Orient Express holidays take you back to the Golden Age of Travel when a journey was about more than the destination, it was about the experience. Onboard some of the world’s most glamorous trains, an Orient Express holiday is the perfect way to try something different and to see the world in unrivalled levels of luxury. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure for many, Orient Express holidays are all about seeing sights many never experience, all from the comfort of an authentic and fully restored luxury train.
Luxury rail holidays last between one and seven nights and travel all over the world, where as Orient Express Day trips last for the duration of a day and only travel throughout the UK. Look out your window and see the eve changing landscape from forests to snow-capped mountains, all from the comfort of a luxurious 1920’s or 1930’s authentic carriage. What makes an Orient Express holiday appealing to many is how everything is included in the price. From 24 hour steward service to all your meals, once you have bought your ticket, the only extras you may wish to pay for are extra drinks from the cocktail bar or perhaps a massage or treatment at the onboard spa.
Below you’ll find everything you need to know about Orient Express holidays and life travelling by luxury rail. You’ll also find examples of these journeys, however if you have questions or are looking for a journey in particular, our concierge team are always available to answer any question you may have and to assist in finding you the perfect Orient Express holiday.
Everything is included in the price of your ticket. Well almost; the only additional extra you may wish to pay for are drinks from the cocktail bar, however some journeys offer unlimited alcoholic drinks free of charge for the duration of your rail holiday. The only other optional extra not included in the price of your ticket are treatments and massages in the spa car.
The price of your Orient Express holiday includes your very own private cabin, which you can use as you wish throughout the duration of your journey. Most luxury trains offer a choice of cabins, but each differ depending on the train. All cabins are suprisingly spacious however and are ideal for relaxing during the day and sleeping at night in pure comfort.
All meals are also included in the price and are all prepared fresh onboard by chefs in the kitchen car. These typically include a breakfast in your cabin at a time to suit you, followed by a three-course brunch or lunch and then a four or five-course dinner that evening. If your rail holiday includes excursions as most do, any meals at private venues or hotels will also be included.
Nearly all journeys also include excursions during your Orient Express holiday. These vary depending on the location and the journey you choose, but they are all included in the price of your ticket. Excursions may include a VIP visit for a private tour of a country home or garden, outdoor pursuits, a visit to a distillery or even a river cruise. If there is something you wish to experience in particular, please do contact us and we’ll happily find you your perfect journey.
Each train has a choice of cabins, usually of varying size and levels of luxury. All cabins are very well appointed, very comfortable and more spacious than one might think. Most cabins include an en-suite allowing you to freshen-up whenever you like and some are even large enough to allow for a separate sleeping and sitting area.
Even the smallest of cabins are still well appointed and the quality of the fixtures and décor is like nothing else. The best way to describe the cabins onboard an orient Express holidays is very much that of a five-star hotel.
Cabins are only suitable for two people and most are available as doubles or twins. The different grades of cabin depends on the train, but generally the more expensive the cabin, the larger it is and the more features it may include. Generally it doesn’t matter too much which cabin you choose as there is so much to see on the train, one might find themselves relaxing during the day in the bar car or one of the lounges.
24 hour steward service is also included in the price, so if there is anything you require night or day, the stewards are just at the press of a button away. All cabins include a steward call button, so if you are feeling peckish one evening or need a top-up of your favourite beverage, the stewards will be more than happy to assist.
Whatever cabin you choose for your Orient Express holiday, you can be sure it will be comfortable, well-appointed and will feel very much like your home from home.
Welcome onboard the most famous train in the world, the Venice Simplon Orient Express. Sister to the fabled Orient Express, the VSOE served during the same period although on a different route through the Simplon Tunnel and on to Venice. Today, the Venice Simplon Orient Express is the one of the most luxurious trains in the world and easily one of the most authentic. If you wanted to ride the original Orient Express (which sadly is no longer possible), then a journey onboard the VSOE is the closest you can experience.
With a range of authentic carriages, all with their own unique décor, the Venice Simplon Orient Express is an experience in itself. Explore each carriage to find your favourite and bask in the ambience of the beautifully restored Art Deco era design. This train is all about glitz and glamour and it’s easy to see why this train has been so popular throughout its life.
The Venice Simplon Orient Express offers rail holidays throughout Europe. Departing from and visiting major European cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Venice, Verona and many more, the VSOE is the ideal train to see a wide range of landscapes all from the comfort of one of the most luxurious trains in the world.
While most journeys are one-night and one-way, there are opportunities to enjoy a four-night return journey or even the famous five-night journey of the original Orient Express. Departing from Paris, the VSOE takes passengers across the content to Istanbul, stopping along the way and allowing passenger to explore cities, castles, towns and even to enjoy a river cruise.
This five-night journey only runs once per year and again in reverse. It is exceptionally popular and most tickets are booked a year in advance. This journey is by far the most authentic, most luxurious and most aspiring journey anywhere in the world.
However for something more modest, why not join two journeys together. Take a one-way trip to a city of your choice, spend a few nights there exploring and then take the train home in reverse. This is a popular option for most passengers.
Offering a choice of three cabins, the Venice Simplon Orient Express is famous for its three Grand Suites. Each uniquely decorated, the Grand Suites are some of the biggest cabins available on any luxury train anywhere in the world, with a sitting area, sleeping area and fully tiled en-suite bathroom. These are easily some of the most luxurious rooms to stay in not just onboard a train but in any hotel in the world.
The Venice Simplon Orient Express travels throughout the year multiple times a month, apart from January where it is deep-cleaned and any maintenance performed. Availability on most journeys are good, however the longer four and five-night journeys do tend to be the first to become fully-booked. These rail holidays are extremely popular and people from all over the world travel just to experience this train.
For inspiring views and a truly beautiful train, Royal Scotsman holidays are the perfect way to explore the highlands. Travelling exclusively across Scotland while only rarely venturing down into England, the Royal Scotsman is a truly incredible train and one that houses its very own spa onboard as well as a number of bar cars and restaurant cars.
Journeys range from three to seven nights and treat passengers to some of the most glorious landscapes you’ll see anywhere in the world. Travelling high in the hills, you’ll see incredible views no matter where you look from the windows of any of the 10 authentic carriages. The excursions included in these journeys range from visiting some of Scotland’s famed castles to exploring some lesser-known gems including the opportunity to see wild seals. Some Royal Scotsman rail holidays also give passengers options when it comes to choosing excursions as there are usually many available to choose from on the duration of your trip.
One of the unique points of the Royal Scotsman is its well-stocked and unlimited bar. All drinks are included in the price including all alcohol. So after a day exploring, why not retire in the bar car and sample the many malts on offer.
Like all our Orient Express holidays, the Royal Scotsman includes all meals, all of which are cooked fresh onboard using seasonal ingredients. With multiple courses for almost every meal, you’ll be treated to the very finest foods you’ll have ever tasted. Of course all dietary requirements can be catered for.
It’s cabins are spacious, bright and all include an en-suite as standard. The choice of cabins refers to the sleeping arrangements rather than the levels of luxury, since all cabins offer the same high-levels of refinement. Choose from single, twin, double or interconnecting cabins, ideal for travelling with many friends or family.
All Royal Scotsman journeys are round-trips, departing from and returning to Edinburgh Waverley Station. Journeys like these are extremely popular for their ease, levels of luxury but also for their reasonable price. While the levels of luxury are always high, the journeys onboard the Royal Scotsman do tend to last longer, so your money does tend to go further.
Needless to say, if you’re looking for an Orient Express holiday that offers adventure for you to return home with stories to tell friends and family, there is no greater train. With a wide range of journeys departing throughout the year multiple times a month, there is plenty to choose from. You just need to decide what sort of adventure you would like to experience.
Explore the Emerald Isle onboard Ireland’s very own Orient Express train, the Grand Hibernian. More modern than most luxury sleeper trains, the Grand Hibernian has it’s unique own character and remains true to the original Orient Express’ routes. Offering unrivalled levels of luxury that are easily comparable to that of a five-star hotel, the Grand Hibernian is a modern twist on the traditional idea of an Orient Express holiday.
With 10 luxurious carriages including an onboard spa, bar and viewing carriage, the Grand Hibernian has everything you could need for a jaunt across Ireland. Each cabin is beautifully decorated, spacious and offer glorious panoramic views of the beautiful Irish landscape that are forever changing as you continue through your journey.
All cabins include an en-suite as standard and offer a bright, light and spacious atmosphere for you to relax in at your leisure. Passengers have the choice of a double or twin cabin and all are appointed to the same high-levels of luxury. Most cabins include a full-height wardrobe, ceiling fan as well as a desk area should you wish to jot down anything in your diary about your holiday.
Holidays onboard the Grand Hibernian range from between three and five nights and travel the full width and breadth of Ireland. Like the Royal Scotsman, all rail holidays onboard the Grand Hibernian are round-trips and depart and return back to Dublin.
Journeys onboard the Grand Hibernian vary, but all share the same sense of adventure and show you the very best Ireland has to offer. As you relax onboard the train, you are taken to your next excursion whether it be an area of beauty, a castle or perhaps a distillery to sample some of their creations. Each journey is unique and it’s not uncommon for certain Irish celebrity chefs to join you on your voyage as they treat you to their very own culinary delights.
Those looking for luxury and adventure choose journeys onboard the Grand Hibernian. Offering pure relaxation while onboard the train along with a unique view of Ireland while you’re out on your excursions, these holidays are truly unique. Whether you want to explore what Ireland has to offer or simply experience luxury but without being stuck in a static hotel, the Grand Hibernian is a perfect choice for those who want a bit of everything.
Being a more modern train, the Grand Hibernian is unique in the way it is decorated and designed. Although not modelled from the Golden Age of Travel, it still easily one of the most luxurious trains in the world and very few others can rival its offering. This makes it a truly unique way to travel and one that pairs well with the beautiful landscapes you will encounter throughout your travels.
With so many options available all over the world, it’s easy to see why rail holidays are becoming more and more popular each year. Offering a unique blend of luxury and adventure, there really is no better way to see the world, and with everything being included in the price, this makes budgeting for your Orient Express holiday extremely simple.
The best way to describe an Orient Express holiday is very much like a traditional cruise, although without the water of course and on a much smaller scale making the whole experience far more intimate and personal. With many stewards at your service for every trip, the levels of service are exceptionally high and nothing is ever too much trouble.
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