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Embark Cunard’s regal Queen Mary 2 for a magical Mediterranean cruise with hotel stays at a trio of spectacular Italian Lakes before experiencing the timeless elegance of the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Your holiday begins on board the majestic Queen Mary 2 as you immerse yourself in a multitude of cultures, cuisines, and stunning landscapes, encapsulating the beauty of the Mediterranean. Your incredible voyage includes calls in Vigo, Barcelona, Marseilles, Livorno, and Rome – boasting bewitching scenery, rich cultures, and authentic Mediterranean atmospheres.

Your magical 8-night cruise is perfectly complimented with four-star Italian lakes hotel stays. Savour wonderful stays at the Zacchera Hotel, Hotel Sheraton Como, and Solho Hotel Bardolino, allowing you to uncover the indelible beauty and serene waters of Lakes Maggiore, Como, and Garda. Renowned for their crystal-clear waters, vibrant local towns, and spectacular landscapes, take time to unwind and indulge in their serenity.

You’ll then step on board the magnificent Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, to begin your return journey home in the pinnacle of timeless elegance. This iconic and timeless rail experience is a truly opulent and elegant way to travel back to London. Relish in the heights of luxury with delectable cuisine, first-class service, and breathtaking scenery as you glide home during a journey you’ll remember forever.

Your Route

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Embark on a journey from Verona to London on board the magnificent Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

One of the most iconic train journeys in the world, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a work of art. Harking back to a more elegant age of travel, you’ll journey through the countryside in original 1920s carriages, featuring Lalique glass panels, wood marquetry and wood burning stoves. Experience the gracious service as you dine in the sumptuous restaurant car on a menu of delectable cuisine, returning to your compartment to discover that your private lounge has been effortlessly converted into a bedroom with upper and lower berths. A sequence of unforgettable moments, barely changed by time, make this voyage one of the world’s finest travel experiences, admired by many but enjoyed by few.

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Carriages

The train is made up of sleeping cars dating back to the 1920s and 30s, plus three dining cars, a bar car with an elegant baby grand piano which is played every evening before and after dinner, and an on-board boutique. There is also a baggage carriage for storing outsize bags that will not fit in your cabin.
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Cabins

The restored 1920s sleeper cabins are some of the most luxurious train accommodations in the world. Each one is beautifully appointed with exquisite craftsmanship, such as bespoke soft furnishings and polished wood. There are a choice of cabins - all featuring a washbasin with hot and cold water, towels, bathrobes and slippers, plus dual voltage plugs to stay connected.
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Food

The cuisine on board is truly exceptional – its presentation is as such it’s hard to believe that it has been created on board a moving locomotive. Executive Chef Christian Bodiguel has honed his menus on the Orient Express for over 30 years, and takes inspiration from local, seasonal produce, dependent on the route that the train takes.

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The Queen Mary 2 Experience

Quite simply, the Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, so, a fabulous cruise holiday on this wonderful ship is an experience of a lifetime. Cunard have incorporated the very latest in modern facilities, entertainment and enrichment opportunities into a ship radiating the opulence, charm and glamour of cruising’s Golden Era. Your fine dining options include several-course gourmet delights with classy touches like Wedgewood china and Waterford crystal. Be entertained by lavish musical shows, dance in the largest ballroom at sea with a superb resident orchestra, and with four marvellous pool areas for relaxation, this wonderful ship has everything you could possibly want for the most marvellous time at sea.

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Dining and Drinks

From classic British and French in the Britannia and Grills restaurants to the best steak onboard at The Verandah, plus daily traditional afternoon tea and a range of international cuisines at Kings Court Buffet, there’s something to suit every taste.
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Rest and Relaxation

Enjoy a show at the planetarium, take part in fencing, relax in the Mareel Spa or sign up for the outstanding Insight programme; while little ones are entertained in the age-appropriate kids’ clubs.
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Entertainment

There’s never a dull moment with West End-style productions at the Royal Court Theatre, a full live music programme, karaoke and quiz nights, plus ballroom dancing in the Queens Room and live DJs at the ship’s G32 nightclub.

Your 17 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

9 June 2023

Embark the spellbinding Queen Mary 2 in Southampton for your Mediterranean adventure

Experience an enchanting voyage unlike any other as you embark the regal Queen Mary 2. Indulge in refined cocktails, dance in the Queens Ballroom to the elegant sounds of the orchestra and savour mouth-watering suppers, served on freshly pressed crystal-white linens, by white-gloved waiters. Cunard is the pinnacle of transatlantic luxury cruising.

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Day 2

10 June 2023

Savour a day at sea to enjoy all that the resplendent Queen Mary 2 has to offer

With so many amenities on board the Queen Mary 2, your days can be as active and lively or as calming and relaxed as you like. You could take a refreshing dip in one of the swimming pools, surrounded by gleaming wooden decking and rejuvenating whirlpools, retreat to the spa, take traditional afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters or indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the Royal Arcade.

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Day 3

11 June 2023

Vigo’s panoramic views of the coastline will undoubtedly leave you inspired

Lying on northern Spain’s rugged coastline in the verdant region of Galicia, this undulating city has beautiful plazas dating back to medieval times. Witness spectacular views of the bay from the hills above the city and sample delicious fresh seafood. Why not take the short trip to the nearby Cies Islands with their white-sand beaches and clear waters that wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean.

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Days 4 - 5

12 - 13 June 2023

Revel in two blissfully indulgent sea days on board Queen Mary 2 

Fill your days with fascinating talks and lectures led by leading experts and immersive shows in the ship’s planetarium. Queen Mary 2 is also home to 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 Midships Bar; toast friends in the Champagne Bar; and dance the night away at G32.

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Day 6

14 June 2023

Delve further into the beautiful city of Barcelona

Visit the inspiring Sagrada Familia with its stained glass, explore exciting food markets or uncover Gaudi’s stunning architecture in vibrant Barcelona. This is a city where architecture and art merge together; a melting pot of creativity, this city is a marvel to walk through. Visit Las Ramblas, the walkway at the heart of the city and be sure to sample traditional tapas.

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Day 7

15 June 2023

Enjoy Marseille’s typically southern culture of pastis and pétanque

A renowned port city in southern France, Marseille has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks circa 600 B.C. At its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. The Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is an essential Romanesque-Byzantine church, while modern landmarks include Le Corbusier’s influential Cité Radieuse complex and Zaha Hadid’s CMA CGM Tower.

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Day 8

16 June 2023

Behold Livorno, gateway to ancient Pisa

Livorno serves at the gateway to the Tuscan cities of Florence and Pisa with its iconic Leaning Tower. Don’t just admire it from the ground, climbing the tower is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you’ll enjoy fantastic views from the top. There are many other beautiful buildings to explore around the tower in the Square of Miracles, including the white and grey marble cathedral.

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Day 9

17 June 2023

Disembark Queen Mary 2 in Civitavecchia and transfer to Florence for an unforgettable stay

Your cruise ends in Civitavecchia where you’ll disembark and transfer to Florence for your hotel stay. The Tuscan capital is an achingly romantic city of medieval architecture and art, with a magnificent city centre that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regarded by many as the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, it’s home to the superb Uffizi Gallery, home to works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Other sights include the Duomo, a cathedral with a striking terracotta-tiled dome, the illustrious Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo which boasts panoramic views of the city.

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Day 10

18 June 2023

Transfer to magical Lake Maggiore for your first stay in the Italian Lakes

Transfer to Lake Maggiore for your two-night hotel stay. Located just south of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is the second-largest lake in Italy and extends into Switzerland. It’s characterised by colourful fishing villages, the tiny Borromean Islands off its south-western shore and the delicious cuisine found in the villages around it. Blessed with a mild climate all year round, the surrounding landscapes burst with a mesmerising array of Mediterranean vegetation and exotic plants.

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Day 11

19 June 2023

Join an unforgettable experience on the Centovalli Railway

Today you’ll enjoy a picturesque train journey from Domodossola to Locarno. This unforgettable experience will take you through the stunning Centovalli, or “One Hundred Valleys”, as you pass by deep gorges and crevices with cascading waterfalls, as well as across alpine meadows, numerous bridges and forests of chestnut trees. Upon arriving on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore, you’ll enjoy some time to embrace the atmospheric surroundings and explore the treasures within.

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Day 12

20 June 2023

Transfer to the beguiling Lake Como, home to palatial villas and sprawling gardens

Your next stop will be the magnificent Lake Como where you’ll enjoy a two-night hotel stay. Also known as Lario, Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy and is the third-largest lake in Italy. Favoured by many A-List celebrities, Lake Como is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, beautiful villages and extravagant villas. Wander the waterfront towns and villages, such as Varenna and Bellagio, to soak up la dolce vita.

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Day 13

21 June 2023

Embark on a magical train journey into Switzerland on the Bernina Express

Today you’ll embark the iconic Bernina Express for a train journey to St. Moritz, passing through the Poschiavo Valley and the Engadin in Switzerland. Enjoy incredible sights of majestic mountains and quaint little towns as you trundle over the dizzying Brusio spiral viaduct, past Puschlaversee, over Alp Grum and onto the magical Bernina Pass. Before reaching St. Moritz, you’ll savour spectacular views of Lake Bianco and the snow-clad Morteratsch Glacier.

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Day 14

22 June 2023

Transfer to the spellbinding Lake Garda for the last of three Italian Lakes experiences

In Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, you’ll enjoy this magical stretch of water during a three-night hotel stay. The lake’s southern region has olive groves, Romanesque architecture and lakeside beaches, while the north is characterised by its dramatic scenery, hemmed in by the majestic Alps and rolling vineyards. Glide across the glassy lake on a boat tour, wander the pretty towns, or you could embark on a delicious wine tasting in Bardolino.

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Days 15 - 16

23 - 24 June 2023

Discover Lake Garda’s hidden gems during two further days at leisure

Two days at leisure are yours to explore this fascinating lake. Pay a visit to magical Sirmione, blessed with thermal springs, a water-side castle and the ruins of a Roman villa. Nature lovers could enjoy a day walking in the hills and admiring the jaw-dropping views over the lake, or perhaps taking a boat out to another town on its shores. You could also delve into history at Riva del Garda with its cobblestone streets and pretty waterfront backed by soaring mountains.

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Day 17

25 June 2023

Step on board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Welcome aboard the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – quite possibly, a train like no other. Savour the exquisite details of its plush décor, from the mosaic floors of the bathrooms to the Lalique glass and warmly lit glow of your wood-panelled carriage. Once you’ve boarded the train, glide serenely through the European countryside towards England. And whilst passing through stunning alpine scenery, you’ll feast on a sumptuous three-course lunch and four-course dinner served by liveried waiters in the restaurant car.

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Day 18

26 June 2023

Disembark the Venice Simplon-Orient Express in London

Having been transported to an era of timeless nostalgia and glamour, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will come to a halt in London, where you will return home with memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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Your Hotel Stays

Hotel Cerretani Firenze MGallery, Florence
★★★★

Nestled in the heart of Florence’s romantic city centre, Hotel Cerretani Firenze MGallery is the perfect choice for those who are looking to shop or discover the area’s charming cultural heritage. Just steps away from the famous Cathedral, via Tornabuoni – the stylish fashion street boasting a wealth of countless boutiques and the renowned Ponte Vecchio; immerse yourself in the history of the city, strolling among the iconic squares and monuments of the Tuscan capital. The modern and elegant décor of this boutique hotel will ensure you enjoy an exceptional stay.

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Zacchera Hotels, Lake Maggiore
★★★★

The Zacchera Hotels, Grand Hotel Dino, Hotel Simplon, Hotel Splendid and Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa, all boast privileged positions on the shores of Lake Maggiore and the breathtaking Gulf of Borromeo. Each with its own team of highly professional staff, elegance, sumptuous comfort and high-quality facilities, every stay here is an unforgettable pleasure for all guests. Marvel at the astonishing views as you dine alfresco in one of the exceptional restaurants, indulge in a treatment or two in the opulent wellness centre or wander the lush gardens, bursting with colour.

Sheraton Lake Como Hotel
★★★★

Sheraton Lake Como Hotel, the first chain hotel to open on Lake Como, is situated amongst the natural beauty of the Rhaetian Alps and flourishing greenery. Amidst the wonders of the Italian lake this four-star hotel offers exceptional and varied dining, with one of its restaurants being awarded a Michelin star. Enjoy fine dining in a cosy environment and excellent levels of customer service. Sheraton Lake Como Hotel is the only resort at Lake Como to have a private park with an open-air swimming pool and a bio-vegetable garden, which can be enjoyed thoroughly at leisure.

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Solho Hotel Bardolino, Lake Garda
★★★★

The soul of hospitality with a human touch. The four-star, Solho Hotel Bardolino lies in the historical centre of Bardolino overlooking Lake Garda. The building has a new architectural and constructive concept which is considerate of the environment and is best designed to boost the atmosphere to assure you feel unique as a guest. During your three-night stay at Solho Hotel Bardolino you can expect first-class service, in a location perfect for you to indulge in the sanctity of the Italian lakes.

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Touring Experiences

Centovalli Railway

For jaw-dropping alpine scenery and some of Central Europe’s most remarkable large-scale feats of engineering, a journey on the Centovalli Express train is hard to beat. Take in the splendid views of vivid blue lakes, waterfalls and deep-creased valleys from the comfort of your seat as you wind through this beautiful part of Switzerland.

Bernina Express

This memorable journey takes you past sapphire-hued glaciers and dramatic, jagged mountains, as well as astonishing architectural wonders like the single-track Brusio spiral viaduct with its nine stone arches. Pass through the spectacular Bernia Pass, with views of Lake Bianco and the snow-clad Morteratsch Glacier before reaching the glamorous resort town St. Moritz.

Your Holiday Summary

 

Cruise

  • 8 night full-board cruise on board Queen Mary 2
  • FREE Outside to Balcony upgrade

Hotel Stays*

  • 1 night four-star stay in Florence at the Hotel Cerretani Firenze MGallery or similar with breakfast
  • 2 night four-star stay in Lake Maggiore at the Zacchera Hotels or similar with breakfast
  • 2 night four-star stay at the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel or similar with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star stay in Lake Garda at the Solho Hotel Bardolino or similar with breakfast

 Rail Journeys

  • Scenic rail journey through Centovalli on board the Centovalli Railway
  • Scenic rail journey through the Swiss Alps on board the Bernina Express
  • 2 day full-board luxury rail journey on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Verona to London
      • Dedicated steward service
      • Gourmet brunch, four-course dinner, continental breakfast and three-course lunch
      • Enjoy views of the snow-peaked Swiss Alps during your journey

All transfers

*Hotel stays may be in a dfferent order to the above.

Prices From

Departing

9 June 2023

Inside

£5,999pp

Outside

£6,999pp

Balcony

£6,999pp

Grill Suite

£8,999pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Southampton, Vigo, Barcelona, Marseilles, Livorno (Florence or Pisa), Civitavecchia (Rome), Florence, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Verona, London

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