As its name suggests, the train originates in the ancient
Italian city of Venice. Owing to its construction upon
marshland, Venice is largely navigated by a system of canals rather
than streets. The city is renowned for its architecture, from its
stilted houses to its magnificent palaces and also possesses a rich
cultural and artistic heritage and excellent cuisine.
On its journey from Venice the train passes through
Italy's spectacular Dolomite Mountains. Regarded as one of the most
beautiful mountain landscapes in the world, the Dolomites achieved
UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2009. Although the Venice
Simplon-Orient-Express no longer travels through the historic
Simplon Tunnel which connects Italy with Switzerland, the
alternative Alpine passes it uses continue to provide passengers
with magnificent mountain panoramas.
Paris needs no
introduction. The world's most romantic city is filled with
unforgettable sights and landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Arc
de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and Cathedral of Notre Dame. Even the
briefest exploration of Paris is rewarded, courtesy of its abundant
art galleries, museums, historic buildings and outstanding markets,
cafes, bakeries and restaurants.