Venice and Lake Garda with the Orient Express

Venice and Lake Garda with the Orient Express
(10 Nights/11 Days)

from £ 3480 *per person

The stuff that memories are made of ... a holiday in Venice and Lake Garda with travel on the infinitely glamorous Orient Express

  • Accommodation Unabashed luxury on one of the world's greatest train journeys
  • Suitable For Couples
  • Holiday at a glance Enjoy a revitalising six-night stay at the Villa Cordevigo, between the shore of Lake Garda and the Bardolino wine region
    Experience the uniqueness of Venice with a walking tour

Venice and Lake Garda with the Orient Express

Make your holiday in northern Italy even more special by including 24 hours of indulgence on the legendary Venice Simplon Orient Express. Stay in Venice and on the shores of Lake Garda, then travel back in style on Europe’s most glamorous train. 

Day 1: Venice

Fly to Venice where you will stay at the Corte di Gabriela , just moments from the city’s top sights. Here, there are the eleven suites housed in a 19th building overlooking the canals of the San Marco district. The court is the meeting point for guests who stop here for an aperitif under the pergola or for breakfast. The hotel is often chosen for its tranquility, location and its staff going above and beyond in a genuine fashion.

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Garda

Pick up a hire car and transfer to the Villa Cordevigo, a 5-star luxury wine resort in the heart of the Bardolino vineyards. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens, the 12-room hotel has a pool, Michelin-starred restaurant, spa and the option of wine tasting and cellar visits. Several of the suites have private terraces.
Day 8: Depart from Verona on the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express

Leave the car at Verona rail station to start your once-in-a-lifetime journey on the Venice Simplon Orient Express. The historic 1920’s art-deco style train departs from Verona at lunchtime, passing through Innsbruck and arriving at Paris Gare de l’Est soon after breakfast on the following morning.

Linger over leisurely meals and watch a moving backdrop of lakes, mountains and vineyard-carpeted landscapes through the windows of the magnificent vintage carriages. At night, cabins are converted to bedrooms, each with a washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water, and soft fluffy towels. Meals include an excellent three-course lunch in one of the restaurant cars, afternoon tea in your cabin and a leisurely four-course dinner.

Day 9: Arrive in Paris

In Paris, you have the option of continuing your journey on the Orient Express, with travel on the Belmond British Pullman train from Folkestone, or transferring to Eurostar for the remainder of the journey to London.

Please note that you can also start your Venice Simplon Orient Express in Venice. Travel on the VSOE is either to or from Italy (Verona/Venice).
What’s included
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Private airport transfer
  • Travel planning
  • 3 nights in Venice
  • Fully comprehensive car hire
  • 6 nights in Lake Garda
  • Overnight travel from Verona to Paris on the Orient Express
Optional Add-ons
  • Theatre and sport event tickets
  • International flights
  • Private and group excursions


  1. Day 1-4 Venice
    Private boat transfer from Venice airport

    3 nights on a BB basis sharing a deluxe double room at the Hotel La Corte di Gabriela

    We can help you with
    • Skip-the-line entries for museums and attractions 
    • Private or group excursions of Venice's highlights
    • Kayak or Gondola tours
    • Day trips to Padova or Vicenza
    • Boat cruises along the Brenta River
  2. Day 4-10 Lake Garda
    Pick up your car hire (Fiat 500 X or similar) from Venice airport

    6 nights on a BB basis sharing a Deluxe room at the Villa Cordevigo

    Return the car to Verona rail station before boarding the Orient Express

    We can help you with
    • Tips to customise your experience on the lake
    • Private guided tours of Verona
    • Chaffeur driven and wine tasting excursions in the Valpolicella and Bardolino wine regions
  3. Day 10-11 Orient Express
    Overnight on board of the Orient Express

    from Verona Porta Nuova to Paris Gare de l'Est  13:00 - 07:35 (next day)

    It includes:
    • dedicated Stewart service
    • welcome glass of sparkling wine
    • sumptuous four-course dinner
    • coffee and tea break
    • continental breakfast served in your cabin
    We can help you with:
    • Extend your holiday in Paris
    • Complete your journey to London on board of the Belmond British Pullman luxury train
    • Travel 1st class to London by Eurostar


Villa Cordevigo

Villa Cordevigo

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  • Dress code - what do I wear on the Venice Simplon Orient Express?
    You can never be overdressed on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. For dinner, men should wear a suit and tie and women dress in smart attire, but many guests like to don black tie or evening dress for the occasion. During the day, the dress code is smart-casual. At lunch, for example, a jacket and tie is suitable for men. Jeans are not acceptable at any time.
  • What languages do staff on board the train speak?
    French, English and Italian are spoken by most stewards on board the continental train.
  • What currency do I need on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?
    Prices are quoted in Euros and it is recommended that passengers have a small number of Euros for onboard purchases. However, most major currencies are accepted, as well as travellers’ cheques, Eurocheques and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB). The exchange rate on board is displayed in the Bar Car.
  • Will there be room in my compartment for all my luggage?
    Despite having luggage racks in our cabins, space constraints require that luggage is limited, per passenger, to: one suitable piece of hand luggage, one suit carrier or overnight bag (to be placed in your cabin), and one suitcase to be stored in the baggage car, where it will not be accessible until you reach your destination.
  • Can I smoke on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?
    No. To comply with Italian and other European regulations, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train operates a no smoking policy on board both the Belmond British Pullman and the continental train.
  • About Custom and Immigration on the train?
    On the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express your passport will be held by your cabin steward. Passport and customs formalities take place at all frontiers, but you will not normally be disturbed at frontier crossings or during the night. Your passport will returned to you before disembarking.


Active city breaks: kayaking in Venice

Active city breaks: kayaking in Venice

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