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Around the World in 50 Days

(Tour code: ATG6)A Westbound voyage around the circumference of the globe by rail

Beginning and ending in London, we travel just under 23,000 miles across the globe on this incredible worldwide adventure. Starting with the renowned 'Big Apple' on America's Atlantic coast, we traverse this vast country of sophisticated cities and majestic landscapes by rail to vibrant Los Angeles and scintillating San Francisco in the West. From here we cross the Pacific for an enthralling journey across northern Asia, drinking in its myriad of distinct cultures.

From the rich, colourful legacies of dynastic China to traditional Mongolian heritage, we board the private Tsar's Gold train following the revolutionary Trans-Siberian Express route to Moscow, encountering Russia's hospitality and turbulent past during insightful stopovers. For the final leg of our intrepid voyage, we head south through Europe's imperial cities to Venice where we join the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for our sumptuous journey home, having experienced the ultimate trip-of-a-lifetime.

53 days from£19,995per person
What’s Included
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Tour Highlights
  • New York, Washington DC and Chicago
  • America's Golden West, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Shanghai, Beijing and the Great Wall of China
  • Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
  • Tsar's Gold Private Train from Mongolia
  • Lake Baikal, Siberia, Irkutsk & Novosibirsk
  • Moscow and Warsaw
  • Vienna and Prague
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
    Tsar's Gold Train
    Venice-Simplon-Orient Express
  • Selected Breakfasts
    Selected Evening Meals
    37 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage
  • Upgrades Available
    Scheduled Flights
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New York
Day 1

London to New York

We leave London and fly to New York, where we spend three nights at the glamorous Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The famous hotel has been emblazoned in popular culture, thanks in no small part to its famous residents such as Cole Porter and Marilyn Monroe, and also lays claim to inventing "Eggs Benedict" and the "Waldorf Salad". With a dinner included and breakfast every day, there is plenty of opportunity to sample the hotel's famous dishes.

  • Dinner
  • Flights to New York
Statue of Liberty
Day 2

Sightseeing in New York

Today we take a sightseeing tour of "the Big Apple". Among the attractions we see Fifth Avenue, the elegant thoroughfare that runs through the heart of Midtown Manhattan. We also visit the enormous Central Park, which creates a sense of reclaimed nature amongst the city's frenzy of skyscrapers. Later we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan harbour. We have lunch on board as we spot landmarks including Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Tour of New York
  • Manhattan Harbour Cruise
Times Square, New York
Day 3

At leisure in New York

Today is free for you to discover the attractions of this exciting city at your leisure. With its global influence on art, science, media and entertainment, New York offers something for everyone.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Washington DC
Days 4-5

New York to Washington DC

Leaving New York, on Day 4 we take Amtrak's Acela service to Washington DC, the nation's stately seat of government. On arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city's iconic buildings including the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. Later we transfer to the Willard Hotel for a two -night stay. Frequented by Abraham Lincoln, this glorious hotel has been the setting for some pivotal moments in US history; Mark Twain wrote novels here, and it was also where Martin Luther King penned his legendary "I have a dream" speech. Day 5 is at leisure for you to discover Washington's attractions at your own pace. The country's political powerhouse is scattered with monuments to its previous presidents; otherwise you could visit the fantastic Smithsonian Institution - the world's largest museum complex, with 19 museums and even a National Zoo.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 4 - Tour of Washington DC
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Capitol Limited
Day 6

Through the Midwest to Chicago

Today we leave Washington on the Capitol Limited sleeper service to Chicago. The journey takes us on the route of the historic Baltimore & Ohio Line, which runs through the Potomac Valley and past the Allegheny Mountains before crossing into Ohio. Relax and enjoy the view from the Sightseer Lounge before retiring to your roomette.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7

Exploring Chicago

We arrive in Chicago shortly after breakfast on board. On arrival we enjoy a tour of "the Windy City", seeing the Levee area and the Little Italy neighbourhood. In the afternoon we take a cruise on Lake Michigan, enjoying lunch on board as we admire Chicago's skyline from its sparkling waters. We then transfer to our base for this evening, the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel, situated on Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile'. Your evening is free for you to explore, or maybe take to the waters of the hotel's opulent pool, where Johnny Weissmuller trained for the Olympics.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Tour of Chicago
  • Lake Michigan cruise
California Zephyr
Day 8

Chicago to Denver

This morning we take breakfast high above Chicago at the Hancock Tower. Later we join the California Zephyr overnight sleeper train, and continue westwards across the plains of Nebraska to Denver.

  • Dinner
  • Breakfast at the Hancock Tower
Denver State Capitol
Day 9


Today we arrive in Denver, nicknamed the "Mile High City" as it is exactly a mile above sea level. Here we take an orientation drive of the city centre, overlooked by majestic mountain peaks, before arriving at the Brown Palace Hotel. This prestigious triangular building has hosted many celebrated guests, including most of the US presidents and even the Beatles. We spend two nights in this beautifully appointed hotel, and dine here together this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Denver
Royal Gorge Railroad
Day 10

Royal Gorge Railroad

We travel to Cañon City today, to join the heritage Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Travelling in restored 1950s carriages, we embark on a marvellous journey through the stunning Royal Gorge. We enjoy lunch on board as we head alongside the wild Arkansas River on what is widely considered to be the best-known section of the former Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Our route also takes us under the Royal Gorge Bridge, which, at 1,053ft, is the highest suspension bridge in the world.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad journey
Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 11

Through the Rockies

This morning we join the train for a stunning daytime journey to Grand Junction. We follow more of the route of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad - regarded as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the States - into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines. We arrive in Grand Junction for an overnight stay at the Hampton Inn. This evening we enjoy dinner at the popular Rockslide Brewery.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Durango & Silverton Railroad
Days 12-13

The Durango & Silverton Railroad & at leisure

We transfer to Silverton, where we board the narrow-gauge Durango & Silverton Railroad for a journey through canyons, the National Forest and the pretty Aminas Valley to Durango. The town retains its Wild West look, and we spend two nights at the esteemed Strater Hotel, which has provided the inspiration for a number of Westerns. This evening we enjoy dinner in the hotel's famous Diamond Belle Saloon, which recalls the turn of the 20th century with its honky-tonk musicians and 'gunfights'. Day 13 is free for you to relax in tranquil Durango. With views of stunning natural scenery abundant throughout the town, Durango is the perfect place to take a stroll through the centre, and perhaps call into the Animas Museum to learn about the colourful history of this quaint and charming town. Tonight we enjoy a barbecue dinner accompanied with a traditional Western show

  • Days 12-13 - Breakfast, dinner
  • The Durango & Silverton Railroad
Monument Valley
Days 14

Monument Valley

Today's journey takes us through Monument Valley into Arizona. Still a stronghold of Navajo culture, the sandstone red buttes and seemingly endless expanse of red sand is not only the typical Wild West image, but is also one of the most legendary sights in the whole of the USA. Later we arrive in Flagstaff, for two nights at the Little America Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Journey through Monument Valley
Day 15

At leisure in Flagstaff

Today is free for you to relax in Flagstaff, or maybe explore the hotel's private 500-acre pine forest, nestled at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
The Grand Canyon
Day 16

The Grand Canyon Railway

We travel by rail to the incredible Grand Canyon today. We transfer by coach to Williams, where we join the Grand Canyon Railroad for a wonderful journey in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives, to the Grand Canyon, one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights. Formed over millions of years, the Canyon is up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep in places. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint to take in the dramatic vistas, before taking a flight over this natural wonder - a fantastic way to admire its huge scale. We then make our way to El Tovar Hotel, located in a prime spot overlooking the magnificent Grand Canyon, for two nights.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Journey on Grand Canyon Railroad
  • Flight over The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
Days 17-18

At leisure on the South Rim and to Los Angeles

Today is a full day at leisure to bask in the majesty of the South Rim and the Grand Canyon as a whole. We are ideally based in Grand Canyon Village, offering a host of attractions other than its main cause for fame. Perhaps visit the Yavapai Geology Museum, just a short walk from the Village, for a fascinating insight into the numerous fossils in and around the Grand Canyon, as well as boasting a fantastic panoramic view of the South Rim; alternatively, why not take the bus to the Hermits Rest lookout point, a National Historic Landmark? On Day 18 we rejoin the Grand Canyon Railroad for the return journey back to Williams. Upon arrival, we transfer by coach to Flagstaff. This evening join the Southwest Chief sleeper service to Los Angeles.

  • Day 17 - Breakfast
  • Day 18 - Breakfast, dinner
Los Angeles
Day 19

Los Angeles, Hollywood and RMS Queen Mary

Today we discover the lively city of Los Angeles and the 'dream factory' of Hollywood on a guided sightseeing tour, where we have time to see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre or to take a stroll along the legendary Hollywood Boulevard. We then transfer to our base for tonight, the RMS Queen Mary, a former U-boat-dodging ocean liner. This evening we enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the glamorous Sir Winston restaurant on board the ship.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Los Angeles
Coast Starlight
Day 20

The Coast Starlight to San Francisco

Leaving Los Angeles, we travel on board the iconic Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the stunning Pacific coast shoreline. Relax and enjoy spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling windows of vast stretches of beaches as the train hugs the rugged coast before entering the Salinas Valley. On arrival in San Francisco we transfer to the elegant Fairmont Hotel, located in the historic Haslett Warehouse on the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront.

  • Breakfast
  • Journey on The Coast Starlight
Cable car in San Francisco
Days 21-22

Sightseeing in San Francisco

We take a tour of San Francisco, admiring classic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Your afternoon, and Day 22, are free for you to continue exploring at your own pace. Perhaps visit the infamous prison island of Alcatraz, explore the vibrant streets of Chinatown, or head to Haight-Ashbury, one of the city's most fashionable areas. Tonight we mark our final evening in the USA in style, with a farewell dinner cruise around San Francisco Bay.

  • Day 21 - Breakfast
  • Day 21 - Tour of San Francisco
  • Day 22 - Breakfast, dinner
Fly to Shanghai
Days 23-24

San Francisco to Shanghai

After breakfast today, we bid San Francisco - and the USA - farewell as we transfer to the airport to begin the next leg of our exciting around-the-world adventure. We board our overnight flight for Shanghai, arriving on Day 24. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Grand Mercure Zhongya for one night. Tonight we enjoy dinner together in the hotel.

  • Day 23 - Breakfast
  • Day 24 - Dinner
  • Flights to Shanghai
Day 25

Exploring Shanghai and to Xi'an

We explore one of Asia's most dynamic cities as we embark on our sightseeing tour of Shanghai, whose colonial history is on full display along the magnificent Bund and in the delightful French Concession, juxtaposed with the ultra-modern cityscape of skyscrapers, and the unmistakable Oriental Pearl TV Tower. We start our day visiting the Jade Buddha Temple, and continue to the serene Yu Garden, nestled within the bazaar, Shanghai's historic core. We also enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and explore the Bund, the majestic boulevard running alongside the river, whose grand buildings include the old British Consulate. This evening we return to the airport where we board our short flight to inland Xi'an. On arrival we transfer to the Grand Mercure Hotel for two nights.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Tour of Shanghai
  • Flight to Xi'an
Terracotta Warriors
Day 26

Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors

We visit the Terracotta Warriors, located just outside the city. Built on the command of the first Emperor of China, Emperor Qin, to protect him in death, the warriors are a replica of his army. Over 6000 life size figures exist, and each one is unique and lifelike, with individual features and expressions. Just like Qin's own army, the warriors are organised in ranks, with rows of archers and crossbowmen, followed by infantry and cavalry, complete with their horses. Built around 210 BC, it seems astonishing that this incredible sight was only uncovered in 1974, by a farmer trying to dig a well! After time to marvel at the Terracotta Army, we return to Xi'an to explore, visiting the imposing city walls which date to the Ming Dynasty, and then continuing to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Grand Mosque. We then take time to explore the lively Bazaar around Muslim Street, where traders jostle for your attention, tempting you with their colourful crafts and exotic snacks. Tonight we enjoy a special dumpling banquet.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • The Terracotta Warriors
  • Tour of Xi'an
Day 27

Xi'an to Beijing in First Class

We leave Xi'an today, and travel on the high-speed rail service in First Class to Beijing, the vibrant and colourful capital of China. Our route takes us through the rural Chinese landscape, including layered rice terraces and verdant fertile farmland. On arrival in Beijing, we transfer to the Novotel Peace Hotel, where we spend three nights.

  • Breakfast
The Great Wall of China
Day 28

The Great Wall of China

Today we travel to the masterpiece of Chinese craftsmanship, and one of the highlights of our tour, the majestic Great Wall of China. Stretching from the Gobi Desert to the Korean border, the Great Wall is a genuine relic of dynastic China's proud history. We ascend onto the Great Wall by cable-car at Mutianyu, enabling us to closely admire this magnificent structure, as well as absorb the stunning mountain terrain surrounding us. Later we visit the 'Bird's Nest' and the 'Water Cube' back in Beijing, both prominent arenas in the 2008 Olympics.

Breakfast, lunch

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Excursion to The Great Wall of China
  • Visits to 2008 Olympic Sites
Tiananmen Gate
Day 29

Sightseeing in Beijing

As China's cultural and economic powerhouse, as well as the country's long-time capital, Beijing is a wonderful melting pot of cultures and histories, of modern and old. Here, so many periods of history have left their mark, and the ancient sits alongside the new in an intoxicating mix of Oriental treasures. We begin our day of discovery at Tiananmen Square, the political heart of the city, and witness to some of China's most momentous moments in history, including Chairman Mao's declaration of the birth of the People's Republic in 1949, and the notorious protests of 1989. Surrounding the vast square are reminders of China's communist power, with the imposing Great Hall of the People and Mao's Mausoleum, along with the ever present Honour Guard in full uniform, keeping watch over proceedings. Through the Gate of Heavenly Peace, we continue into the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power for around 600 years, and a stunning and vast complex of wooden imperial palace buildings, which according to folklore, consists of 9,999 rooms. After lunch in a local restaurant, we visit the glorious Summer Palace, created as a luxurious royal garden, and widely regarded as the pinnacle of classic Chinese landscape design. Tonight we enjoy a Peking Duck meal together, a celebrated banquet that takes chefs years to master.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Beijing
Gobi Desert
Days 30-31

Beijing to Mongolia through the Gobi Desert

On Day 30 we leave Beijing behind as we board a Chinese sleeper train for the first leg of our overland journey to Moscow, taking in scenes of authentic rural Chinese life as we travel through the countryside, and admiring the great steppes of the Gobi Desert. On the afternoon of Day 31 we arrive at the Mongolian border where we disembark and join the Tsar's Gold Private Train to continue our incredible journey to Moscow. Following the traditional route of the iconic Trans-Siberian Express, the Tsar's Gold recalls a classic era of rail travel, and is also equipped with many modern facilities, making for a truly memorable on-board experience. We set off through the Gobi Desert, the vast arid landscape where several dinosaur remains have been found amongst the towering dunes.

  • Days 30-31 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • The Tsar's Gold Private Train
Genhis Khan Monument
Days 32-33

Ulaanbaatar, Gandan Monastery and the Mongolian Alps

We arrive this morning into the bustling Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, where we temporarily disembark the train and transfer to the centrally located Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace for one night. Your main luggage can be safely stored on the train and so you will only need an overnight bag for this short sojourn. We enjoy a guided tour of the city, which takes us past the city's impressive sights, including the Lama Museum and the Choijn Lama Temple. Tonight you will have the opportunity to watch traditional Mongolian musical performances. After breakfast on Day 33, we pay a visit to the Tibetan-style Buddhist Gandan Monastery. We then enjoy an excursion into the heart of 'Mongolian Switzerland'. We travel by coach into the rugged, verdant mountainous region known as Mongolian Switzerland, one of the country's most beautiful landscapes. We experience a traditional-style lunch in a tent settlement populated by nomadic herdsmen and enjoy a horse-riding show before returning to the train.

  • Days 32-33 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Tour of Ulaanbaatar
  • Visit to Gandan Monastery
  • Excursion to Mongolian Switzerland
Ulan Ude, Lenin Statue
Day 34

Ulan Ude

We bid the Mongolian steppes farewell and cross the border into Russia, travelling through the magnificent Selenga Valley. We arrive in Ulan Ude, where we enjoy a guided city tour. The town is dominated by the world's largest Lenin sculpture, and is known for its Old Believers - a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Later we return to the train and continue our journey.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Ulan Ude
Lake Baikal
Day 35

Lake Baikal

Today we spend an afternoon at leisure enjoying the magnificent Lake Baikal, the oldest and largest freshwater lake in the world. We reach the old station of Port Baikal this morning, located directly on this colossal lake's shore. On arrival, we continue on a private line directly alongside the immense sparkling lake, with fantastic views of the surrounding hills and forests, before enjoying a boat ride on the lake. Later (weather permitting) we stop for a typical local picnic dinner on the lake shore. We reboard the train this evening and continue our journey into Russia, heading directly for Irkutsk on the frontier of Siberia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Boat ride on Lake Baikal
  • Picnic on shores of Lake Baikal
Irkutsk Cathedral
Day 36


We arrive in Irkutsk, an enchanting city, which we explore on a guided tour. We admire the beautiful wood-carved cottages, the city's bustling market hall and the grand statue dedicated to Tsar Alexander III. Later we enjoy an excursion to the local open-air museum, which depicts the region as it would have been in the time of the Tsars. Storing our main luggage safely on the train, we spend tonight at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Irkutsk.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Irkutsk
Food aboard the Tsar's Gold Private Train
Day 37

Across Siberia

Rejoining our train, we spend the day on board, enjoying the passing scenery. Watch as the verdant slopes and crystal-clear rivers of the Sayan Mountains unfold before you, to give way to the vast Siberian tundra - a landscape not quite like any other in the world. This evening we enjoy Russian hospitality during a speciality 'Tsar's Feast' including vodka and caviar tastings.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Novosibersk
Day 38


We reach Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia where the railway crosses the river. We receive a traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt, and take a guided tour including Russia's largest Opera House and the iconic Trans-Siberian Monument, and soaking up the views of the mighty Ob River. After dinner, we continue heading west.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Novosibirsk
Day 39


Today we arrive in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Mountains founded by Peter the Great. During a tour of the city we visit the newly erected Cathedral on the Blood, a memorial built on the site where the Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. After our tour, we rejoin the train and as we leave Yekaterinburg, we cross the Asia-European divide, bringing us formally back onto European soil for the rest of our journey.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Yekaterinburg
Kazan Cathedral
Day 40


Our first European stop is Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. The city was at the centre of the struggle for control of Russia - and we learn more of its past on a guided tour of Kazan's magnificent Kremlin. Tonight is your last night on the Tsar's Gold Private Train, and your last chance to sample the delights on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Kazan
Red Square
Days 41-43


Today we arrive in Moscow, the captivating Russian capital, where we disembark the Tsar's Gold for the last time, and spend two nights at the 4-star Hotel InterContinental. We visit the magnificent Kremlin, a potent symbol of two mighty imperial cultures. On Day 42 we begin our exploration of the city on a panoramic tour, seeing the beautifully illuminated sights as darkness falls. We cross the vast Red Square and experience the artistic underground treasures of Moscow's metro system. Day 43 is at leisure to continue independent exploration of Moscow. Tonight we board the Polonez sleeper service travelling overnight through Belarus to Warsaw.

  • Excursions
  • Days 41-42 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 43 - Breakfast
Day 44


Today we arrive into Poland's vast capital, Warsaw, and transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel for one night. The city of Warsaw, home of Frédéric Chopin, has many fine examples of imposing Stalinesque architecture, grand, wide avenues and expansive parks. The historic centre of Warsaw is just a short distance from our hotel and contains many picturesque buildings, almost all of which have been painstakingly and lovingly restored using the original stone and guided by 18th century paintings by Bellotto. We enjoy a sightseeing tour including Castle Square, King Sigismund's Column, St John's Cathedral and the Old Town's Market Square.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Warsaw
Charles Bridge
Days 45-46


Today we leave Poland behind and head southwest over the Czech border and through the Bohemian countryside into Prague. We spend two nights in this fantastic Gothic capital city at the Hotel Paris. Day 46 is at leisure to soak up the sights and sounds of this charming city. Perhaps head up to Hradcany Castle, the largest medieval complex in Europe, which offers spectacular panoramas over the city. Your afternoon is free for you to continue exploring.

  • Day 45 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 46 - Breakfast
Schönbrunn Palace
Days 47-48


We leave Prague today, and continue on our journey south into Vienna, Austria's elegant capital, where we spend two nights at the Hotel Steigenberger. Vienna was the birthplace of classical music and home of the Habsburg Empire. Grand Baroque architecture can be seen wherever you look and a contemporary modern European capital has proudly emerged from the city's imperial past. Day 48 is at leisure in this glorious city. You could perhaps take the opportunity to visit the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace, situated within beautifully landscaped parkland, or admire the majestic panorama from the city's giant Ferris Wheel.

  • Day 47 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 48 - Breakfast
Days 49-50

To Innsbruck and Venice

Leaving Vienna behind, we board our train for imperial Innsbruck, traversing the ever-beautiful and awe-inspiring landscapes. Our scenic journey climaxes as we pull away from Linz and head south to Salzburg through the soaring, verdant Austrian Alps, which give way to towering rocky peaks and rugged cliffs of the Tyrol. On arrival in Innsbruck, we transfer to the Grand Hotel Europa for one night. We cross the border into Italy on Day 50, passing through the Dolomites and Italy's stunning Lake District before changing trains and continuing east to Venice. We spend two nights at the Hotel Papadopoli.

  • Days 49-50 - Breakfast, dinner
Grand Canal, Venice
Day 51

Sightseeing in Venice

Today we enjoy a guided tour of Venice, our final stop before returning to London. We visit the magnificent St Mark's Square, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful city squares in the world. Overlooked by St Mark's Basilica, the large open space is surrounded by the Doge's Palace and the iconic bell tower, as well as the shimmering waters of the lagoon. Our local guide takes us through the narrow streets and small squares to visit some of Venice's main sights, including Rialto Bridge, an architectural gem that spans the Grand Canal. Your afternoon is free to soak up more of these unforgettable sights.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Venice
The Venice-Simplon Orient Express
Days 52-53

The Venice-Simplon Orient Express

This morning we join the world-famous Venice-Simplon Orient Express, the legendary luxury train which has inspired countless writers and filmmakers. After your steward settles you into your comfortable compartment, all you need to do is relax and watch the stunning scenery as it passes by the window. Enjoy lunch as we pass back through the magnificent Dolomites and travel up through picturesque Austria over tea and pastries. It is soon time to dress for dinner - why not sip a cocktail in the bar car before making your way to one of the restaurant cars, where you are served a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by a skilled French chef. The minimum dress requirement in the evening is a suit and tie for gentlemen and the equivalent for ladies. You may want to linger over a nightcap listening to the sound of the baby grand piano before retiring to your compartment. A continental breakfast is served in your cabin on the morning of Day 53 as we pull into Paris. From here we continue by rail to Calais, enjoying brunch on board. In Calais we transfer to our private coach for the short EuroTunnel crossing. Emerging in Folkestone, we board our next - and final - luxury train, the British Orient Express Pullman. We are greeted with a welcoming brunch as we make our way through the Garden of England, including a glass of Bellini. We are served afternoon tea as the English countryside passes by to give way to the familiar sight of London's metropolis. Our journey concludes as we pull into London Victoria station and disembark, having come full circle after travelling just under 23,000 miles across the globe.

  • Day 52 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 53 - Breakfast, lunch
  • Venice-Simplon-Orient Express
  • British Orient Express Pullman
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