Venice Simplon-Orient-Express vacations include a five-night stay at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani on the Signature Journey from London to Venice vacation or the Journey from Venice to Vienna vacation, as of 2015. Other Orient-Express vacations include the Journey from Venice to Budapest and the Journey from Venice to Prague vacation packages. The exact vacation packages depend on the season and availability.
Orient-Express passengers can also take vacations that include a three-night stay on the Journey from London to Venice vacation package or the Journey from Paris to Venice package. Travelers can also take a trip that includes 10 nights with the Journey from Paris to Istanbul. During this vacation, vacationers visit other locations between Paris and Istanbul including Budapest, Sinaia and Bulgaria. Tours include a visit to the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
The Orient-Express recreates the experience of riding in an early 20th-century sleeper train. Part of this experience includes decoration details and amenities such as mahogany furnishings, blue-and-gold carriages, an onboard Champagne bar and black-tie dinners.
The Orient-Express started in 1883 when George Nagelmackers created a train line with the vision of it spanning across the continent for 1,500 miles. After the train had taken its first trip from Paris to Constantinople, the newspapers called it the Orient-Express. The train line retired, but hotelier James Sherwood restored it when he purchased Orient-Express sleeper cars from museums, private collectors and auctions, and created the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in 1982.