A group of helloworld agency owners and managers returned this week after experiencing the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to London.
R to L, Viv Davies – Sylvania World Travel, Carmel Godden – helloworld Menai, Rachel McGuirk – helloworld Scone, Lisa McGuiness – helloworld Glenbrook, Tammy Fitzgibbon – helloworld Narellan, Karen Conlon – Belmond, Carol McCarthy – helloworld Drysdale, Rob Thornberry – Signature Travel Orange, Caryn Thorsby – helloworld St Ives, Fiona Dalton – Qantas Holidays
Invited by Belmond as guests of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express was a first for this lucky group of Australian travel industry professionals and, hosted jointly by Belmond and Qantas Holidays, the group spent 3 days exploring Venice boarding the Venice SimplonOrient-Express to travel overnight to London’s Victoria Station.
Experiencing the grand luxury of this historic train journey and travelling through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France before reaching the UK, the group spent a night on-board in their formal wear enjoying the live pianist in the lounge car before sitting down to a sumptuous 4 course dinner in one of three magnificent dining cars each intricately restored to their former glory from the 1920’s.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice LtoR: Caryn Thorsby, Rachel McGuirk, Carmel Godden, Viv Davies, Karen Conlon, Tammy Fitzgibbon, Carol McCarthy, Fiona Dalton, Lisa McGuiness, Rob Thornberry
Travelling with Qantas Airways and Emirates into Venice and home from the UK, the group also managed to fit in lunch at Cips Club at the divine Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, plus a couple of days in London enjoying the London Eye, dinner at The May Fair Hotel and a day trip to Hampton Court Palace before returning home.
On-board Venice Simplon-Orient-Express LtoR: Tammy Fitszgibbon, Lisa McGuiness, Fiona Dalton, Rob Thornberry, Viv Davies, Carmel Godden, Karen Conlon, Carol McCarthy, Caryn Thorsby, Rachel McGuirk
Said Fiona Dalton, GM Sales for Qantas Holidays “This was an amazing experience for this group. To be able to partner with Belmond and invite some of the most experienced travel consultants in helloworld to undertake this once in a lifetime experience means we’ve been able to translate aspirations into very real stories that will result in more Australians including this iconic journey in their Europe itineraries in future”