2023 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Star Clippers Sailing Cruise Offer
9 Night itinerary including an overnight journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice, 1 Night in Venice and 7 Nights aboard Star Clippers Royal Clipper Ship from 29th June – 8th July 2023
Plan ahead and book our incredible Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Sailing Cruise Itinerary in 2023.
Your journey will begin with a journey on board the Belmond British Pullman where you will travel through the British Countryside to Folkestone, before crossing the channel tunnel and joining the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. From the vintage carriages and liveried stewards to the refined cuisine and fine wines, each moment is sure to become a treasured memory as you pass by Swiss Mountain Scenery and picturesque lakes before arriving the following evening at Venice Santa Lucia Station.
Our itinerary includes 1 night in Venice on a b&b basis at the Hotel Papadopoli Venezia, located close to the station and Piazzale Roma. Following an enjoyable evening and time in Venice, you will join the world’s largest full-rigged sailing ship, Royal Clipper for a spectacular 7 night sailing traversing Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, visiting charming and scenic ports of call, before concluding in the metropolitan city of Venice.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Sailing Cruise Offer
Enjoy a spectacular journey to Italy, Croatia & Montenegro with our incredible 2023 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Sailing Cruise special offer.
Price from £5,989pp
2023 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 – British Pullman & Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – Thursday 29th June 2023
Board the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria station, your steward will show you to your reserved seat. Sit back and enjoy Brunch served with a Bellini as you travel through the Kentish countryside.
After crossing the Channel board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by our skilled French chefs.
Later, you may wish to linger in Bar Car ‘3674’, listening to the resident pianist play the baby grand and chatting to fellow passengers before you retire for the night. When you are ready, retire to your cabin, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.
Day 2 – Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Arrival in Venice – Friday 30th June 2023
You awake to the magnificent mountain and countryside scenery as breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you. Spend the morning relaxing in your cabin or in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests.
Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch which is served in another one of the beautiful restaurant cars.
Spend more of the afternoon admiring the passing scenery. Later, a selection of pastries are served in your cabin.
All too soon it is time to prepare to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia station.
A Venice Simplon-Orient-Express water taxi will be waiting outside the station to take you to your hotel, Hotel Papadopoli Venezia – MGallery, where you will spend an evening at your own leisure.
Day 3 – Venice, Italy – Saturday 1st July 2023
Awake in Venice and enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
Venice is the heart and soul of romance. Cast your eye on the rounded domes of San Marco, take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the golden lions and the Renaissance glories of the Doge’s Palace, listen for the ghosts of Verdi, Puccini and Caruso at La Fenice Opera House, gape at the classic Palladian proportions of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, glide in a gondola down the Grand Canal.
A private water taxi transfer will collect you from your hotel where you will be taken to Venice port to board the Star Clippers Royal Clipper ship.
Day 4 – Zadar, Croatia – Sunday 2nd July 2023
Zadar is where the ancient and modern come together and coexist quite happily to create one of Dalmatia’s most exciting towns. Zadar is a place to explore Roman ruins and Venetian architecture including it’s defensive walls which are now a World Heritage Site. Another great experience is the Sea Organ which captures the movement of the waves and transforms it into music, giving out an odd mournful sound that evokes the sea, wind and sky.
Day 5 – Hvar, Croatia – Monday 3rd July 2023
The heavenly scent of lavender perfumes the air in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. Idyllically located just off the Dalmatian Coast, the island and the little port named after it have been a favorite getaway ever since the time of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and even Austro-Hungarian royalty.
Day 6 – Dubrovnik, Croatia – Tuesday 4th July 2023
It was George Bernard Shaw who said,’Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.’ Indeed, Dubrovnik is a treasure by any measure made more precious by its miraculous restoration. Crowned by the Minceta Tower, the 10th century city walls are the proud symbol of Dubrovnik’s colourful history.
Day 7 – Kotor, Montenegro – Wednesday 5th July 2023
This stunning rock-walled chasm splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro is the longest arm of the sea in southern Europe. Boka harbours one of the prettiest, unspoiled towns you’ll ever see, the medieval city of Kotor. Founded by the Romans, fortified during the Byzantine era, then ruled by Venice for much of its history, Kotor has been naturally preserved by its isolation.
Day 8 – Vis, Croatia – Thursday 6th July 2023
Vis Island has been described as a pearl among Croatian Adriatic Islands that has been left untouched by tourism for many years. As it develops it is becoming more and more popular particularly with yachtsmen. The island is known for it’s many beautiful beaches as well as it’s fascinating history. The town of Vis was founded in about 397 B.C. as a base for the Greek colonization of the Adriatic Sea.
Day 9 – Rovinj, Croatia – Friday 7th July 2023
Rovinj is a typical example of a Mediterranean town. The town is dominated by the Baroque three-nave church of St. Euphemia (Fuma). Close to the harbour are the clock tower, the Baroque Balbi’s Arch and the former 17th century Town Hall. To the east lies the complex of the Franciscan monastery and to the south, Rovinj’s oldest monument, the Romanesque heptagonal chapel of the Holy Trinity.
Day 10 – Venice, Italy – Saturday 8th July 2023
This is the final day of your Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Sailing Cruise itinerary.
Disembark the Royal Clipper after an incredible 7 nights on board and a private car will be waiting to take you to Venice Marco Polo airport.
Flight is included from Venice Marco Polo to London Heathrow (regional airports also available).
ROYAL CLIPPER TALL SHIP, STAR CLIPPERS
Royal Clipper Tall Ship, Star Clippers
Star Clippers offer a cruise experience that is like no other. If you are looking for an adventure on the waves which includes the atmosphere and character of traditional sailing but still with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises; you have come to the right place.
The Royal Clipper was officially recognised by Guinness World Records in 2001 as the world’s largest square rigger in service, she carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. A full 1760 square metres of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment.
Key Cruise Facts
- Full Board Basis
- Price based on a category 6/inside cabin*
*Upgraded cabins available for additional cost
HOTEL PAPADOPOLI VENEZIA – MGALLERY
Hotel Papadopoli Venezia – MGallery
Strategically located, Hotel Papadopoli is close to Venice Santa Lucia station and Piazzale Roma.
The hotel is made up of 100 rooms and suites reflecting the elegance of 18th century, with views over the Tolentini Canal and Papadopoli Gardens.
The beautiful Winter Garden designed by Master Pietro Porcinai, is a unique setting to enjoy traditional dishes and flavours, amidst the scents and colours, the perfect place for an unforgettable evening.