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Venice Simplon Orient Express and Royal Clipper Balkans Voyage

This tour takes you on an adventure of diverse landscapes, culture and incredible history. We begin our adventure in a vintage carriage aboard the British Pullman. Cosy cabin quarters and decadent dining await on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, which will take us through picturesque, Italian countryside. Wander beautiful Venice before boarding the Royal Clipper for the next part of our journey. Enjoy Croatian culture in the form of Roman and Venetian ruins in Zadar, lavender fields on Hvar and the weaving cobbled streets beyond the famous, ancient walls of Dubrovnik. Admire Montenegro’s unspoiled medieval town of Kotor, a naturally preserved gem and explore the pristine Croatian islands, Rovinj and Vis.

Your Tour Includes

  • Flight from Venice to UK
  • London to Folkestone on board the British Pullman, a Belmond Train with delicious brunch
  • Overnight full-board journey on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Overnight 4-star accommodation in Venice with breakfast
  • 7 nights full board on Royal Clipper
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Itinerary

Overview

Board British Pullman, a Belmond Train at London Victoria and your steward will escort you to your reserved seat in the vintage carriages. As you glide through the Kentish countryside, you’ll enjoy a delicious brunch before crossing the Channel in a luxury motorcoach to join the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Calais. As soon as you step on board, the sense of a time gone by is unmistakable; from the painstakingly restored marquetry that lines the hallways and bijou cabins to the beautiful René Lalique glass panelling. Dinner is served in one of the three gorgeous restaurant carriages while your steward transforms your cabin into cosy sleeping quarters with crisp linen sheets for your overnight journey. You can retire after dinner or join your fellow travellers in the Bar Car until the small hours.

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Overview

You’ll awake to the mountains and countryside of Europe, as you continue your way there’s time to enjoy breakfast brought to you in your cabin ahead of an exquisite lunch served in one of the restaurant cars. There’s time to relax in your cabin or enjoy the communal areas of the train before you arrive at Venice in the early evening. You’ll have an overnight stay in a hotel close to the station and cruise port.

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Venice

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Venice is the heart and soul of romance. Cast your eye on the rounded domes of San Marco, take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the golden lions and the Renaissance glories of the Doge's Palace, listen for the ghosts of Verdi, Puccini and Caruso at La Fenice Opera House, gape at the classic Palladian proportions of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, glide in a gondola down the Grand Canal. And know that love is always in the air in Venice.

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Doge's Palace

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Zadar is where the ancient and modern come together and coexist quite happily to create one of Dalmatia's most exciting towns. Zadar is a place to explore Roman ruins and Venetian architecture including its defensive walls which are now a World Heritage Site. Another great experience is the Sea Organ which captures the movement of the waves and transforms it into music, giving out an odd mournful sound that evokes the sea, wind and sky.

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Zadar, Croatia

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The heavenly scent of lavender perfumes the air in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. Idyllically located just off the Dalmatian Coast, the island and the little port named after it have been a favourite getaway ever since the time of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and even Austro-Hungarian royalty.

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Hvar

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It was George Bernard Shaw who said, ‘Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.' Indeed, Dubrovnik is a treasure by any measure made more precious by its miraculous restoration. Crowned by the Minceta Tower, the 10th century city walls are the proud symbol of Dubrovnik's colourful history.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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This stunning rock-walled chasm splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro is the longest arm of the sea in southern Europe. Boka harbours one of the prettiest, unspoiled towns you'll ever see, the medieval city of Kotor. Founded by the Romans, fortified during the Byzantine era, then ruled by Venice for much of its history, Kotor has been naturally preserved by its isolation.

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Kotor Bay

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Vis Island has been described as a pearl among Croatian Adriatic Islands that has been left untouched by tourism for many years. As it develops it is becoming more and more popular particularly with yachtsmen. The island is known for its many beautiful beaches as well as it's fascinating history. The town of Vis was founded in about 397 B.C. as a base for the Greek colonization of the Adriatic Sea.

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Vis

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Rovinj is a typical example of a Mediterranean town. The town is dominated by the Baroque three-nave church of St. Euphemia (Fuma). Close to the harbour are the clock tower, the Baroque Balbi's Arch and the former 17th century Town Hall. To the east lies the complex of the Franciscan monastery and to the south, Rovinj's oldest monument, the Romanesque heptagonal chapel of the Holy Trinity.

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Rovinj

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Disembark Royal Clipper in Venice and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK – London Heathrow.

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Accommodation

You will stay for one night aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express on a full board basis, one night in Venice and 7 nights aboard the Royal Clipper on a full board basis.