An itinerary of 'bucket list-ticking' proportions! Embark the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Verona and enjoy an elegant on board experience in the vintage art deco carriages including traditional afternoon tea, fine dining and a night cap in the bar car post-dinner.Following your arrival in the Italian city of Verona, retreat to a 4* hotel on the shores of the stunning Lake Garda.
Explore the quaint towns along the shoreline or relax by the calm waters. Later, head back to Verona and explore the medieval old town, meander down the cobbled streets and perhaps pay a visit the tiny balcony said to belong to Juliet in Shakespeare's great romance, ‘Romeo & Juliet’.
Enjoy an opera performance of your choice during your stay, before making your way to Venice to embark on your luxury cruise.Explore the Adriatic coastline, visiting the fortified town of Kotor, the courtyards and cathedrals of Split and the picturesque island of Corfu, before your penultimate stop in Italy, Naples. Explore nearby historical and archaeological sites including Pompeii, before ending in the Italian capital, Rome.
Board the vintage Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and savour a delicious brunch with a refreshing Bellini as you make your way through the Kent countryside.
Board a private coach for the shuttle to Calais. Our uniformed hosts will look after you throughout the journey.
At Calais Ville Station, the legendary Wagons-Lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express await. Settle into your comfortable cabin before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in one of the magnificent dining cars.
Later, perhaps linger over a liqueur in Bar Car '3674', listening to the resident pianist play and chatting to fellow passengers before you retire for the night.
Your steward serves a continental breakfast in your cabin as you gaze out at the Swiss mountains and lakes of the picturesque Gotthard route.
Savour a three-course lunch and enjoy browsing the exclusive, elegant gifts in the onboard boutique.
Continuing through Italy's lush landscapes, the train arrives in Verona, your journey's end.
Private transfer from the station to 4* Lake Garda hotel.
|3||Day at leisure.|
|4||Day at leisure.|
Transfer back to Verona for a 2 night stay at a 5* hotel.
Choose to see the opera, Aide this evening or La Traviata tomorrow evening. (Both performances can be included for an additional charge)
|6||Day at leisure.|
Transfer from Verona to Venice port.
Embark Celebrity Infinity, spend overnight in Venice.
|12||Day at Sea|
|14||Disembark ship in Rome and transfer to airport for your return flight to London.|
Please note: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express cars are the original 1920s models. Each cabin has a washbasin, hot and cold water, towels, bathrobes and slippers. Many cabins have adjoining doors and can be converted to ‘Cabin Suites’. WC’s are located at either or both ends of each sleeping car.
Our Exclusive Cruise & Stay Packages are based on twin occupancy. Fares for singles, children and 3rd & 4th berths are available on request.
Terms & Conditions: Exclusive Holiday Directions packages are solely organised by Holiday Direction Ltd a fully bonded member of the Global Travel Group (ATOL 3973). Prices shown are per person in £ sterling based on two adults sharing and are subject to availability. Fares and other information are correct at the time of going to issue. The holiday is subject to Holiday Direction booking conditions. Visa and vaccinations may be required. Hotel accommodation is on a room only basis. Travel insurance is at an additional cost. Elements of this package holiday are non-escorted, personal transfers may need to be arranged, please contact our sales team for further information. E&OE.