Venice is a beautiful magical city which for centuries has been bewitching travellers and yet never loses its power to enchant us. A first trip to Venice is a truly unforgettable experience, but with over 119 islands, 400 bridges and over 2000 alleys or Calli as they are known in Venice, there is always something new to discover even for seasoned visitors.
In Venice you can rediscover the pleasure of a city without cars, of stunning landmarks like St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge, artistic masterpieces at the Accademia and Guggenheim galleries and of course fine cuisine and wine, with the warmest of Italian welcomes - Venetian style!
With its 150 canals, 400 bridges and magnificent 16th and 17th-century palaces and piazzas, it is no surprise that Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a dream shimmering on the waters, a city of painted palaces and serene churches. This unique urban masterpiece has canals instead of streets, boats instead of buses, and ornate bridges instead of subways.
Gloriously romantic in spring, triumphant in summer, noble in autumn and seductive in winter, it is a popular city break destination year round. A trip to Venice offers an unforgettable glimpse of life's defining moments played out on watery avenues: weddings, funerals, carnivals and regattas.
"Without streets and vehicles, the uproar of wheels, the brutality of horses, and with its little winding ways where people crowd together, where voices sound as in the corridors of a house where the human step circulates as if it skirted the angles of furniture and shoes never wear out, the place has the character of an immense collective apartment, in which Piazza San Marco is the most adorned corner". Henry James, The Aspern Papers
And what better way to arrive in this beautiful and stylish city than on board the most beautiful and stylish of transports - the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. We have a variety of trips to suit your mood and style.
Whilst in Venice, why not take advantage of optional sightseeing trip or enjoy a romantic evening for two.
Lose yourself in Venice's rich tapestry of canals and churches, palazzos and priceless art treasures. The city that inspired Shakespeare and Titian continues to weave its spell on all who visit.