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Istanbul to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Paris, Istanbul 9 nights Price from £18,989 per person

A nine night holiday departing 25 August 2021


A unique opportunity to traverse Europe in style, we are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of places on this very special five-night journey from Istanbul to Paris in Autumn 2021 – combined with a stay in both cities and first-class Eurostar from Paris to London. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express makes one journey each autumn across Europe on this historic route – and while places are normally reserved years in advance, recent cancellations mean that there is a rare opportunity to treat yourself to this magnificent travel experience.

Flying from London to Istanbul you will stay for two nights at the landmark Hotel Pera Palace (5*), the official hotel for guests on the original Orient-Express journey in the 1920s, and a favourite with Agatha Christie. Step aboard the gleaming blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice SimplonOrient-Express and enjoy dinner and the first night onboard as you travel through Bulgaria and Romania. The second night is spent at a luxury hotel in Bucharest where there will be time to explore before rejoining the train to travel onwards through Transylvania. You will visit Sinaia and Peles Castle, then cross into Hungary overnight and spend a day in Budapest. Enjoy a final night on board with a celebratory dinner before waking to breakfast as the train travels through the Swiss Alps. Arriving after lunch in Paris, you will enjoy two nights in the French capital before returning to London by Eurostar.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Flight from London to Istanbul
  • Private transfers throughout
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at the 5* Hotel Pera Palace, Istanbul
  • Half day walking tour with an expert private guide in Istanbul
  • A five night journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express between Istanbul and Paris including all meals (two nights are spent in hotels in Bucharest and Budapest and three nights are spent on board the train)
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at the 5* Grand Hotel Powers, Paris
  • Two day Paris Museum Pass
  • Standard Premier class Eurostar from Paris to London

The Kirker Difference

Arranged by us exclusively for our customers...

Paris Museum Pass

Our holidays to Paris include a two day Museum Pass which gives you complimentary access to over 60 museums, monuments and galleries including the Louvre (timed entrance), the Musée d'Orsay, the Picasso Museum, Musée Rodin, the crypt of Notre Dame and Château de Versailles.

In addition we will provide you with a carnet of five metro tickets and a complimentary Seine river cruise!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Istanbul

    Fly from London to Istanbul this morning, where you will be met by your Kirker driver for a private transfer to the landmark Hotel Pera Palace (5*), overlooking the Golden Horn. This was the official hotel for guests on the original Orient-Express journey in the 1920s, and a favourite with Agatha Christie who stayed in room 411.
  • Day 2 - Walking Tour of the Sultanahmet

    Meet your expert local guide this morning for a half day private walking tour of the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, the Haghia Sofia, and the former Byzantine Hippodrome. You will have the afternoon to explore at leisure.
  • Day 3 - Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    Step aboard the gleaming blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and settle into your cabin as the train departs for the first leg of your historic journey to Paris. Dinner is a sumptuous affair, prepared on board by our skilled chefs and served in one of the beautifully restored dining cars. Afterwards, perhaps linger over a liqueur in Bar Car ‘3674’, listening to the pianist tinkle the ivories of the baby grand. As you retire for the first night in your comfortable cabin, the train crosses into Bulgaria.
  • Day 4 - Onwards to Romania

    Your steward serves Continental breakfast in your cabin as the train winds its way to Romania. Soak up the scenery through the windows before enjoying a delicious lunch. Soon you arrive in Bucharest and alight. Our local guides accompany you by coach directly to your hotel. Dinner with musical entertainment this evening is in a private venue.
  • Day 5 - Sinaia & Peles Castle

    This morning, rejoin the train and relax over a delicious brunch in one of the elegant dining cars as you journey towards the mountain town of Sinaia. Board a coach for the short journey to Peles Castle, the fairytale palace built by Romania’s King Carol as his summer retreat. The very first Orient Express passengers visited this beautiful residence in October 1883, at the King’s personal invitation. Return to the train in the late afternoon for a leisurely journey towards Hungary. Enjoy another delectable dinner and relaxing night on board.
  • Day 6 - Budapest

    On arrival in Budapest, enjoy a short orientation coach ride through the city followed by a panoramic cruise along the River Danube, soaking up the city’s graceful architecture and timeless beauty. Arrive at your hotel after lunch. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the Hungarian capital before preparing for a delightful evening at a nearby private venue, where you’ll be served a feast of local specialties.
  • Day 7 - Hungarian Countryside

    Re-board the train in the late morning. Linger over lunch as you glide through the picturesque Hungarian countryside. A final fabulous dinner is served to celebrate your last night on board. Relax in Bar Car ‘3674’ listening to music as you chat to your fellow guests and new friends.
  • Day 8 - Switzerland & France

    Enjoy Continental breakfast in your cabin as the train travels through Switzerland prior to entering France. Early morning, alight to take a stroll around a celebrated champagne house. Re-board the train in time for a delicious farewell lunch prepared by our skilled chefs, before the train arrives in Paris. Your will be met on the platform by your Kirker driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Paris for a two night stay.
  • Day 9 - Explore Paris

    Explore the museums, galleries and restaurants of Paris at your leisure, or ask the Kirker Concierge to help with a private excursion to Versailles, a walking tour of the Left Bank, or tickets for a concert, ballet or opera at the fabulous Palais Garnier.
  • Day 10 - Afternoon Eurostar to London

    After a leisurely morning in Paris you will be met by your Kirker driver for a transfer to the Gare du Nord, to board a Eurostar train to London this afternoon.

Prices

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9 nights from £18,989 per person.

Included Hotels

Hotel

Pera Palace
Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Once the original grand hotel of Istanbul the Pera Palace reopened in 2010 after a painstaking restoration, it first opened in 1892 to accommodate passengers from the Orient-Express.

Hotel

Grand Powers
Paris, France, Europe

Welcoming guests since 1920, the Grand Powers opened in December 2018 as a member of ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World.’ Following a sensitive restoration, the Powers balances contemporary Parisian chic with the Art Deco touches of its previous heyday within the Haussmann building so typical of the 8th arrondissement.

Train Details

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is more than just a train, it is an iconic travel experience which takes you back to an era when embarking on a journey was a glamorous and stylish affair which required fine-dining, high fashion and impeccable service. Any journey on board the train has the atmosphere of a special occasion, and it is the perfect place to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary in style.

The Cabins

 

The original 1920s and 1930s carriages formed part of the express trains which traversed Europe in the early 20th century ‘golden age’ of rail travel. Each has been lovingly restored by expert craftsmen, with gleaming livery and immaculate marquetry. The sleeping cars consist of comfortable banquette seating, with a window table and private washbasin concealed behind elegant oak doors. Whilst you are dining, your steward will transform the cabin into comfortable upper and lower berths with crisp damask sheets and fine blankets. Each carriage has its own dedicated steward, available 24 hours a day, and there is a mosaic-tiled lavatory at the end of the car.

For additional comfort and extra space, we highly recommend reserving a Cabin Suite, which is formed of two interconnecting cabins. This offers additional space during the day, and can be converted to two lower berths at night. Alternatively, three extravagant new Grand Suites were added to the train in 2018, each of which is named after a key destination on the route – Paris, Venice and Istanbul. The Grand Suites offer spacious accommodation with a double bed, living area and private en suite bathroom with shower, and passengers can enjoy meals in the privacy of their suites or in the main restaurant cars. Grand Suites sell out fast on peak dates so it is crucial to book well in advance – and supplements, which reflect the grandeur of the suites, are available on request.

 

Accommodation on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

 

Dining

 

One of the highlights of your journey is the delicious cuisine – all meals are included in the price (although drinks are extra). Chef Christian Bodiguel and his expert team take fresh ingredients on board throughout the journey and create varied menus which belie their compact kitchen. Breakfast is served in your cabin at the time of your choice, and includes fresh patisserie and fruits. For lunch and dinner – an occasion for which guests are encouraged to dress in glamorous 1920s style – you can choose to dine in one of the three elegantly restored restaurant cars:

Côte d’Azur: Built in 1929 and decorated with Lalique glass panels.

Etoile du Nord: Built in England with a lining of intricate marquetry.

L’Oriental: Originally a Pullman kitchen car, decorated with black lacquer panels.

After dinner, you may enjoy a cocktail in the stylish piano bar – or perhaps a glass of champagne in the Art Deco champagne bar.

 

Dining on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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