the lagoon and just steps away from St. Mark’s Square, Palazzo Ducale and the Bridge of Sighs.
We started our day with breakfast on the rooftop and then onto St Marks Square and enjoyed the attractions of Palazzo Ducale, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Belltower and the renowned Bridge of Sighs.
Venice is definitely a city I will be returning to. I can highly recommend the Hotel Danieli and travelling down by the Orient Express is one journey I will never forget.
Have you ever travelled on this amazing Train? Do you agree that its probably a trip you would only do once.
Have you visited Venice? As you can see from my pictures we were there to experience a very high tide and St Marks Square including restaurants and shops were flooded. This is sadly becoming a regular occurrence, emergency boats are finding it harder to reach others in an emergency because of the amount of bridges. Something I must admit hadn’t thought about until our guide pointed it out.
Looking to travel on the Orient Express or thinking about making Venice your next trip away. Let me know your plans and I can happily help you with your requirements. Either contact me through this page or email me.
Hope you have had a good weekend? Shame its nearly over!!