Late August 2022*
*please inquire to wait-list for 2022 rates & availability
Join Ryan & Malaka Hilton aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express!
Begin your journey in Paris, to board the legendary Venice-Simplon Orient Express train en route to Istanbul on it’s signature journey – and the route Agatha Christie took while writing her infamous Murder on the Orient Express novel!
Call 1.888.722.3401 to inquire.
Day 1 – You will be met at your hotel for a transfer service to Paris Gare de l’Est train station in Paris.
Step aboard the gleaming blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Paris Gare de l’Est Station. Settle into your cabin as the train departs for the first leg of your historic journey to Istanbul.
Wander along to lively Bar Car ‘3674’ for a refreshing cocktail accompanied by our resident pianist’s tunes on the baby grand. Then sit down to a sumptuous dinner in one of the beautifully restored dining cars. Retire to your cabin, which has been transformed into a cozy bedroom. During the night, the train courses through France and Germany.
Carriages of the Venice-Simplon Orient Express
Bar Car ‘3674’
Day 2 – Wake up to Continental breakfast, served in your cabin by your private steward. Relish the views through your window as the train winds its way through Austria and into Hungary.
Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch prior to your arrival in Budapest. There, local guides will be waiting to escort you by coach to your hotel. This evening, dinner is hosted in a private venue.
Dress code: smart casual.
Overnight at the pre-selected hotel in Budapest
Day 3 – Discover the fascinating sights of historic Budapest with our guides before enjoying an excellent Hungarian lunch.
Rejoin the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the next part of your journey. In the evening, relax over an aperitif in Bar Car ‘3674’ and linger over a delectable dinner as the train travels towards Romania.
Day 4 – Enjoy Continental breakfast in your cabin as the train enters Romania. Later, a delicious brunch is served in the dining cars as you approach the mountain town of Sinaia.
Board a private coach for the short journey to Peles Castle, the fairytale palace built by Romania’s King Carol as his summer retreat. The very first Orient Express passengers visited this beautiful residence in October 1883, at the King’s personal invitation. We recommend comfortable shoes and a sweater for your visit.
Rejoin the train and continue towards Bucharest.
On arrival, local guides escort you to your hotel. You’ll enjoy dinner this evening at a private venue. We recommend a dress code of jacket and tie for men and the equivalent for women. Enjoy the evening off-board at your pre-selected Bucharest hotel.
Peles Castle, Romania
Day 5 – Back on board, begin the final part of your journey to Istanbul.
Relax and enjoy the views as you travel south across the mighty River Danube and into Bulgaria. Savor a delicious lunch in one of the dining cars. During the afternoon, a stop is made at the delightful seaside resort of Varna on the Black Sea coast where you can alight for a walk.
A final sumptuous dinner is served as the train crosses the ancient Thracian Plain. Celebrate your last night with a glass of something special in Bar Car ‘3674’. Enjoy the music of our resident pianist as you chat to fellow guests and new friends.
Day 6 – Continental breakfast is served in your cabin as the train travels through Turkey. Stroll along to the onboard boutique to browse our exclusive range of elegant gifts and mementos. Today’s delicious lunch in the dining cars introduces you to exquisite Turkish flavors.
The train arrives into Istanbul Ispartakule Station mid-afternoon.
If you’d like to end your journey here, we will transfer you to the airport to meet your departing flight or to your Istanbul hotel for an overnight stay. For those who wish to spend a little more time in Istanbul and perhaps Cappadocia as well, please join us for these next few days with the following program.
Call Isabelle Finly at 941-951-1801 at extension 105 now to reserve your space on this unique journey today!
Please inquire directly to place your name on a wait-list once the 2022 schedule & rates are available.
Note: Turkish Visas are required for travel. You can get it online through the following link with just 3 easy steps:
- Founder’s Journey will always be priced at or below published rates, but never higher.
- Travel with like-minded individuals on these exclusive departures.
- Enjoy a welcome cocktail party to meet your fellow travelers.
- A hosted dinner will be offered during one night of the trip with the Hiltons.
- On many occasions, optional shore events are offered as an option that only our group is invited to join.
- Special global relationships that the Hiltons have formed over the years will allow you privileged access opportunities.
- Trips are offered well in advance to give ample time for your future planning.
- Minimum numbers must be met in order for the Hiltons to host the journey.
- The Hiltons reserve the right to adjust the duration of their participation should any schedule conflicts arise.