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Honeymoon inspiration: An iconic train journey on the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express to romantic Italy

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 4th, 2013 0 comments yet. Be the First

Deciding on where to go on your honeymoon can be an arduous task. Do you go for the tropical paradise island? A foodie fantasy in Italy? Or simply get lost in translation in Tokyo with your love? For many there are simply too many places and things to do and see in this world.

If you’re not keen on simply sitting on a beach sipping mojitos for weeks, we’ve got a great honeymoon suggestion:  the Orient Express from London to Venice.

We’ve all heard of this iconic train journey which will transport your back to the glamour of the 1920s and 1930s. If you want romance, adventure and style for your honeymoon, this is the choice for you.

Step aboard elegant Art Deco carriages in London and get comfy as the train criss-cross Europe, rolling through sublime scenery to some of the continent’s most alluring cities, on its way to breathtakingly beautiful Venice.


The Orient-Express Signature Journey

If choosing the exclusive Signature Journey (6 days/5 nights), you will start your adventure by staying at the luxurious Ritz Hotel in Central London. The following morning you’ll be transferred to London Victoria where you’ll board the British Pullman which will take you to France and Calais.

There you’ll be greeted by the gleaming navy and gold Wagons-Lits carriages of the legendary ‘King of Trains’ Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Once ensconced in your plush, marquetry panelled cabin, white gloved liveried stewards will be on hand to top up the fine crystal glasses with champagne. And don’t forget your finest attire! Guests will dine in the beautiful original Art Deco dining cars, enjoying the finest cuisine with an ever changing landscape outside. Even if you want to spend most of your honeymoon looking lovingly into your partner’s eyes, it will be worth taking a moment to admire the scenery once in a while.

Awake the next morning amidst the Swiss Alps and, after a continental breakfast in your cabin, relax and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery as it unfolds throughout the day as you get ever nearer the destination.

Upon arrival in Venice, a private transfer will whisk you to the famous Hotel Cipriani where you’ll stay for three nights in a Lagoon View Room with a balcony. Wait there’s more! Included in the package is a half day sightseeing your with a private guide (on the day of your choosing) and dinner at the hotel’s Fortuny restaurant on the final night.

As one of the most romantic places on earth, lose yourself in the web of canals and narrow streets that have made this city so famous. And make sure you stop by Harry’s Bar – home of the Bellini cocktail.

The 2013 season starts on 21 March and runs until early November. Prices start from £5,495 person, sharing, and includes the return flight to London, Business Class.

For more information and to enquire about extras on the train and at the hotel visit

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