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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - Paris - Budapest - Bucharest - Istanbul

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Take a journey across Europe from Paris, with stops in Budapest and Bucharest before reaching your final destination of Istanbul.

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6 days From $23,063 per person
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2023 Tour code: BM-PBIE-23

About the tour

This classic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train journey departs just once a year. Depart Paris for your overnight journey towards Budapest, where you will disembark for dinner and a hotel stay. The next day enjoy a city tour and lunch featuring local fare.

Then travel onward to Romania, where you will visit the Peles Castle, a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains. It's just a short train ride further to Bucharest where you can enjoy its cuisine, head out sightseeing, and relax at your hotel. When you rejoin the train the next day, you will stop in the fascinating country of Bulgaria. Enjoy your last night and day on board as the train travels to your final stop, Istanbul.

This itinerary is also available from Istanbul to Paris, based on your travel preference.


What’s included


Day 1 - Paris - Board Train

Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train at Paris Gare de l' Est mid-afternoon. After being greeted by your steward, settle into your cabin and relax with a delightful afternoon tea. Later enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner on board the train.

Day 2 - Aboard Train - Budapest

Enjoy the sublime scenery as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels into Hungary. Continental breakfast is served in your cabin and lunch will be taken in one of the opulent dining cars. Afternoon tea is served later in the journey. On arrival in Budapest transfer to your luxury hotel. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.

Day 3 - Budapest

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a private guided tour of the city Budapest, with lunch at a local restaurant included. Rejoin the train late afternoon and perhaps enjoy an aperitif in the Bar Car before dinner as the train travels into Romania.

Day 4 - Peles Castle - Bucharest

The train arrives at the mountain town of Sinaia, after breakfast, disembark for a visit to beautiful Peles Castle. Rejoin the train to complete the short journey to Bucharest. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour as you transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Bucharest.

Day 5 - Aboard Train

This morning, rejoin the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as the train travels south across the Danube and into Bulgaria. During the afternoon, a stop is made to enjoy this pretty rural country. Lunch and dinner are served on board the train, as your journey continues. This final night is spent on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Day 6- Arrive Istanbul

Early this morning the train enters Turkey and crosses the beautiful Thracian Plain. After breakfast and lunch on board, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express arrives at Istanbul.

Additional information

Please note

Prices are in USD, based on an exchange rate as of 9/2/2022, and can vary based on the exchange rate at the time of booking. Single rooms may be available. Please contact a rail specialist for details.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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Charles B, Roswell, GA

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Submitted 25 Oct 2017

Everything was well planned and great attention was paid to the smallest of details. Vacations by Rail did an excellent job in communicating with us and took care of all the details.

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - Paris - Budapest - Bucharest - Istanbul

Take a journey across Europe from Paris, with stops in Budapest and Bucharest before reaching your final destination of Istanbul.


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