A European Grand Tour

Belmond introduces new grand tour routes across Europe aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Belmond, the world’s leading luxury group, has announced new Grand Tour routes across Europe aboard its legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. The new routes will journey through Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands, calling at the finest cities along the way.

The new boarding points for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express include the Eternal City of Rome, the Renaissance city of Florence, lakeside Geneva, the city of Brussels and the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Travelling aboard the elegant art-deco 1920s carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, guests can select from a number of different new journeys, including the option of staying overnight at Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence, or Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany on the Florence route to Paris.

Evoking a sense of nostalgia, the European Grand Tour will travel through Europe from March to November, with the iconic journey to Istanbul once a year. The legendary vessel is made up of 17 original 1920s and 1930s carriages, each of which has its own unique history. Each carriage played a part in the famous trains of that era, pioneering the way for international travellers to cross borders in style and luxury.