Cruising Holiday No-Fly Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Cunard Escape

Includes Hotel Stays in Lake Garda and Florence

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Glide through the glorious Swiss Alps on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and enjoy romantic Italian hotel stays, before voyaging home on board Queen Victoria.

Settle in for this once-in-a-lifetime rail journey from London to Verona in the wood-panelled elegance of the train’s interior. As the pastoral beauty of France passes by and the Alps loom into view, you’ll find yourself among scenery that truly befits this world-famous train. Disembarking in Verona, you’ll transfer to Lake Garda to enjoy five nights of unparalleled waterside splendour. After exploring the lake’s islands and surrounding villages, where quaint houses in pastel shades cluster at the foot of jagged cliffs, you’ll discover the Renaissance treasures of Florence in the heart of the rolling Tuscan hills. You’ll transfer to Rome and embark Queen Victoria, sailing in understated luxury to Sardinia, Malaga and the imposing Rock of Gibraltar before returning to Southampton.

Package Includes

  • 2 day full-board luxury Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train journey from London to Verona
  • 5 night hotel stay in Lake Garda 
  • 1 night hotel stay in Florence
  • 7 night full-board cruise on board Queen Victoria
  • Up to $270 FREE on board credit per cabin
  • All hotel stays include breakfast
  • All transfers
  • ATOL protected
Cruising Holiday

At a glance

14 nights
Departing 06 Jun 21
All flights and taxes

Prices from

£4,499 pp
Price based on 06 Jun 2021 departure
£4,899 pp
Price based on 06 Jun 2021 departure
£5,399 pp
Price based on 06 Jun 2021 departure
Grill Suite
£7,499 pp
Price based on 06 Jun 2021 departure

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DAY 1 | 6 Jun 2021
London - Embark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

VIP rail travel doesn’t come any more prestigious than the much-loved Venice Simplon-Orient-Express overnight service across mainland Europe, immortalised by Agatha Christie and perhaps the continent’s ultimate luxury treat. The Art Deco-styled carriage interiors, liveried staff and gourmet meals work seamlessly together, putting on a 1920s-era dining experience par excellence before you head to the bar car to enjoy cocktails and champagne with your fellow travellers - finally retiring to your room to slip into luxury linen and be gently rocked to sleep.

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DAY 2 | 7 Jun 2021
Verona - Disembark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Lake Garda Hotel Stay

After disembarking in Verona, you’ll transfer to Lake Garda for a five night hotel stay. Take a walk along the lake’s edge and work up an appetite, then gorge on Italy’s famous cuisine in a waterside restaurant. To the soothing sound of water lapping against shore, admire the peaks of the surrounding mountains that are reflected in the lake’s mirror-smooth waters. You could even take a cable car to the top of nearby Monte Baldo and breathe in the crisp Alpine air.

Scenery of Northen Italy. Malcesine on Lago di Garda
DAY 3 - 6 | 8 - 11 Jun 2021
Lake Garda - Hotel Stay

No stay here is complete without a trip onto the water, and a short boat ride takes you to Isola del Garda - the lake’s biggest island, home to an impressive Venetian-Gothic villa with a history stretching back to Roman times. For a different experience, the revolving cabins of the Monte Altissimo Cable Car offer knockout views from up to 1760 metres – not just of the lake, but all the way over to the rose-tinted spires of the Brenta Dolomites.

Panorama of Florence and Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence
DAY 7 | 12 Jun 2021
Florence - Hotel Stay

The Alpine terrain of the north gives way to the beautiful Tuscan rolling hills as you transfer to Florence, for an overnight hotel stay to explore the Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Packed with far more than its fair share of museums and art galleries, there’s endless grandeur on offer with the Santa Maria Del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio - though the alleyways, piazzas, restaurants and shops are a wonderful experience in their own right. To see the city in all its yellow-stuccoed, red-roofed, sprawling glory head for the Piazzale Michelangelo for the area’s best photo opportunity; the greenery directly below the viewpoint and the distant rugged mountains provide the best frame imaginable.

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DAY 8 | 13 Jun 2021
Rome - Embark Queen Victoria

Fresh from a recent multi-million pound overhaul, the Queen Victoria remains faithful to her heritage with a complete absence of glitz and gimmickry, and understated late 19th century-inspired detailing throughout. The predominance of dark woods mixed with earth tones, hand-woven rugs and marble floors evokes an age when quality and personal service were paramount - and this ship’s cuisine, entertainment and crew are an excellent match for their supremely tasteful surroundings.

Alghero reflection on a sunny day
DAY 9 | 14 Jun 2021

Catalan-influenced Alghero is one of Sardinia's most impressive medieval cities, attracting huge numbers of tourists – though its popularity hasn’t dented its independent spirit. The vibrant town centre boasts a superb selection of bars and restaurants set among a close-knit maze of shadowy alleyways, all hemmed in by a set of 16th century sea walls. There are excellent beaches to the north and south, with the harbour also well worth a visit for yacht-spotting and people-watching.

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DAY 10 | 15 Jun 2021
At Sea

Top tier evening entertainment is a key component of any cruise on the Queen Victoria, and you’ll find something to suit your tastes in the lavishly-appointed Royal Court Theatre. Looking more like a West End auditorium than a cruise ship venue, it hosts full-scale musical productions, cabaret acts from around the world, comedians and musicians - with a show on every night. For the ultimate in on-board exclusivity, why not book a private box? You won’t find these on most other ships, but they’re a great way to start the party before the show’s finished.

Malaga, Spain cityscape at the Cathedral, City Hall and Alcazaba citadel of Malaga.
DAY 11 | 16 Jun 2021

Generally thought of as a large port city, Malaga constantly surprises tourists with its Moorish influences that blends artfully with its traditionally-Spanish culture. This spreads from its street market areas to the dozens of cafés and bars dotted around the Old Town – though if you want to get away from the lively centre, a bus ride or walk to the 10th century El Castillo De Gibralfaro is well worth the effort.

Panorama of the Rock of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory
DAY 12 | 17 Jun 2021

The 426-metre limestone promontory taking up most of the space on Gibraltar’s peninsula is an impressive sight, rearing up at the unwary approaching from the east with steep, forbidding rock faces. Reach the other side though, and there’s a pleasant English seaside-style town with a cable car waiting to take you to the top for some incredible views stretching over to Morocco. The famous Barbary Apes are exceptionally cheeky and you’re advised to keep food out of sight – but they’re used to human interaction and can be very enjoyable company.

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DAY 13 - 14 | 18 - 19 Jun 2021
At Sea

With two days left at sea you’ll want to try out the best dining experience possible on board the Queen Victoria – The Verandah on Deck Two offers stylish French cuisine in an intimate environment that’s hard to beat. You’ll need to make a reservation, but once inside the sky’s the limit: Maîtres Cuisiniers de France Jean Marie Zimmerman designed the menu, which has featured dishes like smoked beef with marinated aubergine and lobster flambéed with cognac.

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DAY 15 | 20 Jun 2021
Southampton - Disembark Queen Victoria

Your luxury land and sea tour around Western Europe complete, you’ll disembark in Southampton to return home.

Welcome aboard the Queen Victoria

In 2017 Queen Victoria entered dry dock for a partial refit in Palermo, Sicily. This included an upgraded and increased choice of staterooms, new Britannia Club dining, a broader and more distinct bar offering, a transformed sun deck, and several other new features. People have asked why Queen Victoria has been refitted when she already meets every expectation; she simply prefers to exceed them.

Entered service: 2007

Tonnage: 90,049

Number of Decks: 12

Passenger Capacity: 2,061

Total Crew: 981

Number of Cabins: 1,007

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 2

Number of Restaurants: 3

Kids Club: Yes

Entered service: 2007

Tonnage: 90,049

Number of Decks: 12

Passenger Capacity: 2,061

Total Crew: 981

Number of Cabins: 1,007

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 2

Number of Restaurants: 3

Kids Club: Yes

Queens Room

Head here for traditional afternoon tea or to dance the night away at one of the glamorous balls.

On Deck

Take part in Cunard’s traditional games of shuffleboard and deck quoits. Challenge friends or join in one of the organised tournaments.

Commodore Club

Enjoy a signature cocktail as you sail towards the horizon or try the Martini Mixology or Whisky Tasting classes.

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing June 2021
Inside £4,499
Outside £4,899
Balcony £5,399
Grill Suite
Grill Suite £7,499