Istanbul - Bucharest - Budapest - Venice

Bucharest Gardens - © marybettiniblank via Pixabay
Romanian Orthodox Church, Bucharest - © tpsdave via Pixabay
Sunset, Bucharest - © lucian_andrei via Pixabay
The Palace of Parliament, Bucharest - © Stock Free Images
Budapest Parliament - © MaThoPa via Pixabay
Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary - © Bergadder via Pixabay
Fountain at Margitsziget (Margaret Island), Budapest - © TravelCoffeeBook via Pixabay
Atatürk Arboretum, Istanbul - © Achome via Pixabay
From Kazanlak to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria - © Golden Eagle
Istanbul Market - © Golden Eagle
Istanbul - © Golden Eagle
The Bosphorus Bridge at night, Istanbul - © ecowa via Pixabay
The Topkapı Palace, Istanbul - © falco via Pixabay
Gondola, Grand-Canal, Venice - © irenne56 via Pixabay
St. Mark's Basilica, Venice - © WikimediaImages via Pixabay
Teatro La Fenice, Venice - © ericdefouilhoux via Pixabay
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Steward - © Matt Hind
The Piano Bar on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - © Matt Hind
Guests enjoy the music performed in The Piano Bar - © Matt Hind
Restaurant Car Etoile du Nord on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - © Matt Hind
Lunch served in the Etoile du Nord Restaurant Car - © Matt Hind

Holiday Highlights

  • Travel on the Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • Peles Castle
  • Relive nostalgic dreams of Agatha Christie and Edwardian travel
  • Sightseeing tour in Budapest
  • Sightseeing in Vienna
  • 6 days from £6,660pp

Step back in time with this classic journey. Departing from Istanbul, you’ll travel through Turkey, Bulgaria and Austria as you experience the romance of three stunning cities; Bucharest, Budapest and Venice.

Your time aboard the train promises to be every bit as enchanting as the destinations. From the moment you settle into your private cabin you will be transported to a world of indulgence, marked by stunning cuisine and peerless service.

Watch this video for a flavour of this luxury journey.

NB: You have the option of including this special rail journey as part of a Tailor Made tour. Ffestiniog Travel can make the additional arrangements to allow you to join on any VSOE journey at the beginning, during or end of a bespoke itinerary. We will organise rail and flight tickets where necessary and hotel accommodation. Please contact us direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and we will provide quotations on request.


Day 1 – Depart Istanbul in Style on the VSOE

Check in at Istanbul’s Sirecki station in the afternoon to board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. As the train leaves the station you glimpse magnificent views of the Sea of Marmara. Dinner and overnight on board the train.

Day 2 – Via Bulgaria and Romania to Bucharest

Continental breakfast is served in your cabin as the train travels through Bulgaria and on into Romania. After lunch on board, VSOE arrives in Bucharest. Enjoy an early afternoon tour of the city. Dinner and overnight in Bucharest at the Athenée Palace Hilton Hotel.

Day 3 – Sinaia and Peles Castle

This morning rejoin the train for the short journey to the mountain town of Sinaia. On arrival transfer to a local restaurant for lunch and then on to Peles Castle, the summer home of the former King Carol. Return to the station late afternoon and your journey continues towards Hungary. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 4 – Explore Budapest

Arrive in Budapest this morning and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this city split into two parts by the Danube river.Lunch is provided before transferring to the Hotel for an overnight stay.Dinner and overnight in Budapest.

Day 5 – To Vienna

Transfer to the station mid-morning to rejoin the train. Lunch is served as the train crosses into Austria, arriving in Vienna late afternoon, where you disembark for a visit to this beautiful city. Rejoin the train for dinner and your final night on board.

Day 6 – Arrive in Venice

After breakfast on board, whilst travelling through Italy, arrive in Venice mid-morning and disembark into the sparkling city.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • 2 nights in hotels
  • A private 2 berth compartment on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • All meals as specified

Price per person

From £6,660 per person

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