Paris - Budapest - Bucharest - Istanbul

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
Louvre Pyramid, Paris - © EdiNugraha via Pixabay
The Eiffel Tower - © skeeze via Pixabay
The Luxembourg Palace, Paris - © skeeze 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 iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express
  • Guided tour of Budapest
  • Visit Peles Castle
  • Stunning cuisine
  • Experience a train that inspired an Agatha Christie novel
  • Nostalgic Edwardian travel at its very best
  • 6 days from £6,660pp

Tour Dates:
Friday 25 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017

Departing just once a year, embark on this classic journey and explore an array of romantic cities aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express; Paris, Budapest, Bucharest and Istanbul.

On board, moments to treasure follow one after another. Mingle with fellow travellers over cocktails in the bar car. Savour stunning regional cuisine in the restaurant car. Or simply relax in your vintage cabin and watch the scenery unfold. Depart Paris for your overnight journey towards Budapest. After an overnight stay in Budapest, rejoin the train for an overnight journey to Bucharest, where you spend the next day and night. On rejoining the train the next day stop in the fascinating country of Bulgaria. Enjoy your last night and day on board as the train travels to your last stop, Istanbul.

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 – Begin your Journey in Paris

Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train at Paris Gare de l’ Est, mid-afternoon. After being greeted by your steward, settle into your cabin and relax with a delightful afternoon tea. Later enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner on board the train.

Day 2 – Travel in Comfort through Hungary

Enjoy the sublime scenery as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train travels into Hungary. Continental breakfast is served in your cabin and lunch will be taken in one of the opulent dining cars. Afternoon tea is served later in the journey. On arrival in Budapest transfer to your luxury hotel. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.

Day 3 – Explore Budapest

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a private guided tour of the city Budapest, with lunch at a local restaurant included. Rejoin the train late afternoon and perhaps enjoy an aperitif in the Bar Car before dinner as the train travels into Romania.

Day 4 – To Bucharest via Sinaia

The train arrives at the mountain town of Sinaia, after breakfast, disembark for a visit to beautiful Peles Castle. Rejoin the train to complete the short journey to Bucharest. On arrival transfer to the Athenée Palace Hilton Hotel where a late lunch is served. In the afternoon there will be a short city sightseeing tour. Dinner and overnight in Bucharest.

Day 5 – Through Bulgaria

This morning, rejoin the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train as the train travels south across the Danube and into Bulgaria. During the afternoon, a stop is made to enjoy this pretty, rural country. Lunch and dinner are served on board the train, as your journey continues. This final night is spent on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.

Day 6 – Arrive Istanbul

Early this morning the train enters Turkey and crosses the beautiful Thracian Plain. After breakfast and lunch on board, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train arrives at Istanbul.

Price Includes

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

Price per person

From £6,660 per person

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