The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & UK Day Trips
The original Orient Express passenger train has been re-created in all its glory for you to enjoy today.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has become perhaps the most famous train in the world & is a must for any serious traveller – Celebrate a special anniversary or birthday in style. Despite the painstaking renovation of vintage carriages, guests can still rely on the highest levels of personal service and outstanding cuisine. Relax in the civilised bar carriage and meet other like-minded travellers.
Take a UK day trip aboard the Belmond British Pullman and enjoy the same glorious luxury vintage carriages and lovingly prepared food – all provided with the exacting standards of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Destinations
Current Venice Simplon-Orient-Express destinations are London, Venice, Verona, Istanbul, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin and Prague.
UK Day Trips
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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train Information
Find out more about the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train, including cabin configurations, dining carriages, the bar car, the champagne bar and the colourful history surrounding the most famous train in the World.
Find Out More, including sample menus from the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Dining on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Indulge in a sensational feast aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train
Exceptional European cuisine is freshly prepared in the train’s kitchen by the Chef and his skilled team.
Fresh ingredients are taken on board at stops along the route. Look out the window and you may spot the chef inspecting lobsters from Brittany, tomatoes from Provence or saltmarsh lamb from Mont St Michel.
The set-menus are an inclusive part of your trip. Drinks and à la carte options are also available at an additional charge.
The Chefs will be delighted to cater for any specific dietary requirements – please ensure that you inform us of your needs at the time of booking.
Guests are accommodated over 2 sittings – the evening meals are scheduled at 18:00 and 21:00. If you are travelling London to Paris, you must take the earlier sitting. Guests joining at Paris enjoy the 21:00 dining time.
Sample Lunch and Dinner Menus – Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Dining Carriages on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
There are three restaurant carriages on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express all with their own unique feel and décor.
Dining Car 4095 L’Oriental
Built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1927 was comissioned as a Pullman Kitchen Car. It has an Oriental theme with Chinese style laquer wall panels.
Dining Car 4110 Etoile du Nord
Built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1926 to serve on the Etoile du Nord Pullman Train.
Dining Car 4141 Côte d’Azur
Built in 1929, this was originally a 1st Class Pullman Car used on the Cote d’Azur Pullman Express. The carriage features ornate glass panels by René Lalique.
The maître d’ will automatically schedule your meals to experience all the carriages. Should you have a particular preference, a particular dining carriage can be requested for each meal.
The Bar Car
Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the train’s bar car complete with pianist!
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Bar Car
Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on board the train and soak up the unique atmosphere in the bar car complete with a baby grand piano! Let the head mixologist, Walter Nisi, create a cocktail for you to enjoy including the “Guilty Twelve” which is a secret combination of eleven spirits plus champagne invented by Walter to celebrate the 12 characters in Agatha Christie’s famous book – Murder on the Orient Express.
You can also head to the champagne bar to enjoy a glass or two from a selection of chilled vintage Champagnes.
After dinner, return to the bar car where the convivial atmosphere continues until the very last client call it a night. The after-dinner cocktail of choice is the Pousse Café du Train.
The Bar Car (3674) was built in France in 1931 and based at the Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris. After the war it ran as part of the Sud Express from Paris to Irún on the Spanish border and from Paris to Toulouse in Le Capitole.
Today it boasts a beautiful, Art Nouveau-style interior by Gérard Gallet and even manages to incorporate a baby grand piano within the carriage.
Video & Brochure Download
Find Out More about this iconic journey.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Journey
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express must surely be the most publicised, televised and photographed train in human history.
The World’s most famous train – Channel 4 feature documentary
A fantastic look at the iconic London to Venice trip including life behind the scenes following the train staff.