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  • Writer's pictureDean Nelson, (he/him) CTC, LLD

Venice Simplon-Orient Pride Express

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

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Join us November 7-9, 2020 as we step back in time on a very special LGBTQ Simplon-Orient Pride Express train from Venice to Paris.

The train is comprised of historic train carriages that each date back to the 1920's & 30's. The Belmond have restored the carriages to its original condition, so when on it one feels as though you have traveled back in time to the "Golden Age" of train travel.

With stunning scenery as a backdrop, each journey allows you to indulge in gourmet cuisine and lively on-board entertainment as you venture between some of Europe's most alluring destinations. Expect a celebratory atmosphere marked by glamour, fun, and a dash of adventure!


Transport yourself into a realm of vintage glamour that knows no bounds as you begin your journey with an overnight stay at the legendary Belmond Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca Island in Venice. Party with us this evening at the Granaries of the Republic, restored to their 19th century glory, and the setting for countless celebrity celebrations.


Step aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the most storied set of carriages in the world, that has been transformed into an outstanding party venue for this special journey! Gather in Bar Car ‘3674’ where the Simplon-Orient Express waiters serve wicked cocktails created exclusively for this journey. Your one-night journey includes a plush private cabin with round-the-clock steward, delicious fine dining with plenty of fun surprises as you enjoy a sense of community with your fellow LGBTQ travellers.


Arrive in Paris, the city of lights and love, where the journey ends, but a lifetime of friendships and memories have been created along the way!

Adding this extra ordinary train journey is the perfect pre/post European Fall getaway.

** This program will operate subject to a minimum of 50 guests booked by February 1, 2020. A 50% non-refundable deposit will be due at time of booking.


One night at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice with breakfastGala dinner at the Granaries of the Republic, VeniceGroup transfer to Santa Lucia train stationOne night on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to ParisPrivate cabins with a 24-hour cabin stewardFine dining on board - all meals includedWine, beer and soft drinks included with meals; all other drinks charged on consumptionIncredible scenery and surprise entertainment


  • from £2,695 per person based on two sharing a Double Room/Twin Cabin

  • from £3,995 per person in a Single Room/Cabin

Features an upper and lower berth to accommodate two passengers. The berths are transformed to offer comfortable banquette seating from which to admire panoramic views. Crisp damask sheets and fine blankets contribute to a cozy and restful atmosphere when transformed into bedding at night.


Upgrades for Belmond Hotel Cipriani      Additional nights: £246 per person double; £492 per person single      Lagoon view guaranteed: £55 per person double; £110 per person single       Junior Suite: £145 per person double; £290 per person single       Suite*: Rates on request Upgrades on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express      Cabin Suite: £1,500 per person twin; £2,400 per person single

Formed by two interconnecting Twin Cabins, these offer additional comfort and extra space, allowing the option of two lower berths for sleeping.

     Grand Suite*: £4,100 per person twin; £8,880 per person single

The train's most luxurious accommodations boast a double/twin bedroom, as well as an offset living area with space for private dining and a sofa. A private en-suite bathroom includes shower, washbasin and toilet, plus bespoke amenities and complimentary designer bathrobes. The celebrated cabin service is complemented by free-flowing champagne in the suite and a multitude of additional amenities including private check-in and transfers on either end of the journey.      *All suites on request – subject to availability

Noteworthy information about the train: In addition to the luxury accommodations, the fares include all table d’hôte meals, however beverages are additional. 

An aura of elegance abounds, so one can never be overdressed on the Orient-Express and we encourage our passengers to embrace the occasion! Cocktail or evening wear is appropriate for dinner; fabulous gowns / tuxedos are preferred, however at minimum, a jacket and tie are required. During the day, smart casual attire is preferred; no jeans or sneakers please.

As the train is historic and restored to its original form, there are no showers aboard, however each cabin has a sink with toiletries. The restrooms are shared and located at either or both ends of each carriage. 

*The exception to this lies exclusively within our newly launched Grand Suites.

The train is air-conditioned. There is also a fan in each cabin and a large picture window which can be opened for a breeze if desired. During colder months, each cabin is heated by an individually controlled radiator.

Reserve your spot today! Join us on this extraordinary Oreint-Express Pride train November 7-9, 2020. Book now. Click here to RSVP for this exquisite experience.


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