Venice Simplon Orient Express
The Venice Simplon Orient Express is a luxury train service, running between London, Paris, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice. The journey begins/ends at London Victoria.
The Orient Express service is one of the most famous luxury trains, an art-deco icon. Throughout their journeys, passengers are treated to the highest quality of service. The service offers a range of vintage cabins, as well as fantastic food and entertainment.
All the cabins on-board Orient Express services have been restored to the highest standards. Each has a basin with hot and cold water, as well as all towels and bed linens. Cabins are converted between daytime and nighttime accommodation by the on-board staff (whilst passengers are eating).
Passengers may choose either a Double Cabin or a Cabin Suite for their journey. Toilet facilities are shared with other passengers in each carriage, but are maintained to the highest standard by the on-board staff.
Each cabin is a private sitting room during the day, with a sofa, footstall and small table. At night, it is converted to give passengers an upper and lower bed. Cabins are private (not shared), with their own basins. On-board staff may be called using the personal cabin bell.
Cabin suites combine two interconnecting cabins to create a private sitting room with sofa, footstall and table in one, and sleeping accommodation (upper and lower bed) in the other. Alternatively, cabins may be used as two interconnected bedrooms.
Luggage & Facilities
Space in each compartment is limited. As a result, passengers are only permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage and suit carrier/overnight bag in their cabin. One piece of luggage per passenger may be stored in the baggage car, although this will not be accessible until the end of your journey.
Food & Drink
All food on-board Orient Express services is prepared on the train by chefs, using supplies taken on-board on the journey. Lunch, dinner and brunch are all silver service, and take place in one of the service's three on-board dining cars. Breakfast and afternoon tea is served in passengers' cabins.
All passengers receive complimentary meals as part of their ticket price, although additional menu items and cabin service is available at additional cost. You can view some sample menus here.
The Bar Car serves a range of drinks to passengers in a relaxed and stylish setting (additional cost), complete with baby grand piano.
What to Wear
Most passengers on-board dress very smartly; making the most of the occasion. For evening meals, many wear black-tie. All gentlemen must wear a suit and tie, and ladies should be of an equivalent standard. Smart-casual is the standard for teh rest of teh day. Jeans are unacceptable.
At the rear of the Lalique car is an on-board shop, selling a range of gifts and accessories.
Orient Express srevices are able to accommodate passengers with minor walking difficulties, although it is recommended that they travel with another passenger to provide assistance. The layout of the trains is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users.
Travelling with Children
Children may travel on Orient Express services. Children under the age of 11 must travel with an accompanying adult, sharing a double cabin. There is a 20% reduction for child travellers. Children under the age of 2 travel for free.