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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Istanbul - Paris

Travel through Eastern and Central Europe on this unique journey on board the Orient-Express. On this tour you will explore the remarkable and enchanting cities of Bucharest or Budapest and traverse stunning landscapes of six countries. Spend three nights on the train and two nights in five-star hotels. While on the train enjoy fine cuisine, beautiful accommodations, and superior service. The Orient Express boasts three luxurious restaurant cars, a Bar Car, Champagne Bar, and comfortable, private accommodations for your overnight stays.

Embarking from Istanbul, your trip will be complete with cultural immersion, comprehensive guided tours, and personal service to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Impressive opera houses, Turkish baths, mosques and churches line your journey. History and cultures are alive around you, as you visit top destinations like Peles Castle. Explore indulgence and luxury aboard the timeless Orient Express.


Cities Covered Istanbul

Step aboard the gleaming blue and gold Wagons-Lits carriages of the Orient Express as the train departs for the first part of your journey from the Istanbum Station at 15:00.

Dinner is a sumptuous affair, prepared on board by our skilled chefs and served in one of the beautifully restored restaurant cars. Afterwards you may wish to linger in the Bar Car, listening to the pianist tickle the ivories of the baby grand, before retiring for the night.


Cities Covered Bucharest

The next morning Continental breakfast is served in your cabin as the train winds its way through Bulgaria and into Romania. Soak up the scenery through the windows before enjoying a delicious brunch. Soon afterwards the train arrives in Bucharest Nord Station at 13:36, where you alight.

On arrival in Bucharest, enjoy an orientation tour of the city by coach escorted by local guides.

Dinner this evening will be in a private venue. 

Overnight in  Athenée Palace Hilton Hotel. 

Cities Covered Bucharest ,  Sinaia

This morning rejoin the train and enjoy a delicious brunch in the restaurant cars as the train journeys towards the mountain town of Sinaia and its Peles Castle, the summer home of the former King Carol. This beautiful castle was also visited by the very first Orient Express guests in October 1883, at the personal invitation of the King. 

Return to the train in the late afternoon for a relaxing journey towards Hungary.

Enjoy another delectable dinner and night on board.

Cities Covered Budapest

On arrival in Budapest, local guides, after a short coach ride through the city take you on a river cruise along the Danube, ending after lunch. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as part of today's excursion will be on foot.

In the evening you will be escorted to a nearby private venue for a typical Hungarian dinner. 

Overnight in Gresham Four Seasons in Budapest. 

Cities Covered Budapest

Lunch is served as the train makes its way to Balaton Lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary, through vineyards and forests.

Later this afternoon, you are invited to disembark for an aperitif by the lake at sunset before re-joining the train for dinner and your final night on board.

Cities Covered Paris

Enjoy your final breakfast in your cabin while the train travel through Germany before entering into France. A delicious farewell lunch is prepared by our skilled chefs before all too soon the train arrives into Paris Gare de L'Est Station, your journey's end. 


Departure Dates and Rates

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

DateSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Aug 30, 2019 - Sep 04, 2019US$ 14,713.00CALL US
DateSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Aug 30, 2019 - Sep 04, 2019US$ 9,196.00CALL US

The following is included in your tour cost:

  • Three nights aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train
  • Dedicated steward service
  • Welcome glass of champagne
  • Sumptuous four-course dinner each night aboard the train: Seasonal table d’hôte menu, including cheeseboard, coffee, tea and petits fours
  • Continental breakfast served in your cabin each morning
  • Delicious three-course lunch each day aboard the train
  • Bucharest city tour, private dinner and overnight hotel accommodation
  • Delightful three-course brunch
  • Visit to Peles Castle
  • Budapest city tour, Danube cruise with lunch, private dinner and overnight hotel accommodation

The following is excluded from your tour cost:

  • Travel insurance
  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Transfers before or after your train journey
  • Gratuities for crew members
  • Items of a personal nature, souvenirs and any other items not specifically mentioned as included.

Terms and Conditions

(i) 15% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
(ii) 85% or balance no later than 56 days prior to departure date.


(i) 15% of the total tour value if cancelled 56 days or more to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 30% of the total tour value if cancelled 56-21 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(iii) 70% of the total tour value if cancelled 21-2 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(iv) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 2 or less days prior to the date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

Cancellations should be intimated by FAX to the corporate office in Miami FL.

The above times are based on European time. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests  need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies to be refunded to the client will be charged prior to refund.


We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit

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A visa or visas may be required for some or all of the countries visited on the tour selected. Please check with the respective consulates in your country for visa requirements and they may vary depending on visitor's nationality, origin and/or destination. Palace Tours does not provide assistance with visas or visa consultation.