- Experience the elegance of a legendary train before the splendour of the Grand Canal and the lagoon
- Your elegant hotel and its delectable cuisine is set in the heart of the Venice
- The itinerary includes a tour of a Venetian palace, the vineyards of Mazzorbo and an evening at the opera
- All of our usual additional services are included, such as fast-track airport services and access to our network of local concierges
Contact one of our Italy specialists + 44 (0) 20 3958 6120
A railway legend
VeniceFluctuat nec mergitur: she is tossed by the waves, but does not sink. Venice could do with borrowing this motto. Even though it is the city of love, it is perhaps less known for its many splendours than it is for its poignant resistance to the insistence of water and time. In spite of everything, Venice does not grow old. In fact, the very opposite is happening. After visiting the Pescaria, the Rialto fish market, and the former Venetian Ghetto, head to Harry's Bar for a bellini or a coffee at Florian's. Your Venetian holiday begins in Paris - what better way to travel than on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express? This train journey is worthy of its destination! And once you get there, you won't just go to any old hotel. Situated a stone's throw from St. Mark's Basilica, your hotel dates back to 1853. The Biedermeier-style decor reminds travellers that at that time Venice belonged to the Austrian Empire. The mahogany, silks and cut crystal exude an air of opulence. Your bright and well-balanced room opens out onto the lagoon. The Lions' restaurant gives Venetian cuisine a contemporary, refined twist. The service at the restaurant and in the rooms is impeccable.
INCLUDED IN THE ITINERARYAn Introduction to Venice - We've organised a local guide who can read the streets of Venice like a newspaper.
A journey through the vineyards of Mazzorbo - This island, which is very close to Burano island, is often overlooked by tourists... all the better. Mazzorbo is home to gourmet vegetable gardens and above all the Venissa vineyard. From just two acres of vineyard a rare wine is born each year, which inherits its traditions from ancient Venice: its variety, Dorona di Venezia, dates back to the 5th century. You'll get there by vaporetto (waterbus), and then you'll explore the island in complete freedom before ending the day with wine tasting, of course.
Your tickets to La Fenice - This opera house is a Venetian paradox: although water poses a permanent threat to the city, it has had to be rebuilt twice after being destroyed by fire. Its name, meaning Phoenix, refers not only to the sacred fire that sometimes captures singers, but actually its ability to rise from the ashes. Its rococo decoration makes it one of the most spectacular opera houses in the world. Audiences have applauded Verdi, Benjamin Britten, Luciano Berio, Luigi Nono, and even Woody Allen.
A la carte
Sail across the lagoon to the islands of Murano and Burano
The first is home to world-renowned glass blowers. The public workshops enable you to really appreciate the mastery and skill required to do this work. Speaking of mastery and skill, needlepoint lace is what made the second island so famous. Today, lace is scarce, but the Lace Museum in Burano exhibits exquisite antique pieces. The houses overlooking the docks are painted in very bright colours, which is something of a departure from the rest of Venice and makes for a refreshing change. You'll experience this with a private guide, so you can really appreciate its richness.
A tour of the Doge's Palace outside of opening hours
After the doors have closed to the public, the Doge's Palace is reborn. At dusk, when all the visitors have left, explore this which palace sums up the whole history of Venice, the public history of the Doges and the more secret history of an uncompromising Republic. The lighter side includes a journey through the sumptuous Ducal apartments, which ends in the extraordinary Grand Council Chamber. On the darker side is a visit to the dark prisons via the Bridge of Sighs or the secret passages that reveal the hidden side of Venice. You'll be accompanied by a private guide.
A day on board a Venetian topetta
A topetta is a small boat measuring 23ft long, equipped with a 15HP engine, which is the ideal way of exploring Venice through its maze of small canals and enjoying new perspectives of the city from the lagoon. It can hold up to six people and does not require a permit, although you will need a bit of sailing experience.
A Rough Idea of Price
Our local concierges
Travel diary app
UK airport lounge
Modify your itinerary
UK departure assistance