Venice Simplon Orient Express from Istanbul to Paris

Venice Simplon Orient Express from Istanbul to Paris

The original Orient Express journey through Europe

From Istanbul to Paris is considered the most magical luxury train journey. It takes passengers on the original Orient Express route and is the most authentic Orient Express journey imaginable.

On this fabled journey crossing Europe you will be absolute luxury onboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express. There are a choice of cabins for you to select from starting with a twin cabin, which allows your Orient Express journey from Istanbul to be one in comfort with upper and lower berths, these are transformed during the day to offer banquette seating. There is also a cabin suite, which offers extra space, allowing two interconnecting doubles, meaning you have the room to stretch out with two lounges and a choice of bed configurations, of which the stewards will attend to. Then there is the ultimate luxury for an Istanbul Orient Express journey to Paris and that is a grand suite, which offers a twin or double bedroom setup, a living area, with plenty of room for private dining and also includes an en-suite bathroom with bespoke amenities and complimentary shower robes. With a Grand Suite you are also treated to free flowing Champagne.

Heading off from the bright bustling bazaars of Istanbul, you'll take the most luxurious journey throughout Europe, able to admire some of the continent's most celebrated sights, such as Peles Castle, home to Dracula. You will also cruise the Danube before arriving to see glamorous Parisian streets.

Your journey includes:

  • Three nights aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train
  • Dedicated steward service
  • Welcome glass of champagne
  • Sumptuous four-course dinner each night aboard the train: Seasonal table d’hôte menu, including cheeseboard, coffee, tea and petits fours
  • Continental breakfast served in your cabin each morning
  • Delicious three-course lunch each day aboard the train
  • Visit to Peles Castle
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Bucharest plus city tour and private dinner
  • Budapest city tour plus Danube cruise with lunch at a local restaurant
  • Overnight hotel accommodation including private dinner in Budapest

Your Journey Starts Here


The Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at a glance

Journeys through the UK
Journeys throughout Europe
Sleeper Trains
Sleeper journeys
One Way or Return
One-way or return
Choice of cabins & suites
18 authentic carriages
Restaurant & Bar
Restaurant & bar cars


Day 1 - Istanbul:

Your Orient Express journey from Istanbul to Paris commences. Dinner will be served in one of the three beautiful restaurant cars. After dinner, take some time to listen to the resident pianist  in the Bar Car.

Day 2 - Bucharest:

The Venice Simplon Orient Express arrives in Bucharest. After journeying throughout the night through Bulgaria and Romania, you'll arrive in Bucharest to spend the day. You will stay in the Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel for the night and enjoy dinner at a private venue, where there is a smart dress code required.

Day 3 - Bucharest:

You'll rejoin the Venice Simplon Orient Express train for brunch as the train continues your journey towards the mountain town of Sinaia. After Brunch you'll have the wonderful opportunity of visiting the beautiful Peles Castle. The castle was also visited by the very first Orient Express guests in October 1883, at the personal invitation of the King.

Day 4 - Budapest:

The Venice Simplon Orient Express will arrive in Budapest. You will meet up with your local guide for a short coach ride through the city. Continue your discovery of the city with a river cruise along the famous Danube River. You will stay in the city for the night at one of Budapest's top hotels, you'll also dine at a fantastic Hungarian restaurant where you will sample some of the country's typical dishes.

Day 5 - Budapest:

Again, you will rejoin the Venice Simplon Orient Express to continue your European adventure, travelling through Hungary passing by the fine vineyards and enchanting forests.

Day 6 -Paris:

Breakfast will be served in your cabin, you will journey through Germany and into France. You will enjoy your final dinner aboard this wonderful luxury train before your Orient Express journey from Istanbul concludes as you arrive into Paris.

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Your journey starts here, choose your accommodation and your preferred departure date.
Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin

A cosy space to unwind and watch the world glide by. A plush banquette during the day transforms into upper and lower berths when day turns to night allowing for maximum enjoyment of the spacious cabin.
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Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Cabin Suite

Cabin Suite

Enjoy the exceptional space of your very own cabin suite as you move between two luxurious lounges. Relax with a drink during the day, while a choice of bed configurations ensures the comfort continues even at night.
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Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Grand Suite

Grand Suite

Enter an exclusive world of decadence and pure unrivalled luxury. The most exquisite accommodation available with ornate interiors and exceptional levels a comfort only matched by a five-star hotel.
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Please Note:

All prices shown are for one adult ticket based on sharing accommodation. Single occupancy of cabins may incur additional charge. Prices are set by the operator and may change at short notice. We endeavour to ensure prices are always accurate and update our own website as soon as possible. All timings and details of included tours and activities are for guidance only and will only be confirmed in your travel documents that will be posted to you 7 days before departure. For any questions including discounts, offers or group pricing, please contact

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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will resume operations in July 2020.

All journeys from July 2020 and throughout 2021 are available to book. Learn more