London - Embark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Harking back to a more elegant age, you’ll journey through the countryside in original 1920s and 1930s carriages. Experience gracious service as you dine on a menu of delectable cuisine, returning to your compartment to discover that your private lounge has been effortlessly converted into a bedroom.
Verona - Disembark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Disembarking in Verona, you’ll be transferred to the beautiful Lake Garda area for your 5 night hotel stay. With majestic mountains around its edges and colourful villages wedged among sprawling vineyards, Lake Garda is a compelling destination that offers so much to discover.
Lake Garda - Hotel Stay
During your time here you could visit Sirmione and delve into its thermal springs, extraordinary castle and Roman ruins; or Riva del Garda with its medieval fortifications and cobblestone streets. Each little town brings a plethora of new discoveries: a church resplendent with Renaissance frescoes, a botanical garden or mountains with snow-capped peaks.
Venice - Embark Queen Victoria
Today you’ll be transferred to Venice where you’ll embark Queen Victoria for your Mediterranean cruise. The stunning Queen Victoria is a ship designed with all the modern conveniences but with the splendour evocative of great ocean liners past. From her plush, elegantly decorated public rooms to her gourmet dining and luxurious cabins, Queen Victoria simply exudes class.
Spend a day at sea settling in to the glamorous surroundings of your home at sea. Indulge in the sumptuous spa, experience Cunard’s luxurious and refined service at afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, catch a show in the Royal Court Theatre or dance the night away in the magnificent surroundings of the Queens Ballroom – it’s all up to you.
Strait of Messina (scenic cruising)
The Strait of Messina is a narrow waterway between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria in the south of Italy. A cruise down this strait provides beautiful views of the neighbouring countries’ coastlines.
Propriano is a town that blends rustic countryside with modern chic. Long stretches of white sand and clear blue water make the beaches ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Wander around the medieval town centre, or hike around the hills in the lush greenery surrounding the town.
Queen Victoria offers an array of elegant bars and lounges to suit every mood – during the day, sip coffee and nibble on croissants in Café Carinthia; enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the Chart Room; toast friends in the Champagne Bar; and dance the night away in Hemispheres.
The pint-sized city of Lisbon is set across seven hills and effortlessly blends traditional and contemporary culture. Get lost in the narrow cobbled alleyways of the Alfama district with its colourful buildings and beautiful views. Or explore further afield – there are fantastic beaches within easy reach - thanks to the trams that criss-cross this charming city.
Your days on board the Queen Victoria can be active and lively, or as calming and chilled as you like; there’s something on board to suit your every mood from swimming in the pool to relaxing in the spa; joining in with Book Club to browsing the Royal Arcade.
Southampton - Disembark Queen Victoria
Arriving back in Southampton you’ll disembark Queen Victoria, your luxury journey complete.