Journey Name: The Classic Orient-Express journey : Paris-Budapest-Bucharest-Istanbul  |  Journey Duration: Upto 7 days
The classic Orient-Express journey departing just once a year. Depart Paris for your overnight journey towards Budapest. After an overnight stay in Budapest, rejoin the train for an overnight journey to Bucharest, where you spend the next day and night. On rejoining the train the next day stop in the fascinating country of Bulgaria. Enjoy your last night and day on board as the train travels to your last stop, Istanbul.
Train Departure Schedule :
July - September
Journey Dates :
26 Aug 
Places Covered:
Paris, Budapest, Sinaia, Bucharest North, Istanbul
Day to Day Itinerary:


Board the gleaming blue and gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Paris Gare de l’ Est, mid afternoon. After being greeted by your personal steward, settle into your private cabin and relax with a delightful afternoon tea. Later enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner on board and overnight on the train.

Relax and enjoy the sublime scenery as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels into Hungary. Continental breakfast is served in your cabin and lunch will be taken in one of the opulent dining cars. Afternoon tea is served later in the journey. On arrival in Budapest transfer to your luxury hotel. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a private guided tour of the city Budapest, with lunch at a local restaurant included. The city is divided by the mighty Danube river into ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’. Rejoin the train late afternoon and perhaps enjoy an aperitif in the Bar Car before dinner as the train travels into Romania. Overnight on board.

After breakfast, the train arrives at the mountain town of Sinaia. Disembark for a visit to beautiful Peles Castle, which was also visited by the very first Orient-Express passengers in 1883. Rejoin the train to complete the short journey to Bucharest. On arrival transfer to the Athenée Palace Hilton Hotel where a late lunch is served. In the afternoon there will be a short city sightseeing tour. Dinner and overnight in Bucharest.

This morning, rejoin the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as the train travels south across the Danube and into Bulgaria. During the afternoon, a stop is made to enjoy this pretty, rural country. Lunch and dinner are served on board the train, as your journey continues. This final night is spent on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Early this morning the train enters Turkey and crosses the beautiful Thracian Plain. After breakfast and lunch on board, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express arrives in Istanbul, at the end of a fascinating and unique journey across seven countries and cultures.

Please Note: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express route is subject to change without prior warning due to last minute railway engineering works or similar.


Arrive Depart

Friday PARIS (Gare de l'Est) - 15:53
Transfer to hotel for overnight stay
Private dinner at nearby restaurant
15:42 -
Full day's guided tour of Budapest
Lunch at local restaurant
- 18:08
Guided tour of Peles Castle
08:52 12:20
Guided tour of Bucharest. Arrive at hotel for overnight stay.
Dinner at hotel
14:16 -
Short off-train excursion in Varna, Bulgaria mid-afternoon
- 09:05
Wednesday ISTANBUL (Sirkeci Station) 15:18 -

Please Note: All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.


We regret this particular departure is now fully booked.

Route Map
  • Accommodation in luxurious cabins with your own personal steward
  • Enjoy sublime scenery as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels into Hungary
  • Delicious Gourmet meals
  • A visit to beautiful Peles Castle