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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

13th August 2012 Print

High on every discerning traveller’s wish list, a rail journey on the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has become an eminently more achievable experience thanks to an exclusive offer from Kirker Holidays. Departing on a choice of dates in October, Kirker’s long-established relationship with the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - and with the hoteliers with whom it works in Venice - has enabled the renowned city break specialist to be able to offer savings of up to £825 pp on three and four-night trips.

When it comes to celebrating a special birthday or anniversary in style, or simply treating oneself, there can be few journeys to match the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. In an age where travel can often be synonymous with airport anxiety and being ‘all about arriving’, this luxurious train makes getting there, or coming home, an integral – and truly unforgettable – part of the holiday. Step on board and be taken back in time to a bygone era, travelling in elegant style whilst enjoying the highest standards of personal service. Feast on delicious cuisine in the stylish dining car and enjoy the company of fellow passengers in the convivial ambience of the understated bar carriage before retiring to the comfort of a private sleeper cabin.

With over 25 years’ experience of providing classic short breaks to Venice, Kirker clients can be assured that every last detail of their visit to the city will be anticipated and taken care of by the expert in-house team. As well as the amazing savings available with this particular offer, all Kirker holidays to the city include water taxi transfers, guaranteed entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace, Guggenheim or Accademia, Kirker’s unique guide notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing, and the services of the Kirker Concierge to book concert and opera tickets, arrange a private walking tour or reserve a table at a special restaurant in Venice, if required.

For this special offer, there are two options from which to choose:

Flying from London to Venice on either 14 or 15 October 2012, enjoy two or three nights at one of Kirker’s hand-picked hotels in the city before heading home in a private cabin on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, arriving back in London on 18 October. Price is from £2,049 pp*.

Departing 18 October 2012 from London in a private cabin on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, spend two or three nights in Venice ahead of a return flight on either 21 or 22 October. Price is from £1,999 pp*.

Make even more of this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a stay at Venice’s world-famous Hotel Cipriani (five-star deluxe), which is also giving Kirker clients three nights for the price of two as part of this special offer. A four-night holiday, including one night on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express and three at the Cipriani, costs from £2,599 pp* - a saving of £825 pp based on 18 October departures. Or why not re-trace the steps of the composer Antonio Vivaldi, whose former palazzo-house is now restored as a beautiful waterfront hotel, the four-star Locanda Vivaldi? A three-night holiday there (one night on the train, two at the hotel) costs from £2,299 pp*, while four nights start from £2,538 pp – saving £450 pp in both cases.

Located in the authentic Castello district of Venice and just a short walk from St Mark’s Square, a two-night stay at the four-star superior Liassidi Palace - plus one night on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - starts from £2,095 pp* (saving £250), while a four-night trip costs from £2,199 pp*. Stay more simply – and save even more money to spend in the local trattorias – at the three-star Do Pozzi hotel, close to the Grand Canal, where a two-night stay (plus one night on the train) costs from just £1,999 pp* - saving £450 pp – and a four-night package costs from £2,149 pp*.

*Price is based on two sharing and includes one night in a private cabin on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to London or London to Venice, with all meals (excludes drinks); one-way flight between London and Venice; water taxi transfers on arrival at/departure from hotel; two or three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, guaranteed entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace, Accademia or Guggenheim; Kirker’s unique guide notes; and the services of the Kirker Concierge.

For more information or to book this very special short break to Venice, visit