September 2-7, 2022
Welcome aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express!
Begin your journey in Istanbul, to board the legendary Venice-Simplon Orient Express train en route to Paris on it’s signature journey – the route Agatha Christie took while writing her infamous Murder on the Orient Express novel!
*due to train inventory on this specialty departure, this may not be hosted*
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September 2, 2022 – Step aboard the gleaming blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and settle into your cabin as the train departs for the first leg of your historic journey to Paris.
Dinner is a sumptuous affair, prepared on board by our skilled chefs and served in one of the beautifully restored dining cars. Afterwards, perhaps linger over a liqueur in Bar Car ‘3674’, listening to the pianist tickle the ivories of the baby grand. As you retire for the first night in your comfortable cabin, the train crosses into Bulgaria.
Carriages of the Venice-Simplon Orient Express
Bar Car ‘3674’
September 3, 2022 – Your steward serves continental breakfast in your cabin as the train winds its way to Romania.
Soak up the scenery through the windows before enjoying a delicious brunch. Soon afterward, you arrive in Bucharest and alight. Local guides accompany you on a coach tour of the city en route to your hotel. Dinner this evening is in a private venue. The dress code recommended is a jacket and tie for men and the equivalent for women.
Overnight at the pre-selected hotel in Bucharest
Peles Castle, Romania
September 4, 2022 – This morning, rejoin the train and relax over a delicious brunch in one of the elegant dining cars as you journey towards 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.
Return to the train in the late afternoon for a leisurely journey towards Hungary. Enjoy another delectable dinner and relaxing night on board.
September 5, 2022 – On arrival in Budapest, enjoy a short, guided coach ride through the city followed by a panoramic cruise along the River Danube.
Arrive at your hotel after lunch. In the evening, we’ll escort you to a nearby private venue for an excellent Hungarian dinner.
Overnight at the pre-selected hotel in Budapest
September 6, 2022 – After re-boarding the train in the late morning, savour lunch as you course through vineyards and forests to picturesque Lake Balaton in the Transdanubian region of Hungary.
You’re welcome to disembark for a sunset stroll by the lake before rejoining the train for dinner and your final night on board.
September 7, 2022 – Enjoy a continental breakfast in your cabin as the train travels through Germany prior to entering France.
Our skilled chefs prepare an exceptional farewell lunch for you before, all too soon, the train arrives into Paris Gare de l’Est Station, your journey’s end.
Please note: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates within the constraints of the national and international railway networks. As such, timings, routes and associated itineraries are subject to change.
Call Michelle Andersen at 941-951-1801 at extension 103 or email at Mandersen@AdmiralTravel.com now to reserve your space on this unique journey today!
Please inquire directly to place your name on a wait-list once the 2022 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.