The extra touch of magic this Christmas: take a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Secure an extra touch of magic this Christmas with a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Secure an extra touch of magic this Christmas with a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express 2698 1800 Alex Heath

Secure an extra touch of magic this Christmas with a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Consensio has long had a pedigree for conjuring up unbridled alpine magic for their clients at Christmas. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the most popular weeks in their calendar. To spend the festive season in ultimate luxury – exploring the majesty of the Alps by day, returning home in the evening to unwind in palatial opulence, whilst enjoying the world-class hospitality offered by Consensio’s chalet team – is a unique thrill that can rarely be found anywhere else. This season, however, they are delighted to be able to say that the festive wonder can now be secured before you pull into the driveway of your chalet – a full night before, in fact – with a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express!

Train conductor helping woman onto train with a snowy background

Departing from Paris, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is running its iconic luxury train to Bourg St. Maurice – the famous transport hub in the French Alps – giving travellers the opportunity to kickstart their Christmas holiday with a truly timeless experience. Soak up all the glamour and romance of the golden era of travel, as you head to the Alps in style. The carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are all original from the 1920s – and travellers can choose between an overnight stay in a Historic Cabins, or the more opulent Suite or Grand Suite options (that come complete with ample living space and private ensuite bathrooms).

Bottle of champagne on a table inside a suite on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Sip champagne as you roll out of Paris, marking the changes in the French countryside as the evening sets in. Soon enough, it will be time to hunker down to a four-course dinner, with a choice of exquisite French food on offer. The train menu has been designed by world-renowned chef, Jean Imbert – who has been delighting guests with his wonderful dishes, all with a keen focus on utilising fresh seasonal produce. You’ll have a choice of dining cars, each with its own intricate and artful designs.

The interior of a dining car on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

After dinner, stride through to Bar Car ‘3674’ for an unforgettable evening of cocktails and conviviality before retiring to your delightful Cabin or Suite. As you are rocked to sleep in absolute comfort – the train now making headway up into the French Alps – you can look forward to your first day up in the mountains – which will start with a sumptuous French breakfast onboard the train – served directly to your cabin for maximum comfort.

Interior of a suite on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express pulls into Bourg St. Maurice at 1 pm – where you’ll be whisked away up to your Consensio chalet, with the promise of a leisurely afternoon ahead spent settling into your chalet and exploring the resort. As you finish the seamless transition from luxury travel to luxury chalet life, you’ll have a bespoke meal, created by your private Consensio chef, to look forward to – and a week of unbeatable skiing to come.

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Consensio’s approach to travel is never merely about offering a break – it’s about curating an unforgettable experience. It’s why they focus on offering uncompromising luxury, and it’s what sets their holidays apart. Travelling with Venice Simplon-Orient-Express means you can find that very same magic in every mile you cover on your way there. The golden age of travel was all centred around seeing ‘the journey there’ as an experience in itself – not merely as a means to arrive at a destination. Thankfully, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers travellers a piece of that experience – and a glamorous alternative to purely-pragmatic travel.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is offering two routes in December that may be of interest to our clients:

21st – 22nd December:
Paris to Bourg St. Maurice (or Moutiers)
For clients beginning their stay at our chalets from the 22nd to the 27th of December


22nd – 23rd December:
Bourg St. Maurice (or Moutiers) to Paris
For clients travelling back from their stay between the 15th and 22nd of December, who are looking to extend their stays in ultimate luxury for one glorious extra night.


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