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You’ll now be able to offer your clients a December journey on the icon of the rails—the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train. The legendary train will expand its season with December itineraries for the first time, debuting winter 2022 journeys.

Welcome the Winter Season On the Icon of the Rails

This festive season, the distinct midnight-blue carriages will glide through some of Europe’s most picturesque winter-scapes on 1-night journeys to Florence, Paris, Venice, and Vienna.

Expanding its annual season (typically March-November) for the first time, the 10 routes available this December will include classic journeys from Venice to Paris and Vienna to Paris as well as recently launched routes to/from Florence. The full schedule is as follows:

  • Venice to Paris, departing Dec. 2 and 12
  • Verona to Paris, departing Dec. 2 and 12
  • Venice to Paris (via Rome and Florence), departing Dec. 7
  • Florence to Paris, departing Dec. 7
  • Paris to Florence, departing Dec. 8
  • Paris to Venice (via Rome and Florence), departing Dec. 8
  • Paris to Vienna, departing Dec. 17
  • Vienna to Paris, Dec. 18
  • Paris to Venice, departing Dec. 20
  • Paris to Verona, departing Dec. 20

Picturesque views from one’s private cabin, with glass of champagne in hand, of course, await—imagine frosted forests and a winter wonderland of some of Europe’s untouched countryside. Meanwhile, chef Jean Imbert will serve winter-inspired seasonal menus featuring local ingredients from the scheduled routes.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which made its inaugural journey in 1982, is made up of 17 original 1920s and 1930s carriages, each with its own unique charm and history. The train offers Historic Cabins as well as six Grand Suites; the epitome of elegance and extravagance, which are named after the cities that have inspired the designs—including Paris, Vienna, and Venice. Looking ahead, eight new Suites will join the two pre-existing cabin categories in June 2023. The new Suites have the added benefit of a private marble ensuite bathroom as well as a lounging area by day converted to either double or twin beds, by night.

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