How To Book Venice Simplon Orient Express With A Discount

Tips : Transport

Some of the best hotels and train journeys in the world are part of Belmond. The best way to get a Belmond discount, deal or special offers on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is to book with an official luxury travel agency like our luxury travel concierge.

Our luxury travel concierge is an official member of the Belmond Bellini Club. This means that if you make your next Belmond booking via our agents, we can secure you free loyalty-style benefits (on top of your own status and membership benefits), room upgrades and perks, for no extra cost. Typically, our free benefits include:

  • VIP welcome treats with a local taste
  • Buffet or full breakfast daily for two
  • Welcome letter from General Manager
  • Space available complimentary upgrade on arrival
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Clients who spend a min. of US$5,000* at any one property or tour are eligible to receive a US$500 gift voucher for future travel of $2,500 or more at a different Belmond property (to be booked by the same agent)
  • Premium Amenities
  • $90 fully flexible hotel/resort credit per junior suite or room, per stay
  • $200 fully flexible hotel/resort credit per full suite, per stay

We also have direct access to all the hotel, train, and cruise general managers via the Bellini club, which helps us answer any questions you have and helps us to fix any issues that crop up. We outline the best way to book the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with a discount in more detail below:

1. Get Exclusive Free Benefits With A Luxury Travel Agent

As outlined above, you can take advantage of free benefits at all Belmond hotels, on all Belmond train journeys, and on Belmond river cruises by booking with our luxury travel agency. It really is that easy, and the rates you pay will be the same as those on the hotel website, but our benefits will make your stay much, much better.

In fact, we made use of these free benefits on our own personal stay at the Belmond Cipriani in Venice which remains one of my most exquisite hotel experiences (pictured above).

2. Book A Special Offer

As an example, Belmond British Pullman has round-trip journeys & dining experiences departing London Victoria Station. Offers for this service include 50% off companion fare for selected journeys. There are also 4 for 3 discounted offers if you book a party of four. Ask our luxury travel concierge agents for current special offers. The Royal Scotsman has similar special offers.

British Pullman is sister to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which journeys through Europe on various routes. Journeys include Berlin, Budapest, Innsbruck, London, Paris, Prague, Istanbul, Venice, Verona, and Vienna. One special offer which is currently live (at the time of writing) is the option to book a private carriage on certain journeys at exclusive rates. The offer is on the Grand Suite carriage (up to 6 passengers) and the Cabin Suite carriage (up to 8 passengers) for journeys from Venice to Paris/London or London/Paris to Venice.

Free transfer in Venice from Santa Lucia station to any central Venice hotel on arrival or when departing, from any central hotel to the station; can be combined with any other promotion for this train. Book the Grand Suite and get complimentary transfers at both ends of the journey.

3. Book Early

Belmond trains run at a high occupancy rate. I regularly recommend clients who book their journey with our luxury travel concierge to book as soon as the rates come out. This can be a year in advance! It is certainly not worth holding out for a last-minute discount as these magical discounts don’t usually come up in popular routes, particularly in the high season.

4. Bag A Bargain At Our Travel Auction

We have loads of luxury hotel stays in our luxury travel auction, which offers a genuine and massive discount at certain hotels, including Belmond hotels. These are one-off items, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Our auction also offers luxury stays beyond the Belmond brand, so it is worth looking around as there may be a hotel stay that appeals to you.

5. Look Out For Discounted Advance Purchase Rates

If you are booking in advance and are sure of your dates, you should take advantage of advance purchase discounted rates. This is one of the few ways to get a cheaper journey. Advance purchase rates offer anywhere from 10-50% discount off the usual prices. You must be sure of your dates because there are no refunds on most advance purchase rates once you have booked in.

6. Book For A Larger Group

Many of the Belmond train special offers involve a discount if you book for a larger group. One special offer which is currently live (at the time of writing) is the option to book a private carriage on certain journeys at exclusive rates. The offer is on the Grand Suite carriage (up to 6 passengers) and the Cabin Suite carriage (up to 8 passengers) for journeys from Venice to Paris/London or London/Paris to Venice.

7. Stay Shorter

Conversely, if you are booking with a limited budget, you might want to consider a shorter journey or a 1-night stay at a Belmond hotel rather than 3 or 4. If you book into a Belmond hotel for one night, you can still take advantage of our early check-in, and late check-out, free breakfast, resort credit, and you still get the welcome amenity.

I would prefer one night at a truly great hotel than three at a mediocre hotel. The early check-in and late check-out that you will get by booking with our luxury travel concierge (subject to availability) will help make your 1 night last for 2 whole days.

8. Holiday Out Of The Main Season

Book in low season! Venice, Monaco, and most of the Meditteranean are massively discounted mid-winter, so you can pick up a much cheaper rate out of the main season (late May to September). Early October and early May can be the perfect time to visit the Meditteranean, and the rates tend to be much more reasonable. The train special offers are more plentiful too.

9. Book A Less Popular Route

The Belmond Grand Hibernian is not the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, but traveling on these journeys is more reasonable. Choose from a selection of two, four, and six-night journeys. Visit Dublin, Belfast, and Cork while enjoying fun excursions, from historic estates and world-class golf courses to the famous haunts of legendary writers, musicians, and artists.

10. Promo Codes

There may corporate promo discount codes which you can use on belmond.com, although we are not aware of these. As any corporate discount may not be as good as the free benefits offered by our luxury travel concierge, we suggest asking for a free quote so you can compare prices and benefits and get the full picture before booking.

Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor. Any auction prices listed correct at time of publication, but will be subject to change.

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