Any itinerary that combines business class on Singapore Airlines and a journey on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is going to be memorable, but when you add in two of the world’s most celebrated hotels you know you’re experiencing something a little special.
That’s precisely what a group of Travel Associates agents were treated to recently, when Rail Plus partnered with Singapore Airlines, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to create a luxury famil that began with business class flights to Milan and a high-speed excursion on Trenitalia to Venice.
The group enjoyed two nights in the floating city while staying at Belmond Hotel Cipriani – one of Europe’s most luxurious properties – then stepped aboard Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Santa Lucia station for a two day journey across Europe and on to London.
Rail Plus CEO James Dunne says the experience exceeded the group’s high expectations.
“Belmond Hotel Cipriani is an incredible property, with spacious rooms, cuisine that is simply out of this world, a very large pool that is a must, and complimentary private boat transfers from the hotel to St Mark’s Square,” says Dunne. “It is also the perfect complement to a voyage aboard Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
“The train itself more than lives up to its legendary reputation. Outstanding food and wine, particularly the lobster on day two, and the ambience and elegance of the cabins, restaurants and bar, make passengers feel like they are on journey back in time.
“Encourage clients to explore the entire train, as each vintage carriage is different and there are a wide collection of fascinating notes and photo’s documenting the train’s colourful history.”
The group crossed the English Channel on board Belmond British Pullman (sister train to Venice Simplon-Orient-Express), which Dunne recommends as an ideal option for clients looking to sample a luxury rail journey.
“Belmond British Pullman is the prefect entrée to the world of great train journeys, with clients able to experience its opulent on-board service and cuisine through a selection of charming day trips or weekend escapes, such as an excursion to historic Bath, Britain’s best-preserved Georgian city, and the glorious gardens of the 18th-century baroque masterpiece, Blenheim Palace.”
The journey from Venice to London finished in style, with the group spending its final two nights at The Ritz Hotel before returning home in the comfort of Singapore Airline’s award-winning business class.